The earlier Boil Water Notice has been lifted! After two consecutive “good” water tests, we are no longer on boil. The water is safe to drink and use normally. See Lift boil advisory 6-13-2015 For more information you may contact the Town Manager at 434-5170.
Our Highway Department continues to work overtime to repair our roads. Our heavily damaged roads are passable with few tricky areas There remains quite a bit of work to do to restore the roads to their previous condition – there are many slope failures and culverts that will take time and money to repair. Some of these are very, very, difficult to work on. Our initial damage estimates have ballooned to over $200,000 to fully restore all the roadways, culverts and for repair by others of infrastructure. This was quite a large hit, in line with what happened two years ago with flash flooding. Not to mention private damages. At this time, it is not likely that our damages will be subsidized by federal or state funding. I expect a discussion by the Selectboard on Monday regarding this issue.
Richmond Highway has been hard at work identifying and repairing flood-damaged areas. When driving through these areas, proceed with caution.
In 2014, the town removed an historic Elm tree that had perished due to disease. The town was able to keep a large section of trunk for possible use as a project for people in town to remember such a grand tree. To that end, we have prepared a Request for Proposals, found here Please consider what you may be able to do and read the proposal request and respond by June 25th. If you have questions, please contact the Town Manager at 434-5170 email: email@example.com
A recount has been requested of the West Main Utility Extension Bond Article from Town Meeting. The passage of that article was 536 YES to 527 NO. The recount will be done by the Board of Civil Authority in Town Center on Thursday, March 19th at 6:30 pm. For questions call Linda, Town Clerk, at 434-2221.
These are the preliminary results of the voting at Town Meeting. The raw final results and tallies can be found in this document: 2015 Town Meeting voting results raw
Article 8: Tax Stabilization = passed on floor
Article 9: Conservation Reserve Fund = passed by Australian Ballot
Article 10: Richmond Rescue Tax Exemption = passed on floor
Article 11: FY2016 Municipal Budget = passed on floor
Special Article I: West Main Utility Bond = passed by Australian Ballot
MMU School Budget = Richmond has approved, waiting on results from other towns
Selectboard: Ellen Kane ran unopposed and was elected to a two-year term; Lincoln Bressor won the contested three year term vs. Mary Houle.
The Richmond Water Commission has voted to make a rate adjustment to the 3rd quarter billing to encourage users to run their taps at a trickle through the end of the quarter on March 31st to avoid freeze ups. The billing adjustment will cap the user cost to no more than what customers paid in the 2nd quarter – so if you use less water now than in the last quarter, you will pay that amount, but if you use more, you will pay no more than that last quarter’s amount.
Just to remind you, if the water temperature from your tap is less than 40 degrees, you may be in danger of a freeze up and you should consider running your tap at a trickle. Kendall is taking readings from across town to give everyone an idea of what areas are colder and more in danger, however, everyone’s service line can be affected differently. We expect that the coldest pipes may be in freeze danger through the end of March. That is indeed shocking, but the cold weather this month has pushed frost down that deep and will take time to recede.
If you have questions or concerns about your water or frozen pipes, call the Water Department at 434-2178. If you leave a message, it will be returned. In the event of an overnight emergency such as a broken main or service line where water is pouring out, please call the Police emergency number of 434-2153.
March 3rd will be Town Meeting Day in Vermont, of course, including Richmond! Below you will find some useful documents to help you understand your voting choices.
Richmond, Vt. – The Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) awarded $12,600 to Richmond in state Municipal Planning Grant funds to develop a new Town Plan. Richmond successfully competed against 58 communities and was one of 44 funded.
“Richmond is a great small town full of people who care deeply about its future. The process of creating the new plan will heavily rely on their input to ensure Richmond will maintain its small town charm while addressing the challenges of the future,” said Clare Rock, Richmond Town Planner. Richmond will have a year and a half to complete this project.
“Jobs, businesses, and affordable places to live all depend on proactive, community-driven local plans and land use polices,” said Noelle MacKay, Commissioner of the Department of Housing and Community Development. “The MPG program helps communities develop the necessary planning and implementation tools that make it easier for families, communities and entire regions to thrive.”
Awarded annually and administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Municipal Planning Grant program supports local community revitalization and planning initiatives. Since 1998, the program has provided over $10 million to 230 cities and towns across Vermont to help breathe new life into communities, plan for future growth and development and improve our quality of life.
The following positions are up for election this year. Filing deadline is January 26th by 5:00 pm.
Selectboard: Three-year term; two-year term
Richmond Elementary School Director (terms officially end on June 30, 2015, however, the terms shown identify the distinct seat that would be filled): 3year term; 2 year term; 1year of
3 year term; 2 years of 3 year term
Union School Director: 3 year term
Library Trustee 5 year term
Cemetery Commissioner 5 year term
Constable 1 year term
Moderator 1 year term
See Linda Parent, Town Clerk, for more information or call 434-2221.