Selectboard Approves Reduced Irene Loan

The Woodstock Selectboard approved a modification to a loan agreement with Lake Sunapee Bank this evening for costs incurred in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene. The original loan had been for $3million at a 0.5% interest rate. Due to Woodstock’s recovery from FEMA of some $1million in expenses, the Town will be able to pay off that money, modifying the loan to $2 million at a rate of 0.6%.

In other business, the Board addressed the concern of a private landowner  off of Long Hill Road in South Woodstock who wishes a piece of an existing Class 4 road be closed to vehicles, in part so that the Green Mountain Horse Association can upgrade it as a horse trail. The road essentially ends at the property. Selectman Bruce Gould expressed concerns about limiting access to Class 4 roads and wondered if the portion of road might better be designated as a trail.  The landowner has been blocking vehicular access with rocks.  The Board will take up the issue after adequate warning is made of their possible intention to re-classify the road piece as a trail.

Without using any Town funds, the Selectman did put their stamp of approval on a plan for Unitarian Universalist Chapel Society to solicit grant funds from the Vermont Arts Council for upgrades to the Chapel which is often used as public gathering place.  The Vermont Arts Council  has a “Cultural Facilities” grant program which helps to improve venues that host live performances. The money would go to improvement of a sound system, a fire alarm system and for new pew cushions (We at Woodstock Early Bird are very much about keeping the tush comfy while enjoying a performance!)

The Selectboard also approved a plan for  connection of  Town sewer lines to the Pond Ridge Motel site in West Woodstock. The connection will be a four-inch forced main which means capacity for another 50 houses to be added if needed. Town Manager Phil Swanson says once Act 250 review happens, it’s possible that water mains might also be extended which could provide a new hydrant in West Woodstock.

Swanson also presented the Board with a pile of bills from the Recreation Center’s Irene recovery effort. The Selectboard gave him permission to go ahead and pay them. Voters approved a 225k bond for Recreation Center upgrades and a soon to be signed contract with Upland Construction came in at under that amount.

A loader loan was approved for Mascoma  Bank and…

Finally, so that everyone knows who to contact in case of emergency, the Board approved an updated BEOP or Basic Emergency Operations Plan. It includes where vulnerable citizens might be (health centers, senior centers, daycare centers and so forth) as well as gathering points.

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Russell Pejouhy on June 19, 2012 at 21:23

    Class 4 roads are not private property but are public right of ways until the town discontinues them. That process has not taken place. The rocks should be removed until then.


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