Pownal board votes to stay out of drainage complaint


POWNAL -- Private property is a private concern, or so the Pownal Select Board voted Thursday night.

After conducting a site visit to 89 Pratt Road to access water damage that was brought to the town's attention by property owner Roger Bigelow, the board decided to not get further involved.

Bigelow, who has resided at the bottom of the steep hill that is Pratt Road for the past four years, presented to the board last week what he called "a town responsibility," stemming from a May storm that resulted in high amounts of water runoff and flooding.

Although the existing culvert on the property is not large enough, at 80 feet long, to handle the amounts of water that at times head downhill from neighboring properties, the board's decision means that town equipment and manpower will not be used to rebuild or reroute drainage.

Additionally, board members scheduled a special meeting for Tuesday following one previously held this week, during which members went into executive session to discuss personnel matters.

Board Chairman Stephen Kauppi said the board is focused on keeping better records and implementing a standardized evaluation program for all employees of the town.

"It may be new for board members to get into this type of management," said Kauppi.

He added, "We've been working on this on and off for awhile, but now it's time to really clear the plate and start fresh," he said, looking to set a pattern of accountability "that will follow after this board is gone."

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