Shaftsbury news in brief

SHAFTSBURY — The tax rate will be set this week, the new garage is proceeding as planned, and Cole Hall is mold-free after sustaining water damage in July.

The Select Board will hold a special meeting this Thursday to approve the town's tax rate. Treasurer Melanie Dexter had hoped to present the tax rate for approval at the board's regular meeting last week, but the grand list had not yet been finalized.

Town Administrator David Kiernan said that the bid package for the new town garage may sent out later than originally intended. The town had aimed for a Sept. 1, but the projects architects remain in conversations with the state about whether a fire wall needs to be included in the design. Kiernan didn't expect the project to delayed more than a week as the final details of the design are hashed out.

Kiernan said that water damage to Cole Hall that was sustained during July was not as bad as expected. No mold was found during the inspection of the building, and repairs to the slate roof are expected to cost just over $500. Plans to renovate the second floor of the historic building to better serve the needs of the town offices are moving forward.

A group of scouts from Girl Scout Troop 30462 of Arlington and Shaftsbury made a presentation before the Select Board suggesting some improvements they think could make walking safer for students. They surveyed citizens of Shaftsbury about the issue, and found that large majorities of their sample believe the town's crosswalks are not visible enough at night (18-0), need additional lighting (17-3), that the town needs more crosswalks (13-6), updated school zone signs on Buck Hill Road (18-4), and a lower speed limit on Buck Hill Road (16-4).

The Select Board meets the first and third Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Cole Hall. Recordings of the meetings are available on Catamount Access Television, and on the station's YouTube page.

Reach staff writer Derek Carson at 802-447-7567, ext. 122 or @DerekCarsonBB


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