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The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) included $350 billion in pandemic-related aid for state and local governments. Vermont will receive more than $1.25 billion of Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funding from ARPA. While the Legislature and the Governor will determine how more than $1 billion of that funding will be spent, Congress directed nearly $200 million of that funding directly to Vermont’s cities, towns, and villages. City Councils and Select Boards will have discretion over how to spend their allocations.

The Town of Wallingford will be receiving $204,000 over two years. To gather input from residents, the Wallingford Selectboard has scheduled a public forum on Wednesday, September 22 at 6:30 p.m. at Wallingford Town Hall. Please attend to share your input or email townadmin@wallingfordvt.com with suggestions.

ARPA includes four broad criteria outlining eligible uses:

  • To respond to the public health emergency or its negative economic impacts, including assistance to households, small businesses, and nonprofits, or aid to impacted industries such as tourism, travel, and hospitality;
  • To respond to workers performing essential work during the COVID-19 public health emergency by providing premium pay to eligible workers;
  • For the provision of government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue due to the COVID–19 public health emergency relative to revenues collected in the most recent full fiscal year prior to the emergency; and
  • To make necessary investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure.

For more information, visit:

https://www.vlct.org/resources/american-rescue-plan-information

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When: Aug 7, 2021, 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Music and fireworks have been rescheduled for August 7! The schedule is the same as before:
5pm Phil Henry
6pm Drum Journeys of the Earth
7pm Burlington Taiko
9pm Fireworks!
Bring blankets and chairs to sit in, and a picnic for dinner. There will be two amazing food vendors set up in the Stone Meadow Park parking area: Vermont Bliss and Mamma Tamara and Famiglia, with delicious treats for sale, sweet and savory.

Keep in mind that parking near the Recreation Area is very limited: please park as far away as you can handle (or walk /bike from home) so that people with limited mobility can park close by.

And pallets are still popping up around town! We are delaying the judging on those and will let you know the results on the 7th. Thank you to all the people who have painted/decorated a pallet and made our streets more fun to travel through.

If you have any questions, please email wallingfordday@gmail.com.

Thanks and see you there!

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If you have a question or concern that involves law enforcement, contact the Rutland County Sheriff Dept at  775-8002 or the Vermont State Police at 773-9101 or 911 in the event of an emergency.

Do not call the Constable for law enforcement matters. The constable only has the power to:  • serve civil or criminal process (12 V.S.A. § 691) • destroy animals (20 V.S.A. Chapter 193) • kill injured deer (10 V.S.A. § 4749) • assist the health officer in the discharge of his or her duties (18 V.S.A. § 617) • serve as a district court officer (4 V.S.A. § 296) • remove disorderly people from town meeting (17 V.S.A. § 2659) and collect taxes when no tax collector is elected (24 V.S.A. § 1529).

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Back With a Bang That’s right everybody, Wallingford Day will be back with a bang on July 17, 2021! The day will be organized around two main events: A return of last year’s Pallet Project A musical extravaganza culminating with a fireworks show at the ballfield! Pallets If you got your pallet on last year, feel free to either display last year’s great work or make a new one. If you didn’t have a chance to get your pallet on, but wanted to, this is your lucky year! We still have a few pallets at the town garage for the take’n. All you need to do is paint ‘em, decorate ‘em, and display ‘em. When you finish your work of art, contact wallingfordday@gmail.com by July 7th to get your name on the map. Maps can be found at either the Gilbert Hart Library or the Town Hall in the week running up to Wallingford Day. Musical Extravaganza Make your way to the ball field on 7/17 for an afternoon/evening of musical variety. Bring a picnic supper and find your spot on the field for a safe and entertaining evening to celebrate Wallingford! Bring a picnic dinner and a blanket. There may be food vendors, please keep an eye on Front Porch Forum and the Wallingford Day Facebook page for updates. • 5 PM Phil Henry & fiddler Jimmy Kalb • 6 PM Drum Journeys of Earth • 7 PM Burlington Taiko • 9 PM Fireworks If you are going to take advantage of traffic and passers by with a tag sale, you will want to be sure to wrap it up in time to come enjoy the music. Parking If you are able, please park away from the ballfield (Waldo Lane, School Street, Railroad Street, etc.) and walk in as this will reserve the ballfield parking lot and Meadow Street for folks who may have difficulty walking. This will also make it much easier and safer when it’s time to leave after dark.

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In Vermont, when the test result at a public swimming area is 235 E. coli/100mL or less, it means that the water is considered suitable for swimming. A result greater than 235 E. coli/100 mL means that the water is not considered suitable for swimming. The Elfin Lake water sample on June 16, 2021 was 55 E. coli/100 ml, well below the threshold. Happy swimming!

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Hubbard Brothers urges citizens to throw trash in the garbage cans NOT the portable restrooms at the ballfield off Meadow Street. Thank you.

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A lifeguard will be on duty at the Elfin Lake Public Beach most weekdays starting the week of June 28th. There will be NO lifeguard coverage on weekends due to a lack of applicants for the position. Swimmers assume all risk should they choose to swim whenever a lifeguard is not on duty. Any COVID-19 protocols required by the state will be in place.

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A one-week peddler permit was issued today to Christoph Marsh, who will be selling educational resources door to door. He is driving a 2002 Buick Regal MO license JG2-J5W.

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The Town of Wallingford is seeking to hire a lifeguard at Elfin Lake public beach for the summer – June 19 – August 21. Flexible schedule and reimbursement for lifeguard certification. If interested, please contact townadmin@wallingfordvt.com or call 446-2872.