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Wallingford Town Hall will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. for Election Day voting Tuesday, November 3rd. Bring the ballot you received in the mail to the polls. If you no longer have it, you will need to sign an affidavit of “no ballot cast” and a new ballot will be provided. Remember to also wear a face mask (one will be provided if you don’t have one).  Political attire with a candidate’s name or party affiliation is not allowed inside the polling location.

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Emerald ash borer (EAB) infestations naturally spread one to two miles annually. However, without due care, movement of infested material, especially ash firewood and logs, results in a faster and wider spread of EAB to uninfested areas. Carefully planning and managing the movement of infested or potentially infested material will slow the spread and provide greater protection for uninfested forests.

EAB has been detected in Manchester and West Rutland. To learn more, click here.

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My organization, Rural Innovation Strategies, Inc. (RISI), along with CTC Technology & Energy, have been hired by the State of Vermont Department of Public Service (PSD) to help develop their COVID-19 Emergency Response Telecommunications Recovery Plan. We are surveying Vermont residents and business owners in order to better understand their use of Internet and wireless enabled services since the onset of the pandemic. This will provide insight into the changing landscape of telecommunication needs and how the state could address existing challenges in the near term. As such, we are asking for your assistance: Would you please consider sharing the residential survey and the business owner survey with members of your community? The survey will close on November 2, 2020, and shouldn’t take participants more than 10 minutes to complete. •  Thanks in advance, 

Matt Dunne

For the residential survey, click here.

For the business survey, click here.

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GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT ANNOUNCES NEXT ROUND OF ECONOMIC RECOVERY GRANTS Latest round of grants will continue to support businesses impacted by COVID-19 pandemic Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott today announced an expansion of the state’s Economic Recovery Grants, utilizing an additional $76 million in funds from the $1.25 billion the state received from the Federal CARES Act. These funds are in addition to the $152 million in economic relief already delivered to Vermont businesses. Per Act 154, passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Scott, these new grants will be administered by the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD), with assistance from the Department of Taxes. Vermont businesses and nonprofits, including sole proprietors, that have seen a decline in total sales between March and September of 2020, compared to the same period in 2019, and who can demonstrate unmet need, may be eligible to receive an Expanded Economic Recovery Grant. Qualifying businesses may now receive up to $300,000 in total economic recovery grants. “We know many businesses and sectors in the state continue to feel the negative impacts of COVID-19 and the steps we’ve had to take to keep Vermonters safe,” said Governor Scott. “With these grants, we are working to support those sectors most impacted by this pandemic and help them survive into the winter months.” Businesses and nonprofits that collect and remit Meals and Rooms Tax or Sales and Use Tax may apply through the Department of Taxes. All others, including those who have previously received a grant from ACCD, may apply to ACCD. Unlike previous grant programs, the expanded grant program will not be first come, first served. Instead, grants will be distributed in late November after the total unmet need of all qualifying businesses has been ascertained. “Vermont’s business community has had to endure unique hardships during this crisis and with these additional grant dollars we hope that by first assessing total need we can make these limited dollars reach businesses with the most unmet need,” said Department of Economic Development Commissioner Joan Goldstein. The Department of Taxes application is open now through the myVTax portal until midnight, October 30. ACCD will open their application in the next week and the window to submit applications will also be two weeks. Visit the ACCD Recovery Resource Center for full details. In addition, ACCD and the Department of Taxes will host informational webinars on Wednesday, October 21 and Friday, October 23 to review program eligibility, application process, and answer questions from business owners.

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Voters can place election ballots in the secure ballot box located near the Taft Terrace side entrance of Wallingford Town Hall .

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The Wallingford Selectboard on October 5, 2020 adopted an amendment to the Regulation of Motor Vehicles Ordinance to lower the speed limit on East Street TH #15 as follows: A maximum speed of 25 m.p.h. from the intersection of Vermont Route 140 to the Clarendon Town Line.

Citizens have the right to petition pursuant to 24 V.S.A. § 1973 for a vote on the Amendment. A petition for a vote on the question of disapproving an ordinance or rule shall be signed by not less than five per cent of the qualified voters of the municipality, and presented to the legislative body or the clerk of the municipality within 44 days following the date of adoption of the ordinance or rule by the legislative body. Unless a petition requesting a vote is filed pursuant to 24 V.S.A. § 1973, the amended ordinance shall become effective sixty (60) days from the said adoption. Contact: Wallingford Town Administrator, 75 School Street, Wallingford, VT 05773 or (802)446-2872.

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Rutland County Solid Waste District sponsors Household Hazardous Waste days at the transfer statin each year. On Saturday, October 17 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., you may bring your household hazardous waste free of charge to the transfer station.

New restrictions this year from RCSWD: Due to the COVID-19 environment, certain changes in previous years’ processes have been made to align with VBOH/CDC guidance. Each participant must remain in the vehicle with a mask on. All materials to dispose of must be organized such that items can be placed on a table in little time. Do not use garbage bags. A staff member will process paperwork to include contact information. Participants will need to have a completed, in advance materials drop-off list. This materials list should be easy to read and it should detail each material with estimated volume. When this is completed, participant will be asked to exit the vehicle and place materials on the table, and maintain social distancing. Excessive materials will not be accepted and will be referred to the Gleason Road facility. Nothing will be returned (gas cans etc.). Please leave your pets at home.

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WALLINGFORD VOTERS We are asking for your patience during this election period. For the health and safety of residents and those working at Town Hall through the pandemic, please wait to receive your absentee ballots in the mail to avoid coming into the office. Ballots are being sent out this week. You can either mail them back or place them in the locked Official Ballot Box outside our Taft Terrace entrance.