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Grand List Notice: The Town of Wallingford has completed the abstract of property owners as of April 1, 2020. Grievance hearings will be held on June 12 starting at 9:00 a.m. Call 446-2336 to make an appointment. To be timely, all grievances must be received in writing or by email no later than June 11. For more information, click here.

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Rutland County Solid Waste District would like to invite Wallingford residents to the workshop we have planned on Thursday, June 11 at 7 PM.  They are asking participants to register before they send the link to join the Zoom meeting. Thanks!

Virtual Compost Workshop Thursday, June 11 @ 7:00 PM Registration link: https://forms.gle/zDHYGzmAge9SugtP6

Concerned about composting and not sure what to do about it? As of July 1, 2020 Vermonters will be required to divert their food scraps from the trash. So our team is hosting virtual workshops to discuss the ins and outs of backyard composting as well as other options residents have. The workshop is designed to inform folks on new ways of thinking about our ‘wasted’ food. Whether you are composting for the first time or an experienced

gardener, you’ll be sure to walk away with a few new tips and tricks. Contact the Rutland County Solid Waste District for more info: (802) 775-7209 x206

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The Selectboard has scheduled a Special Meeting for Thursday at 2:00 p.m via Zoom Conference Call. Details and an agenda are on the Selectboard page of this website.

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Wallingford Fire District #1 reports a water leak by True Temper. Water has been shut off in the neighborhood. Boil water notices will be delivered to Creek Road and River Street residences. For further information, email wallfired1@vermontel.net or call Simons Operations Services at 802-793-9429.

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I am trying to return to business as usual when it comes to obtaining a permit to burn natural debris (grasses, brush, tree limbs, leaves etc.) The total burn ban is over, HOWEVER. SMALL CONTAINED CAMPFIRES – Fires that are in a designated fire pit, ring, outdoor fireplace or chimnea are allowed without a permit. I ask that you do so with great care and it is away from any structures, trees or anything combustible. Also, the fire must be attended at all times and please extinguish completely when you are done. FIRES REQUIRING A PERMIT TO KINDLE – Any fire that does not meet the above criteria. I am going to limit the amount of permits that are out at a time with priority given to those that have left their contact information with me from the beginning. If you call me for a last minute permit it will most likely not be granted. I will ask for a few days to a week advance notice for you to receive a permit. As a reminder, it is illegal to burn garbage or anything that is not natural debris or natural wood. This also includes treated, painted and stained lumber. Thank you for your understanding and patience while we were under a ban. Mark Barone Fire Warden (802)779-7363

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Wallingford Residents,

The Wallingford Selectboard does NOT support a Roundabout. Wallingford Block owner Michelle Kenny coordinated with Rutland Regional Planning Commission and the Town of Wallingford on a state Municipal Planning Grant application aimed at structural improvements to the building at the Route 7 and 140 intersection. Because it was a planning grant, it had to include a planning component. The application drafted by Ms. Kenny and RRPC called for a streetscape design. The state awarded funds for the project based on the application submitted. BMA Associates was the low bidder for a streetscape design and was awarded that portion of the project. At no point during the design phase, was the Town made aware that a roundabout was being considered. It was not until the designs were submitted that board members found out about the roundabout. The Selectboard was quite alarmed by this design and withheld 50% of BMA’s fee until an associate provided an explanation. At the April 6 meeting, BMA’s Kirk Moore responded to questions from the Board about right-of-way, parking, cost and more. At the end of discussion, Selectboard Chair Nelson Tift expressed doubt there would ever be funding for that project in that location. At no time, has anyone on the Selectboard expressed support for the final design and/or roundabout. It was one element of an overall project that resulted in significant structural improvements to a building that has been such an integral part of the community’s history and is located in the heart of the village. Finally, the Selectboard has no intention of pursuing funding for a roundabout.

Sincerely, The Wallingford Selectboard

Nelson Tift, Chair

Rose Regula, Vice Chair

Bruce Duchesne

John McClallen

Patricia Pranger

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Due to the corona virus and the uncertainty of when the stay at home order will be lifted, the budget meeting and the annual meeting for the East Wallingford Fire District #2 have been cancelled. New dates will be scheduled as soon as we know when we are able to meet in a safe environment.

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The Town received a report that there was a possible break-in attempt on Tuesday in the vicinity of 2249 Route 140 West.  The Sheriff was contacted and took a report. There were no descriptions of a person or vehicle available. However, residents should immediately report any unusual activity to the Rutland County Sheriff at 775-8002 or if it’s an emergency call 911.

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The Manchester Ranger District is proposing a stepwise approach to addressing the complaints fielded to date at the White Rocks Recreation site.  The district’s plan of action to address the concerns raised is the following: 1. The district intends on keeping the gate closed to the site. Keeping the gate closed will minimize and discourage overnight stays, large group interactions at the picnic site, and convey to the public while the site remains accessible there are limited amenities (no access to restrooms, trash receptacles, etc.). 2. The district will commit to increased site monitoring. The district currently has timber staff working in the Bully Brook area. Staff working in that area will drive to the gate on their way to their job site and on the way back from their job site monitoring site use. They will notify United States Forest Service law enforcement of anything that looks out of the ordinary or in violation of policy. The monitoring will typically be two to three days per week but could be more or less in any given week. 3. The district’s law enforcement officer will commit to increased site monitoring. Sites visits by law enforcement will be worked in, when possible, on days when there is not any other district employee visiting the site. 4. Anytime there is an incident identified through site monitoring violating policy or through public complaint, the district’s law enforcement officer will provide the appropriate response and follow-up. 5. The Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forests will be distributing a press release tomorrow to local media outlets highlighting the need for folks to follow the Governor’s orders and CDC guidance.  David Francomb District Ranger Forest Service Green Mountain & Finger Lakes National Forests Manchester Ranger District o: 802-362-2307 x7212 c: 802-222-1833 f: 802-362-1251 david.francomb@usda.gov 2538 Depot Street Manchester Center, VT 05255 www.fs.fed.us