Select Board members and the town manager weighed in last week
on what they would like to see the town do in the coming
Selectman Bernie Rome said he was leaning toward opposing the
newly-publicized idea for Bill's Country Store.
A group of five local businessmen recently proposed transforming
the vacant store into a welcome center.
Rome said he wasn't convinced, however, that the men had
the financial capital to do just that.
"If they are waiting for us, that's the wrong idea," Rome said
at last week's Select Board meeting.
Select Board Chairman Chris Bianchi chose to clear up some
perceived misunderstandings in addition to discussing his
priorities for the coming year.
Bianchi explained that a document
handed out at town meeting by former board member Jim Haff was in
fact, not drafted up in secret.
The document detailed a plan to
transfer many of the economic development functions of the town to
a privately funded foundation.
Bianchi said the document was merely a "work in progress."
Manager Seth Webb said he hoped to first, revise the strategic plan
for the town this April.
Webb discussed transitioning the town's
calendar year financial schedule to a fiscal year one for better
Webb also asked that town officials look at the future of the
crumbling and now vacant teen center building and renovating the
fire department on Killington Road.
Webb told the Board that the town's hazard mitigation plan
needs to be updated in order to acquire future funds and
asked town officials to consider hiring policies, a town
charter, a procurement policy and another source of funds for
tourism other than the local options tax.
Lastly, Webb said the new police chief position in town
will start to be advertised this week.
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