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NeighborWorks Offers Discounted Energy Audits

At the June 13 meeting of the Town of Mendon Selectboard an announcement was made that the Town of Mendon thanks Roy and Ellen Prior, Judy Dark and Mr. and Mrs. Bretell for hosting the Town of Mendon Fishing Derby on June 11, 2011.

Under Old Business, the resurface of the Sherwood Drive and Woodward Road was discussed. The Selectboard reviewed quotes to resurface both Sherwood Drive and Woodward Road. A motion was made by Selectman Smith to hire Wilk to resurface Sherwood Drive and Woodward Road with a 1 inch shim and one inch top of hot mix not to exceed $140,000. The motion was seconded by Selectman Adams and the motion was approved unanimously. The Selectboard discussed solutions to water coming off of Helvi Hill Road to Sherwood Drive. Bill Ellis, Road Commissioner, will prepare possible solutions with cost estimates of each to present to the Selectboard and property owners. The Selectboard discussed signs on Woodward Road. Bill will layout a signage plan in accordance with the 2009 MUTCD and present to the Selectboard.

Regarding signs, the 2009 MUTCD requires all street signs on roads 35mph and less, and all regulatory signs be replaced by January 2012. The Rutland Regional Planning Commission is coordinating a bulk purchase of signs. Bill Ellis is finalizing the sign inventory to determine how many signs are required to be replaced.

Regarding the salt shed repairs, Sara Tully and Bill Ellis sent a request for proposal to contractors for repairs to the salt shed foundation. A site visit with the contractors was scheduled for June 21 at the Town Garage. Proposals to conduct repairs to the foundation were due by June 30. Bill Ellis discussed repairs to the salt shed siding and will obtain quotes for these repairs.

Regarding the truck replacement, the Selectboard evaluated trade-in values of trucks and a 7 year schedule did not prove better than a 12 year schedule. The Selectboard has requested a breakdown of all truck repairs. Sara Tully will get the breakdown from the Treasurer's Office.

Under New Business, the NeighborWorks Countywide Energy Competition was discussed. NeighborWorks is offering energy audits to all homeowners in Rutland County for discounted rates. An energy audit of a home will provide information regarding the efficiency of the home and make recommendations for energy improvements. Energy audits can cost between $300 and $600 depending on the size of the home. NeighborWorks is facilitating energy audits with local contractors for under $100. If any Mendon homeowner would like to take advantage of this program and schedule an energy audit you can contact NeighborWorks at 802-438-2303.

Regarding unregistered dogs, the deadline to register dogs was April 1, 2011. A reminder postcard was sent to all property owners. A late notice was sent to owners that registered a dog last year, but did not register this year. There are currently 38 dogs that were registered last year that have not been registered this year and are in violation of the Town of Mendon Animal Control Ordinance. The Selectboard  authorized a warning letter be sent to owners with a two week deadline to register their dogs or a violation of the ordinance will be imposed.

The Chittenden Volunteer Fire Department's Annual Auction date is July 16, 2011. It will start at 9:30 a.m. and the auctioneer is Steve Taylor. The location is Barstow Memorial School on Chittenden Road in Chittenden, Vermont. Checks or cash will be accepted. There is a food concession stand. Bring a chair to sit under the tent.

 The 33rd running of the Goshen Gallop--the toughest 10k in New England takes place on July 13, 2011 on the nordic trails surrounding the Blueberry Hill Inn in Goshen. All proceeds of the event support the Moosalamoo Association, a local non-profit dedicated to promoting, conserving and educating the public about the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area. More information or a place to register for this event can be found at:

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