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New Sheriff office

The Rutland County sheriff's office hopes to move into its new home, 88 Grove St., by this fall. Before the office can move in, the 4,800-square-foot storefront site requires substantial remodeling.

Buying the former TV repair shop places Sheriff Stephen Benard's department close to the court and jail, provides 1300 additional square feet of space, gains 10 parking spaces, and reduces monthly expenses. It should also provide a calming effect to a neighborhood overrun with drug dealing and violence.

Raw material line of credit

The Vermont Community Loan Fund (VCLF) recently approved a line of credit for Vermont Wood Pellet Co. LLC, of North Clarendon. The wood pellet manufacturer will use the VCLF line of credit to purchase raw materials and finance the production of finished goods during the off-heating season.

The company's test mill operation is one of only two such mills in the country. It has been experimenting with several different species of wood to develop a composition that meets standards for a soft wood, low ash, hot burning wood pellet. The necessary woods are available inside a 30-mile radius of the company's facility; that proximity permits local harvesting as well as processing.  

Shape of Rutland housing

Eric Hangen of I Squared Community Development Consulting in Dorset begins a study on housing needs in Rutland City, beginning May 1. The project begins with a tour of the city, conducted by Rutland Redevelopment Authority (RRA) Executive Director Brennan Duffy.

Projections call for the study to be complete in mid-September. The public will be asked for input at public forums about one-third of the way through the study and a draft report at the three-quarter point. Funding for the project comes from a municipal planning grant, with some work done in-house by the RRA with aid from the building and zoning office, the Department of Public Works, the city assessor, and the city treasurer's office.


Curtis Ave. to be widened- temporarily closed

Curtis Avenue is too narrow for safety, especially for ambulance access. City workers will begin to widen it as the month draws to an end. Expectations are for the street to remain closed during construction. The project is estimated to take two to three months.

Workers will remove the concrete service and rebuild, making the road a fairly standard 24 feet wide from South Main Street to Horton Street, a distance of about 600 feet. Its budget totals $95,000, a sum that does not include in-house labor or equipment costs.


Congratulations to Carolyn Crowley Meub for being selected as one of 10 Rotary Champions of Change, honored in Washington, DC, on April 20.

School pension board personelle change

City school board chair Peter Mello is leaving his position as one of the representatives to the pension board and planning to appoint another school board member Hurley Cavacas in his stead. Mello cites Cavacas's experience in finance and mathematics as making him a good representative on the pension board. Cavacas teaches mathematics at Fair Haven Union High. He's also president of the teachers' union at Addison-Rutland Supervisory Union, a position which may influence his ability to represent the Rutland City public schools from the other side of the table.

West End rec plans

A preliminary master recreation plan outlines new, old and upgraded facilities in West Rutland. Having a master plan guides the community where to assign resources - both money and volunteer time - as they become available.

The 125-acre town recreation area lies south of Route 4, an approximate 125 acres between Clarendon Avenue and the Clarendon River, with more than a half-mile of river frontage. Currently it sports a baseball field, volleyball court, basketball court, small play area, and soccer field, as well as the town well and pump station and end of the town's bike path.

Proposed additions include a softball field, second soccer field, horseshoe pits, picnic area and shelter near the river, plus more parking spaces in the park's north end. Other possibilities might be a dog park, an expansion to the trail system, and a spot for water fun- like a splash pad. Consultants have recommended widening the Fairview Avenue entrance, installing more signage on Clarendon Avenue plus a crosswalk, perhaps even building a sidewalk on Clarendon Avenue's west side to connect with a sidewalk on Fairview. Currently, the entrance at a 90-degree bend in Fairview and lacks a pedestrian sidewalk.

Consultants plan to submit a nearly complete master plan to town officials on May 23, along with a brief summary of how to move forward. An 8- to 10-member recreation committee will work on managing the plan, working closely with Richard Dow, the town's recreation director.


Friday-Sunday, May 4-6 - Spring Fling yard and bake sale, Washington St., Rutland. Rides, games, food, more. Benefits the Masons' Center Lodge's Scholarship Fund.

Friday-Sunday, May 4-6 - Cirque du Cabaret, Merchants Hall, 40-42 Merchants Row, Rutland. song, dance, and drama, courtesy of Break-a-Leg Society (Fair Haven Drama Troupe). Call 855-8081 for reservations.

Sunday, May 6 - Loyalty Day Parade, sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars Rutland County Post 648. Best and largest parade in the state. 2 p.m., downtown Rutland. Music and dancing follow at Post 648.

Tuesday, May 8 - The Meadows hosts the Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce mixer 5-7 p.m.

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