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Town of Castleton revises budget

CASTLETON-The town of Castleton has $74,000 less to work with than they did last year. After revisions were made to this year's budget, the town will have to figure out how to cut back expenses in a few areas.

Disposal of town waste was the first thing looked at by select board members at their last meeting. Currently, Castleton has a membership with the Rutland Solid Waste District which costs them about $16,000 per year. The cost includes a variety of waste, recycling and disposal related services. The town will look into starting a membership with the South Western Waste District which operates at a lower cost annually. Changing memberships would save the town approximately $4,000 per year, although they would lose some of their current services if this route was chosen. The select board has considered the pros and cons of the two options, and decided to stay with the Rutland County Solid Waste District for now.

Final inspection of Grady Bridge is complete and plans are being developed for the causeway so that cars are able to travel safely across. Once complete, the plans will be submitted to the State of Vermont for permit approval. The next phase of the project is expected to start this summer.

The Vermont League of Cities and Towns has appointed Town Manager Charles Jacien to its statewide board of directors. Jacien joins the 13-member board of the VLCT which aims to educate, assist and support municipal governments and officials. Personal time will be used to participate in this activity.

A meeting regarding the Castleton Corners sidewalks was held Friday. Consulting engineers and a representative from the state funding source were in attendance.

The next select board meeting will be held on Monday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m.