Averting a disaster
Rutland firefighters and Wilk Paving crews recently worked together
to avert what could have been a major contamination in Otter Creek.
An empty tri-axle dump truck rolled away from the company asphalt
plant on Ripley Road, crashing down an embankment into a tributary
of Otter Creek. Thankfully, no one was hurt.
The brake apparently slipped while the truck was unattended, and
all 23,000 pounds of it rolled away. The truck itself is a total
loss; the diesel fuel and oil it contained an environmental
Thanks to quick action led by Wilk plan manager Todd Widli and city
Fire Lt. Mark Meszaros, booms were laid across the stream, running
on the floor of a 40-foot ravine. Additional booms were placed to
catch contaminants leaking from the truck.
City parking, agreement reached
The city and the state have finally reached agreement on the
downtown parking deck. The state will lease the deck to the city on
a three-year contract, with an option to renew for two years.
Operation is to be in the hands of a contracted management company.
Although the state is paying the city to manage the deck, the
$50,000 fee will be counter-balanced by other expenses. The city's
advantage is the ability to set hours of operation, keeping the
deck open late at night for specific events. Current parking fees
and contracts will remain in place.
Friday, Sept. 13 - Paula Poundstone brings her quick wit to the
Paramount Theatre, 8 p.m. 775-0903.
Saturday, Sept. 14 - Rutland United Methodist Church Craft Fair, 71
Williams St., 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 773-2460.
Saturday, Sept. 14 - The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center
hosts its opening reception for SculpFest 2013, 636 Marble St.,
West Rutland. 5 to 8 p.m. 438-2097.
Wednesday, Sept. 18 - Rutland Free Library holds Fall book sale,
thousands of books, CDs, DVDs, and puzzles for all ages, 10 Court
St., 4 p.m. - 8 p.m., 773-1860.