On January 4, 2017

Lakes Region News Briefs

Fair Haven water line upgrade goes forward
FAIR HAVEN—In February, the town will finalize contract documents that will result in major improvements to its system of water lines. Among them are the replacement of 5,975 feet of water line with 8-inch diameter PVC pipe and new fire hydrant installation on North Main, Fourth, Mechanic, Maple, Liberty, Pine, and Depot streets; Route 4A (Capitol Hill); and Dutton Avenue.
Funded by voter authorization on March 1, 2016, to spend up to $2,120,000, the project has a timeline that anticipates bid advertisements going out in March, bid opening in April, contract award and construction beginning in May, and construction reaching completion in October.
Town Manager Herb Durfee plans a public forum to update attendees on what the project will entail and how it will impact them individually and severally on Jan. 11. To learn more, call his office, 802-265-3010, ext. 5.
A soon-to-be initiated confidential income survey is scheduled to go out in the mail soon. If an insufficient quantity is returned, RCAP Solutions will take the survey door-to-door for a fair representation. The anonymous aggregated results may impact the water line upgrade project interest rate.

GMC faculty author makes “essential books” list
POULTNEY—The New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College includes Green Mountain College professor Phillip Ackerman-Leist’s book, “Rebuilding the Foodshed: How to Create Local, Sustainable, and Secure Food Systems,” on its list, 20 Essential Books for Food-Minded Urbanists. The 2013 publication showcases “promising, replicable models for growing, processing, and distributing sustainably grown food.”
Community bank branch may close
CASTLETON—The 1,174-office Citizens Bank organization is apparently planning to close its branch at 643 Main St. in Castleton on April 14. Notices are said to be scheduled for mailing in January but there seems to be no official confirmation, not even in response to a telephone call made to the bank’s New Jersey headquarters.
The company has a full-service, brick-and-mortar branch in Castleton, having served the needs of both the town and the student body for more than 22 years.
Concerned members of the community are asking people who want to see the office stay open to register their concern at citizensbank.com/customer-service. Telephone numbers currently seem elusive.

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