Proctor selectboard looks to repair sewage lagoon, hears several bids


 PROCTOR—The Proctor selectboard opened its August 24 meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. 

There were no guests or public comments. It was noted that the paving at Gibb and Taylor Hill was going well; crosswalks had been repainted for the opening of school; the Fall Festival would take place on Wednesday, August 31 in the park and would feature the Green Brothers Band.

 Town Manager Michael Ramsey offered the Highway Commission report. The following items were discussed:

  • Traffic paint was obtained and traffic cones were ordered;
  • A solution was sought for a rip in the lagoon liner;
  • Bids solicited for new Toolcat with an estimated cost of $70- $90,000 before trade in;
  • The South Street sidewalk is scheduled for completion in Summer 2024;
  • Bases for the Marble bridge are complete and will be reinstalled when a mason is found;
  • Culvert and ditch repair on Florence Road are complete with paving to be done in September.

 The Board of Water Commissioners was convened and the following items were discussed:

  • A complaint about water leaks in the basement of 61Park Street was attributed to Contract 6 water project; and the Town Manager agreed to address insurance claims;
  • The first bid for the Gorham Bridge Road water project came in at $50,000, which triggered a closed bidding process. The board passed a motion to seek for bids by a 4-1 majority;
  • The 10 homeowners with the highest outstanding water bills will be sent disconnect notices. 

 The Board of Sewage Commissioners was convened and the following items were discussed:

  • A sewage lagoon liner required a temporary patch while permanent solution are sought;
  • The cost to update SCADA software is approximately $30,000; 
  • ANR engineer inspected the Willow Street project and all remediation issues were resolved.

 The Select Board was re-convened and the following items were discussed:

  • The Town Manager offered training to the new Zoning Administrator;
  • The search for an Assistant Town Clerk/Treasurer is ongoing;
  • The Town Manager has been invited to attend the International Manager’s Summit in Ohio (September 17 – 20) at no cost to the town.
  • Zion should close on the Vermont Marble Museum building at 52 Main Street by the end of the month.
  • The community pool was officially closed for the season.
  • The selectboard reviewed and signed orders totaling $62,400.98.
  • A Park & Ride grant application will not be submitted.
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