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Washington Tracks

August 2008


Editor-in-Chief: Jinney Vogel-Polizzi

Associate Editor: Carol Lew

Publisher: Michele Beemer 

Washington Notes… 

A note of appreciation is extended to Lisa Haynes and Roger James Peltier, jr., who volunteered to serve on the Conservation Commission. They will replace Rose Borgnis and William Cawley. They were appointed at the August 4th meeting. 

On Monday evening the select board accepted the resignation of longtime highway department employee Walt Cummings. While we regret his decision to leave we wish him well in his new position with the Town of Peru. Walt's many years of service to the town were applauded by all those in attendance at Monday's meeting. 

A big thank you to Craig Willis of White Wolf Trucking and Excavating and Thom Delaney of Delaney Trucking and Excavating for making the town their first priority and getting Frost Road opened quickly. Not only was the road repaired but the emergency permit filed with DEP also allowed us to remove the silt and debris from behind the dam. The gate was also installed and the pond is now full. 

The funds to pay for the repairs on Frost Road are expected to come from our available Chapter 90 money (state funds derived from periodic transportation bond authorizations and apportioned to communities for highway projects). Repairs to other roads that were substantially damaged by the storm including

Simmons and Cross Place were undertaken by our highway department.


There are still positions on the Board of Health and Conservation Commission that the board would like to fill, if anyone is interested please let us know. 

Currently accepting applications for 3rd man laborer/operator: Hydraulic License required. CDL license preferred. Application forms are available at the DPW office 433 S. Washington State Road. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. or call 413-623-8383. Applications will be received until position is filled. The Town of Washington is an EOE/AA employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. 

Mark Stinson from the DEP will be at the town hall Tuesday August 26 @ 7 PM to present two mini-workshops. The first is the Forest Cutting Practices Act and how it relates to the Wetlands Protection Act and the second is How Close is too Close reviewing buffer zone projects. Free and open to all who are interested. 

The following articles were scheduled to be acted upon at the August 18th meeting: 

Article 1: To see if the town will vote to rescind the prior action taken under Article 5 of the warrant for the Annual town Meeting held on May 10, 2008 

Article 2: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $122,282.90 for general government accounts to be appropriated in different ways (33 monetary adjustments listed in the article)

Article 3: To see if the Town will vote to rescind the prior action taken under Article 12 of the warrant for the annual Town Meeting held on May 10, 2008. 

Article 4: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $29,178.94 for the health and safety accounts to be appropriated as detailed (13 monetary adjustments listed in article)

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