Select Board Agrees to Trade Loader

WALDEN – The Walden Select Board meeting was held on December 21 at the town office. Present were Brenda Huntoon and Randolph Wilson in person and Lina Smith and Martha Bissell via Zoom.

After discussion, the board agreed to trade the loader by borrowing $100,000 to be paid over a five year period. The remaining balance will come from the highway equipment fund. This will appear as Article 4 on the Australian Ballot at the town meeting in March.

Town Meeting was discussed. It is expected that the legislature will be discussing town meeting protocol in January when it reconvenes and, based on its decisions, the board will decide how to proceed. The possibility of sending out postcards or ballots to all registered voters was discussed. The voting will take place at the town clerk’s office, but voters are encouraged to vote by absentee ballot.

Martha Bissell reported for the library trustees. The appropriation request for FY 22 will be reduced from $7,000 to $4,500. The library is available to the public by appointment; call Martha at 563-2429. The wi-fi is always on at the library with the password posted on the door. The library trustees have two open seats on the five-member board.

The select board will next meet on January 18 at 6:30 pm.