by Doug McClure
WOLCOTT – After a long, peaceful period without the road crew’s aptly named Truck No. 13 breaking down after doing so multiple times in a row, the Wolcott select board received an unwelcome update.
While Halloween is still months away, the truck had more ghosts to share, this time with a suspension problem that put it into the shop. Viking Cives advised road foreman Dillan Cafferky that the town should be aware that, due to supply chain issues, a new replacement truck could take as much as a year and a half for delivery at this point. Cafferky is looking into lease options.
The board also received new details on temporary repairs needed for the Town Hill culvert. Vermont Fish and Wildlife had established requirements for fish protection, as well as for other wildlife to cross the culvert’s floor. Wilson Consulting Engineers of Montpelier estimated the construction will cost between $30,000 and $50,000, with a total project cost between $40,000 and $60,000. Cafferky recommended taking some initial recommended steps that would cost $3,250, and the board agreed.
Susan Alexander of the Lamoille Regional Solid Waste Management District (LRSWMD) had reviewed the financials of the Wolcott transfer station and had some ideas. One issue the town had previously identified was the amount of cardboard coming in. Alexander said that the LRSWMD had a new machine it was testing that compressed cardboard, and Wolcott might be able to participate. One suggestion re-iterated was to make sure the attendants know what is being brought in to ensure that the correct fees are charged. The town might also consider reducing the compost bins to one larger bin instead of two small ones to solve the issue of bins only being filled halfway, and is investigating whether an on-site composting setup might be an option.
The town just received nearly $12,000 for the Wolcott Community Garden through the AARP Challenge 2021 grant. Subsequent to that award, Deb Klein proposed a second opportunity for a $950 Spark Connecting Community grant. The goal of that grant would be a design for the garden’s logo, the free vegetable pantry, and the upcoming park. Residents would vote on the design. The board also approved establishing a separate checking account for the garden.
Fuel bids were again discussed, but the discussion over the options has extended to where the quotes have expired. The town currently uses Bourne’s Energy. Additional discussion will take place at tonight’s meeting.