Walden Prepares for Fall Foliage Day on Sept. 26

WALDEN – At the select board meeting on August 29, Judy Clifford reported that Walden will have a fall foliage day on September 26, with a beef barbecue available at 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., with take-out offered and limited indoor seating and outdoor options, weather permitting. There will be a map of businesses open for tourist visits.

Clifford also reported that the yearly audit has been completed. The auditors also help with final town report values.

Information was presented that the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail will be developing access to the trail during the 2023 construction period. Walden will be scheduled for several site inspections during October 2022 and the town will then apply for a grant for construction expenses. The town will contribute from the Capital Fund reserve account.

The road crew report said that with an excavator, the crew completed this year’s inventory repairs. They have a culvert to replace on Summerhill Road and another that needs to be cleaned out before winter. Five tires have been retread and three others will be soon.

A resident requested an additional speed limit sign on Coles Pond Road. The board agreed to the sign and the road crew will install as time and sign posts allow.

The town clerk reported that free COVID test kits and free 911 signs are still available and that the website continues to be updated with the current Grand list added to the news section. Information about the upcoming fire department open house has been listed on the site. In addition, the town clerk’s office continues to review and apply for grants that will help with management expenses and office cyber security has been updated by rb Technologies. Updates to improve the firehouse internet access will be made next week.

Present at the meeting, in person were Brenda Huntoon, Randolph Wilson, Judy Clifford and Willie Woelfle, and by Zoom, Roger Fox.