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Select Board sets initial priorities for coming year

Select Board members and the town manager weighed in last week on what they would like to see the town do in the coming year.

Selectman Bernie Rome said he was leaning toward opposing the newly-publicized idea for Bill's Country Store.

A group of five local businessmen recently proposed transforming the vacant store into a welcome center.

Rome said he wasn't convinced, however, that the men had the financial capital to do just that.

"If they are waiting for us, that's the wrong idea," Rome said at last week's Select Board meeting.

Select Board Chairman Chris Bianchi chose to clear up some perceived misunderstandings in addition to discussing his priorities for the coming year.
Bianchi explained that a document handed out at town meeting by former board member Jim Haff was in fact, not drafted up in secret.
The document detailed a plan to transfer many of the economic development functions of the town to a privately funded foundation.

Bianchi said the document was merely a "work in progress."
Town Manager Seth Webb said he hoped to first, revise the strategic plan for the town this April.
Webb discussed transitioning the town's calendar year financial schedule to a fiscal year one for better accounting purposes.

Webb also asked that town officials look at the future of the crumbling and now vacant teen center building and renovating the fire department on Killington Road.

Webb told the Board that the town's hazard mitigation plan needs to be updated in order to acquire future funds and asked town officials to consider hiring policies, a town charter, a procurement policy and another source of funds for tourism other than the local options tax.

Lastly, Webb said the new police chief position in town will start to be advertised this week.

Cristina Kumka is a correspondent for The Mountain Times. She can be reached directly at cristina_kumka@yahoo.com.