Loan from the state to help decrease storm water
A $1.26 million loan from the state may provide the necessary funds
for a final design to remove storm water from the city's wastewater
processing plant. The aldermen recently gave the Department of
Public Works authorization to apply for the loan. The city will
contract with Otter Creek Engineering for the final project design,
which will provide a firm enough estimate on which to solicit bids
for the construction.
The Northwest Neighborhood Sewer Separation Project includes
installing 5,000 feet of new storm sewer and system components,
enough to eventually remove the storm water from a 59-acre area,
thereby preventing an estimated 10 million to 15 million gallons in
overflow. Completion will probably take about two years. It will
reduce processing costs and, hopefully, assure that the city will
no longer exceed state overflow limits.
Rec department infrastructure needs
Recreation officials plan meetings to discuss repairing the lining
of White's pool and whether or not to demolish the field house at
Rotary Park. If the "protective skin" of the pool lining is not
replaced, the pool structure will soon be damaged, according to Bob
Peterson of the Parks Department.
Alderman Top DePoy objects to tearing down the field house because
it was built by the Rotary Club and could still serve the
community, even though that might best be at another
Contractors have been studying both the leaky roof at the Courcelle
Brothers building on North Street Extension. The Rec Department is
already moving storage into the building in preparation for its
becoming the department's administrative and maintenance facility
as well as providing some programming space.
City playing fields are still recovering from the effects of
Tropical Storm Irene. Some programs have been displaced to
alternate locations since the 2011 floods as the turf's root base
New faces in city law enforcement
Rutland police chief James Baker recently introduced three newly
hired law enforcement staffers to the Rutland City Police
Commission. Officer Charles Whitehead is a Rutland native, and has
been a member of the Brandon Police Department and a Rutland County
Sheriff's Department deputy. He joins the Rutland department with
his own police dog.
Also new are Elias Anderson and Emilio Rosario. Anderson is
currently taking a 16-week training at Vermont Police Academy. A
graduate of Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, he is from the
Albany, NY area.
Rosario is also in a training course at the Academy. He has
10 years officer experience with the Vermont Department of
Corrections and has specialized gang activity training. Even with
these three new hires, the city's PD is understaffed but now only
six below its full-authorized force.
Other police personnel news:
Ken Mosher recently received a promotion from patrolman to
corporal; he is considered a Vermont leader in investigating
Longtime administrative secretary Carolyn Boothroyd is leaving the
department after 16 years of service.
Police schedule city patrols based on the calls that come into the
dispatch center; residents who want to see increased patrol
coverage in their neighborhoods need to call in their requests or
concerns, chief Baker said at the recent Police Commission meeting.
Northwest residents had attended the meeting to complain of
reckless speeding drivers and open drug deals. The more complaints,
the greater the police presence, officers say.
Former assistant building inspector Robert Barrett is taking the
'assistant' off his job title, as aldermen divided the positions of
zoning administrator and building inspector into two separate jobs.
James Simonds had performed both functions; given the choice of
which title to keep, Simonds chose the zoning appointment.
West Rutland School is looking for a replacement middle-school
science teacher. Shawn Lenihan was to return to the classroom he
had left in the spring, coming back for an in-service day. But the
day before the training day, he emailed a resignation letter. As
the school board accepted his resignation, it also fined him $500,
as provided in the teachers' contract, to allow for advertising the
open position he created so late in the year.
Rutland arts receive awards and funding
The Vermont Arts Council plans to present Arthur Williams Award for
Meritorious Service in the Arts to both Bruce Bouchard, executive
director of the Paramount Center, Inc., in Rutland, and Carol
Driscoll, head of the Carving Studio & Sculpture Center in West
Both of their organizations are current Arts Partnership three-year
The Carving Studio received a $7,000 grant to support its programs
and services including residencies, international exchanges,
educational workshops, exhibitions, lectures, and special
The Paramount also received $7,000, in this instance to support the
Creative Partnerships Series, Vermont Artist Series, and
economic/municipal outreach initiatives.
VAC also announced Cultural Facility grant awards, $30,000 to the
Paramount to support the installation of a projection, reception,
and sound enhancement system, and $30,000 to the Town of West
Rutland to support the renovation of the basement bathrooms in the
Town Hall Auditorium.
Project Vision sees success in some areas
Simple tactics in Depot Park have been successful in curtailing
drug transactions, Rutland City Police Chief James Baker told the
Rutland Region Workforce Investment Board recently. Removing the
benches and trimming shrubs and trees have made the park less
desirable for people who want to buy or sell drugs; since the
modifications, there have been no complaints about trafficking in
Changing the environment is key to making many of the changes
Rutland needs to shed drug-related problems, Baker told the group.
Project Vision collects data to pinpoint needs and focus on
underlying problems; it includes collaboration between partners,
including faith-based organizations and building relationships in
It recognizes that domestic violence is a by-product of broken
people and that job training is part of the long-term
RRMC changes energy source
Rutland Regional Medical Center (RRMC) will convert its heating and
hot water system to use compressed natural gas rather than the
currently used fuel oil, under a contract recently signed with NG
Advantage LLC. The energy provider will use its "virtual pipeline"
of high-tech carbon fiber composite tractor-trailers to deliver the
CNG to RRMC in lieu of a natural gas pipeline. The advantages are a
30 percent savings on fuel costs and a 26 percent reduction of
carbon dioxide emissions and nearly all particulates. CNG
consumption is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2014.
Heritage Trail misses a few
The recently created African-American Heritage Trail omits an
important figure who lived and worked in West Rutland: the Reverent
Lemuel Haynes, who fought in the Revolutionary War, then became a
minister, and is considered to be the first black man to shepherd a
white congregation in the U.S. (in Connecticut). His conversational
wit often appeared on the pages of local newspapers, while he led
the Congregational Church that stood just off today's Route 4A.
Haynes also figured in Manchester, Vt. history with the 1820
publication of Mystery Developed. It chronicled the flawed
conviction of Jesse and Stephen Boorn, thought to have murdered
their brother-in-law Russell Colvin until the man re-appeared in
It also omits the story of Lucy Terry Prince, perhaps the first
published African-American female poet. Living in Guilford, she
defended her family's rights and property in court against the
threats of a white neighbor in the 1780s. Perhaps these people lack
mention in the African-American Trail because no markers,
buildings, or museums exist to which to tie their stories.
Purple Chandelier to open by Ace
Interior decorator Allison Messier-Gamble is moving her boutique
the Purple Chandelier to 269 N. Main St., Rutland, just north of
Ace Hardware. Cay Cotrupi, a former boutique owner, and Terry
DeYong, shepherd, weaver, and millinery expert, are joining her.
Their specialties include treasures, antiques, jewelry, home décor,
timeless apparel, fancy women's hats, and Vermont-made products.
Jesse Savage's hand-forged iron goods are another specialty.
Classes will teach weaving, millinery, ceramics, and home
The store will be open Monday and Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to
5:30 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Lani's weekly picks
Friday, Sept. 20 - Chaffee Art Center's fall members' exhibit, 16
S. Main St., begins. 775-0356.
Saturday, Sept. 21 - Curbstone Chorus holds its fourth annual show
at Mill River Union High. 2321 Middle Road, North Clarendon. Guest
performers include the Spoon Mountain Singers from Tinmouth, the
Rutland High School Chamber Singers, and the Golden Tones, better
known as Olivia Gawet and Taylor Morneau.
Sunday, Sept. 22 - Pine Hill Parks hosts its sixth annual duathlon,
a 5K trail run followed by a 10K mountain bike race loop. Register
at Godnick Adult Center.
Wednesday, Sept. 25 - Update on health care reform implementation
from Peter Welch. Franklin Conference Center, 1 Scale Ave., 8 a.m.