Selectboard hears from police, Town Party at a turning point

By Alex Bunten | The Charlotte News

The September 28 meeting began with an extensive review of all minutes from the month of September. While discussing the September 10 minutes, Carrie Spear asked about any contact made with Lydia Clemmons concerning the Vermont State Rail Plan. Selectboard Member Matt Krasnow had seen her, and she said that Senator Tim Ashe had contacted Dean Bloch, the town administrator, to see if the town would be interested in having a meeting with VTrans and the representatives of transportation committees of both the Vermont Senate and House. The issue continues to develop.

Door jam

Twenty minutes were then allocated to the approval of the purchase of a new door handle. In the end, the Selectboard authorized $738 to be used for a lock-and-key brushed-chrome push bar.

Police report

The Selectboard then called on the Vermont State Police officer, Matt Daley, to report on VSP activity in Charlotte.  “Things have been going good from our end,” Daley said. “We haven’t had a rash of burglaries like we did a few years ago.”

While taking questions on their monthly reports (see “Charlotte Police beat” column, on page 5, for details), Chair Lane Morrison wondered if there was any trend in where tickets were issued in Charlotte. Trooper Daley wasn’t aware of any specific trend, but he did comment that troopers working in Charlotte were finding fewer speeding violations. “They aren’t seeing the amount of speed they once did,” he said.

In a further discussion regarding the use of the speed cart on Greenbush Road, community member Karen Frost said, “I have noticed a remarkable difference in people slowing down on Greenbush as a result of the cart. I think it’s not people’s intention to speed. And when that number flashes up, you see people slowing down.” She continued, “On Ferry Road, where I sit at my desk, I’m absolutely appalled at the speed of people,” referring mainly to out-of-state ferry traffic. She suggested the speed cart be placed on Ferry Road and the possibility of buying a second cart.

Moe Harvey, a member of the Safety Committee, said that they were already discussing other options but are as yet uncertain what their recommendations will be for the Selectboard. This is largely because the data from the speed cart is incompatible with the operating systems of the computers available at Town Hall.

Town Party at a crossroad

Town Party started in 2000 as an extension to the annual library book sale. In 2007 Fire and Rescue took over the food. According to Nan Mason and Beth Merritt, members of the Friends of the Charlotte Library board, the party was poorly attended this year. The reasons weren’t immediately clear, but nice weather and a second party at the beach later that same day were of concern.

“We need new blood in this thing,” Nan said. “Beth and I have been doing this for a very long time. Either we go back to a library party and have the book sale, and that’s it, or we need some new ideas to put some life into it.” She continued, saying, “Really it’s up to the Selectboard if the Town Party is something you want to have. It’s not our decision. We’re happy to help send it in a new direction. We could just have our library party.”

Requests for tables has been dwindling also, according to Assistant Town Clerk Christina Booher. The library and the Selectboard would like to gather input from the town about what Town Party should be (see below).

The next regular Selectboard meeting is scheduled for October 19 at 7 p.m.

Town Party’s hoppin’ or stoppin’?

Changes are afoot for Town Party in Charlotte and its future rests on you, dear citizen. Do you like Town Party? What would make you more likely to attend? Write us a letter to the editor to