Sb Meeting Notes, Tues April 26
FY23 Operating Budget and Warrant Review
Sue Gruen, BoH:
A concerned citizen from Dalton. His message: our waste management is failing, Toxins are being released into the environment. Paul Penn from Local Power based in Williamsburg presented to the SB. Public health issues surrounding waste: sewer sludge is being dumped on farms in Maine which is permanent damage to the soil. PFAS go straight through sewer treatment plants, trucked away as sludge, or burned. PFAS causes many health issues.
"PFAS are a large, complex, and ever-expanding group of manufactured chemicals that are widely used to make various types of everyday products. For example, they keep food from sticking to cookware, make clothes and carpets resistant to stains, and create firefighting foam that is more effective. PFAS are used in industries such as aerospace, automotive, construction, electronics, and military.
PFAS molecules are made up of a chain of linked carbon and fluorine atoms. Because the carbon-fluorine bond is one of the strongest, these chemicals do not degrade in the environment. In fact, scientists are unable to estimate an environmental half-life for PFAS, which is the amount of time it takes 50% of the chemical to disappear."]
We need a regional approach to a process to convert waste into hydrogen and limestone. Ways2H is a joint venture between U.S.-based Clean Energy Enterprises, and Japan Blue Energy Corporation. Looking to engage a number of towns to express interest in the initiative.
Joint DRAFT Budget Discussion with Finance Committee and SB
[These are a little crude and are not yet checked against the meeting audio.]
Infrastructure study. MLP - Dave Gordon
A letter will be sent out with caveat that more questions may come later.
Need an amount for special projects
Infrastructure study: Can we get ARPA funds for consulting for plans for salt shed and to look at all properties and advise Town on best way to solve pressing repair issues. The possible cost may be $25,000. Question was asked if part of this study could be addressing accessibility Issues. Hilma feels there may be grant money for this. Could utilize a CDBG grant for accessibility.
Jeff Johnston wants a significant amount of money moved from free cash to highway stabilization so that he can be working towards getting the needed highway vehicle.
CH Window Repair
J Mortimer, Hartford Window Restoration, to meet with Hilma and Tim to look at windows that may need smaller repair than others—sash cord repair and handles.
Agreement signed with Tech school to do outdoor lighting. at Jacobs Road. There is not enough money to replace interior lighting with LED lighting and tech school does not do this type of work.. . Brian is awaiting a contract agreement for air sealing and insulation work at Jacobs Road.
July 2021 storm reimbursement,
Senator Hines was able to get partial money. Heath is listed at approx. $12,000 which is 1/3 for what was spent.
MVP Workshop was April 13 in cafeteria of Jacobs Road.
Community Hall window repair
1. FY22 1 MTRSD School Assessment Error
Other Town Coordinator not included above,
Acronyms & References
STM 2023 Truck Handout
ADA Accessibility of Sawyer Hall
SB Public Statement on AT&T Tower