A respectable crowd showed up last Monday to hear the Planning Commission’s report on the new, streamlined version of the proposed Form Based Code. Thankfully, one of them was Walter Pomroy, who can be relied upon to read it all, turn it over in his accountant’s mind, and ask pertinent and intelligent questions. (Town meeting wouldn’t be town meeting without Walter.) He was on the original committee that researched and wrote the Code, therefore understanding the intent behind it. Many questions addressing the maps and storefront vs. neighborhood divisions were raised, and the Tree Board questioned the removal of a requirement by developers to plant street trees from the original document. All queries were to be considered by the Planning Commission and their decisions will be discussed at a meeting tonight, Thursday, Aug. 10, at the Municipal Building at 6:30.
One look at the Code lets the looker know how much work and time went into it by a bunch of volunteer citizens; it’s impressive. The community owes Lea Kilvadyova, Kyley Hill, Mark Nielsen, Ingrid Nuse, Dianne Lehouillier, Scott Meyer, Glenn Callahan, Bradford Moore, Kyle Nuse, Michael Mahnke, Walter Pomroy, Charles Flaum, Dan Langevin and Jollie Parker, along with the Planning Commission, very large and grateful thanks.
The Skate Park has a swell opportunity to help them out and get a chance to own an awesome skateboard. Ten Bends Beer is raffling a full-color, custom-made board with, according to Ten Bends Beer co-owner Jason Powell, “Independent trucks, Spitfire wheels, Bones bearings and full grip tape. It will definitely be a killer setup that’s ready to hit the Park.” Wonder what those are? See it on the Skate Park Facebook page or at tenbendsbeer.com. You can buy tickets for a mere $5 at the Ten Bends Beer Tasting Room at 590 E. Main St. in Hyde Park with the comforting knowledge that all proceeds go to the building of the Skate Park’s new terrain course that will benefit the community’s youth so well. The Ten Bends tasting room is next to the ReSource Store, and hours are Fridays 3-8 p.m., Saturdays 1-8 p.m., and Sundays 1-6 p.m.
Tuesday Night Live was its usual terrific self last weekwith the Eames Brothers Band. Their website says their songs “drift seamlessly through lowdown psychedelic blues funk to uplifting soul songs and back again”… all I can tell you is that the crowd related and loved ‘em. Next up, on Aug. 15 is Barika, who create a sound that’s “funk soaked in psychedelic, West African resonance.” Sounds like you ought to stop by, eat pie, and see what it’s all about!
If you’ve been wondering why there’s an increased number of sheriff’s deputies at TNL this year, you’re not alone. The Select Board has requested greater visibility on the deputies’ part around town and especially at events for a sense of security; there has not been and there is not any problem.
A few notes about the town road crew’s activities: discussion took place among the crew about going to 10-hour days during the summer. Because they weren’t all agreed that it should happen, it won’t. On occasion, they may be asked to work more than 8-hour days without overtime pay when necessary. An increase in funding through a grant program will allow more work to be done on ditching on Upper French Hill Road. The mud abatement on Upper French Hill that was done earlier this year will be extended. Though it is not yet running, the water line has been installed at Legion Field. When it’s up and running, it will be locked and groups who may use it will be given keys. “Around $8,000” will be spent from the road construction budget to seed the gravel pit in order to control erosion there. A Better Roads grant has been received that will cover a box culvert on Upper French Hill Road; the work will probably be done next year.
— Sue Lovering, 635-8315