April 08, 2020

St. Albans to seek grant for community center

ST. ALBANS — Selectmen voted 2-1 Monday night to authorize Town Manager Larry Post to sign the application for a Community Development Block Grant to fund a tri-town community center to be located in Hartland.

The only dissenting vote was that of Selectman David Bubar, citing a lack of information about the project.

As proposed, the center will be funded with seed money from Irving Tanning Co., grant funds and a local bond.

SAD 48 will operate the addition to the Hartland Consolidated School, but a local board will oversee its operation during nonschool hours. The project is seen as a means of gaining needed space at the Hartland school at a time when state school construction projects are not being funded. Officials hope to recoup some of the costs at a later date when a subsidy is available from the state.

In other business, the board agreed to file for an extension of the federal program that funded local deputies for the community during the last two years. The extension would allow the program to continue for another 18 months, Post said Tuesday.

The board agreed to view a site for a junkyard proposed by Bruce Patten for the Bigelow Road. Patten presented his plans at the Monday meeting.

The board also heard the recommendations of the sludge committee. The group formed after an application was filed to spread municipal sludge and ash on a local farm. The committee recommended not creating a special ordinance to control sludge spreading, but urged the board to require a notice before spreading, take initial water samples of wells to set a baseline of quality, and allow the sludge committee to be an inactive board until it is needed.

The election of St. Albans Fire Chief Jamie Cooper was ratified by the board.

Tuesday also was the day nomination papers for the March elections were due back to the town office. Incumbent Selectmen Harlan Cooper and Marian Spalding are seeking re-election, but Bubar is not seeking re-election. Two new candidates, Jim Bullock and Chester Morse, also are seeking election, making a four-way race for three seats.

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