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Select Board Discusses Democracy and Local Participation

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by Gazette Staff

CRAFTSBURY – At its February 7 regular meeting, the Craftsbury Select Board discussed agenda items ranging from town democracy to ARPA fund spending to a public meeting on the Village Plan this evening (February 15).

This first discussion on the agenda featured Susan Clark, co-author of “Slow Democracy.” The discussion focused on ideas for promoting community sustainability and citizen participation in Craftsbury. There was a detailed discussion about what more the town can do to encourage and promote participation. Suggestions included holding community gatherings and polling residents to identify topics that are of interest to the community. Board members discussed holding a presentation on democracy and participation after town meeting, with the idea of appointing a small planning group for September gatherings.

Next, the board approved an updated version of the Animal Control Ordinance.

Hiring a grant writer was the next topic of discussion. Board co-chair Bruce Urie has held discussions with representatives of Greensboro, which has advertised for a grant writer. If Greensboro identifies good candidates for the position, Craftsbury will meet with Greensboro Select Board and screened candidates. The Town of Glover is still considering whether to join the effort. One option under consideration would be to hire a full-time position grant writer whose time would be shared among the three towns. There was discussion about the grant writer also acting as a project manager.

Under the topic of committee reports: the recreation committee is seeking a new member and the planning commission will hold a public meeting on February 15 from 6 to 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall. Consultant DuBois & King, Inc. will give a presentation about the Village Plan. The public is invited.
The energy committee has continued to work on windows and provide firewood for those who need assistance. Most of the current supply of winter wood has been distributed to people who requested it. A good supply for next year’s firewood project was obtained from state parks (about 24 cords).
The ARPA Working Group reported that the library project/micro grid project was moving forward and that the Craftsbury Historical Society received $5,000 for new windows.
The Mental Health Group is working to obtain children’s books and the Antiques & Uniques Committee expressed appreciation for the volunteers who stepped up to help with this year’s event.

The next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Town Hall.

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