Saturday, July 25, 2009

Ripton Selectboard to have a vacancy

Our town's Selectboard will have a vacancy, as of September 1st. Bill Ford is stepping down. According to the Addison Independent,
Ford explained that he had come to a point where he had to take stock in the many activities he has absorbed during the years. One of those activities has been as facilities manager and commission member of the Middlebury’s Memorial Sports Center.

With more than 23 years as a selectman and a busy winter looming at the sports center, Ford decided it was the right moment to leave the selectboard.

“I thought it was time to step down and allow someone else the opportunity to apply their efforts on behalf of the town,” Ford said.
What's next?
Selectmen hope to appoint Ford’s interim successor on Aug. 24. The new member will serve until Town Meeting Day next March, when Ford’s current term was scheduled to expire. That person will then be able to run, along with any other eligible Ripton citizen, for a new three-year term.

If you're interested, there should still be a notice on the General Store's bulletin board. Also,
Ripton Town Clerk Sally Hoyler said on Thursday she had received three letters of interest thus far for the interim selectboard position. Those interested can send their letters to the town of Ripton, c/o Deb Karpek, P.O. Box 10, Ripton, VT 05766.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Tuesday night: community hearing on a proposed Fluvial Erosion Hazard Overlay Zone Bylaw

A community opportunity, both for information and strategy:
This Tuesday, July 7th, at 7:30 at the Ripton Community House, the Ripton
Planning Commission will hold a hearing on a proposed Fluvial Erosion
Hazard Overlay Zone Bylaw (FEH.) The FEH has to be heard by the Planning
Commission (and approved by the Selectboard after its own hearing later on)
in order for Ripton to receive a FEMA grant to help protect Ripton village
from the river.

If you have questions or concerns about this proposed bylaw, why it is
being proposed, how Ripton will benefit from it, and how it might affect you
personally, please attend Tuesday evening's hearing.

(thanks to Warren King)

Friday, July 3, 2009

U.S. Forest Service money coming to Ripton

More than $2 million of US Forest Service money is coming to some Vermont towns, including Ripton, according to the Rutland Herald. Ripton and six other towns are the sites for Forest Service work, which may include gravel replacement, culvert repair, and ditching.