Bench donations a possibility for Dover Town Park


DOVER -- Those interested in donating a bench or plaque to go on an existing bench at Dover Town Park may soon be able to do so.

"I don’t think the park is overflowing with benches right now," said Selectboard Vice Chairwoman Victoria Capitani.

Someone had approached Dover Economic Development Director Ken Black and asked about donating a bench. Black said he could draft up a policy that would be on a first come, first served basis. A limit will likely be determined after potential spots for new benches are identified.

Board chairman Randy Terk mentioned there is a difference between a memorial and advertising.

"The town has the ability to stop it at anytime," Capitani added.

A policy will be discussed at an upcoming meeting. It will also address the town’s stance on selling food or other items at the park. At a previous meeting, Independent Television and Film Festival Executive Director Phil Gilpin Jr. asked for permission to sell snacks there during the September festival. The board denied the request but discussed adopting a potential policy to address that.

In other business

-- While conducting a survey of the Town Common area, engineer Merrill Mundell had determined that an easement was needed before moving forward. The town is currently in the process of developing a landscape project that will focus on improving parking and aesthetics near the Town Hall and Dover Free Library

"Once that’s done, it basically takes care of the whole thing," said Black, who brought paperwork for a landowner to sign.

-- Funding for the department’s Do-It Marketing program was increased from $36,000 to $38,500 on Tuesday night. Black said he had "made a bit of a calculation error" and received board approval to increase the funding. The 1 percent local option tax revenue fueled program allows business owners to make improvements to exteriors if approved.

-- Black will be looking into getting Internet service at Town Hall in anticipation of the primary election coming at the end of the month. He heard from Town Clerk Andy McLean that it may be mandatory to have soon.

-- During the meeting, West Dover Fire Chief Rich Werner requested a municipal impact meeting regarding the Hermitage Club and the Deerfield Valley Airport it owns and operates in town. It will likely be scheduled for this month.

"The Fire Department met with them several times," he said "We’re all happy with everything they’re doing."

The Hermitage Club is in the process of getting documents together to file with the state for an Act 250 permit. It will be a master plan outlining what is in store for the resort, which includes a golf course, ski slope and the airport.

Werner also mentioned that the owners of Sports Odyssey on Route 100 had discussed the possibility of allowing the Dover Police Department to use its property for additional parking with former Police Chief Bobby Edwards.

"It doesn’t happen a lot but when you have a lot of snow on the roof," continued Werner. "It’s a good idea to kind of plan ahead."

-- During public comment, two Selectboard members weighed in on a recent Reformer article regarding the Blueberry Parade entitled ‘Concerns raised: Were Nazis marching in Dover parade?’

"It seemed like an attempt to bring up issues that were really brought up last year," Terk said. "It was totally inappropriate."

Capitani brought up the usage of the word Nazi.

"If you’re going to use the word ‘Nazi,’ be careful you know what you’re talking about," she said.

Chris Mays can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or Follow Chris on Twitter @CMaysReformer.


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