Guilford to complete water line from Brattleboro


GUILFORD -- Town officials have approved construction of the final section of a new water line linking Algiers Village and Brattleboro.

At a meeting this week, Guilford Selectboard unanimously approved spending $11,950 for an extension of the line that will reach Guilford Community Church.

Called the "Bee Barn spur," it brings Brattleboro's municipal water supply to a building that serves as more than a house of worship.

"That is our Red Cross-designated emergency shelter," said Katie Buckley, town administrator. "This takes it to the wall of the church, and then the church is responsible for plumbing it in."

The main water line, which follows Route 5 into Guilford, was constructed last year with a mix of private and public funding. Town voters also approved borrowing up to $195,000 to build two extensions reaching the church and Guilford Volunteer Fire Department.

The fire department extension is complete, though officials said the department has not yet tapped into the line.

Guilford contractor Bernie LaRock and Son Inc. won the contract to build the church extension, likely next month. The job's price tag could rise by another $1,200 depending on the size of the service line.

The money will come from the town's voter-authorized borrowing, Buckley said.

In other Selectboard business:

-- The town's new website,, is up and running.

"It's been a long time coming," said Dick Clark, Selectboard chairman.

Officials commissioned the site in part because the former site was a cooperative venture with the now-closed Guilford Middle School.

"It's always going to be a work in progress, but it's pretty well loaded with information," Buckley said. "All of our (meeting) minutes are up, and our BCTV (meeting video) links are up."

She added that, "on the administrative side, it's very user-friendly."

-- State Rep. Mike Hebert, a Vernon-based Republican who also covers Guilford, extended an invitation for town officials to attend a joint meeting of two House committees later this month in Vernon.

The Committee on Commerce and Economic Development and the Committee on Natural Resources and Energy are scheduled to hold public hearings on the pending closure of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant at 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Oct. 28 at Vernon Elementary School.

The earlier session is geared toward local officials, while testimony from the public will be heard at 5 p.m.

Hebert noted that more than 20 Yankee employees live in Guilford. Overall, nearly 30 percent of the plant's workers reside in Vernon, Brattleboro and Guilford, he said.

"It's a significant number. It's a significant impact," Hebert said.

Plant owner Entergy has said the facility will cease producing power by the end of next year. But with plant cleanup and spent-fuel storage still major issues at the Governor Hunt Road site in Vernon, Hebert said the timing and the impacts of layoffs and tax-revenue losses are not yet clear.

"It's going to be a long, drawn-out process no matter what happens," Hebert told Guilford officials.

"Right now, it's just a lot of wondering where we're going to go," Hebert said. "There are a lot more questions than answers."

-- The Selectboard recognized Herb Meyer, the town's emergency management director, for receiving certification as a level one emergency-management director from the state.

-- Buckley announced that there can no longer be items offered for sale by outside organizations at the town office.

In the past, "we would sell merchandise for other organizations," Buckley said.

Now, she said, "the accountants don't want us having any money other than town money in the town office, which I think really makes excellent sense."

-- Officials moved the Nov. 11 Selectboard meeting to Nov. 12 in recognition of Veterans Day.

Mike Faher can be reached at or 802-254-2311, ext. 275.


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