Good Morning Early Birds,
Awaiting a read-out from Rep. Alison Clarkson on the Riverside Park meeting last night. In the meantime, we’ve just come from the Town of Woodstock Flood Response meeting and note there is less to report. Which is a good thing.
Still, questions about burning. Fire Chief L.D. Sutherland says requests for burn permits have now been bumped up to the State of Vermont Division of Air Quality. He said that frankly, it may be tough to get one immediately, as some burn piles are likely to be deemed too large or potentially too smoky and/or toxic for burning. Again, as the Town of Woodstock has been saying, homeowners may need to arrange for their own debris removal. Town Manager Phil Swanson says there is no vehicle through FEMA, the State of Vermont or Town of Woodstock to pay for this service.
Woodstock Early Bird is returning to the “only as needed” reporting. News if it seems newsworthy.
If you wake up in the morning and there is nothing from WEB, it only means that from our standpoint there is nothing new to report. Or that we enjoyed a lovely evening at a local eating establishment such as Prince and Pauper under the fine care and management of John the Bartender and Vinnie the Always Affable M’aitre D (Just kidding Vin, we know what you’re REALLY like!). We can report that the P&P was hopping, full, busy and the pasta and meatballs with garlic bread were out of this world! We hear that the P&P has had some Fall foliage bike tour cancellations so local business is always appreciated.
And now, a headline which would not normally be a headline. Under the circumstances, it indicates a return to the run-of-mill duties of the Village Trustees: Last night they approved the permit for Wassail Festivities on the Green. In December. An always fun and big event for the Village as part of it’s holiday activities.
Little to report new on water or water pressure.The Aqueduct Water Company was immediately responsivle to requests to cover up lines in front of some homeowner’s driveways so they could re-gain access. That according to Fire Chief Sutherland.
Port-A-Potties will be “demobilized” soon from the Village Green, probably by Monday.
The Volunteer Command Center will most likely be going to weekend operation only (Rep. Alison Clarkson will provide details on this for us).
Town Manager Phil Swanson wanted to publically thank the Grange Hill Community for use of their building as FEMA’s and The Small Business Administration’s Disaster Recovery Center.
BTW, FEMA does provide assistance for RENTERs. If you lost your car, your belongings, your home when the place you lived succumbed to flooding, you may be eligible for assistance. Check it out!
ALSO, The State of Vermont is offering Disaster Unemployment Insurance to those who are without jobs due to the shuttering of the business at which they worked. Again, check it out to see if you are eligible.
We’re expecting the sewer system issues to be resolved by the end of the week.
Bottled drinking water is being offered for FREE at the Woodstock Emergency Services building. Please take it away, says Chief Sutherland.
We’re also hearing some good news about roads…more on this later this afternoon.