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Dollar General ,Rivendell January 22, 2014--JOURNAL OPINION--Page 17 22 Memorial Drive, St. Johnsbury o 802-748-4208 10 Railroad Street, Wells River, VT 802-757-2000 www.dads4bytool.com (continued from page 1) (continued from page 1) largest in Fairlee, according to a been negotiated and the numbers Many of the larger districts in school board meeting to be held at survey by zoning administrator presented for allknown salaries and Vermont's more urban areas have Westshire Elementary School in Chris Brimmer of commercial benefits are finalized, had much greater increases in their West Fairlee at 6:30 p.m. buildings over 4,000 square feet. Mark Avery of Fairlee was one budgets from year to year, while the The Rivendell Annual Meeting Only Fogg's Hardware on Lake of the board members, who ex- smaller ones in rural areas have will be held on March 18 in the Morey Road is larger at 16,400 pressed concern about the budget's largely complied with the mandate gymnasium at Rivendell Academy in square feet, including the ware- impact on taxes for the district from the state to limit spending to Orfordat 6p.m. house. Fairlee Marine comes next towns. At the Dec. 10 meeting, he the bare minimum. The state Lillian Gahagan can be with two buildings totaling 8,105 said he initially wanted to see a education budget has been depleted reachedat news@l'onews.com. square feet. Fogg's Lumber Yard reduction of about $160,000. to support all education sPending in covers 7,596 square feet. In a conversation with the the process. : = Wings Market comes next at Journal Opinion on Jan. 21, Avery This year, for example, the 6,202, followed by Fairlee Feed and said that most of the problem lies Rivendell tax impact for the Ver- Saddlery (5,100), Chapman's not with Rivendell, but with educa- mont towns is up 18 cents before BVS BOARD (4,833), Cumberland Farms (4,800 tion spending in more populated calculating the Common Level of BATH-The BathVillage School Board is total for three retail spaces) and the areas of Vermont, mostly in Appraisal, which varies from town scheduled to meet on Jan. 23 at 5 p.m. at Sunoco station on Lake Morey Road Chittenden County. After research- to town. According to Avery, 13 the school. (4,490). ingwhattheimpactwouldbeonthe cents is attributable to the state Following questions by DRB Rivendell schools of cutting the educationalrate and only five cents members, abutters were invited to budget, he determined that his is due to the Rivendell budget. That SAU-23 BOARD speak. Susanne Pacilio andMeredyth original request would only result in is one reason why making drastic NORTH HAVERHILL-The SAU-23 Morley who live across Route 5 shaving just two cents off the tax cuts to the budget would end up School Board Executive Committee is from the proposed store had rate and damage the educational being counterproductive, scheduledtomeetonJan.29at6:30p.m. prepared a seven-page document of programs for district students. "The impact is marginal," con- at the SAU-23 conference room at the "objections and questions," which "Ichangedmytune,"Averysaid. cludedAvery, who said he thought MorrillbuildinginNorthHaverhill. Pacilio read aloud. Some of these "It'sveryfi'ustrating." that Rivendell has been fiscally had been addressed in the earlier Avery said that during his tenure responsible in developing their presentation and others were be- on the board, the Rivendell budget budgetsl He expressed the opinion RIVENDELL BOARD yond the purview of the DRB or has only risen about one percent per thatthestatealsoneedstofmdaway WEST FAIRLEE-The Rivendell developer, but Fracht suggested year for the last six years, but the to reward those districts that have Interstate School District will hold a hammering out the remainder at a "tax rate goes up disproportion- been fiscally responsible in their special board meeting on Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Westshire Elementary School. future meeting, ately" because the formula to fund budgeting process. In answer to a question by education in Vermont ties together The next step will be when the Morley, Holman said Dollar Gen.: all districts in the state, regardless full board signsthe warrant for the eral has approximately 11,000 of how small or large they are. annual meeting on Jan. 28 at their stores, some leased and others freestanding. This property would be owned by Dollar General after the subdivision goes through and all state and local permits have been received. Until then, he said, they cannot give a completion date for the project because they don't know when they will start. Noel Walker who owns the house to the south said most of her questions had been answered, but she asked for assurance that the tree line between the store and the property line will be maintained. "I would not like to see a fence there," she said, asking that mainte- nance of the tree line be stipulated as a condition of site plan approval. In a later discussion about other buffer plantings, Holman said that perpetual maintenance is part of the lan. Brimmer added that there will e language in the permit stating that, if it is not maintained, that will be a violation which triggers a per- diem fine. Pacilio and Morley reiterated their suggestion that Dollar General plant buffers along the west side of Route 5 or provide a $5,000 allowance per household to neigh- boring properties to install buffers. "How do we get exiting headlights not to beam into our living rooms?" asked Pacilio. The only answer would beplanting on their proper- ties, said I olm , but,,he developers, "going off property is no typically done." A major sticking point for several residents appeared to be the color of the store signs--a bright yellow which they described as "brash" and not in keeping with the look ofFairlee. "I understand," said Holman, "but corporate identity is critical," and this is Dollar General' s logo. Holman said he would tell his clients that Fairlee residents would prefer more muted colors, but he did not hold out much hope for a change. There was also a lot of discus- sion about windows. People had differing views on the size, shapes and grid patterns, and Holman offered to prepare several options. He also said that all Windows except those in front will be "faux" windows, so indoor light will not leak through them. Finally, Holman offered to meet with abutters to hear all their concerns to take to his clients, "then come back saying we did our best." The hearing will reconvene on Jan. 28. Cicely Richardson can be reached at crichardson@jonews, corn. 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