Around Town (Sept. 18, 2008)

Sept. 18, 2008

Path progress

A long-running effort to get easements from Pleasant Acres residents for a recreation path along Mountain View Road is nearly complete.

Just one easement from those living in the subdivision remains to be granted, Public Works Director Neil Boyden said last week. Talks continue with other residents along the half-mile stretch between North Williston Road and Old Stage Road.

The segment is one of three to be funded entirely by a $2.6 million bond approved by voters in 2004. The others run along North Williston Road and U.S. Route 2. The bond will partially fund two other segments on or near Vermont Route 2A.

Construction of the paths — extra-wide sidewalks suitable for pedestrians, bicyclists and joggers — has been stymied as the town negotiates rights to run them through residents’ property.

Boyden said he hopes to obtain the remaining easements along Mountain View Road and put the project out to bid by next spring.

Frameworks funding

The Williston School Board voted unanimously to extend funding for the Conceptual Frameworks Committee if the group’s members decide they need more time to create recommendations for the school district’s future.

The board voted at its Sept. 10 meeting. Chairwoman Darlene Worth said funding for the committee, which pays for the consulting fees of facilitator Mary Jane Shelley, could be extended by two to three months.

Even if the Frameworks Committee feels it needs a few more months to work, Worth said recommendations affecting the budget would still need to be made before January.