Economic choice is to renovate
For over 20 years I have served as a director for the Alma Gibbs Donchian charitable foundation (Alma was my aunt, my mother’s sister; she grew up in Castleton).
In January (10 months ago), the foundation pledged $240,000 to the town of Castleton to be applied towards the renovation of the historic town office building (556 Main St.). We have had absolutely no feedback; I guess free money isn’t important to town officials squandering $3,000 per month (taxpayers’ money, let’s remember) to occupy the trailers down by the railroad tracks. I read in the Rutland Herald, with amazement, that the Select Board fears that the foundation will “revoke the funds.” The foundation has never “revoked” committed funds in over 20 years. If this were a genuine concern, common courtesy would suggest than an inquiry to the foundation be made.
To date, the trailer fiasco has run up over $100,000 in bills (taxpayer funded). The meter continues to run, month after month. The Select Board is determined to pursue new construction outside of the village, thereby throwing away the $240,000 and future historic preservation grants (awarded annually).
If you support the most economical, speedy solution to our town office dilemma, you must vote yes on both articles I and II to advance the renovation of the town office building. It’s time for the trailers to go.