City Hall Reporters Notebook: Updates edition
Twice in a row, Charles Romeo was the top vote-getter in an aldermanic race.
That would seem to indicate the voters of Rutland really want him to be an alderman. Is he abandoning them by resigning from the board to become city attorney?
“The way I look at it, I am continuing to serve the voters, just in a different capacity,” Romeo said when I put the question to him.
This is the second time in recent years a recently re-elected alderman quit to work for the city. The other was Robert Barrett, who resigned in early 2011 to work in the building and zoning office.
Add to that the confirmation last week of former Mayor Jeffrey Wennberg as the new public works commissioner and I think I can invoke the journalistic rule that three data points equals a trend and ask if it is better to work for the city than run it?
Green Mountain Power will be making their latest big announcement today — something to do with a city beautification project.
Their previous big announcement, which somehow didn’t make the paper last week, was that they had gone out to bid on the 18.3 kilowatts of solar panels to be placed on the roof of the Energy Innovation Center. CEO Mary Powell said she hopes it will be the first of many rooftop solar installations downtown.
The rooftop panels are part of a suite of efficiency measures expected to keep the building from relying on fossil fuels.
An RFP went out to members of Renewable Energy Vermont. Bids are due April 30 and the announcement of the winning contractor is expected to be May 10.
Even more of a twit
Are you signed up to follow me on Twitter?
If you haven’t already, I post there under the handle “@RutlandReport.”
If you have already, you’re probably thinking, “Yeah, are you ever going to post anything but links to your food blog?”
To those of you in the latter group I say this: Yup!
We just got all these fancy new smartphone thingies and I’ll be making use of Twitter during breaking news events.
I already gave this a go last week when the fire department responded to reports of black smoke coming from the roof of the courthouse. I posted a picture of the smoke coming from the building, which looked pretty impressive if I say so myself, and then word got from the acting fire chief that it was just a boiler malfunction.
The Police Commission meets at 6 p.m. tonight with an agenda including a report on training initiatives and a discussion on communication with the Board of Aldermen.
Tuesday, the Rutland Free Library is hosting its annual seed exchange at 6:30 p.m. The event includes talks on gardening tips, seed saving and composting.
Wednesday, the Public Safety Committee meets to talk about buying a new fire engine. This will be the first committee meeting since the board’s post-election reorganization.
Friday, the Vermont Achievement Center will light up in blue to mark World Autism Awareness Day, part of an campaign involving buildings around the world, including the White House and the Eiffel Tower.