• Second Middlebury board resignation threat resolved
    By Bruce Edwards
    STAFF WRITER | January 15,2014
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    MIDDLEBURY - A selectman's threat to resign over the handling of a town sand contract was resolved with Selectman Travis Forbes taking his usual seat at the board meeting Tuesday.
    Forbes fired off a letter Friday to fellow board members and the town manager threatening to resign unless Dan Werner, the Public Works Department director quit or was fired.
    Forbes became upset when he learned last week that Werner was hauling in winter sand from another company. Forbes' company, Case Street Redi-Mix, had signed a $30,000 contract in September to supply the town with 3,000 tons of sand. Half the sand was delivered by December but Werner apparently wasn't satisfied with the quality of the sand and took delivery from a competing company.
    Forbes attended the Select Board meeting Tuesday without mentioning the incident.
    Town Manager Kathleen Ramsay met with Forbes and Werner Tuesday afternoon. Following the Select Board meeting, Ramsay said the dispute had been resolved. She did not provide any details.
    During Tuesday night's board meeting, Ramsay gave an update on the fiscal 2015 municipal budget that will go before voters on Town Meeting Day. She said because of further belt tightening the projected increase in the property tax rate had been trimmed from 3 cents to 1.9 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.
    The town will hold a public hearing on the budget Jan. 21, at 7 p.m.
    In other business:
    On a 5-1 vote, approved a term sheet outlining the general terms of a proposed sale of the town office/municipal gym property to Middlebury College. Selectman Craig Bingham voted no.
    The board was informed that the UD 3 school board would contribute $400,000 toward construction of locker rooms at the proposed new municipal gym on Creek Road.
    With the recent resignation of Selectman Victor Nuovo, the board agreed to name a replacement for Nuovo's unexpired term which ends in March. The board set the condition that any interested candidate must agree not to run as a candidate in the March election.
    The board discussed an update to the town's conflict of interest policy.
    The town received a $330,000 state grant for 1,200 feet of sidewalks along Exchange Street. The grant included a 10 percent local match.
    The board approved a boundary change to the East Middlebury Fire District that excludes two properties.
    bruce.edwards@rutlandherald.com
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