Pawlet eNews November 24 2021

Town office is closed November 24 & 25th

In this Newsletter
Results of the Town of Pawlet COVID relief funds survey
Pawlet Public Library updated hours of operation
Pawlet Volunteer Network
Did you know?
Helping Hands update/request

Upcoming Events & Important dates for September/October /November
(scroll down a bit for details)
November 27: Pawlet Library – Children’s author Stacy Gertis visit and book signing
November 30: Select Board Meeting
December 7: Library Monthly Board Meeting
December 9: Pawlett Historical Society Board Meeting
December 14: Select Board Meeting
December 27: Planning Commission Meeting
December 28: Select Board Meeting

Results of the Town of Pawlet COVID relief funds survey
247 total surveys were returned

69 surveys included comments

 

The ideas that got the most votes were:

  1. Do necessary work on West Pawlet wastewater plant to reduce cost to users and town—165 votes
  2. Improve stormwater runoff throughout the town—139 votes
  3. Support Otter Creek Communications Union District in building out broadband—110 votes
  4. Digitize town records and improve the town’s cybersecurity—96 votes

 

In addition, the following ideas were suggested in multiple comments. The Selectboard is looking into the feasibility/allowability of using the funds for these purposes:

  • Improve cell service
  • Help fund Granville EMS/ambulance service
  • Help fund the Pawlet and West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Departments

 

What comes next?

  • The Selectboard consults with Rutland Regional Planning Commission, the Poultney Mettowee Conservation District, and our emergency management director about the feasibility of various projects
  • More community feedback happens at Selectboard meetings and through other community engagement (check pawlet.vt.gov for how to attend meetings in person or virtually, or email pawletselectboard@gmail.com)
  • The Selectboard looks into other sources of funding that are available for some of these potential projects so that we do not double up on things that could be funded by the state (i.e. significant state funds may be coming down the pipe for broadband)
  • Final decisions will be made only after a thoughtful and thorough process. We have until the end of 2024 to obligate these funds and until the end of 2026 to spend them.

 

Thank you to everyone who participated in town government by sharing their thoughts and ideas!

 

If you want to see the full survey results in spreadsheet form, please email Jessica Van Oort (jvanoort.pawletsb@gmail.com) who created and collated the results of the survey.

 

Pawlet Public Library updated hours of operation
Sunday – Closed
Monday – Closed
Tuesday 11:30am-5:00pm
Wednesday 11:30am – 5:00pm
Thursday 11:30am-5:00pm
Friday 10:00am-5:00pm
Saturday 10:00am-1:00pm

Curbside service is available by appointment on the days the Library is open. Contact the Library staff at 802-325-3123 or pawletpub@gmail.com.

Pawlet Volunteer Network
The Pawlet Library launched the “Pawlet Volunteer Network” in September. The network is a way for community members to find volunteer opportunities around town. There are opportunities for a range of ages, abilities and interests. It’s a wonderful way to get reconnected with the community. For information on what’s available, visit the website HERE.

Did you know?
Vermont was America’s first state . . . to be added after the original 13 colonies. Vermont became a state in 1791.

Helping Hands – update and request

Friends and Neighbors Supporting Each Other

In March of 2020, the Helping Hands program started to provide meals and help to those whose lives were affected by COVID.  A year later, it is still going!  More recently, a group from the community has been meeting and talking about what other needs there might be in the Pawlet Community that we, as neighbors and community members, could help with.

Pawlet FANs…Friends and Neighbors Supporting Each Other could be a way for us to hear about needs within the community and then be able to assist people to find the resources and help they need.   Resources are abundant in our county; and yet, we are aware that there are people who do not have access to those resources.

How can you help?

  • Help us to identify needs!

Are you aware of needs in our community that are currently unmet?

  • Be a volunteer!

Would you be willing to volunteer to help within our community?

Volunteers may be needed to help with transportation, pick up groceries, reach out with a phone call or visit, and more!

We would love to hear from you!

If you know of someone who could use some support or assistance OR if you would like to volunteer, contact Nancy Bryant (325.3172/ milaurafarm@yahoo.com).

A Helping Hand in Pawlet: A Helping Hand in Pawlet: FREE meals are available for those struggling to make ends meet. Wednesday’s meal is prepared by Mach’s Market; meals on Friday and Sunday are prepared by The Barn Restaurant.

Menus are posted each week on Front Porch Forum and on facebook/McChesneyRealEstateInc.

To reserve a meal, call Nancy Bryant at 802-325-3172 from 10 am to 12 pm THE DAY BEFORE (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) for pick up from 5 to 5:30 pm the next day.

Those who can are asked to make a tax-deductible donation to support this valuable outreach to our neighbors. Send checks payable to Pawlet Community Church Food Pantry, c/o Timothy Bryant, 337 Milaura Lane, Pawlet, Vermont 05761.

Healthy Meals at the Pawlet Food Pantry: Frozen prepared meals, healthy and free, are available at the food pantry for those in need every fourth Friday of each month (third Friday in December), 9 AM-12 PM, at the Pawlet Community Church, junction of Routes 30 & 133 in Pawlet Village. Know someone in need who can’t make it to the pick up? We can help! Call: 802-867-2409. Meals are provided by The Grateful Hearts non-profit food program.

Pawlet Community Church Update: Our food pantry has been coordinating our “Helping Hands” meals program, which continues providing meals to those in need. We expect this program continue for quite some time. Mach’s Market and The Barn Restaurant have been preparing the meals that are being paid for by many donations from members of our community. Our supportive community and their donations also allow us to offer healthy meals through our food pantry and emergency fuel assistance. Information on these programs can be found below. We invite you to help support the programs if you’re able. Thank you so much!

SVCOA Offers Shopping Service for Older Vermonters: Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging has started a new grocery and supply shopping service to support older Vermonters in Bennington and Rutland counties during the COVID-19 issue. The shopping service, which is supported by vetted SVCOA volunteers, is available to anyone age 60 or over, as well as eligible younger disabled individuals. If you or someone you know is interested in accessing the shopping service, or if you’re interested in volunteering, please call SVCOA at 802-786-5990 and ask to speak with Ellen Green. For more information about SVCOA, visit www.svcoa.org.

Update from Community Health Centers of the Rutland Region: Don’t hesitate to call 888-989-8707 for appointments and for any questions you have regarding your health. Check their website for more details, hours and locations https://www.chcrr.org/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CommunityHealthVT/

Town Office
The Town Office continues to be closed to walk-in traffic, but we are making appointments.  Please call ahead and be aware masks are required to enter the building. For more information see the Town Clerk’s page. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

The Town of Pawlet Highway Department requests that citizens do not come to the town garage to contact them. Please phone and leave a message: 802-325-3467.

Upcoming Events Details

— November 27, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.Pawlet Library – Children’s author Stacy Gertis visit and book signing
Stacy is the author of of How Abby Found Her Home. She grew up in Pawlet and took classes at the Southern Vermont Arts Center and another taught by the well- known artist Peter Huntoon in Rutland, Vermont. She developed a passion for art throughout her life and tested many different mediums, but charcoal was by far her favorite. Stacy is a graduate of Castleton University and holds a BA in Art with minors in Art History and Graphic Design. She has donated prints of her artwork to local churches for fundraisers and various auctions.

— November 30, 7:00 p.m. — Pawlet Select Board Meeting
Meetings are currently back to being in-person.  The agenda for the next meeting will be available HERE. The Board meets every other Tuesday at 7:00 PM. Meetings are held according to the rules of procedure established by the Vermont League of Cities and Towns.

— December 7, 6:00 p.m. — Pawlet Public Library Monthly Board Meeting
The Library Board meets the first Tuesday of every month at 6:00 PM. The meetings are open to the public; please contact the library for more information on how to join the meeting at 325-3123.

— December 9, 7:00 p.m. —  Pawlett Historical Society Monthly Board Meeting

— December 14, 7:00 p.m. — Pawlet Select Board Meeting
Meetings are currently back to being in-person.  The agenda for the next meeting will be available HERE. The Board meets every other Tuesday at 7:00 PM. Meetings are held according to the rules of procedure established by the Vermont League of Cities and Towns.

— December 27, 7:30 p.m. — Pawlet Planning Commission Meeting
The Planning Commission usually meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 7:30 PM; meetings have returned to being held in-person. The agenda for the next monthly meeting will be available on the town website HERE. Meetings are held according to the rules of procedure established by the Vermont League of Cities and Towns.

— December 28, 7:00 p.m. — Pawlet Select Board Meeting
Meetings are currently back to being in-person.  The agenda for the next meeting will be available HERE. The Board meets every other Tuesday at 7:00 PM. Meetings are held according to the rules of procedure established by the Vermont League of Cities and Towns.

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