Business director to be on board this fall

MIDDLEBURY — In addition to endorsing the idea of building a new municipal building and setting a municipal tax rate, members of the Middlebury selectboard at their Tuesday, June 26, meeting also:
•  Received an update from the Middlebury Business Development Fund Advisory Board on efforts to hire a new official who will be charged with attracting new enterprises to Middlebury and helping current ones stay and grow. John Tenny, a member of the business development board, said the current timetable calls for a development director to be on board by November. In the meantime, the seven-member business development board is reviewing some draft job descriptions for the post. The Middlebury Business Development Fund, endorsed at town meeting this past March, will be funded through annual contributions from the town ($72,000), Middlebury College ($72,000) and the business community ($36,000) for the next five years.
Tenny said the advisory board is preparing to ask the business community for its contribution, which is acknowledged will be a “difficult ask. We need to make a very strong and well-defined case in order to have that support. We don’t take that lightly at all.”
•  Awarded Pike Industries, as the low bidder, a $414,485 contract to recycle and repave Quarry Road, The project will involve 9,868 feet, beginning at Route 116 and ending at the culvert crossing near Happy Valley Orchard. The completion date for the project is Aug. 30 of this year.
•  Authorized the Middlebury Police Department to contract with Burlington Communications for a combined total of $84,523 to replace mobile radios and the dispatch console. The current radios and console are outdated and not in top working order, explained Middlebury Police Chief Tom Hanley. Federal grant money will cover all but $7,168 of the project costs, with the local share to be found within the police department’s current operating budget.
Reporter John Flowers is at [email protected].

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