Water shortages have plagued the village of Jeffersonville this hot, dry summer, but some good news emerged last week: A significant leak was found and fixed.
And, for the first time in weeks, the water depth in the reservoirs increased, said Trevor Welch, the town’s head water/wastewater operator.
However, the reservoirs are still only about 75 percent full.
Springs feed the reservoirs, and recent rain has had little to no on their output. The springs “are producing less water today than all summer and the trend continues downward,” Welch said.
Everyone on the Jeffersonville municipal water system has been asked to conserve water, and that conservation policy “will remain in effect until reserves are full or springs start producing more than enough water,” Welch said.
In select board news:
• The board moved to sign the land lease, net metering agreement and landfill amendment with Cambridge Landfill GLC Solar LLC for a solar project proposed at the former town landfill.
“If voters can be convinced to vote to purchase the solar installation, we will sell power to the school for $20,000, and we will be getting electricity for the town garage, Cambridge Rescue, town hall and fire station for close to free after paying the bond off,” said select board member Larry Wyckoff.
• The board approved $1,750 to have Stantec Consulting Services test three wells closest to the former landfill, in line with new Vermont Department of Health testing stipulations for specific compounds.
• Two black and white signs for the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail were approved for Route 108, while two were denied for Route 15.
The sixth and final “Welcome to Cambridge” sign will be placed on Route 108 facing traffic coming south from Bakersfield.
• The board agreed to apply for a Greenway Trail Erosion Grant.
• Lt. Bob Lucas provided an update on the town’s contract with Vermont State Police, including statistics on calls for service compared to last year. The data show that the number of tickets is about the same as last year, while warnings are down and mental health calls increased.
Lucas stressed the importance of using the speed cart to caution speeders, and asked for specific locations the town would like it to be stationed. The speed cart provides data on how many vehicles pass during a specific period and their highest, lowest and average speed.
• Cambridge Rescue requested an audit and also introduced its new treasurer, Emily Fisher.
• The select board approved the Recreation Committee’s request to reduce its membership from nine to seven. The committee has only seven members now and is expecting another vacancy soon.