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Heard on the Street, 12.16.20


Fisher Road in Berlin Still Closed

The Berlin Selectboard has authorized designs on a replacement for the collapsed culvert near the intersection of Fisher Road and Paine Turnpike, according to Assistant Town Manager Tom Badowski. “Field work has been completed and the Selectboard should have a final design and replacement cost estimate soon,” he noted. The culvert failed in the spring. An early fix failed at the end of September, and Fisher Road, which provides access from Paine Turnpike to the state psychiatric hospital, the Army National Guard armory, the Berlin Mall, and Central Vermont Medical Center, was closed. Replacing the culvert with a permanent solution means the road could stay shut until summer. Fisher Road remains open from Route 62 to CVMC, the mall, the psychiatric hospital, and the armory.

Montpelier Chief Selected for Crisis Intervention Team 

Montpelier Police Chief Brian Peete was selected to serve on the Board of Directors for Crisis Intervention Team International. The organization is a nonprofit membership organization whose primary purpose is to facilitate understanding, development, and implementation of Crisis Intervention Team programs throughout the U.S. and worldwide in order to promote and support collaborative efforts to create and sustain more effective interactions among law enforcement, mental health care providers, individuals with mental illnesses, and their families and communities and to reduce the stigma of mental illness. 

Mental Health Support and Food Access

The state shared some resources to assist folks in seeking help for any mental distress or in need of mental health care. Resources can be accessed through calling 2-1-1 or via the state’s website for COVID-19 support. If you need help accessing food, there are also many resources on the state and local levels. Please call 2-1-1 or access WIC, Hunger Free Vermont, 3SquaresVT, or other resources outlined via Hunger Free Vermont COVID-19 response. There are also local agencies hosting food access programs such as the Vermont Foodbank, Everyone Eats, and the Montpelier Food Pantry. 

City Installs Green Cone for Food Scrap Diversion 

At the back of City Hall sits a new, odd looking green cone-like unit under the fire escape. It’s a food scrap digester called a Green Cone. City Hall and the fire and police departments will now be able to comply with the state’s mandate that food scraps not be disposed of in the trash as garbage. Food scrap pails will be given out in the next week to be placed in kitchen areas. Helpful hints will be posted nearby identifying what should go into the digester and how to make sure it “does its magic.”