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Heard on the Street, Sept. 21, 2022


DPW Director Resigns

Department of Public Works Director Donna Barlow Casey recently announced she is retiring. She will continue working with the city through Oct. 24. Barlow Casey started as interim DPW director in 2019 following the departure of former DPW Director Tom McArdle. At that time in 2019, Barlow Casey was also concurrently serving as interim assistant city manager when former Times Argus editor Sue Allen left after serving two years in that position, according to a Times Argus report. It looks like the city will be dealing with the same two vacancies as in 2019, since Assistant City Manager Cameron Neidermayer is also departing her job in city hall effective Sept. 22.

New Building Inspector Hired

Montpelier officials have hired Michelle Lambert as building inspector, it was announced recently. She will replace former building inspector Chris Lumbra, who was hired to fill a new position titled the facilities and sustainability coordinator. Lambert has a bachelor’s degree in architecture and experience in residential and commercial building, according to the Sept. 16 city manager’s report. She also has customer service experience. Lambert will start Oct. 3.

“The Mirnavator” is Keynote Speaker in Colorado

Montpelier athlete, author, and internet influencer, Mirna Valerio, also known as “The Mirnavator,” is keynote speaker at the Colorado Open Space Alliance Conference on Sept. 21. The title of her address is, “Are Open Spaces Really For and By Everyone?”. She is known for running, mountain biking, her memoir, “A Beautiful Work in Progress,” and appearances in L.L. Bean commercials as well as her association with other companies. Her writing has appeared in Runner’s World Magazine, Self Magazine, Outside online, and more. 

Sign Up For Senior Activity Center Classes by Sept. 22

Those of you over 50 who want to register for activities such as nature drawing, English country dancing, Bone Builders, music appreciation, cooking, and more had better sign up. The deadline is Sept. 22. For more information and to register, go to www.montpelier-vt.org/751/Classes.