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Heard on the Street, Sept. 20, 2023


Party in the Streets!

Some Montpelier street closures are planned for the upcoming season to invite people to have fun. First up is a Terrace Street block party and fundraiser for Montpelier Strong scheduled for Sept. 23. This annual neighborhood barbecue will involve closing Terrace Street Extension between Bailey Avenue and Chapman Road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. according to documents filed with the city council. Around 150 people are expected to attend. Next, on Sept. 30, Bent Nails Bistro has organized a live music flood recovery benefit event from 2 p.m. to midnight. The stated purpose is a “morale boost for all those affected by the flood.” They are expecting over 100 people to listen to around 10 bands. And finally, Montpelier Alive is organizing a “Taste of Montpelier’’ event scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 7 from 1 to 5 p.m. The plan is for food vendors and food trucks to set up on State Street, with performers and musicians on Langdon Street. Organizers expect around 3,000 people to attend. 

Positive Pie Proposes Food Truck

Positive Pie, one of the downtown Montpelier restaurants closed as a result of flood damage, has requested setting up a food truck in front of the restaurant. This is an “emergency provision for this fall until winter time,” according to its application, and would provide a temporary source of income while the restaurant rebuilds. The truck is 28 feet long by 8 feet wide.

Montpelier City Hall Clerk’s Office Reopens

Montpelier City Clerk John Odum and his staff are back in their city hall offices, according to a recent notification on the city’s website. Hours of operation will be weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The building is not currently American-with-Disabilities-Act accessible because of a flood-damaged elevator. Residents who need assistance accessing the building may call 802-223-9500. Residents who need to make payments are asked to do so either at the Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre Street, or in the drop box behind city hall. Other city functions, such as planning and community development and finance are still located at the senior center on Barre Street. The Montpelier Community Justice Center is functioning at that location as well.

Green Mountain Transit Cuts Cause Concern

Barre residents expressed concern about a recent announcement that Green Mountain Transit is cutting service to Barre City. Jesse Rosado told the Barre City Council on Sept. 12 that people who depend on the service are being shortchanged. Rosado asked council members to request GMT return to full service levels. Katie Fleury said she relies on the bus and can’t assure potential employers she would have reliable transportation. The matter will be discussed at the next council meeting when Clayton Clark, general manager of Green Mountain Transit, will present information on service cuts affecting Barre City.