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Heard on the Street, Oct. 4, 2023


There’s No Place Like Home

The Montpelier city finance department has been relocated back to City Hall and the police station from its temporary home in the Montpelier Senior Activity Center at 58 Barre Street following the July flood, which damaged the lower offices of City Hall, according to the city manager’s report of Sept. 29. Still at the senior center building are Planning and Development, Montpelier Alive, the Community Justice Center, Communications, and Assistant City Manager. They will remain there until an alternative location can be found. Access to the building is limited to front doors only, so those who need accessibility assistance are asked to call 802-223-9500. City officials are still trying to figure out the best way to open up more of City Hall, which includes flood proofing and flood/damage mitigation.

Elks Club Building Contains Mold

The Country Club Road building — formerly the Elks Club — has been found to contain mold, perhaps resulting from wet weather and being closed up. Officials are actively working on the issue and believe the site will be ready to shelter unhoused people by November. Once the mold is removed, the building will be available for use for city programs and activities and short-term rentals, also according to the city manager’s report.

Set Out Bagged Leaves for Pick Up

Montpelier residents may bag up and set out fallen leaves for pick up by the Department of Public Works beginning Oct. 7. Bags should contain leaves only — no brush, garden debris, or flower stalks. The department asks residents to bag leaves and securely tie them for removal.

Parking Enforcement to Restart

Beginning Oct. 2, the Montpelier Police Department will resume parking enforcement on city streets. The city uses some traditional coin-style parking meters, and some spaces managed by ParkMobile kiosks or by the ParkMobile smartphone app. Merchants still working on flood damage repair will not be charged for parking, but they need to get a parking pass from the city. Passes can be obtained by calling the Montpelier Police Department Community Service Officer Michelle Amaral at 802-223-3445.

—compiled by Carla Occaso