Aldermen rubber-stamp appointments, approve permits
By Gordon Dritschilo
Staff Writer | March 04,2014
The Board of Aldermen moved swiftly through a short agenda Monday, adjourning the final meeting before local elections in less than half an hour.
The board confirmed two mayoral appointments, placing Pat Menduni on the Rutland Redevelopment Authority board by a vote of 7-3 and Susan Schreibman on the Rutland City Planning Commission by a vote of 8-2.
The board endorsed grant application by the RRA to the state’s Downtown Transportation Fund for $50,000 to help pay for sidewalk projects on West and Washington streets, but not before Alderman Jon Kiernan asked why the city “robbed” the Zamias fund to pay for the West Street sidewalk when a state grant was available.
Alderman William Notte explained that the money from the Zamias fund, which was created by impact fees paid to the city by the owners of the Diamond Run Mall, was appropriated to serve as the local match required for the grant.
Following a report from the Finance Committee on the issue of uncollected parking tickets, the board voted to have the Charter and Ordinance Committee discuss changing the “boot ordinance” so that the city police can boot the cars of scofflaws after fewer unpaid tickets — currently, the ordinance is triggered after four tickets.
The board approved a permit for Meals on Wheels to hold a coin drop. Alderman Gary Donahue provided the lone dissenting vote, though he offered no argument against the event. They also approved permits for Roots the Restaurant to hold a pig roast fundraiser for the Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum and one for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
Finally, the board granted — with Alderman John Cassarino abstaining — a liquor license to the Vermont Tap House, a gastropub poised to open at the former location of the Midway Diner.