There were rumors of another push to come up with a plan for a municipal building after the proposed plan was voted down for the second time in July, but any effort seems to have been put on hold for the moment. I probably shouldn't be more specific than to say that a few people were talking about forming another committee to work on the idea. Hopefully, at some point we'll be able to move forward as a community with the project, possibly after the upcoming elections.
Because the need hasn't gone away, nor is it going to. We still need a new firehouse, a new town shed, and a new school bus facility. And the town office building still needs repair—especially if the town offices are going to stay there. One way or another, this is going to get done. The only question is whether we do it in an organized way, or whether we let it go for so long that we're forced into a more expensive series of emergency measures.
Our thoughts are still with the families whose homes and property were damaged during Irene. Most of the roads that were washed out have been repaired and reopened. Stevenson Road remains closed at the Dudley barns, so take the main road and Napper Road to get around. Mountain Spring is still closed a couple of miles past the Fish and Game Road turnoff, but the town should have it open again soon for hunters and campers to enjoy that beautiful area again. And the E'town-Wadhams Road is still closed at the bridge near the overpass—use Brainard's Forge Road. Other than that, we're back in action, owing to the hard work of our town crew.
My lecture at the Whallonsburg Grange next Tuesday, Oct. 4, will be on the history behind Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. What I love about this short novel is the way it hints at some of the dark cracks and crevices under the smooth veneer of Victorian rectitude. Plus, it's got a horrible monster wreaking all sorts of havoc. That's at 7:30 p.m.