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ARLINGTON — New Arlington Town Administrator Nick Zaiac got thrown into the fire feet first Monday as the Arlington Select Board had a meeting on his first day on the job.

Before he even has an office, Zaiac found his way upstairs to the Select Board meeting room for his first board meeting and a further introduction to the town he now works for.

Once the meeting got going, the board quickly approved a paving contract, the removal of trees at the recreation park, and other assorted business that gave Zaiac a tour of his job.

One of the first things they did was welcome Tony Ennis, the new highway supervisor, to the meeting.

The paving will improve part of Sandgate Road. The board approved a bid from Peckham Corp not to exceed $182,666.75.

Zaiac said in an email the following day that the project will be paid for, in part, by a $104,276 state highway grant, reducing the municipal share of the cost to just less than 43 percent of the over all cost.

The board also approved the removal of two trees that had been hit by lightning for $800 on Warm Brook Road, and some tree work at the recreation park including the removal of three trees and trimming others at a cost of $2,000.

Ennis was given permission to order summer shirts for the highway crew in high-visibility green not to exceed $450.

A couple of liquor licenses were approved for the Arlington Inn and Chauncey's Family Dining.

Catherine Bryars, a senior planner and community planning program manager with the Bennington County Regional Commission reminded board members they had updates to the town plan to act on.

Bryars told the board the planning commission approved the draft plan in December the Select Board was supposed to take it up within 120 days.

But COVID-19 interrupted the process.

The board set a public hearing at its next regularly scheduled meeting to take comment on the plan, which makes minor changes.

Board chair Dan Harvey updated the board on the softball league they talked about at the previous meeting.

Harvey said the league has seven teams interested and the recent changes to allow up to 25 people gather now makes it possible to practice.

"I talked to him today and he's just waiting for a go-ahead," Harvey said.

The league would be a co-ed league and be family friendly with strict controls on alcohol and swearing.


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