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Wilton Selectboard discusses transfer station hours, liquor license extension

WILTON - Members of the Selectboard met Tuesday evening to discuss a proposed change in transfer station hours, an extension of a liquor license and the upcoming voting season.

Public Works Forman John Massè made a proposal to the board to consider eliminating Sundays at the Transfer Station. The station is currently open Wednesdays through Sundays; Massè said if they were to close on Sundays they would stay open longer on Saturdays.

Several members of the board said they worry the reduced hours would make it more difficult for residents who work during the week to have ample time to access the transfer station. The board decided to give the idea some more time to play out, with the hopes that residents will contribute their thoughts. Town Manager Rhonda Irish said as the town looks to hire a new employee for the transfer station position, they are having difficulty finding someone who wants to work a full weekend year round. Irish also said she looked into neighboring, similarly sized towns and Wilton is the only transfer station open on Sundays.

In other news, board members signed off on a request for a liquor license extension. The request will head to the planning board for final approval. If approved, Ambition Brewing would expand into a neighboring building that owner Jeff Chaisson recently purchased. The expansion would allow Ambition to reopen on July 1 in accordance with state health safety guidelines. Chaisson said they are planning to build a temporary hallway connecting the two buildings, with long-term plans of completely remodeling. The expansion would also allow the brewery access to a small yard space for outdoor seating.

Irish reported to the board that all Regional School Unit 9 buildings will be off limits to non-school events, such as the town's annual meeting that is usually held at Academy Hill School. The meeting is currently scheduled for July 20 and Irish said they are looking into options of where to hold it. Many municipalities are in the same boat, she said.

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  1. Here are the hours as listed on Wilton's web page. The station is not open Wednesdays through Sundays as you can see. It is open 4 days per week. If this information is not correct maybe someone can change it on Wilton's website.

    Monday: Closed
    Tuesday: 8:00am - 2:00pm
    Wednesday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
    Thursday: Closed
    Friday: Closed
    Saturday: 8:00am - 2:00pm
    Sunday: 8:00am - 2:00pm

  2. Just a note Rumford is about the same size as Wilton and they are open Saturdays and Sundays

  3. Mike - Rumford also has a paper mill to pay for that.

  4. Some figures on use by day and by time would help with decision-making.

    Ask people who go there on a Sunday, obtain their opinion, what options might address their needs?

    What of other citizens who bring their trash and materials to the site? What thoughts do they have? It is a great service and an excellent time to receive input and use that information to make decisions.

    Information is needed to determine an informed decision. As it is now, guesswork is insufficient. Input and information from residents would be most valuable. Put a survey on the Town's excellent website, ask people to respond. There are ways to gather information, and it makes sense to include citizen thoughts.

  5. Nah, Richard. Just do it the way we always have - by guess and by gorry. It’s the American Way!

  6. Thanks for posting the hours. Do you know how many hours is being paid out to cover this? Our town transfer station is open 28 hours a week ( including Saturday and Sunday and we don't have a mill) and we are paying out 68 hours a week in labor ( I know not very smart). We have 1 part time work at 28 hours and a full time worker at 40 hrs with benefits. Don't ask what the other 12 hours paid weekly is for cause nobody can answer that question ( I personally think its paid nap time).

  7. Due to work schedules and family obligations - SUNDAYS are the only days we can get to the station. Will the town offer roadside pickup then? Do we let it sit out in downtown for weeks until we can go? Seems weekends would be the best days to stay open. It’s bad enough trying to get there by 2p on Sundays.

  8. Weld is open on Sundays.

  9. Don't know what the debate is taken from our taxes. We want a sunday service and we are paying for that.

  10. "Weld is open on Sundays." but not Saturdays.

  11. How does the Public Works Forman of Wilton not know the dump hours? Its been the same hours for at least 15 years. The dump is open tue wed sat sun that is it.

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