Montague Notebook: Jan. 25, 2022

Published: 1/23/2022 12:49:21 PM
Group OKs sale of Sandy Lane lot to Judd Wire

MONTAGUE — The Economic Development and Industrial Corporation authorized the sale of 4 Sandy Lane to Judd Wire Inc. from the town of Montague for $55,000 during its Jan. 19 meeting.

The 1.268-acre parcel consists of an existing parking lot that was constructed, maintained and used exclusively by Judd Wire under a lease from the town. The sale price was derived from an independent appraisal and agreed upon by the Selectboard.

Town Planner Walter Ramsey explained the parcel’s sale benefits the town because “upon sale, it becomes a taxable property, whereas right now, it’s not.”

Contact tracing nurse welcomed by Board of Health, Selectboard

MONTAGUE — COVID-19 contact tracing nurse and Leyden resident Robin Neipp was welcomed by the Board of Health during its Jan. 19 meeting, following a brief introduction at a Jan. 10 Selectboard meeting.

“I’m pretty excited,” she said at the Board of Health meeting. “It’s a little overwhelming at first, but I’m getting used to it.”

Neipp, who began her 19-hour-per-week position in early January, said she identifies 25 to 30 positive COVID-19 cases per day.

Health director, Board of Health pleased with Selectboard relations

MONTAGUE — Town health officials said they were pleased with progress made alongside the Selectboard to improve communication during a Jan. 19 Board of Health meeting.

The discussion followed an emergency Board of Health meeting on Jan. 12 that largely centered on mutual disappointment between the Health Department and the Selectboard regarding accountability and responsibility.

“I think we’ve made some significant strides and have gained understanding, particularly in terms of Monday night meetings,” Health Director Daniel Wasiuk said.

Selectboard Chair Rich Kuklewicz said during a Jan. 10 meeting that he was “disappointed” that Board of Health members are not meeting with the Selectboard for COVID-19-related discussions and largely levying responsibility on the Selectboard to make pandemic-related judgment calls. On the other end, Wasiuk had said he was disappointed in the Selectboard for making decisions without proper regard to Board of Health recommendations.

Gill student named to Connecticut College Dean’s List

GILL — Althea Tierney, Class of 2025, was awarded Dean’s List honors for Connecticut College’s fall semester.


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