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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Goodnight Irene Goodnight

Three months since the last storm and somehow it feels like yesterday.  Sunday in fact.  While other towns are still under water, Peacham had less damage with August 28 Hurricane Irene than we did with the May storm.  We did have several road washouts that are repaired now except for the County Road (near Bill Goss's place) which partially washed out again & is temporarily closed.  Crews plan to be working on it Thursday.  

IF YOUR PROPERTY WAS DAMAGED by this latest storm, report it by calling 2-1-1 so the state can collect data for federal assistance, and so a State or FEMA official can contact you & let you know if you might qualify for any type of aid.  Please spread this message to anyone you know who sustained damage.

Be careful driving since there are tree limbs close to the road and occasional small washes.  You may experience more extensive road damage or undercut road shoulders with little or no warning in other towns.  Peacham's road crew is still covering the rough stone repairs from the May storm with finer material, doing erosion control, and catching up.  Our equipment situation recently improved with the arrival of our new truck and grader. 

Friday, August 5, 2011

Deadline for Disaster Assistance for private citizens, businesses & nonprofits

The U.S. Small Business Administration reminds homeowners, renters, businesses and non-profit organizations located in Vermont that Sept. 6, 2011 is the deadline to submit their disaster loan applications for physical damage caused by the severe storms and flooding that occurred on May 26-27.

Anyone with insured losses should not wait for an insurance settlement before applying to the SBA. “If someone does not know how much of their loss will be covered by insurance or other sources, the SBA will consider making a loan for the total loss up to its loan limits, provided they agree to use insurance proceeds to reduce or repay their SBA loan,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA Field Operations Center East.  

Low-interest disaster loans are available in the following Vermont counties: Caledonia and Washington which are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA. 

Interest rates are as low as 2.688 percent for homeowners and renters, 3 percent for non-profit organizations and 4 percent for businesses with terms up to 30 years.  The SBA sets the loan amounts and terms based on each applicant’s financial condition.

For additional assistance, call the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955
(800-877-8339 for people with speech or hearing disabilities) Monday through Friday from
8 a.m. to 6 p.m., ET or send an e-mail to  Loan application forms can be downloaded from the SBA website at  Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155. 

To speak to an SBA representative face to face, visit one of the Centers indicated below.
FEMA/SBA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs)
SBA Business Recovery Center (BRC)
Caledonia County
Washington County
Washington County
St. Johnsbury Welcome Center
Barre City Auditorium
Barre City Hall - Barre Area Development
51 Deport Square
16 Auditorium Hill
6 North Main Street
St. Johnsbury VT 05819
Barre VT 05641
Barre VT 05641
Open Mon-Sat; 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM Sun; Noon to 6:00 PM
Open Mon-Sat; 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Open:  Mon-Fri; 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

 Those affected by the disaster may also apply for disaster loans electronically from SBA’s website at  The filing deadline to return applications for physical damage is September 6, 2011.  The deadline to return economic injury applications is April 9, 2012.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Notice of Public Hearing re Flood Hazard Zoning Regs Supplement

There will be a public hearing per Title 24, (Chapt. 117) Sections 4424 (Shorelands; flood or hazard area; special or freestanding bylaws)  and 4415 (Interim Bylaws as an Emergency Measure) of the Vermont State Statues for the purpose of hearing public comments concerning: 

FLOOD HAZARD REGULATIONS -- A Supplement to the Town of Peacham, Vermont Zoning Ordinance   

 The public hearing has been scheduled at the Peacham Town Office, 74 Church St., Peacham, Vermont for: 
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 6:45 pm during its regular Selectboard meeting.

Purpose: The Town is proposing to amend the Peacham Zoning Ordinance to qualify the town for enrollment in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).  It seeks to avoid loss of property that is likely to result from flooding-related inundation and erosion.

Location of Documents:  Copies of the
-  Fluvial Erosion Hazard Zone Maps and
-  the full text of the proposed Supplement to the Peacham Zoning Ordinance  [Draft Proposal of 8/1/2011 for public comment]
are available at the Peacham Town Clerk’s Office in the Town Office.

Notice of Public Meetings re Roller Barn grant

There will be two public meetings for the purpose of hearing public comments concerning: 
the Town’s proposed application for a 2012 Vermont Transportation Enhancement Program grant to stabilize and improve the historic Roller Barn located near the Town green at the Peacham Pathways trailhead.

The public meetings has been scheduled as part of regular Selectboard meetings at the Peacham Town Office, 79 Church St., Peacham, Vermont: 
-  Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at 6:45 pm; and
-  Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 6:45 pm.