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The Commons - Windham County, VT Newspaper Obituary for Mom

The Commons - Windham County, VT Newspaper Obituary for Mom

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SUGAR-ON-SNOW
By Alexandra Ossola
 The Commons
 B
RATTLEBORO— 
The 26.2 miles of 
a marathon are
known to be a testof human endur-ance, for those who have runthe race as well as for those whohave only imagined it. On Feb. 17 in Austin, Texas,Dummerston native JeremiahCioffi and his wife Kim ranthe Livestrong Marathon onbehalf of Brattleboro residentNeil Taylor.
They did so to to honor
Taylor’s battle with cancer aswell as gain a new understand-ing of his ongoing struggle. Jeremiah Cioffi, a lieuten-ant in the U.S. Army stationed
at Fort Hood, is the son of 
Taylor’s close friend LauraMomaney, and it is because of Neil and Laura’s profound re-lationship that the newlywedswere inspired to undertake thegrueling test.
About a year ago, both
Taylor and Momaney were liv-ing in the Manley Apartmentsbuilding on High Street, andtheir paths crossed at just theright time.Taylor was rediscoveringhis independence after a ma-lignant brain tumor affectedhis optic nerve approximatelyfour years ago. Surgery to re-move the tumor left him totallyblind at age 28.“I basically had to learn tolive life again as a blind per-son,” he said. “It was a hugechallenge, totally losing myindependence.”He couldn’t return to hisprevious job as a math teacherat the Greenwood School in
Putney, but he reinvented
himself as a massage therapist,eventually opening a practice asThe Blind Masseur.
His time at the Manley
building, where he first livedon his own after the surgery,brought a variety of ongoingstruggles.With his disability, “it’s scaryeven to go on the road,” Taylorsaid.As for Momaney, who con-tracted polio at the age of 6weeks and uses a wheelchairas a result of post-polio syn-drome, she was going throughher own difficulties regardingliving independently when shemet Taylor.
Momaney has written
publicly and candidly about
her struggles after becom-
ing addicted to narcotic painmedication.“I began a long descent intoaddiction and despair,” shewrote in a column that she andTaylor contribute to VermontViews (
www.vermontviews.org
 ).
“Hopelessness became mydisability and it was crip-
pling, a formidable opponent.Eventually, I lost all the thingsI owned and loved, I lost thepeople in my world, too, and Ialmost lost my liberty.”“I lost myself,” she wrote.“Hopelessness is pernicious.It kills everything in its path. Itis absolutely deadly.”
In the column, she cred-
its Jeremiah for his “strengthand his love and his immensehope.”
But Taylor has been herbrick. “Our meeting was
 A son and daughter-in-law run in amarathon to honor the journey of — and  get closer to a mother’s unique friend 
Having his
BACK
 COURTESY PHOTO
Neil Taylor and his friend Laura Momaney, whoseson and daughter-in-law, Jeremiah and KimberlyCioffi, ran in the 2013 Livestrong Austin marathonin February. They ran the race, which raises fundsand awareness for cancer, in honor of Taylor, a
Brattleboro masseur who lost his eyesight as a
complication of surgery to remove a brain tumor.
 
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G fr the GreenS  
 
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Sunday, March 17th$1000 JACKPOT ames Start 12:45Admission $10
32 Linden St.
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Town & Village
PUTNEY 
New manageris soughtfor historicGeneral Store
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Voices
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ELAYNE CLIFT 
The deadlycivilian tollof U.S. dronewarfare keepsgrowing
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The Arts
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Colonel boysfall in hockeysemifinals;Rebel girlsknocked outby Richford
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State holds public hearing on construction, set for 2020
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PAGE A2
 By Olga Peters
 The Commons
 BRATTLEBORO— The Vermont Agency of 
Transportation has big plansfor the section of Putney Roadbetween the West River bridgeand the Exit 3 roundabout.A major reconstruction in-volving sidewalks, a bike lane,
landscaping, and four new
roundabouts is planned.The project, conservativelyestimated at $15 million, will re-construct about one and a quar-ter miles of roadway, and covermore than 10 acres. Accordingto state officials, construction isslated for summer 2020.
“It’s all about safety and
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 Putney Road, in a photograph from the Brattleboro Master Plan.
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PAGE A3
 By Olga Peters
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 BRATTLEBORO—Ten daysof technical hearings before the
Public Service Board on the
Vermont Yankee nuclear powerplant wrapped up the final weekof February.
A slightly road-wearyRaymond Shadis, consult-ing advisor and expert wit-
ness for the anti-nuclear NewEngland Coalition, providedhis views on the the fight overVermont Yankee’s state-awardedCertificate of Public Good.“There’s a real fight on,” saidShadis of the CPG hearing.The PSB said it anticipates
announcing in November
whether it will award the CPG.Meanwhile, Shadis said he feels
the Vermont Public Interest
Resource Group (VPIRG), theConservation Law Foundation,the Vermont Natural ResourcesCouncil, the Connecticut RiverWatershed Council, and NECare “holding their own” as in-terveners against Entergy’s fivelaw firms.After challenges from EntergyCorp., VY’s Louisiana-basedowner, Shadis was admitted intothe record as an expert witness.
Entergy, Shadis said, had
asked to strike his testimony andexhibits. The one portion of histestimony not admitted, about 5percent, said Shadis, was on coldshock stress in fish that have ac-climated to warmer waters, likethose near nuclear plants, butmight not thrive in the cooler wa-ters away from the plant.When asked if he felt the ad-mittance of his testimony wasa positive, Shadis fired back,“Hell yes."Vermont Yankee, Vermont’slone nuclear plant, must receivea CPG to continue operating.Its current certificate expiredlast year. The plant received itsfederal operating license shortlybefore the Fukushima nucleardisaster in Japan in March 2011.Entergy and the state haveduked out in court how much thestate can regulate the 605-mega-watt, boiling water reactor lo-cated in Vernon. Entergy claimsthe state attempted to preemptfederal authority by regulatingnuclear safety, including criteriaused to issue a CPG.
The corporation has mul-
tiple court cases open on VY,including a federal case againstthe state. This case is before theSecond Circuit Court of Appealsin New York City.In 2012, U.S. District Court Judge J. Garvan Murtha ruled inEntergy’s favor, saying that thestate had overstepped its boundson nuclear safety. Murtha added,however, that the state is permit-ted to regulate in some non-nu-clear safety areas.According to Shadis, Entergy’sarguments before the PSB mir-rored the arguments it madebefore Murtha. Entergy claimsthat all of Vermont’s attempts toregulate the plant stem from con-cerns over nuclear safety.Entergy had stated early onthat if it receives a negative rul-ing from the PSB, it would ap-peal. According to Shadis, thecorporation also spent consid-erable time arguing that it didn’tneed to appear before the boardfor the CPG.Shadis said that Entergy’s law-yers have worked determinedlyto dismiss any concerns from theinterveners that don’t fit into thecompany’s legal argument. Thelawyers have called counter argu-ments “irrelevant” or “lodged inpretext for safety.”According to Shadis, Entergy’sclaims of “pretext for safety”were comparable to someonesaying he didn’t like the colorof his necktie and his responsebeing a harangue about nuclearsafety.In Shadis’ view, opponentsleft the hearing “outraged” atEntergy’s constant objections tocounter-arguments.
Shadis said he believes
Entergy is using the CPG hear-ing to build its case for appeal to
State wraps uphearings foVermont Yankee
Shadis permitted totestify after challengefrom Entergy lawyers
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Raymond Shadis, thetechnical consultantfor the New EnglandCoalition, theBrattleboro-based anti-
nuclear nonprofit.
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deinitely at the ight time,”Momaney says.She and Taylo quicklyomed a deep iendship aswell as a mutual eliance.“When you’e eally limitedwith what you can do, you haveto eally enjoy the people youkeep company with. Thee aen’ta lot o distactions,” she said.“We have a vey simila senseo humo, simila pesonalities,and an openness and willingnessto engage with people. I have myown disabilities, so I can elate tohim on that level as well. I knowwhen he needs to be illed in andI ecognize and undestand hisdisability.”“Laua gets it,” Taylo ageed.“She has become such a geatiend, and we have a lot in com-mon. You wouldn’t even knowthat I was blind when we walkaound town, we just cuiseaound.”The two oten take “jaunts”though Battleboo, Momaneywheeling ahead o Taylo, whoollows by holding on to the han-dles o he wheelchai.“It’s the one time in my lieI don’t eel blind,” Taylo said.Momaney assists Taylo as“chie secuity dog” in his pac-tice, whee she spends much o he time assisting clients, helpingwith payments, o doing somelight housekeeping.Since the pactice at 160 HighSt. is also univesally accessible — a aily uncommon installationin a small pactice — Taylo hasteated an inceasing numbe o patients in wheelchais, lagely asa esult o Momaney’s inluence.“Thee’s always somethingto be doing, and when thee’snot, just hanging out with Neilis geat,” Laua said.
Rebuildingtheir worlds
Although Jeemiah Cioi hasnot lived in the aea o mucho the time that his mothe hasknown Taylo, Momaney’s e-quent communications have e-lected the positive change theiendship has bought to he lie.“My mom’s been though alot, especially in the past ewyeas,” Cioi said. “He woldcumbled, and she’s been in thepocess o building it back up.It’s had to see a amily membego though something eally di-icult, and I saw Neil as a maincatalyst in this pocess o hecoming back up.” Jeemiah and Kim Cioi hadwanted to un a maathon oseveal yeas, and ate heaingabout the Livestong maathonin neaby Austin, the oppotu-nity to hono Taylo seemed toogood to pass up.“I saw thee was this eal bond[that Laua and Neil] have andI wanted to do something,”Cioi said. “I thought [unningthe maathon] was peect; Neilloves the outdoos, and has beena blessing to my mom, and bydeault to my lie too.”“I just eel so honoed that Imean that much to Jeemiah andhis new wie, especially becauseshe’s neve un a maathon be-oe,” Taylo said. “I have suchlove and gatitude o that.”The couple kept Taylo up-dated thoughout thei tainingand, o ace day, made t-shitsthat ead, “The Blind Masseuhas my back.”
A deeperunderstandingof disability andfriendship
Cioi also sees new depth inhis undestanding o the diicul-ties Taylo aces daily.“When I was unning the ma-athon, thee wee a ew times Iimagined being blind,” Cioisaid. “I would ty to un withmy eyes closed. Obviously, Icouldn’t do it o moe than aew seconds.”“But pesonally, I developedmoe o an undestanding o what it’s like o him, puttingmoe thought into his pedica-ment and situation,” he contin-ued. “Othe than the physicalchallenges, what sots o emo-tional poblems exist as you e-lean how to live?”“You can’t do the same po-ession as in the past, you househas to be set up dieently, youcan’t walk down steps easily. Igot moe o a glimpse into Neil’slie. I got close to him becauseI undestand moe,” Cioi said.And Cioi sees the beneits inhis elationship with his motheas well, as two o the peoplemost impotant in he lie havebecome close to one anothe.As o Taylo and Momaney,they continue to cook, spendtime outdoos, and take jauntsaound town, dealing with dailychallenges with thei mutuallycoloul sense o humo.They ae able to discuss someo the deepe issues at play ineach o thei disabilities.Taylo admits that he’s sadthat he can’t notice someone’shaicut o a new outit. Momaneyegets that Taylo, who has somuch physical stength, is phys-ically limited due to his lack o sight. Both agee that they’eboth the bette o it.“We have a vey non-tadi-tional elationship in many ways — ou age dieence, ou dis-abilities, ou non-sexual elation-ship,” she said. “But it’s been oneo the most wondeul elation-ships o my lie.”Taylo agees.Even though he’s not physi-cally pesent to see thei ela-tionship gow, Cioi knows thatthe two ae even close now thanthey wee beoe.“Thei elationship has takenon a dieent dimension be-cause I’m moe involved withNeil,” Cioi said. “I just eallyadmie both o them. They’vebeen though so much, and itdoesn’t get easie.”“They have to make a con-scious eot to tuck on,” hecontinued. “They have to havea positive attitude to enjoy andembace lie. I’m blessed to bein thei lives.”“With cance, you neve knowi you battle with it is done,”Momaney said. “I pay that ev-eything o Neil would be moein a staight line.”
Laura Momaney and Neil Taylor together write “Blind inSight,” ( 
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The CPG heaing epe-sents the “last egulatoy po-ceeding o Vemont,” Shadissaid ate diving om theheaings in Montpelie toBattleboo last week.Accoding to Shadis, theCPG poceedings epesentthe inal stage o Vemonthaving a say in VY’s opeation.“It’s liteally the end o theline o those contolling ac-tivities [such as equiing aCPG]. I Entegy pevails,they’ll neve have to come tothe state o appoval o any-thing,” said Shadis.Entegy could edevelop thesite, sell the plant, o inceasethe powe geneation withoutstate input, he said.Shadis said he thought thePSB’s behavio elected anundestanding o the citicalnatue o the heaing.Entegy has deined pe-emption outlined in Mutha’s2012 uling as the boadestpossible deinition o peemp-tion, said Shadis.In its aguments beoe thePSB, said Shadis, Entegy at-toneys went beyond agu-ing that adiological saety ispeempted: The legal teamagued o taking all plant op-eations o the table.In Shadis’ view, intevenesDPS and PSB give Mutha’speemption uling a naowedeinition.Pio to 2001, Vemont util-ities owned VY.Accoding to Shadis, whenEntegy eyed puchasingVemont Yankee in 2001,the copoation’s plan o theplant had thee phases: in-cease powe geneation by 20pecent; stat onsite dy caskstoage o spent nuclea uel;and extend the plant’s opeat-ing license beyond 2012.The NEC asked how muchcontol the state would haveshould the plant become awholesale mechant plant asEntegy said it intended.Shadis said multiple pa-ties in 2001 woied Entegywould “call peemption” i the state tied to maintainsome say in the plant’s utue.Entegy ageed, in tun, say-ing it would seek a CPG oall thee phases.“The only eason they[Entegy] have to come tothe PSB at all … is because o this ageement,” Shadis said.
Enough non-nuclear safety issues
Accoding to Shadis, themain point o his testimonybeoe the PSB centeedon Vemont Yankee havingenough multiple non-nucleaand non-adiological saetyissues to ax it eceiving a newCPG.The plant has “big negativesto be thown on the scale,”said Shadis, pointing to VY’scooling towes.Cooling towes, accodingto Shadis, emit mostly vapothat is “cleaned” o toxins.Howeve, cooling towes o all sizes, and not exclusive topowe plants, also emit watedoplets. These doplets cantavel as much as a mile onthe wind and can contain con-centated amounts o contami-nants such as biocides used toclean the plant, o heavy met-als that may pool in the cool-ing towe basin.The NEC has askedEntegy o the chemical con-tent o VY’s cooling towedoplets. Entegy eplied thatan analysis has not occued,said Shadis.The doplets might not posea health concen, said Shadis.But without igoous analy-sis, it’s impossible to knowo cetain.Accoding to the Centeso Disease Contol andPevention, Ameican Legionmembes at a convention inPhiladelphia in 1976 con-tacted a pneumonia latetemed Legionnaies’ disease.The inection’s souce wastaced to bacteia gowing inneaby cooling towes.VY also has multiple main-tenance issues elated to theplant’s age and the expenseo othcoming equipmentupgades developed in thewake o the nuclea accidentat fukushima, said Shadis.Shadis believes the copo-ation is “unning to ailue”by not popely maintain-ing components o the plant.Some o these mechanicalcomponents, although notconsideed saety-elated bythe NrC, could shut the plantdown i they malunctioned.Accoding to Shadis, an- and many nuclea plant op-eatos, pactice onlinemaintenance.Powe plants, he said, haveedundant saety systems inthe event o an emegency.Tests o epais to the sys-tems ideally occu by takingthe systems “o line,” shut-ting them down and checkingeveything out.With online maintenance,epais take place duing plantopeation.The powe companies“make a bet” with onlinemaintenance that the sys-tem unde epai is eithe notneeded duing an emegencyo that the system won’t con-tibute to a sevee emegency,he said.Shadis likened online main-tenance to climbing onto thewing o a two-engine aicatin-light to epai an engine.Accoding to Shadis, aew yeas ago, an inspectionpot on the eed wate systemusted and leaked. The eedwate system, pat o the steamsystem that geneates powe,pipes wate into the eacto.Employees investigated andixed the leaky pot.The same poblem hap-pened with anothe pot theollowing yea.Shadis said the NEC aisedthei concen about the steamwate system. The NrC e-sponded that as the systemwasn’t saety elated thee wasno issue.Aiming o ewe outagesdue to maintenance o saety isa “numbes game” most utilitycompanies play, said Shadis.When Entegy bags aboutunning 500 days without anoutage, they’ve been makingthe same bet, Shadis said. “Itdoesn’t come without a pice.They’e pushing thei luck andeveybody else’s luck.”
Not financiallyviable?
“We’e tying to igue outwhat the game is,” said Shadiso Entegy’s ight to keep VYopen.Entegy has eused to dis-cuss its plans o VY o dis-close its inances, said Shadis.Still, Shadis said he eelsthe plant’s inancial utuelooks dim.VY has not tuned apoit since 2007, he said.Meanwhile, the NrC inthe wake o fukushima hascalled o expensive upgadesthoughout the industy.Shadis speculated thatEntegy’s motive does notest with saving VY. Instead,he said, the copoation likelyis thinking ahead to saving itsothe mechant plants, suchIndian Point in New Yok.Pee pessue not to thowthese cout battles om othenuclea plant ownes may alsoplay into Entegy’s avo.In Shadis’ view, VY’s i-nancial viability hinges onEntegy’s maintenancepactices.Entegy is weighing howmuch money to invest in e-placing, epaiing, o upgad-ing the plant against lettingpats “un to ailue,” saidShadis.“On balance, we think that’swhat’s going on,” he said.He said he believes Entegyhas instucted its employes atVY that it doesn’t want to i-nance all epais and to bejudicious with what epaisemployees epot. Accodingto Shadis, Maine Yankee,which closed in 1997, tookthat stance.Shadis said he also basesthis assetion on inomationom Entegy’s 2004 busi-ness plan the copoationsubmitted to the PSB duingthe powe upate heaings. Inthat plan, Entegy said thatVY must be mindul o main-tenance and opeation costs.Shadis called Entegy’s legalstategy “swamping.”“It’s mind-boggling howmuch [pape] they geneate,”he said.I the intevenes wee base-ball playes swinging at ev-ey ball Entegy pitched, saidShadis, “ou ams would beako.”Shadis admitted thatighting Entegy in coutwas stetching the NEC’sesouces.The heaing maked themidway point in NEC’s nine-month timeline. Entegy is ex-pected to ile ebuttals to theinomation in the technicalheaing in a ew weeks. Legalback and oth o discovey,and intevenes iling ebut-tals to Entegy will ollow,said Shadis.The next phase o technicalheaings will involve naow-ing and ocusing aguments.filing o bies and eply biesollows in August.
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 BRATTLEBORO—TheBrattleboro School Endowmentrecently distributed funds tothree area elementary schoolsfor use in their winter sportsprograms.Funds from the nonprofit canbe used to support all the ex-tras that make a good educationeven better, said its president, JillStahl Tyler.“Winter sports has been a spe-cific emphasis for the endow-ment since its creation,” Tylersaid. “We hope that the moneyeventually given each year to theschools can help with paying forsuch things as artists-in-resi-dence, winter sports programs,field trips — all those thingsthat enrich the quality teach-ing that already happens here inBrattleboro.”Funds were released to GreenStreet School, Canal St./OakGrove Schools, and AcademySchool at $2 per student, Tylersaid. The Endowment is workingwith the schools, parent groups,and donors to support enrich-ment opportunities not alreadyfunded by tax dollars.“We’re not going to fund aSpanish teacher, say
we knewwinter sports were struggling andthat’s where we felt we couldhelp,” explained Tyler.By having a source of fundsover and above what is providedfor through the school districtbudget, the Brattleboro SchoolEndowment can make a differ-ence and offer special opportuni-ties in education. Winter sportsprograms, field trips, visitingartists, writers and after schoolprograms can all benefit fromEndowment gifts.Through gifts and bequeststhe Endowment will providea financially stable fundingsource with annual assistancethat goes directly to the schoolsfor the benefit of the studentsof Brattleboro. Principal is pre-served through careful andconservative management andincreased with continued sup-port from the community.Donations are tax-deductible.
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According to Upmal, pedestri-ans and drivers will benefit fromthe Putney Road project.AOT representatives dis-cussed the plan with a capacitycrowd of people who have prop-erty in the area, and others, at apublic hearing March 7 at theSelectboard meeting room in theMunicipal Center.State statute requires whatare known as 502 hearings forproposed highway and bridgeprojects when the state may po-tentially acquire property fromindividual owners. The purposeof the hearing was for AOT tosolicit feedback from the publicabout the project prior to acquir-ing property.Upmal, and AOT civil engi-neers Brandon McAdams andAmos Kempton, took commentfrom the audience. They alsoprovided handouts on the projectand Vermont’s right-of-way andacquisition process. The statenotified abutters via certifiedmail of the possibility of acquir-ing land, said McAdams. AOTstaff will also meet with abutterspersonally.Upmal told the audience theyhad until March 17 to send com-ment to the state. AOT will thenreport back to the Selectboardwithin 30 days.The project will also gothrough the state’s Act 250 en-vironmental permitting process,he added.The AOT representativespresented the project’s conceptplans that have hung on thewall outside the town planningdepartment.According to Public WorksDirector Steve Barrett, theproject grew out of the town’sand Windham RegionalCommission’s efforts to im-prove Putney Road and addresssafety concerns for cars, bikes,and pedestrians.The town assigned a com-mittee to work on the issueseveral years ago. This commit-tee work led to a public hear-ing and later to a presentationto the Selectboard. The boardvoted to accept a project con-cept. The town sent the conceptto the state.The state and town havecollaborated on the PutneyRoad reconstruction project,Barrett said.“It’s a really big nut, but that’swhy we’re [all] here,” Barrettsaid.According to McAdams,Putney Road is an “extremelyhigh” crash corridor.Upmal added that, over thepast five years, 182 accidentshad occurred on Putney Road,resulting in 40 injuries.The new project design is in-tended to reduce collisions andimprove mobility for pedestrians,cyclists, and drivers.The roundabouts would helpslow traffic, McAdams said.Upmal added that the Exit 3roundabout has seen some ac-cidents, though none resulted ininjuries as drivers there operateat slower speeds.The current Putney Road hasunacceptable E and F grades.The new design would raise thegrade to an A.Upmal said that the state alsoconducted a two-year scopingphase between 2005 and 2008.The project design also syncswith the Putney Road 50-yearmaster plan.The new roadway will havetwo 12-foot lanes, two five-footbike lanes, and a six-foot widesidewalk at the southern endclosest to the West River bridge.Starting by the Peoples Bankproperty, the road will divide intofour lanes with a grassy median.Along with the car and bikelanes, the state also will con-struct sidewalks on each sideof the road, which most of Putney Road lacks now, andfour roundabouts.McAdams said that the ex-isting Putney Road covers a lotof ground. He anticipated thatmuch of the new design would fitwithin the same footprint.The new design would alsoeliminate left-hand turns fromthe side roads and some of thebusinesses along Putney Road.McAdams said that many of thecollisions on Putney Road were“sideswipes” occurring whendrivers attempted to turn left.The bike lane is consideredshared-use as cars will have ac-cess to it in case of emergency,such as a breakdown.According to the AOT, thestate and federal government willpick up the project’s tab with thefederal government covering 81percent of the cost and the statepicking up 19 percent.“We’re at the beginning of the project,” said Upmal, assur-ing audience members that theresidents would have additionalopportunities to comment onthe project.Audience members’ reactionto the project spanned the spec-trum from very positive to feel-ing the project was unnecessary.Adam Hubbard called thedesign “forward thinking,” andbelieves it would improve trafficflow and property values alongPutney Road.Paul Cameron, executive di-rector of Brattleboro ClimateProtection, also praised the proj-ect design. He said it would helpreduce pollution as the round-abouts would reduce idling andeffectively eliminate the con-sumption of more than 500,000gallons of gas per year.Overall, he said the projectwould help the town reach itsgoal of a 30 percent reductionfrom 2010 levels of emissions,energy consumption, and pollu-tion by the year 2030 as stated inthe town plan.Scott Borofsky strongly op-posed the project. He said hecould not understand why AOTshould take on the project at all.“Why?” he asked repeatedly.The expensive project,Borofsky said, would hindertravel and frustrate drivers. Hesaid he did not like the additionof roundabouts, but did praisethe sidewalks.“It’s not the city here, andthese roundabouts seem to implyit’s going to be,” Borofsky said.“If it’s not broke, don’t fix it."Borofsky also asked whowould provide an extra fire truckor police officers to handle anyincreased development on thenew Putney Road. He also chal-lenged the AOT representativesdata on accidents in the Exit 3roundabout.David Gartenstein, aSelectboard member whostressed he was speaking only forhimself at the meeting, echoedBorofsky.“I personally, looking at this,I don’t understand this at all,”he said.The next phase of the projectwill entail developing preliminaryplans, said Upmal.These designs will includemore detailed design elementssuch as storm water runoff systems.
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