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Big bold perennials

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Posted: Sunday, January 31, 2016 6:00 am

Big bold perennials

One of the offshoots of my visit to see Judy Veach’s red Esperanza was a chance to see some of her other plants. The one that caught my eye (actually nearly knocked me off my feet) was what she called a Milk and Wine Lily. I took a couple photos with my phone and headed out. My sources at Grimselll’s gave me the name crinum lily, so with my curiosity piqued I set off to spend some time with Google. What I found was very interesting.

The wine and milk lily is one example of a very old and hardy plant called a Crinum (CRY num) Lily. Crinums are perennials that used to be very popular in the South and according to Bill Welch, a horticulture professor at Texas AM, were among the earliest plants to be extensively hybridized. This accounts for the many many species now available. Unfortunately, while they were once

cherished by southern gardeners, today they are found mostly “untended in cemeteries, country gardens, abandoned homesites, and poorer sections of town” according to Steve Bender’s article in Southern Living. Their decline came about mostly due to the ascent of the Dutch bulb industry, as crinums didn’t grow well in Europe, and to the fact that established crinums are hard to transplant. Fortunately, they are currently available online at mail order nurseries. Once again we are reminded not to narrow our gardening vision here in South Texas to the range of cool, moist-weather plants often featured in story tales.

Greg Grant, author (and clearly a country music buff) wrote “It’s Crinum Time Again” for planet answers.com and says that “crinums are to the South what the peony is to the North, big bold perennials with wonderful flowers for cutting.” They are not really lilies but are in the amaryllis family. They are supremely adapted to hot, muggy southern conditions and can be cultivated only in zones 7 – 10. They can be planted any time of the year although we are cautioned that newly planted bulbs could be sensitive to cold. Although crinums are very forgiving, they perform best with sun and regular moisture. There was some conflict in the articles as to how much sun, with one saying full sun and another recommending partial shade. These plants should thrive in our Valley landscapes! (FYI Grant has many labeled pictures of crinums at the end of his article.)

Crinums have bold foliage which can grow in mounds. Their large bulbs store both water and food and are therefore hard to dig up. They can be planted in any kind of soil and should be planted by burying the bulbs up to their necks. Every article recommended planting them where you intend them to stay because they can only be moved with a great deal of effort due to their size. (Old bulbs can weigh as much as 20 pounds!) On the bright side, they never need to be thinned. Their stems can be 3 – 4 feet long, are leafless, and are topped with great clusters of fragrant spidery flowers. In landscaping, they are recommended as underplantings for palms or other coarsely textured plants, and can be set off by a very low ground cover. One of things I liked was that the stem was so long the flower clusters were high enough to be easily seen. I definitely intend to add a carefully placed bulb or two to my own back yard.

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Article source: http://www.valleymorningstar.com/life/master_gardeners/article_2a19fcd8-c6de-11e5-b1b6-a71524115b25.html

Two OPS schools saluted for leading way on environmental efforts – Omaha World

Two Omaha public schools — Wilson Focus School, at 5141 F St., and Gomez Heritage Elementary School, 5101 S. 17th St. — have proved they’re keen on being green.

At Gomez Heritage, geothermal energy helps heat and cool the building; children learn and play in an outdoor classroom; mothers collect recyclables; fathers help clean and maintain the grounds; and staff members encourage children to try nutritious foods and avoid waste.

At Wilson, students learn to lead environmental endeavors, helping to keep the school grounds clean and manicured, trimming bushes, planting and picking up and sorting recyclable waste from blue bins around the school.

These and other efforts earned the two schools Green Ribbon awards from the U.S. Department of Education in 2015, an honor reserved for just 58 schools and 14 districts across the country.

Sustaining a healthy environment is important to Omaha Public Schools, said Susan Colvin, who helps administer the school district’s Green Schools Initiative, a program that has saved the school district almost $6 million over six years, she said.

Schools throughout the district have bought into the initiative, coordinated by an Omaha consulting firm, Verdis Group. Four other schools and the entire district have earned Green Ribbon awards over the past four years. And OPS has become nationally recognized for its environmentalism, Colvin said.

The awards are based on three pillars: reducing environmental impact and costs, improving health and wellness and educating students in environmentalism and sustainability.

Some efforts are common to both Wilson and Gomez Heritage: Nutrition and exercise are emphasized; students learn to garden; native grasses are used in landscaping because they require less moisture; rain barrels help conserve water; and the relatively new buildings allow plenty of natural light and are designed for efficiency.

Other measures set the schools apart.

Wilson, home to 240 students in third through sixth grade, uses its focus on leadership, technology and communication to help create a healthy environment, Principal Bret Anderson said. Students take pride in their green efforts and help lead the school, he said. “They think about being advocates for the outside community and the environment.”

Students learn to pick up after themselves, help out others and clean up trash when they see it, Anderson said.

“A school can make an impact,” he said, by saving money and bettering students, school property and the surrounding neighborhood.

OPS schools monitor their energy efficiency, and Wilson students learn about progress in morning news announcements.

“The kids are aware,” the principal said, and they prompt others to conserve energy.

Enrichment classes boost physical activity for the children and include dance, yoga, outdoor sports, taekwondo, archery, and walking and biking clubs.

Each classroom has a 5-foot-by-8-foot raised garden bed, which students help build and maintain. From the gardening, they learn about erosion, water conservation, engineering and construction, and math, school officials said.

At Gomez Heritage, all 860 students in preschool through fourth grade use the school’s nationally accredited Jan Gilbert Memorial Outdoor Classroom and Timberwolf Park. The outdoor area includes a stage, building areas, bird feeders, gardens and a tricycle track.

School fathers collect cans each year, with the proceeds helping to improve the outdoor classroom, and work on gardens and clean-up projects. Mothers collect recyclables from classrooms every Friday morning.

Earth Day is a weeklong celebration at Gomez Heritage. The school also participates in a Woodhouse Auto Family backpack program, which each Friday provides 120 backpacks filled with healthy food for children in need, said Amy Hansen, a teacher and leader of the school’s Green Team.

A fresh fruits and vegetables program, offered two days a week, encourages children to sample nutritious produce they may have never tried before, Principal John Campin said. And the school cooperates with the Salvation Army Kroc Center to involve children in sports and athletic activities.

School staff members try to use natural light and refrain from turning on artificial lights during work days when students are out of school, said teacher JoAnne Kawecki, who also is a Green Team member. And school computers are timed to shut off automatically after school.

All the steps the school takes are worth it, Kawecki said. “We’re teaching stewardship for future generations.”

Article source: http://www.omaha.com/special_sections/outlook/two-ops-schools-saluted-for-leading-way-on-environmental-efforts/article_97a8b26e-923c-5449-8c36-754e574d189e.html

Garden calendar | For the week of Jan. 21

Gardening education: It is that time of year again! The garden catalog season is in full swing, seeds have arrived at garden centers, and we are holding interviews for master gardener volunteer training — a sure sign of spring.

Master gardener volunteers receive training in horticulture from their local UW-Extension office in order to become community volunteers who serve their communities helping with horticultural projects that support UW-Extension’s outreach mission.

Classes are held every other Wednesday morning from 9 a.m. to noon, from late February through the end of August at the Dane County UW-Extension office on Madison’s East Side.

We still have interview slots available on Feb. 2, 4 and 5. if you are interested, visit the Dane County UWEX website http://dane.uwex.edu/horticulture/master-gardener/ for more information.

If you are looking for gardening classes with no volunteering requirement, check out the Dane County UW-Extension Green Thumb Gardening Series on Thursday nights at the office from Feb. 25 through April 14.

Topics include soils and composting, vegetable families, pests and diseases, native plants for gardens and pollinators, shrub selection and care, wildlife in the garden, annuals and perennials and landscape design.

Visit http://dane.uwex.edu/horticulture/greenthumbclasses/ for more information.

Garden Expo: The Midwest Garden Expo at the Alliant Energy Center Feb. 12-14 hosted by Wisconsin Public Television is another great way to get into the spring spirit.

Seeing and smelling all the green plants at the show will help you deal with your cabin fever!

Get inspiration for the upcoming gardening season by visiting with garden center and landscaping vendors at the show, and visit the UW-Extension booth for answers to gardening questions from UW experts and master gardener volunteers.

I’ll be there on and off all three days and will be giving presentations on growing tomatoes and growing raspberries.

I’ll also be sharing the stage with Garden Talk’s Larry Meiller and UW-Extension’s own Dr. Death (Brian Hudelson of the Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic) on Saturday morning at 9:30.

There are many other educational seminars presented by local experts and workshops where you can learn new skills — everything from pruning to prairies and birds to begonias. Go to www.wigardenexpo.com/seminarsdemo/ for a full listing of the seminars, demonstrations and workshops offered.

There is an enormous list of topics covered and something for everyone to enjoy. I hope to see you there!

Article source: http://host.madison.com/wsj/lifestyles/home-and-garden/garden-calendar-for-the-week-of-jan/article_f550419c-c2ad-50d8-a93c-3e040a2d04df.html

5 tips for indoor gardening

FEATURE — Many people miss having fresh garden produce in the winter so much that they are willing to grow it indoors. This can be a little challenging, but having fresh tomatoes on a sandwich or fresh peas on a winter salad makes it worth the effort.

Growing plants in a greenhouse is an option for providing winter produce, but heating and lighting can be expensive. A more cost-effective method is to provide additional lighting and optimal temperatures and grow plants in the home. Consider these tips.

 

Tomato seedlings in pots on window | Stock image, St. George News
Tomato seedlings in pots on window | Stock image, St. George News
  1. Location – West or south-facing windows provide sufficient light for many crops. Another option is to use inexpensive fluorescent lights placed approximately 6 inches from the plants. Incandescent bulbs should not be used since the wavelengths of the light they produce are not readily used by plants. Grow lights are an option, but they do not work any better than florescent bulbs and are more expensive.
  2. Temperature – A good temperature for most plants is around 70 F. Some gardeners have attempted to grow plants in an unheated garage during the winter with no success. This is not surprising since the garage acts as a natural refrigerator in the winter.
  3. Soil – Potting soil works best for indoor growing and is available from many local retailers. Once plants have been growing for about a month, they often require fertilizer to keep them healthy. Mild, liquid houseplant formulations or slow-release granular products such as Osmocote are good choices.
  4. Pests and disease – Monitor plants closely for insect pests and disease. When a plant appears to be infested, isolate it from the others to prevent further spread. Heavily infested plants should be thrown away.
  5. Vegetable choices – Lettuce, peas and many herbs generally do well when grown indoors. Dwarf varieties of peas or other crops are often preferred since regular varieties may grow too large for limited indoor spaces. Dwarf varieties can be found from seed companies online and sometimes from local retailers.

The USU Crop Physiology Lab has specifically researched growing crops in indoor spaces and has identified several “super dwarf” species that work well, including Early Green Pea and Microtina Tomato. These varieties and others have actually been grown aboard the International Space Station.

WRITTEN BY: Taun Beddes, Utah State University Extension horticulturist

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Copyright St. George News, SaintGeorgeUtah.com LLC, 2016, all rights reserved.

 

Article source: http://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2016/01/31/rsw-5-tips-for-indoor-gardening/

Gardening tips for a fruitful season

Every gardener I know has their own way of doing things. They have their own way of laying out their garden, which seeds and plants they use and even how they water and grow their goodies. And if you look at their gardens, they will be similar, but very different at the same time. What I find amazing are some of the shortcuts and gardening aids different gardeners use.

About a month ago, I planted two trays of tomato seed. Both trays had 72 pockets. All the seed came from the same packet, so there was no difference. I put the trays on heat pads under the same light, so there was no difference there. Both were watered exactly the same. The only difference was in one tray, I filled all the pockets about 3/4 full of potting mix and the rest with seed-starter mix. I planted the seeds in the top part of the seed starter. In the other tray, I only used seed-starter mix.

The tomatoes I planted in the starter and potting soil mix have multiple leaves and are growing out and up. The tomatoes I planted in only the seed-starting mix didn’t germinate very well, tend to be leggy and barely have the twin leaves all tomatoes have when they first come up.

Last summer when I planted my okra, I made two rows about 12 inches apart. My plan was to let the okra come up, put a soaker hose between the rows and water both with the same hose.

After making the furrow and planting the seed, I took my watering can and sprinkled one row with water before filling in the seed furrow. So one row of okra seed was wet when I covered it up with soil. I did the same thing with a couple rows of corn. I sprinkled one row of planted seed, and the other row I didn’t.

It was amazing how much faster the rows I’d sprinkled came up. What stood out as well was almost all the seed came up together. Many times seed comes up at different speeds, so you have some seed that is tall and growing and some that is just coming up.

I grow a good part of my tomatoes in my high tunnels. In the past, we have covered one tunnel with a shade cloth that filters out about 25 percent of the sun’s light. This tunnel will be noticeably cooler in the summer than the tunnel with no shade cloth.

What I find is in the tunnel with the shade cloth, the tomatoes tend to get leggy as if they aren’t getting enough sunlight. The plants are reaching up higher to get more light because the shade cloth is limiting the sunlight.

The cooler temps help the plant stay cooler, but at the same time, it wants more sunlight. It would be nice if I could figure out how to install a shade that could be removed after the heat of the day. Tomatoes need lots of sunlight. A healthy tomato plant is bushy and not long and lean.

I have friends who swear by Fords, and then some swear by Chevys, and others like a Dodge. Honestly, I’d drive any pickup if it’s paid for. Ads on TV, though, try and tell us one is way better than the rest.

If you really want the honest truth about a pickup, talk to the repair people, especially those who work on motors or transmissions. They aren’t all equal, and it’s the same with seed.

All seed is not created equal. In the past, I have bought seed from the source with the cheapest price and best bargain on shipping. I bought seed from one supplier years ago, and after receiving the seed, I found it all came from China.

Most of it germinated and did very well; some of it was worthless. The germination was poor, the plants weren’t healthy, and the fruit wasn’t true to what it was supposed to be. As a whole, I buy all my seed from established, well-known suppliers. I may have to pay a little more, but I feel the cost is worth the rewards.

When you buy your transplants, make sure they are healthy, ready to grow and in season. If the plant is taller and not very bushy and the container it’s in is small, the plant may be root-bound.

You can cure this with a tomato by planting the transplant deeper in the ground. A pepper or cole crop can’t be planted deeper. If the leaves are not deep green and healthy, the plant may have a fungus or be diseased. Be careful.

If you are buying a cole-crop veggie, such as broccoli or cabbage or cauliflower, realize they should be planted soon after April 1 where we live in Southeast Missouri. About four weeks or so before the last frost date is perfect.

If the plants you are looking at are showing signs of blooming, they are too late to grow. Pass them up. What they won’t do is grow a good root system to produce a good head. All they will do is put on small heads or such, and they won’t amount to anything.

Make sure to write it down. I know I can remember, but the truth is I won’t. If it needs to be marked, then mark it. I try to mark all my new transplants using either Popsicle sticks or pieces of mini blinds.

The mini blinds are perfect. Use a pair of scissors and cut them about 4 to 6 inches long. You can write on them with a permanent pen. Get a notebook or something and jot down what you plant and when, how it’s growing and what you pick.

Put down the dates. Grow notes could really help next year.

I hope these ideas help. If you have a grow tip, send me an email along with it. Have a great growing season.

Until next time.

Article source: http://www.semissourian.com/story/2272373.html

Winter gardening tips

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Are you itching to dig in the dirt? Are you studying the seed catalogs that arrive in the mail almost daily? Is your garden journal sitting close by so that you can make notes about your newest ideas for the landscape?

According to the University of Illinois Extension’s yard and garden news letter, gardening is a year round activity. There is always something to do. If you can’t think of any gardening tasks, here are a few tips to get you thinking.

Snow and ice on trees and shrubs: As we get into winter, the threat of damage from snow and ice is always near. When snow piles up on evergreens, try to gently brush it off. Don’t shake the branches as this may cause them to break. If the snow is frozen on the branch and will not brush off easily, it is best to let it melt naturally, to avoid damage to the tree or shrub.

If tree limbs break due to the weight of ice or snow, it is advisable to have the broken limbs removed as soon as the weather permits. Hanging branches can be a danger to passing pedestrians and cars. Also, the tree will be able to heal the wound better in spring if the wound has clean edges instead of ragged tears.

Holiday plants: Turning to the indoor environment, we need to keep our holiday plants fresh and blooming. Most of our blooming holiday plants prefer to be in a cool room. This keeps the plant in flower longer. Most holiday plants also need a bright room (some do well with direct sun, others do not). Keep these plants out of drafts to keep them in good health.

Seed orders: If you order seeds from a catalog, get your order in by the end of January. Early orders help insure that you get the seeds you want and that you have them in time to start them indoors if you want.

Nuisance insects: It is very common to find insects meandering around the house in winter. All kinds of critters come into the house looking for a place to rest for the winter. Common nuisance pests are Boxelder bugs, houseflies, squash bugs and the multicolored Asian . As you encounter nuisance insects, just vacuum them up. Av

Don’t store firewood in the house. Insects can come in with firewood. Leave the wood outside until you are ready to build a fire.

I can’t write about winter gardening tips without reminding everyone to feed the birds during this cold and snowy weather. Our feeding station on our deck has attracted a large number of birds. At one point I counted 25 cardinals fussing at each other while trying to eat as many black oil sunflower seeds as they could.

Mark your calendars for the 7 p.m. Feb. 18 gardening seminar sponsored by the OSUE Brown County Master Gardener Volunteers being held at the Mt. Orab campus of SSCC in room 107. Susan Barber will be talking about how to Design and start your garden.

Remember that all seminars are free and open to the public.

By Faye Mahaffey

Faye Mahaffey is an OSU Master Gardner volunteer.

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Faye Mahaffey is an OSU Master Gardner volunteer.

Article source: http://ripleybee.com/news/1904/winter-gardening-tips

Bowood celebrates 300 years since birth of garden designer Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown

BOWOOD House and Gardens will celebrating the 300th birthday of the man who designed their popular gardens, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown in 2016.

Having purchased Bowood Park and its unfinished House in 1754, Lord Shelburne’s next quest was a befitting park.

His son, William, took up the reins upon succeeding to the title in 1761, later becoming the 1st Marquess of Lansdowne, and it was he who commissioned Mr Brown to landscape Bowood Park in August 1762.

A lake was formed by damming two streams and the parkland on its western side was sculpted for great vistas to sweep down to the water’s edge.

Mr Brown was to level the ground, enlarge the pond and ensure a sufficient flow of water, make all the roads, provide and plant all the trees and shrubs, sow grass seed and make the Great Plantations.

The project was due for completion by June 1766 and a fee of £4,300 was agreed, over three-quarters of a million pounds if undertaken today.

For his part, Lord Shelburne was to provide horses, carts and wheelbarrows and find exotic trees from abroad.

Lord Lansdowne, the First Earl of Shelburne’s descendant, said: “For his part, Capability Brown was a really astute businessman as well as a visionary designer.

“Capability Brown’s arboretum has been augmented right up to the present day and virtually every period of English garden design, from the Georgian period onwards, is now represented at Bowood.”

The work itself began in 1763 and it’s believed that a total of 300 men worked on the project over five years.

Once all the work was completed, Bowood House was set naturally into its landscape with belts of trees encircling the Pleasure Grounds beyond the House’s walled garden.

Bowood’s archivist, Jo Johnston, said: “Just as Lancelot Brown waxed lyrical to Lord Shelburne about Bowood’s outstanding setting so would he also emphasise, to his many other landed clients, the great ‘capability’ of their own estates for improvement – this was how the Capability tag was added to his name.

“Ahead of the likes of Blenheim Palace and Highclere Castle doing so, Bowood’s appointment of Capability Brown was clearly a significant one as by the 1760s his usual annual charge for a single commission was £500.”

For more on the Bowood House and Garden events in 2016 visit www.bowood.org/bowood-house

Article source: http://www.gazetteandherald.co.uk/news/headlines/nostalgia/14242983.Bowood_celebrates_300_years_since_birth_of_garden_designer_Lancelot__Capability__Brown/

Sparks fly around Fourth turning Carnival into Circus

WILMINGTON – The location of the Fourth of July festivities hangs precariously in the balance as the decision to hold the carnival at the Swain School parking lot rests largely with the Zoning Board of Appeals.

In a letter to the Board of Selectmen, Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) member Daniel Veerman expressed his personal concern over an application submitted to the Board of Appeals that requested a Special Permit to have the carnival at the former Swain School site over a period of several days in July 2016 as part of the proposed “Fun on the Fourth Celebration.”

Veerman cited several potential issues with the site, but his main concern is the impact on the nine direct abutters to the property and what sort of liability, if any, might arise.

Veerman had voted against a similar plan in 2013 citing that the Board of Appeals was “not afforded ample opportunity to fully address concerns about the project during the public hearing process.”

In an attempt to avoid similar complications Veerman sought to explore ways to mitigate potential property damage. One idea was to procure temporary insurance for the abutters for damages caused by third party attendees at the carnival, which was rejected on the basis that liability insurance of this nature is difficult to obtain.

In addition, the possible indemnification of direct abutters was refused by Town Manager Jeffrey Hull, and the prospect of a formal bond process was found inadequate as it would not protect against damages caused by acts of third parties, but only damages caused by carnival vendor Fiesta Shows itself.

Veerman also cited in his letter, “it must be stated however, at that time and at no point since, has the Town, the applicant, or Fiesta Shows offered any alternative proposals to address this valid concern.”

As a result, Veerman proposed an escrow fund be established in the amount of $20,000 to pay for “modest property damage to a direct abutter,” and to also “reimburse a direct abutter for any increase in the property insurance or deductible that might be incurred due to a larger claim which would need to be referred to their insurance carrier.”

In a letter to the Board of Selectmen, dated January 24, 2016, Chairman of the Fourth of July Committee Scott Garrant informed the Board that in a December 28, 2015 meeting scheduled prior to a ZBA hearing held on January 13, 2016, Veerman informed Garrant that “he would not vote in favor of the Committee’s application unless the Committee, the Town or Fiesta Shows secured a ‘bond of insurance’ to cover property damage that his neighbors might incur by the hand of a third party or claims that might be asserted against his neighbors by third parties who might enter their property.”

“In an effort to offer an alternative method for addressing the concerns which formed the basis for Mr. Veerman’s demand, I contacted Chief Begonis and discussed the possibility of having two detail police officers specifically assigned to the School Street and Drury Lane area, at the expense of the Committee and/or Fiesta Shows. These officers would be present in addition to those which would already be in attendance under Chief Begonis’ command in the School Street and Middlesex Avenue location,” wrote Garrant.

Garrant continued, “Once Chief Begonis informed me that he could arrange for the two details, this proposed solution to Mr. Veerman’s demand was incorporated into the Committee’s presentation to the Board of Appeals on January 13th. Contrary to Mr. Veerman’s claim that the Committee has not offered any ideas, the Committee in fact offered this as an alternative to the unattainable insurance or bond which, at that time, Mr. Veerman was holding out as non-negotiable.”

Over the past two years, the Shriners has allowed the festivities to be held at their Fordham Road location, due to construction of the new high school and corresponding fields. During that time, the Board of Appeals rejected an application for a Special Permit to have the carnival at the Swain School property. “There certainly seemed to be a sentiment that was expressed by many certainly to me, I don’t want to speak for the Fourth of July Committee, but I think they would agree, to bring the event back to the Town Common,” said Hull.

Hull had spoken to Superintendent Mary DeLai about using the high school parking lot or the field, however, the area is a leeching field, raising concerns from the Public Works Director with additional concerns from DeLai about the possible impact on the new lot and its configuration which includes traffic islands, new lighting fixtures and new landscaping.

The discussion ultimately came down to the Swain School as a potential site for the carnival with all of the other events held on the Town Common.

“I think from one perspective, the potential of having the carnival in that location is helpful from a police perspective, because the focus can be on that side of the common as opposed to, in prior years, when it was all spread out it was a little bit more difficult for the police to contain and to monitor,” said Hull.

“Clearly we can all appreciate, and I certainly appreciate, the concerns of the neighbors. It is a compact area there, but we’ve attempted to work through that. I know the Fourth of July Committee had put together a proposal that scaled down the number of rides, curtailed the hours to some measure that the event would be running,” added Hull.

The proposal for raising $20,000 as an escrow fund could be a viable mechanism to compensate abutters, however Hull does not believe the Town should be contributing that sort of fund, looking at implications, non-profit, tax issues, and who would be tasked with determining the validity and appropriateness of claims that could potentially arise.

At this point, Fiesta Shows, the vendor for the carnival is offering to establish a fund to raise $10,000, but there are still many unanswered questions.

Selectman Mike Newhouse weighed in on the issue. “I think the Board of Selectmen should be trying to solve this problem. There should be a financial mechanism in place – the Board of Selectmen should impose certain conditions,” said Newhouse.

Further, Newhouse put the issue on the table as “a legitimate municipal expense,” for the Town to appropriate funds to ‘cover’ the other half of Veerman’s request.

Ultimately, in an effort to find a viable solution, Newhouse suggested making it a warrant article to be presented at Town Meeting in April. “When we look at the public sentiment to try and make this a reality, $10,000 in our budget doesn’t seem to me to be a reach,” said Newhouse.

Selectman Judith O’Connell, “I think that we’re looking for a perfect solution to an imperfect situation and there isn’t one.”

Ultimately, a motion was made by Newhouse to move that the Board of Selectmen support the appropriation of $10,000 to be applied to the Fourth of July activities in accordance with an article to be prepared by the Town Manager and Town Counsel.

The Board approved the motion with four votes and one abstention by Lou Cimaglia, who is on the Fourth of July Committee.

Wrapping up the consideration, Chairman Michael Champoux told Newhouse, “Thank you Mike, for a creative solution.”

Garrant however was not completely swayed by the vote, telling the Board, “Your appropriation and Mr. Newhouse’s comments assume that the Fourth of July Committee has a willingness [to do this] and I’m not committing to that on behalf of the Committee which hasn’t had the conversation to fund this account.”

At that point, Champoux recognized this comment as an ‘implied contingency’ telling the Board, “If it’s a moot point, then the motion that just we made goes away, and there won’t be a need for the article.”

Article source: http://homenewshere.com/wilmington_town_crier/news/article_b445632a-c549-11e5-9ccd-b793e4f42514.html

Suburban Square expansion passes preliminary land development phase; residents’ concerns include stormwater, traffic

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Editor’s Notebook: We are who we elect



Posted Jan. 30, 2016 at 4:56 PM


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