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Monthly Meeting Notes – September 14, 2017

Goodbye and good luck Cindi Wight! Thank you for being so amazing, inspiring, passionate, and a true visionary! We’ll all miss you!!

Mayor’s Updates:

  • Currently searching for a new fire chief and a new Superintendent of Recreation Dept
  • Congrats to Matt Prouty on new job!

Chief Kilcullen

  • Luncheon to honor Scott Tucker TOMORROW at 12
  • Commander Matt Prouty is now Executive Director of Project VISION
  • Last Night: PBS Opiate Crisis Stories & Solutions (15 yr old movie) – dynamic of issue hasn’t changed, but solutions have – Project VISION being one of them (national recognition!)

Commander Prouty

  • Excited & honored to be Executive Director of Project VISION

Pearl Grant recipient: Vermont Farmers Food Center

  • Greg Cox: VFFC put in a commercial kitchen for educational purposes, money will be used to upgrade and improve the kitchen. Proud to be part of the Northwest Neighborhood.

Rutland County Women’s Network and Shelter

  • Event: The Big Reveal: Our Next Chapter
    • Unmasking of new identity @ CSJ Tuttle Hall at 6 PM
    • Great food, music, activities, celebration!

Building Bright Futures

  • Building Bright Futures of Rutland – working to mitigate impacts of ACES
  • Film: “Resilience, The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope” Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on health
    • October 17th presentation: film followed by panel discussion

Commissioner of Public Safety – Tom Anderson

  • Tom “works on supply side to reduce availability of opioids in the community BUT this issue is really about demand-side reduction – this is where things like Project VISION come into play”
  • On Governor’s Opioid Coordination Council – “statewide problem that needs a statewide solution; needs investment of every Vermonter“
  • “Here to look, listen, and learn to see if we can replicate Project VISION around the state, especially in rural areas”
  • Statewide statistics: 106 opioid-related deaths last year; we’re on track to hit that number again. More overdoses that haven’t resulted in death this YTD.
  • Concerned about number of opioid prescriptions in the state

Ride for Recovery & Recovery Rally – Evergreen Substance Abuse/Rutland Mental Health

  • September 30th @ BROC (45 Union Street)
  • Recovery can be FUN! Make recovery more visible

United Way Fundraiser

  • October 25th – Guns and Hoses since Fire Dept & Police Dept are volunteering

Rutland Recreation

  • Water Street Park – permit has been submitted to planning and zoning – April will now be taking over that

Fall Festival

  • October 14th , 4-6 PM, Movie starts at 6 PM, 113 Library Ave
  • Pumpkin Carving, Cider & Apples,

Center Street turning into a Park for the Green Street Challenge

Rutland Photo Sharing

  • Creating way to share photos/upcoming events easily

Workforce Investment Board

  • If you know of an organization that needs to increase their capacity, or an individual who might benefit from these services, let Teresa Miele know:

Vermont Stand Down for Veterans

  • Sept 30, 8 AM – 6 PM @ Barre Auditorium
  • Transportation from Rutland available for Veterans

Kids & Family Fun Day

  • Saturday, November 25, 1-3 PM @ Giorgetti
  • Theme: I Love Rutland
  • S’mores, painting rocks, making snowflakes, free skating
  • Meetings every Tuesday @ 5 @ The Dream Center from now through December
  • Looking for a volunteer photographer (email

Physical Improvements to the neighborhood:

  • Habitat for Humanity: 42 Cleveland Build
    • Putting on shingles, getting ready to move inside
    • Individuals can come volunteer any build they want!
    • NeighborWorks: 3 of 7 renovations complete
      • 120 Library Ave, 59 Baxter Street, and 39 Pine Street complete
      • 128 Library Ave to be finished in November
      • Park Ave Properties next: 114, 117 to be renovated, 116 to be razed



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