Wilton selectboard, finance committee, finalize budget recommendations

first_imgWILTON – Selectboard and Finance Committee members met Wednesday evening to decide on a final budget to recommend to voters next month. As of now the town meeting is scheduled for June 15 and will be held at Academy Hill School.All members strived to make as few increases as possible in light of the difficulties faced by the COVID-19 crisis. Department heads were asked to keep their requests to a minimum, focusing on necessary increases only. The final recommended budget was $3,399,284 from the selectboard and $3,455,205 from the finance committee. Those numbers showed an increase of $68,528 and $124,449, respectively, over the previous fiscal year’s budget.The Fire Department put in a total request of $191,538, roughly $10,000 more than the previous fiscal year. That figure was supported by the finance committee, and dropped $5,680 by members of the selectboard. Selectboard member Tiffany Maiuri made that motion, reducing the Equipment line item from $21,500 to $16,120 and the Supplies and Materials line item from $1,500 to $1,200. The recommendation of $185,858 was supported unanimously by board members.The Wilton Free Public Library requested $122,250 for the upcoming fiscal year’s budget. The only increase request came with Payroll Expenses, which saw a $12,900 increase, all other line items were left even with the previous fiscal year.Several finance committee members said that could not support such a high spike in wage increases.As pointed out by Finance Committee member, and WFPL Board Member, Gwen Doak, that number is large in part due to a lack of employee compensation offered to staff members. Staff members, some of whom have been employed for more than a decade according to Director Jen Scott, receive no health benefits and are currently paid $1.50 more than minimum wage.“It affects our ability to attract and retain employees,” Doak said. “Salaries and wages are more heavily weighted when there are no other benefits being offered.”Aside from a $25,000 annual endowment payment, the library fundraises their remaining income. This year the library fundraised $18,000 toward their overall expenses, much of which was used for a new boiler for the building.The finance committee could not come to a conclusion for a recommendation. Selectboard members were also not in support of the wage increase, and moved to drop that number to $106,488. That figure represents a two percent increase, or $2,088 from the previous year. A total budget for the library of $111,438 was recommended by the selectboard.“I’m only in favor of a two percent raise, which is what we’ve suggested for all of our departments,” Selectboard member Tom Saviello said.last_img read more

Carroll Officials Warn Of Car Break-Ins

first_imgStock Image.FREWSBURG – Town of Carroll officials are urging residents to lock their vehicles and not to store valuables in them following a few break-ins over the weekend.“There were a few (break-ins). There weren’t a lot. It was predominantly on Howard Street in the Town of Carroll and on Falconer Street,” Town Supervisor Russell Payne said.“There were several break-ins. The consoles were ransacked,” he said.Payne expressed surprise that people need to be reminded not to keep valuables in their vehicles and to lock their vehicles at night. He said Police Chief Bill Nelson and his department are investigating the incidents.“People get complacent. We don’t have a lot of crime in the Town of Carroll,” Payne explained.“A lot of it I think is younger offenders. There’s not a lot to do and not a lot going on,” he said. “And as we see the COVID-19 going on, people are bored.”Simply bringing valuables into the home and locking vehicles would solve the problem, he said. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Vermont still fewest bad mortgages in East

first_imgJACKSONVILLE, Fla. – August 30, 2011 – Vermont has the lowest percentage of non-current mortgages (delinquency/foreclosure) of any state east of the Mississippi and the ninth lowest nationally. The July Mortgage Monitor report released by Lender Processing Services, Inc. (NYSE: LPS) shows that foreclosure timelines continue their steady upward trend, as a payment has not been made on the average loan in foreclosure in a record 599 days. Of the nearly 1.9 million loans that are 90 or more days delinquent but not yet in foreclosure, 42 percent have not made a payment in more than a year with an average delinquency of 397 days, also a new record. At the same time, first-time foreclosure starts in June were near three-year lows, and first-time delinquencies accounted for only 25 percent of new delinquent inventory.As of the end of June, 4.1 million loans were either 90 or more days delinquent or in foreclosure, as delinquencies remain two times and foreclosures eight times pre-crisis levels. Foreclosure sales remain constricted, with foreclosure starts outnumbering sales by a factor of almost three to one. The slowdown is most pronounced in judicial foreclosure states, which maintain a foreclosure and seriously delinquent pipeline that is more than three times as long as non-judicial states. On average, at the current rate of foreclosure sales, judicial foreclosure states would require 111 months to work through inventories of loans that are 90 or more days delinquent or in foreclosure as compared to non-judicial states, which would be able to clear the inventories in approximately 32 months.As reported in LPS’ First Look release, other key results from LPS’ latest Mortgage Monitor report include:Total U.S. loan delinquency rate:     8.34%Month-over-month change in delinquency rate:   2.4%Total U.S foreclosure pre-sale inventory rate:    4.11%Month-over-month change in foreclosure pre-sale inventory rate:  -0.4% States with highest percentage of non-current* loans:  FL, MS, NV, NJ, ILStates with the lowest percentage of non-current* loans:  MT, WY, AK, SD, ND*Non-current totals combine foreclosures and delinquencies as a percent of active loans in that state.Notes:(1) Totals are extrapolated based on LPS Applied Analytics’ loan-level database of mortgage assets.(2) All whole numbers are rounded to the nearest thousand.About the Mortgage MonitorLPS manages the nation’s leading repository of loan-level residential mortgage data and performance information on nearly 40 million loans across the spectrum of credit products. The company’s research experts carefully analyze this data to produce a summary supplemented by dozens of charts and graphs that reflect trend and point-in-time observations for LPS’ monthly Mortgage Monitor Report. To review the full report, visit http://www.lpsvcs.com/NEWSROOM/INDUSTRYDATA/Pages/default.aspx(link is external).About Lender Processing Services Lender Processing Services, Inc. (LPS) is a leading provider of integrated technology, services and mortgage performance data and analytics to the mortgage and real estate industries. LPS offers solutions that span the mortgage continuum, including lead generation, origination, servicing, workflow automation (Desktop®), portfolio retention and default, augmented by the company’s award-winning customer support and professional services. Approximately 50 percent of all U.S. mortgages by dollar volume are serviced using LPS’ loan servicing platform, MSP. LPS also offers proprietary mortgage and real estate data and analytics for the mortgage and capital markets industries. For more information about LPS, visit www.lpsvcs.com(link is external). last_img read more

Covid-19 test caused brain fluid leak in US patient with rare condition: study

first_imgPeople who’ve had extensive sinus or skull base surgery should consider requesting oral testing if available, he added.”It underscores the necessity of adequate training of those performing the test and the need for vigilance after the test has been performed,” added ear, nose and throat specialist Dennis Kraus of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, who wasn’t involved in the paper.Walsh, who practices at the University of Iowa Hospital, said the woman had gone for a nasal test ahead of an elective hernia surgery, and afterward noticed clear fluid coming out of one side of her nose.She subsequently developed headache, vomiting, neck stiffness, and aversion to light, and was transferred to Walsh’s care. “She had been swabbed previously for another procedure, same side, no problems at all. She feels like maybe the second swab was not using the best technique, and that the entry was a little bit high,” he said.In fact, the woman had been treated years earlier for intracranial hypertension – meaning that the pressure from cerebrospinal fluid that protects and nourishes the brain was too high.Doctors at the time used a shunt to drain some of the fluid and the condition resolved. But it caused her to develop what’s called an encephalocele, or a defect at the base of the skull which made the brain’s lining protrude into the nose where it was susceptible to rupture.This went unnoticed until old scans were reviewed by her new doctors, who carried out surgery to repair the defect in July.She has since fully recovered.Walsh said he believes the symptoms she developed were a result of irritation to the lining of the brain.If the problem hadn’t been treated, she could have developed a potentially life-threatening brain infection from bacteria that traveled up the nose.Or, air could have entered the skull and placed excess pressure on the brain.Most testing protocols call for clinicians to follow the path of the floor of the nose, which lies above the roof of the mouth, rather than pointing the swab up – or if they point it up, to do so with great care.Walsh said that though this was likely a very rare occurrence, it was a reminder of the need for high-quality training, given that hundreds of millions more tests will be performed before the pandemic is over. A Covid-19 nasal swab test punctured a US woman’s brain lining, causing fluid to leak from her nose and putting her at risk of life-threatening infection, doctors reported in a medical journal Thursday.The patient, who is in her 40s, had an undetected rare condition and the test she received may have been carried out improperly, a sequence of improbable events that means the risk from nasal tests remains very low.But her case showed health care professionals should take care to follow testing protocols closely, Jarrett Walsh, senior author of the paper that appeared in JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, told AFP.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Jonathan Hill approved as Financial Services commissioner

first_imgHe said the majority for “conservative problem commissioners” – among which he counted Hill and Jyrki Katainen, the former Finnish prime minister to be in charge of all economic Commission portfolios – was only possible after S&D entered a “crooked deal” with the European People’s Party (EPP).Giegold said the agreement, which saw two further commissioners approved that he deemed problematic, saw the grand coalition of S&D and EPP “kicking” European democracy.Hill met with initial resistance when Juncker announced the distribution of portfolios and was recalled by ECON after his first confirmation hearing left MEPs feeling underwhelmed.He was asked back for a second hearing to provide further detail on several important policy areas, including the Capital Markets Union and which areas of the non-banking sector he deemed ‘too big to fail’. The European Parliament has backed Jonathan Hill as the next commissioner for Financial Services, despite some MEPs’ ongoing concerns over his past work as a lobbyist.Following a second confirmation hearing on Tuesday, Hill saw his membership in the College of Commissioners approved by 45 votes to 13.A second vote saw 42 members of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) back him as Jean-Claude Juncker’s commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, with 16 opposing.German MEP Sven Giegold, previously highly critical of the choice of Hill to oversee Financial Services, said the Socialists & Democrats (S&D) group in Parliament had been forced to approve too many questionable candidates to ensure French commissioner-designate Pierre Moscovici did not encounter any problems.last_img read more

New St Vincent airport making progress

first_img Share The terminal at the new Argyle International AirportST VINCENT — Getting to St Vincent and the Grenadines could be a whole lot easier by the end of next year.The government said this week that the Argyle International Airport project remains on schedule toward a completion date at the end of 2014.St Vincent is a particularly mountainous island, something that required the demolition of three large hills to make room for the runways.Today, runway earth works are 85 percent complete, while the passenger terminal is 91 percent complete, the government said.The airport is being built on a 275-acre site, with the finished runway planned for 9,000 feet in length and 150 feet in width — long enough to receive Boeing 747s.The largely Taiwan-backed project needed $80 million for completion; Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves said the funding had been procured through a combination of “land sales and bank loans.”Total project costs exceed $200 million, according to reports.It seems that the major air carriers are waiting until the airport is complete to officially sign on for new routes to St Vincent and the Grenadines.When that does happen, however, it could be a transformational event for the country’s tourism industry.Today, the main island of St Vincent is served by the ET Joshua Airport, which largely hosts intra-island service within the Grenadines chain and regional service to islands including Antigua, Barbados, Grenada, Trinidad and St Lucia on carriers like LIAT and SVG Air.Caribbean Journal Tweet 635 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img BusinessLifestyleTravel New St Vincent airport making progress by: – November 13, 2013 Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Jailed men facing additional charges

first_imgVERSAILLES, Ind. — Two men already serving time for a crime in Dearborn County, are now facing charges in Ripley County after police say they committed multiple burglaries around Osgood.According to court records, Dustin W. Riley, 35, and Corey W. Heidorn, 31, have both been charged with four counts of Burglary, two counts of Receiving Stolen Goods, and one count of Theft, while Riley faces an additional charge of Auto Theft and a habitual offender enhancement.Police say the two committed the burglaries in January and February of 2016.During a search of multiple properties, officers found multiple stolen items including jewelry, electronics, outdoor power equipment, instruments, cash, and firearms.last_img

Juventus in advanced talks to sign Barcelona striker

first_imgAdvertisement Read Also: Man City agree personal terms to sign Messi on three-year deal Mundo Deportivo’s Francesc Aguilar reports on similar lines, suggesting that the Bianconeri are ahead of the opposition, however Suarez financial compensation from Barcelona for the remainder of his contract, before agreeing to terminate his contract. Juve have also been linked with Dzeko, Alexandre Lacazette and a possible return for former striker Moise Kean, who could return to Turin as a backup. Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our Future Juventus are in advanced talks for Barcelona striker Luis Suarez this summer, according to reports from Spain and Italy. With Gonzalo Higuain set to terminate his contract in the coming weeks and Edin Dzeko no closer to leaving Roma, the Bianconeri may turn to Suarez as their new number nine. La Gazzetta dello Sport report that Juve are in advanced negotiations for the Uruguayan striker and are ahead of the competition which includes Paris Saint-Germain and Ajax, the club where Suarez launched his career.center_img Loading… FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Schneiderlin sees Saints improving

first_img Pochettino replaced Nigel Adkins as manager at St Mary’s in January and won plaudits for the attacking style of play he introduced as he guided Saints to a 14th-placed finish on their return to the Barclays Premier League. But former France Under-21 international Schneiderlin feels a whole summer on the south coast has allowed Pochettino to fully introduce his own footballing philosophy in to the squad. “It is a massive thing,” he said. “Last year we changed the way we played straightaway but we couldn’t really work on the special things because we didn’t really have time to do it. “This year we have had two months to know exactly what he wanted from us and to work on the specific things and now I think we are going to be better with and without the ball.” The former Strasbourg man has been at Southampton since 2008 and was a consistent performer in the club’s first season back in the top flight for seven years last season. The coming campaign brings great optimism amongst everyone involved with Saints as heavy summer investment in defender Dejan Lovren and midfielder Victor Wanyama means striving for a better finish by May 2014 should be more achievable. “I can’t say a target – we want to finish as high as possible,” Schneiderlin said. “The first couple of games are going to give us a good idea of what we can do and we want to take it game by game and finish as high as possible. “We want to obviously do a lot better than last year. Last year we could have finished in the top 10 if we had not lost some games towards the end of the campaign – We know that in the Premier League the ups and downs and be very quick. “I think we have prepared ourselves very well, we have trained very hard through this pre-season and we have just got better and better with every friendly game we have played. “This week we have tried to correct those little details that we didn’t do quite as well and now we are finally ready to start the season.” As well as the additions of Lovren and Wanyama, Southampton have one more international player amongst their ranks following Rickie Lambert’s memorable England bow on Wednesday evening. The 31-year-old headed in the winning goal in England’s 3-2 win over Scotland with his first touch as an international footballer but, having played and trained with him for almost four years, Lambert’s impact at Wembley came as no shock to Schneiderlin. “We just congratulated him because what he has done is fantastic,” he said. “It didn’t surprise us at all because he is a goalscorer and will score goals against any team. “Last year it took him just 20 minutes to score in the Premier League and it took him two minutes to score in an international game so it just shows how good he is.” Midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin believes the new season will see an improvement in Southampton’s play as manager Mauricio Pochettino has been able to establish his own blueprint for success during pre-season. Press Associationlast_img read more

Serena thanks unborn baby after returning to world number one

first_img(REUTERS) – Serena Williams returned to the top of the WTA world rankings yesterday and immediately shared the news with her unborn baby.The American, who is skipping the rest of the year after announcing last week that she was pregnant, took to social media to offer her first public thoughts on impending motherhood.“My Dearest Baby, You gave me the strength I didn’t know I had. You taught me the true meaning of serenity and peace,” the 35-year-old who owns 23 grand slam titles, said on Instagram.“I can’t wait to meet you. I can’t wait for you to join the players box next year,” she continues.“But most importantly, I am so happy to share being number one in the world with you… once again today. From the world’s oldest number one to the world’s youngest number one. – Your Mommy.”Williams set off a day of frenzied speculation last Wednesday with a selfie posted on social media — posing for a photo in a yellow one-piece swimsuit on Snapchat — with the caption “20 weeks”.She deleted the post shortly afterwards but her Los Angeles-based publicist Kelly Bush Novak later confirmed that the player, who is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, was indeed expecting her first child.It seems likely she was several weeks pregnant when she won this year’s Australian Open to move to within one grand slam title of matching Australian Margaret Court’s record of 24.Her message yesterday appears to underline her resolve to return to action next year.Despite not having played since January when she moved ahead of Steffi Graf as the most successful tennis player in the professional era by beating sister Venus in the Australian Open final, she replaced Germany’s Angelique Kerber as world number one in the rankings yesterday.last_img read more