Clear Creek Courant News Briefs Sept. 22

Posted 9/21/21

Georgetown loosens food vendor rules The Georgetown Board of Selectmen has approved an ordinance that loosens restrictions on mobile food vendors, such as food trucks, for up to 10 days a year …

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Clear Creek Courant News Briefs Sept. 22

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Georgetown loosens food vendor rules

The Georgetown Board of Selectmen has approved an ordinance that loosens restrictions on mobile food vendors, such as food trucks, for up to 10 days a year without being tied to a special event.

The board voted 5-1 to approve the ordinance at its Sept. 14 meeting, after adding language clarifying the vendors’ licensing process.

Previously, mobile vendors were limited to four days a year and must be tied to a special event. They also had to be approved by the Business Promotions Commission, however now they will be approved by town staff. If staff denies an application, the prospective vendor could appeal the decision to the BPC.

The intent behind the ordinance, according to BPC member Paul Boat, is to enhance the town’s draw for mobile vendors without hindering brick-and-mortar businesses.

Selectman Dienne Powell objected to allowing food trucks in the historic district, saying they would conflict with the historic look and environment. She felt that other mountain towns had already ruined their historic downtowns through modernization, and didn’t want Georgetown to go the same way.

However, most of the selectmen agreed that it was time to try something new, with Selectman Rob Connell saying, “We’ve debated this six ways `til Sunday. Let’s get (the vendors) up here.”

Carlson, King Murphy named
to rural schools program

Carlson and King Murphy elementary schools are taking part in a new nationwide cohort program to reimagine rural schools.

They and eight other schools across the country will spend at least 10 months gathering input from students, families and others, and then researching which teaching models will best fit their communities.

According to Carlson Elementary Principal Loraine Swartz, each school is receiving $11,000 in grants, along with other resources from Transcend, an education-focused national nonprofit.

Swartz said Carlson will spend the next several weeks conducting interviews and surveys and use that input to “help design the model that the best fit for Carlson.”

“We have a lot of room to make it what we want it to be,” she said, adding that Transcend has a wealth of financial and educational-support resources.

Along with the grant monies, Swartz said each school receives professional development opportunities, trainings and biweekly coaching from an expert in the field.

While the program could extend beyond the announced 10 months, Swartz said Carlson and the school district will continue the process on its own, if need be.

“We need a focus on whole-child development, and make sure they’re engaged and excited about their learning,” she continued. “Transcend can help us find practical examples of schools that are making it work. … It’s going to be a journey.”

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