Barn quilts at town hall, library

Barn quilts hang on the Waterville Town Hall building. (Empire Press photo/Karen Larsen)


By Karen Larsen
Empire Press Correspondent

Town of Waterville utility superintendent Marty Ramin hangs up the second of a pair of barn quilt designs installed at the library on March 31. Barn quilts were also installed at town hall last week. (Empire Press photo/Karen Larsen)

Barn quilts have been hung on the outside of Waterville’s library and town hall. The library front has two barn quilts, each showing a person reading a book. The town hall building has three barn quilts with stars in the colors of the American flag. Mayor Royal DeVaney included the successful hanging of the quilts in his report at the April 3 regular town council meeting.

In other matters, council members unanimously approved an agreement with the NCW Fair which allows the fair access to Well No. 1, which draws from surface water and has been disconnected for the past four years. The water from the well is not potable. The well will be used for irrigation purposes, mostly on the fairgrounds lawn where amusement rides are located. The NCW Fair will be responsible for establishing connections between the well and its irrigation system.

Council members set a public hearing for 6:30 p.m. May 1 regarding a proposal to vacate an alley located next to the home of Tom Petersen at 209 E. Poplar St. Petersen wants to build a shop on a portion of his property that is separated by an alley from the lot in which his home stands. The vacation of the alley is necessary to unite the parcels and allow for the building of the outbuilding. The town will retain an easement on the alley and it will continue to be open for use.

Council members authorized DeVaney to sign an Arbor Day proclamation for April 12. The proclamation is one of the requirements of being designated as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. Waterville has had this distinction for 18 years now.

Link Board representative Joyce Huber reported that the transit system will be sending out a survey to everyone in its ridership area soon. The survey aims to gain information of what people in the district want in terms of public transportation services and what they are willing to pay for. Huber said that the survey can be completed by mail or online and she urged everyone to participate.

The town’s spring clean-up day is scheduled from 7 to 9 a.m. April 29, or until containers are full. This year hazardous waste — including paint thinners, solvents, cleaning products, weed/bug killers, insecticides, contaminated motor oil, cylinders and batteries — will be accepted. The event will be held behind town hall. More information about the clean-up day may be obtained at town hall or by calling 745-8871.

The next council meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. April 17.