MIDDLEBURY — The Board of Selectmen, meeting Monday, March 16, received a favorable recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Commission regarding the donation of 5.52 acres at 92 Turnpike Dr. from Peter L. Scribner.

The selectmen authorized First Selectman Ed St. John to set a date for a town meeting so that voters could consider accepting the donation.

He explained that the delay in scheduling was due to social distancing needs; he intends to pick a date in the future that would allow as many residents as possible to attend the town meeting.

The board also tabled a discussion regarding reports related to snow removal adding material to roadways, noting the mild winter and more pressing matters.

“We’re all very familiar with the issues we’re dealing with regarding this coronavirus.” Mr. St. John reported that all departments are operational and expressed confidence in getting through the situation.

The zoning enforcement officer is talking to local businesses, especially restaurants, to ensure they can offer take-out and delivery service.

“We need to keep our businesses operating,” Mr. St. John said while encouraging everyone to practice social distancing before adding his displeasure with lack of assignments for Region 15 students who are now home. “I think this is going to be the biggest problem.”

He commented that online instruction would have been a relief for parents but the school district is waiting for the state to set up such a feature.

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