Cleanups follow storms
NORTH CANAAN — The town’s “garage sale” has been rescheduled to Sept. 24 at 9 a.m. at the Town Garage. Now that the town crew and selectmen have dealt with cleanup following Tropical Storm Irene, they can focus on clearing out unused items. The list includes a 1-ton dump truck with plow, a larger dump truck with a sander and an Army surplus Jeep, in camouflage paint, as well as an assortment of smaller items.The starting price on all items will be about what they are worth as scrap metal, which is how the town will get rid of any that are not sold. All are offered “as is” with no guarantees that anything is in operating condition. The storm could have left the town in much worse shape than it did, was the summary by the board at its Sept. 12 meeting. Floodwater receded quickly. Heavy rain in the week that followed was more of a factor for homes prone to basement flooding. Anyone with damage not covered by homeowners insurance is urged to contact FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) at 800-621-3362.Cleanup also made a mess of the brush pickup schedule. Some pickup and chipping is underway now as part of the storm aftermath. Regular autumn pickup is expected to be done toward the end of the month. Free solar voltaic installations on town and nonprofit-owned buildings will not happen under a current proposal from DCS Energy. The Glastonbury-based company made its pitch to towns across the region, offering to pay for systems and installation in exchange for the energy credits.While North Canaan was conferring with its town attorney, the Oct. 1 deadline was moved to Sept. 1, and was missed.The selectmen have an energy audit in hand, as part of efforts initiated before the DCS offer. The board will look for other grants for solar energy projects.