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Marlboro prioritizes its future


MARLBORO -- Building a community center and improving walkability in town were the topics of choice for Marlboro residents at the Vermont Council on Rural Development Community Visit meeting.

Held at the Marlboro Elementary School and attended by more than 70 members of the community, the meeting’s goal was to narrow the number of potential projects the town could tackle in the near future.

The community visit is designed to help the community consider the challenges before Marlboro, prioritize needs, build teams and action plans to address them, set strategies to get needed resources and gain connections with the advice of state, federal and nonprofit leaders.

At the first meeting last month, more than 150 Marlboro residents attended sessions over the course of the day with a group of 28 state and federal leaders. They looked at the strengths of the community and the challenges ahead; the discussions covered nine topics ranging from land use and infrastructure to community vision and sustainability.

After two hours of discussion, the list was narrowed down to just two areas of focus: Creating a Marlboro community center building and a path that residents could safely use to walk or bike across town.