Southern VT Landlords Settle for Lead Paint Violations
lead-paintThree Southern Vermont landlords settled with the state of VT for lead paint violations. Charles Jarras who owns four rental properties in Bellows Falls will pay a $25,000 penalty for falsely certifying his properties were lead compliant. Larson Vial LLC, owner of 15 properties in Windsor will pay a $15,000 penalty for failing to file essential maintenance practices (EMP) statements. Also, Agnes Bailey who owns three rental properties in Windsor will pay a $5,000 penalty for failing to file EMP statements.
Essential Maintenance Practices must be completed annually, and include Inspecting the property inside and outside, identifying areas where paint is in poor condition and promptly fixing it in a lead-safe way, verifying the installation of low-cost inserts in window wells in all wooden windows, removing any visible paint chips on the ground outside the building performing a specialized cleaning in common areas and taking precautions whenever remodeling to prevent spread of lead dust.
All three landlords are required to bring their properties into full compliance with the lead law.

Springfield VT Seeks Landlords To Help With Opiate Problem
Springfield VT rental property owners have been invited to meet with Town Officials to help combat its opiate problem. Town Manager Tom Yennerell sent a letter to the landlords, asking them to meet with him, Police Chief Douglas Johnston, US Attorney Eric Miller, Springfield Project ACTION and other town officials since most of those dealing drugs live in rental units. According to Yennerell often tenants will host drug dealers in exchange for drugs and that puts landlords in a unique position to help deter drug dealing in the community. The meeting will inform landlords of their responsibilities and what resources are available to assist law enforcement in combating the problem. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 29 at 6:00 pm at the Congregational Church on Main Street in Springfield.

Family Argument Leads to Charges
A family argument lead to a Disorderly Conduct by Phone charge for a Vermont brother and sister. Vermont State Police say they responded to several 911 hang up calls from a Ranny Road residence in Stockbridge VT. Police learned that Todd Martell 50, of Stockbridge and his sister Lisa Wakefield 48, of Bethel were that their arguing lead to the repeated 911 calls and hang ups. Wakefield and Martell were cited for Disorderly Conduct by Phone for continuous false claims to emergency services. Before leaving the driveway, police were called for another 911 from the same residence. Further investigation also led to the seizure and civil complaint for possession of less than once ounce of marijuana and a charge of giving False Information to a police office for Martell. Both will appear on January 10, 2017 in Windsor Superior Court.