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Vermont community wants youth center and climate group

January 11, 2020 GMT

ROCKINGHAM, Vt. (AP) — Members of a Vermont community say they want to build a youth center, establish a climate and energy task force, and redevelop some buildings.

The Wednesday meeting in Rockingham drew more than 150, including about two dozen young people who ended up swaying the vote and convincing others that a youth center should be the town’s top priority.

The meeting was part of the community planning effort dubbed “Let’s Take Action.”

The youth center came out as the most important thing on people’s list of priorities, the Brattleboro Reformer reported.

The first meeting of the planning process took place last month when 200 people got together to brainstorm about ideas for the town of Rockingham and the local communities of Bellows Falls and Saxtons River.

The proposed youth center would “offer a safe and fun location to get together and an opportunity to empower youth to lead, create and hang out,” according to a list of priorities culled from the December discussions.

In addition to the youth center idea, the issue of climate change, energy efficiency and “resiliency” was also on a lot of people’s minds.

The third priority was redeveloping and reusing many abandoned or underused buildings in the village of Bellows Falls.