July 6th, 2015
MIDDLEBURY — In a confirmation of its previous support, the Addison County Regional Planning Commission (ACRPC) board voted 23 to 9 on Wednesday, July 1, to continue its support of Phase I of Vermont Gas Systems’ Addison Natural Gas Project.
VERGENNES — As expected, the Vergennes City Council on June 30 increased the Vergennes municipal tax rate by 2.5 cents to 75 cents.
That increase will add $25 to city tax bills per $100,000 of assessed value. Aldermen had been targeting that number for months and in their recent meetings had made major cuts to a draft budget.
Aldermen also approved a 2015-2016 general fund budget of $2,121,912. That number is an increase of about $34,000, or 1.6 percent, over the 2014-2015 general fund budget of about $2.088 million.
VERGENNES — They won’t be playing taps after all for the 40th Army Band of the Vermont National Guard.
Vermont Guard officials confirmed late last week that the 40th — which had been slated to be decommissioned and possibly made a detachment of the New Hampshire National Guard 39th Army Band — has been given an indefinite reprieve.
ADDISON COUNTY — According to the National Weather Service, June’s rainfall in Burlington of 8.67 inches proved to be the third highest since 1884, trailing only 1922 and 2013.
Nobody had to tell Vermont farmers that news.
“Every year we have our little times and issues with wet weather,” said Peter James, co-owner of Weybridge’s Monument Farms. “But this year it’s been the entire month of June.”
Heavy rain and clouds in June pose special problems for dairy farmers.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR) drivers and mechanics have voted to unionize through the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 597. Workers last week voted 10 to 7 in favor of that action, with one challenged ballot.
A previous union drive initiated last year by ACTR workers failed by a close 9-8 tally.
James Moulton, executive director of ACTR, explained the process that will now unfold.
MIDDLEBURY — The Turning Point Center (TPC) of Addison County is seeking land or a building in which to relocate within the year. Free, would be nice.
The nonprofit drug rehabilitation center learned recently it has until next August to vacate its rented space within Middlebury’s Marble Works complex, so they’re in the market for another benevolent, if not wholly supportive, landlord — preferably one who could donate space to them.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Economic Development Corp. (ACEDC) is well-known for maintaining a revolving loan fund that allows qualifying businesses to borrow tens of thousands of dollars.
The ACEDC is now serving as a bridge for no-interest loans for local entrepreneurs seeking as little as $500 to help jump-start their small enterprises.
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources recently added nine species to the list of state threatened and endangered species. The listing included four plants, three bumblebees, one amphibian and one bird.