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Bristol again at odds with state over landfill

Posted on January 29, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — Bristol officials believe they have found a way to close the town landfill more quickly and cheaply than previously anticipated, but the state Department of Environmental Conservation has said it will not support the plan.

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Middlebury selectboard OKs budget, warning

Posted on January 29, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury voters at their town meeting will field a proposed 2015-2016 general fund budget of $9,949,155 that would require a 3.8-cent hike in the municipal tax rate, but they will not be asked to consider a stipend increase for members of the town selectboard.

The proposed 2015-2016 municipal budget represents a 6.7 percent increase over the budgeted 2014-2015 spending plan. The current municipal tax rate is 94 cents per $100 in property value, so a 3.8-cent increase represents a 4 percent hike in taxes.

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Bristol rec club pulls out of firehouse deal

Posted on January 29, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — The Bristol Recreation Club has backed out of its negotiations with the town of Bristol to sell some of its property for a site on which to build a new firehouse.

The move came after a Bristol resident pitched a new location and financing plan for the firehouse that the recreation club endorsed and both the town and fire department believe is viable.

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Opinion: Cornwall clarifies position on pipeline negotiations

Posted on January 23, 2015 |
By Ben Wood



The Cornwall selectboard would like to clarify its position regarding Vermont Gas Systems’ Phase II project.

We, the selectboard, said from the outset that we would work to oppose the pipeline AND we would attempt to work with VGS so that IF, despite our opposition, the Public Service Board (PSB) were to allow the project, we could negotiate the best outcome for Cornwall as a whole. That hasn’t changed.

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Brandon selectboard chair steps down

Posted on January 22, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The chair of the Brandon selectboard abruptly resigned this on Jan. 12, and her board postponed approval of a preliminary budget to send to voters.

Maria Ammatuna, in a letter read publicly by Brandon selectboard Vice Chair Dave Atherton, cited critical health concerns as the reason for her sudden resignation.

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Deadline nears for local candidates

Posted on January 19, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Incumbent Middlebury selectboard members Dean George, Susan Shashok and Donna Donahue all confirmed last week that they will run re-election on Town Meeting Day, when they could be challenged by candidates who have until 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 26, to file the necessary petition papers with 30 signatures at the town clerk’s office.

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Bristol to look at new West Street option for firehouse

Posted on January 15, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — The Bristol Fire Department may have a new, viable location on which to build its new firehouse, thanks to a land deal inked by a local businessman with a history of partnering with the town.

Kevin Harper told the Bristol selectboard Monday evening that he and business partner David Blittersdorf had just purchased two adjacent parcels on the south side of West Street, directly across from the West Street site currently under consideration for a new firehouse.

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Middlebury town officials sharpen budget knives

Posted on January 15, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury officials are proposing to use a combination of surplus money, revenue adjustments and spending reductions to trim the proposed fiscal year 2016 municipal budget by $158,742, an amount that would allow the selectboard to achieve its goal of limiting the impact on residents to a 4-cent increase on the local property tax rate.

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UPDATED: Vt. Gas, Cornwall eye agreement on Phase II pipeline

Posted on December 17, 2014 |
By John Flowers



CORNWALL — The Cornwall selectboard on Tuesday evening tabled action on a negotiated agreement with Vermont Gas Systems regarding the Phase II natural gas pipeline, following pleas from most of the approximately 25 people who turned out at the board’s meeting to argue the pact was flawed.

The agreement, unveiled this week, calls for Cornwall to drop its opposition to the project in exchange for Vermont Gas making some substantial financial concessions that would collectively reduce local residents’ property taxes by an estimated 4 percent.

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Bristol board changes how ticket revenue is divided

Posted on December 15, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — At the request of Bristol Police Chief Kevin Gibbs, the Bristol selectboard has changed the way traffic citation revenue is distributed between the town and police department.

Since the Bristol Police District is only about one square mile, about the size of the former Bristol village, the town of Bristol contracts with the department to patrol town roads outside the district. According to the department’s November activity log, officers conducted five patrols near Route 116, Monkton Road and other areas.

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