By JOHN FLOWERS
MIDDLEBURY — The developers of a proposed water turbine at the Otter Creek Falls will soon seek permission from the Vermont Public Service Board and the town of Middlebury to put their plans into motion.
Anders Holm, whose family owns property adjacent to the falls where the turbine would be sited, explained on Thursday that high water levels in the Otter Creek this past spring and summer prevented consultants from completing a needed feasibility study for the project. But those waters have receded in recent weeks to a point where officials from the New Hampshire-based firm of Gomez and Sullivan were able to complete their review of the project site.
“They were able to get all the information they needed for the feasibility study,” said Holm, a Middlebury physician. “We hope to have (the study) within a week.”
By ANDY KIRKALDY
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh selectmen on Sept. 5 appointed a committee to study for the second time whether the town should buy a key parcel that abuts both the Ferrisburgh Central School and the planned site of a new town office building and meeting center.
The land, owned by the Hinsdale family of Charlotte, was until recently optioned by a company that wanted to extend sewer service into the area, a plan rejected last month by selectmen at the recommendation of town planners.
The parcel includes 32 acres on which the town already owns a septic easement for the school and planned town hall, plus a smaller lot with a home on it. Now that it is back on the market, selectmen have decided to take another look at buying it. The town first discussed the idea a year ago and another committee looked at the proposal, but officials never acted on it.