April 30th, 2015
MIDDLEBURY — Kathy Boe speaks of her husband in the present tense, noting how he loves kids, has a great sense of humor, is productive and hardworking. Perhaps it is because it doesn’t seem possible that such a vibrant, loving and respected man was taken so suddenly in what is being described as a senseless accident two short weeks ago.
BRISTOL — Representatives from Casella Waste Systems on Monday met with the Bristol selectboard to discuss a possible deal through which the trash hauler would help the town fill and close its landfill.
Bristol officials reached out to the Rutland waste management company after efforts to get the state to help pay for landfill closing costs were unsuccessful.
MIDDLEBURY — Replacement of Middlebury’s two downtown rail overpasses probably won’t begin until next spring, but project managers hope to spend this year laying groundwork for the massive project through such jobs such as relocating the Addison County Transit Resources bus stop from Merchants Row to Seymour Street and building an access road for Battell Block parking.
Once the project begins, downtown shoppers, property owners, residents, merchants and travelers will need to brace themselves for up to three construction seasons of upheaval.
VERGENNES — Vergennes officials on Wednesday learned the city will not receive an extension on its $21,000 state grant to support an East Street preschool playground, news that effectively pulls the plug on a project that generated opposition among neighbors and mixed reviews from other city residents.
The city had already received one extension from the Department of Buildings & General Services that required that work on the $42,000, quarter-acre project, proposed for city land next to the municipal pool, be under way by June.
MIDDLEBURY — A small group of voters turned out at the polls on Tuesday to vote 67-1 in favor of amendments to the Middlebury town charter that could soon lead to elimination of the position of elected town auditor.
BRISTOL — Vermont State Police received a report on April 11 from two Middlebury College students who came across a scene of what they described as 15-20 mutilated and dismembered dog carcasses. As reported in the Middlebury Campus newspaper last week, they found the animals on a property alongside the New Haven River in Bristol while they were out fishing.
VERGENNES — When Vergennes residents go to the polls on Tuesday, they will not only weigh in on a new Vergennes Union High School budget proposal (see story), but also decide whether to approve an amendment to the Vergennes Opera House’s overall lease for the use of Vergennes City Hall.
VERGENNES — Addison Northwest Supervisory Union residents on Tuesday will vote on two Vergennes Union High School budget proposals in what will be the second decision this spring on spending plans for the 2015-2016 school year.
The first article on the May 5 ballot will ask residents to back a plan that cuts about $156,000 from the $10.47 million proposal that lost on Town Meeting Day, 831-718.
The second article asks voters to approve the board’s original $10.47 million spending plan.