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By JOHN FLOWERS
BRIDPORT — Bridport voters will have an extra reason to turn out at the polls for the Nov. 7 General Election. That’s because the ballot will feature a question asking residents if they’d like to reconsider their decision last August to spend $600,000 on a new town garage and renovated fire department facilities.
Town officials confirmed last week that they’d received a reconsideration petition bearing 81 signatures, almost double the minimum 43 signatures required to force the revote.
Officials surmised that some residents were concerned about the $600,000 price tag of the project, approved by an 81-75 margin on Aug. 17. That project includes erecting a new, five-bay garage on a 16-acre parcel of town-owned land at the intersection of Crown Point Road and Short Street. The Bridport Public Works Department and its equipment have outgrown the current four-bay bay garage on Crown Point Road in the village.
By JOHN FLOWERS
ADDISON COUNTY â€” The Vermont Downtown Development Board (VDDB) on Thursday awarded $837,039 in tax credits to redevelopment of older and/or historic buildings in 11 communities, including a combined total of $236,344 for the renovation of structures in Middlebury and Vergennes.
Among those awarded tax credits were Middleburyâ€™s Town Hall Theater ($160,640); the Grist Mill at 360 Main St., Vergennes ($61,693); and 94-96 Main St., Vergennes ($14,011).
Projects on the list involving private property are now entitled to tax deductions to help underwrite qualifying renovations. Nonprofits on the list can sell their credits to a bank to raise cash for their projects, under a new program approved by the Legislature last year.
Property owners cannot claim any of the credits until their respective building repairs are completed.
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By ANDY KIRKALDY
ADDISON COUNTY — The nationwide slowdown in real estate sales has hit Addison County, according to local Multiple Listing Service statistics and real estate professionals, but its impact has not been as deeply felt as in some other areas.
Still, it appears that in most segments of the market the advantage enjoyed by sellers in recent years is slipping away.
“I think we’re going to continue to see things taper off,” said Tom Walsh, owner of Coldwell Banker Bill Beck Real Estate. “We’re going to see things becoming a little more balanced.”
Vergennes real estate appraiser William Benton, also Middlebury’s town assessor, has a similar take. He sees the market remaining strong for homes that sell for less than $200,000, often to first-time buyers, but he expects values in other property categories to level off or even decline somewhat.
By JOHN FLOWERS
MIDDLEBURY — A group of Middlebury-area parents and youths is vowing to deliver on what a longstanding dream to establish a teen center in Addison County’s shire town.
More than 20 members of the recently-formed Addison County Teens and Friends Committee turned out at Tuesday’s selectboard meeting to describe their efforts to locate, fund and devise programming for a Middlebury-area youth center. They also served notice to selectmen that they would be back to ask for the board’s support — and perhaps some funding — to get the center up and running.
“There’s really a strong momentum to this group,” Friends committee member Dan Beaupre told selectmen. “We think there is enough energy and the time is right to bring this (idea) forward.”
By JOHN FLOWERS
CONRNWALL — Two Addison County men were killed on Sept. 20 when the Ultralite aircraft they were piloting crashed in a wooded area in Cornwall.
Calvin Minor, 63, of New Haven and Mark Reese, 51, of Lincoln, were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident just north of Morse Road in Cornwall, according to a press release issued by the Vermont State Police (VSP) on Thursday.
Police said Reese was teaching Minor the proper techniques in piloting the two-person Ultralite. The craft was a Klaus Cruise 2, trike-style craft. It is a weight-shift controlled aircraft, with a fabric wing, using a Geo Metro four-cylinder engine.
By JOHN FLOWERS
TICONDEROGA, N.Y. — With a final permit now in their grasp, International Paper Co. (IPC) officials confirmed on Thursday they are targeting early November to conduct a controversial, two-week test burn of tire-derived fuel in one of the boilers at the company’s Ticonderoga, N.Y.-based mill.
Vermont officials and environmental groups, meanwhile, vowed to pursue legal action and corporate peer pressure to compel IPC to postpone the test burn until it installs state-of-the-art pollution control equipment at its mill.
“We are prepared to exhaust all available options to prevent this potentially toxic tire burn without… safeguards in place,” Gov. James Douglas, a Middlebury Republican, stated in a press release.
By ANGELO LYNN
HANCOCK — Area skiers will see big changes on two of the Middlebury College Snow Bowl’s premier runs this winter as about $450,000 worth of work has been done to the popular Allen and Ross ski trails.
The ongoing work, which is characterized by a widening and re-grading of the slopes, was prompted by concerns of trail safety as well as pursuing future energy savings by reducing the need for snowmaking.
Tom Wells, owner of Randolph-based Royal Trail Works, which is doing the work at the Snow Bowl, explained that many ski trails around the state were designed to industry standards of 50 years ago and are not as suitable for today’s equipment that allows for faster speeds and a more radical response from today’s skis or snowboards. The combination of higher performance ski equipment and less snowfall to cover the uneven terrain of many trails in the Northeast, Wells said, has caused concern for trail safety — especially on trails used for collegiate racing.