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April 17th, 2014
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen at their April 8 meeting heard from City Manager Mel Hawley that the city will lose one cell phone contract, from Nextel Partners, to hang broadcast equipment on the city’s former water tower behind city hall. The city now has four contracts that contribute about $100,100 a year to the Water Tower Fund that helps pay for downtown improvements.
MIDDLEBURY — A member of the Otter Creek Audubon Society board has resigned as the society’s delegate to the Addison County Regional Planning Commission after casting a vote on the proposed Addison-Rutland Natural Gas pipeline that he later acknowledged was contrary to the position of his organization.
ADDISON — The Addison selectboard and Addison Volunteer Fire Department executive officers at a special March 19 selectboard meeting at the fire station agreed to buy a new fire truck for the town.
The new $338,640 truck will replace the department’s 1994 truck. According to meeting minutes, the department had $82,000 in its truck fund, and the town will finance the difference with a 15-year, 2.9-percent loan through the National Bank of Middlebury.
WALTHAM — At a March 31 special meeting, the Waltham selectboard agreed to contract with Michael Merrigan to be in charge of maintaining the town’s roads.
The position, which is paid on a contract basis, has been held for decades by Francis Warner, who had told Waltham officials he planned to step down this summer.
The House Education Committee’s bill to eliminate approximately 80 percent of Vermont’s school districts by consolidating their number from 273 to about 50 has been the subject of considerable debate in recent weeks in the Statehouse, in the education community, and in the press.
What is it about this snowy Wednesday morning that made me think of the 1950s musical “Oklahoma!” with its irrepressible theme song: “Oh, what a beautiful mornin’, oh what a beautiful day!”
Must be something about a fresh snowfall that makes the world a brighter place, or, if we just count our blessings and look around us, we realize how beautiful a place this is.
At Monday’s legislative breakfast, Weybridge resident Fran Putnam asked an important question concerning a legislative proposal to consolidate school governance districts as drafted in H.883: “Before we totally throw the baby out with the bathwater,” she said, “we really need to think about: What is the problem we’re trying to solve, what is the goal here, and is this the best way to do it?”
Rep. David Sharpe, D-Bristol, answered that question in part:
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College softball team won four of five home games this past weekend, including a three-game NESCAC West sweep that leaves the Panthers in a first-place tie in league play.
Overall, the Panthers are 14-8, 5-1 in league play. League rival Williams is 15-6, 5-1 in NESCAC West play. The Panthers host last-place Hamilton for a three-game set this Friday and Saturday, and will travel to Williams on April 25 and 26 for what will probably be a decisive series.