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April 11th, 2013
One of the problems with H.526 is of scale. The focus and intent is clearly aimed at cleaning up the vast waters of Lake Champlain, which receives the drainage of thousands of acres of farmland, residential lawns and vast urban development. But when this same legislation is applied to tiny Sunset Lake in Orwell or the long-developed shores of Lake Dunmore, or many other similar lakes in Vermont, the legislation’s intent could well miss the mark and cause more injury than good.
SHOREHAM — Some lakeshore property owners on Monday urged the county’s two state senators to reject a bill that would set up a new regulatory hurdle for people seeking to develop property within 250 feet of lakes or ponds with more than 10 acres of surface area.
VERGENNES — As expected, Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday warned a May 14 vote for a $1.45 million bond to fund a new 4,611-square-foot police station on North Main Street, one that will cost taxpayers $400,000 less than the proposal that was narrowly defeated on Town Meeting Day.
The plan calls for savings of about $300,000 in construction costs over the initial proposal, mainly due to a building redesign that cuts out a little more than 1,300 square feet, but also due to savings on site development and land costs. The project cost is now roughly $1.55 million.
This week’s writer is Annette Smith, executive director of Vermonters for a Clean Environment, a grassroots nonprofit organization based in Danby that follows major energy projects throughout the state. Its objective is to bring “environmental justice and corporate accountability to Vermont communities.” Smith is a paid staff member, and an environmental lobbyist.
How Not to Build a Natural Gas Pipeline
SHOREHAM — Vermont Gas this week unveiled five potential routes for its proposed natural gas pipeline that would extend from Middlebury to Ticonderoga, N.Y., a plan that at Monday’s legislative breakfast in Shoreham continued to draw criticism from area residents who oppose the prospect of seeing the project running through their respective properties.
This week’s writer is Bill Schubart, a Vermont entrepreneur, author and commentator on VPR. He writes about Vermont and the nation in fiction, humor and opinion pieces.
MIDDLEBURY — Every good album has a story behind it. For Addison County native Jer Coons and music partner Caroline Rose, the story of their debut album, “America Religious” — which will be released on June 11 — began with a costly mistake.
“I accidentally bought a car,” Rose explained during a recent interview in her soon-to-be adopted hometown, Middlebury.
“Caroline’s life is defined by impulsive behavior,” offered Coons.
When the fifth annual Otter Creek Classic fly-fishing tournament kicks off this Saturday, preceded on Friday evening by the third consecutive sold-out showing of the Fly Fishing Film Tour at the Town Hall Theater, participants of both events will have Ripton resident Jesse Haller to thank.