January 23rd, 2014
BRISTOL — The Bristol selectboard on Monday discussed budget proposals for the water, sewer and police departments, and inched toward completing a draft of the town budget to put before voters on Town Meeting Day. The board also discussed creating a new zoning district around Bristol Pond.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard made no changes to a proposed 2014-2015 municipal budget of $9,154,323 that was presented and drew few comments at a public hearing on Tuesday.
The board on Jan. 28 will finalize the budget for the March 3 town meeting, at which voters will weigh in on the spending plan. The current version would require a property tax levy of $6,526,393.
MONTPELIER (AP) — Vermont federal Judge William K. Sessions III is taking senior status after 18 years on the bench. Sessions and his wife, Abi, reside in Cornwall.
U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, says Sessions informed the president last week.
MIDDLEBURY — Three Addison County organizations jointly announced their receipt of a $9,740 workforce development grant from the Vermont Department of Labor’s Regional Workforce Partnership Program. Addison County Economic Development Corp. (ACEDC), United Way of Addison County (UWAC), and Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center (PAHCC) will collaborate to initiate a labor skills gap analysis beginning this spring.
MIDDLEBURY — Starting in the fall of 2015, Middlebury College will offer full-tuition scholarships annually to 10 urban students pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through an expanded partnership with The Posse Foundation. Middlebury was one of 10 institutions recognized at a White House ceremony today for participating in the initiative, which will fund 500 Posse scholars over the next five years.
Betty Nuovo, a Democrat, represents Middlebury in the state House of Representatives.
One of the chief goals of the Vermont Legislature over the years has been to cut energy consumption through greater efficiency and to develop renewable energy resources. We continue to work towards these goals. The following is a report of accomplishments, programs and work in progress.
State Energy Policy
Let us review the experience of the local banks in regard to in-town and Route 7 locations. People’s United moved its Middlebury operations from in-town to Route 7 quite seamlessly. Meanwhile, National Bank of Middlebury has found their Route 7 branch valuable to customers, yet maintains that the Main Street building remains popular. They attribute this to the proximity to the post office. Note that Citizen’s Bank closed their Merchants Row branch, now continuing the office off Route 7 South.
MIDDLEBURY — A refrigerant leak from a cooling system at Hannaford’s Supermarket in Middlebury released a gas that caused at least four employees to become ill and also prompted the store to close for most of Thursday morning, January 23, according to emergency responders that included members of a state Vermont Hazardous Materials Response Team.