January 3rd, 2013
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury officials will try to pare at least another $120,000 from a 2013-2014 municipal budget proposal in order to achieve the selectboard’s goal of limiting the spending plan’s impact on residents. The goal is an increase on the local property tax rate of no more than 5.5 cents while maintaining current services.
MIDDLEBURY — Last week at the Memorial Sports Center, the Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team made a little history — the Tigers for the first time won their own holiday tournament.
Maybe more importantly, the Tigers won in style while evening their record at 2-2 after opening their season with two competitive road losses against other potential Division II title contenders.
MIDDLEBURY — A committee charged with recruiting Middlebury’s first-ever business development director will soon interview a fifth and final candidate before narrowing down the field and introducing a new hire as soon as Town Meeting Day.
“I think we are on a good path,” said John Tenny, a member of the Middlebury Business Development Fund Advisory Board.
“I think we have some very good candidates.”
VERGENNES — The Kennedy Brothers business, including the landmark 11 North Main St. building in Vergennes, changed hands in a late-December family deal that will allow its long-time principal owner to retire.
The transaction also means the 41,724-square-foot Kennedy Brothers Marketplace building will no longer be for sale for $1.2 million, as it has been in recent years; its new owners have taken it off the market and will continue to look for tenants.
MIDDLEBURY — Members of the Middlebury selectboard last month signed a letter of support for Vermont Gas Systems’ proposal to extend its natural gas pipeline from Chittenden County to Middlebury and Vergennes.
The $72 million project, if approved by the Vermont Public Service Board and built out as planned by 2015, would save the approximately 2,100 eligible residential and business customers in Middlebury a combined total of $5 million per year compared to what they are currently paying for fuel oil, according to the company.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
12/28 MUHS. vs. U-32 ............................. 3-0
12/29 MUHS vs. Stowe ........................... 2-0
12/28 Brattleboro vs. MUHS..................... 2-1
12/30 MUHS vs. Lake Placid................... 1-0
We know this legislative session will again be limited by tight budgets, challenged by tweaks to the state’s nascent health care reform and harassed by both sides of the aisle on hot-button issues such as “death with dignity,” how to fight drug-related crime, finding a solution to search and rescue procedures, potential statewide increases in the property tax rate, and possibly raising taxes to cover more cuts in federal aid.