March 19th, 2015
FERRISBURGH — When the Vergennes Union High School board on Tuesday decided on a new budget proposal and vote date (see story, Page 1A), those actions triggered a date for a second Ferrisburgh Central School budget vote.
That revote, like the VUHS revote, will be held on Tuesday, May 5.
BRISTOL — Citizens who attended the weekly Legislative Breakfast on Monday heard from lawmakers about their struggle with the fiscal year 2016 general fund budget, which is facing a projected $112 million revenue shortfall.
Among the proposed cuts under consideration to shore up the budget are two of the Vermont Department of Public Safety’s four Public Service Answering Points (PSAPs) — better known as E-911 dispatching centers — in Derby and Rutland.
VERGENNES — Vergennes and Vermont State police as of Wednesday morning were still searching for the man who stole cash on the previous Friday afternoon from the downtown Vergennes branch of People’s United Bank.
Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel said that at about 2:20 p.m. on Friday a man entered the North Maple Street bank, displayed a knife to the teller and demanded and was given an undisclosed amount of money, and left the bank and headed north on the street. Merkel said police do not know if he continued to flee on foot or by a waiting vehicle.
MIDDLEBURY — National Bank of Middlebury, together with customers and community members, gathered on Feb. 4 to celebrate the bank’s new president, Caroline R. Carpenter. She is the bank’s 11th president, and the first female president since its incorporation in 1831.
BRISTOL — The Bristol Elementary School board has taken steps to get feedback for a new spending proposal, laid out a timeline of public forums and set a date by which it hopes to warn a new budget vote.
Board members decided at their Monday evening meeting that they will host a community forum on Monday, March 23, at 7 p.m. in the BES cafeteria, during which Bristol residents will split into small groups and answer questions posed by the board.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board at a special meeting on Tuesday decided to put a two-tiered budget proposal before voters on May 5.
The first article on the ballot will ask Addison Northwest Supervisory Union residents to back a spending plan that includes about $156,000 of cuts from the $10.47 million proposal that lost on Town Meeting Day, 831-718.
BRANDON — The Brandon selectboard has placed Town Manager Robin Bennett on paid administrative leave.
“It means that she’s going to take the week off and figure out how dedicated she is to the town of Brandon,” Selectman Devon Fuller said last week after the board made the decision at a March 9 meeting. “It’s all part of her performance evaluation, which we began in February.”
BRISTOL — Renewable energy policy — particularly subsidies to firms that produce energy from renewable sources — was a point of debate among lawmakers and citizens at Monday’s legislative breakfast in Bristol. The event at the American Legion Hall also began with a moment of silence for the late Dr. Alan Ayer, who died suddenly on Friday, and was the husband of Sen. Claire Ayer (see story, Page 3A).