January 10th, 2013
Editor’s note: Lt. Gov. Phil Scott was sworn in this morning for his second two-year term as Vermont’s lieutenant governor. After taking the oath of office from Sen. Dick Mazza, D-Chittenden/Grand Isle, Lt. Gov. Scott offered the following remarks.
Good morning. First, I’d like to thank Vermonters for the opportunity to serve the state for another two years. It truly is an honor for me to serve as Vermont’s Lt. Governor. To think a Barre-born stock car racer like myself would ever have an opportunity such as this is truly incredible.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Monday made final its decision to increase town spending to about $8.94 million in fiscal year 2014, a move that will mean a 5.5-cent increase in the town portion of the Middlebury property tax rate to 91.86 cents
If approved by voters in March, the $8.94 million budget will mean a $55 tax hike per $100,000 of assessed value for town property owners.
VERGENNES — Vergennes City Manager Mel Hawley on Wednesday said the city council must make a couple more decisions on their proposal for a new police station before it is ready for a Town Meeting Day vote.
Aldermen plan to meet on Jan. 29 to make final a bond amount and prepare a warning for residents’ approval in March, Hawley said, with it almost certainly intended to finance a 5,940-square-foot, 24-room station on the former North Main Street home of Vergennes Auto Sales.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Monday told more than a half-dozen Monroe Street residents that the town would study, in Chairman Dean George’s words, “traffic-calming and other alternatives” to make a short stretch of their road safer.
BURLINGTON — For the first time this flu season, the Vermont Department of Health reported widespread influenza activity last week to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with influenza-like illness confirmed in all areas of the state.
“Everyone age 6 months and older should be vaccinated against seasonal flu,” said Patsy Kelso, state epidemiologist for infectious disease. “Flu can be a serious illness, especially for the very young and very old, and a typical season can last well into March.”
BRISTOL — At Monday’s selectboard meeting, the town of Bristol went public with a proposed upgrade to the fire department facility on North Street, which Town Administrator Bill Bryant described as “a historic building in need of some TLC.”
ADDISON COUNTY — As U.S. Postal Service officials implement a plan to wring costs out of rural post offices, some local residents have a last opportunity to affect how service will be cut in their towns.
USPS officials will host meetings in Monkton, Orwell, Shoreham, Hancock and Forestdale in coming weeks that will allow residents to give input on four options for cutting costs at their respective post offices — three of which include shutting the facilities down.
MIDDLEBURY — If post-holiday season blues have already set in, the Sheldon Museum has a cure — at least until Sunday. The museum’s annual train exhibit will be taken down after this weekend, and volunteer Alex Shashok, 9, has a word of advice for anyone still on the fence about making a trip to 1 Park St. in downtown Middlebury in the next few days.
“It’s not going to be a boring waste of time,” Shashok said. “It’s going to be like the polar opposite of that.”