June 24th, 2010
BRANDON — Next year, students at the Whiting Village School will probably no longer have to pack their lunches.
Instead, a new foodservice contract that is being negotiated within the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union (RNeSU) could allow Whiting Village School for the first time to offer its students nutritious, in-school breakfasts and lunches.
MIDDLEBURY — An ad hoc committee planning a centerpiece for the soon-to-be-built roundabout intersection on Main Street in Middlebury has formally recommended a prominent “public work of art” that should be 20-25 feet tall, illuminated at night and be designed to be appreciated from a safe distance from traffic.
MIDDLEBURY — State officials confirmed on Monday their plans to relocate the Vermont Agency of Human Services’ Addison County offices from their current home at 700 Exchange St. in Middlebury to a new two-story structure that will be built in the Middlebury South Village (MSV) development off Court Street.
“We have entered into an agreement with MSV,” said Jeff Lively, counsel to the Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services. “We have committed.”
BRISTOL — Bristol Republican Fred Baser has been tending to his own local business for more than two decades.
With the support of voters, he hopes improve the lot of businesses statewide as a House member representing the Addison-4 district.
“I’d like to do my best to serve the state,” Baser said in an interview on Monday. “I think I could do a good job and have some good ideas.”
MIDDLEBURY — Cormac O’Leary has been confined to the Middlebury police headquarters for around a week now.
Fortunately, the confinement has been voluntary, not to mention extremely productive. O’Leary is a visiting artist from Ireland who has been using the space and seclusion of the Middlebury Police Department’s conference room to complete his painting of a Troy, N.Y., portion of the Erie Canal.
NEW HAVEN — The New Haven Planning Commission Tuesday afternoon began the process of weighing in on a proposal by Cross Pollination LLC to build a solar farm off Route 7.
Commissioners acknowledged in a draft letter to the Public Service Board (PSB) that while the company’s potential solar installation largely fits New Haven’s town plan, large questions remain about how the solar farm would be executed, operated and ultimately decommissioned.
BRISTOL — After pushing hard for months to advance a new draft of the Bristol Town Plan and a proposed extraction ordinance, planners in Bristol are taking the foot off the gas. With still no consensus at hand in the contentious debate over gravel mining in the town, the planning commission is saying another year could pass before the issue comes to another vote.
BRISTOL — Proponents and opponents of a gravel pit near the Bristol village will meet again on Monday for an Act 250 hearing, the latest chapter of a years long fight over a proposed 26-acre excavation project off of Rounds Road.
After two separate applications for town zoning permits and several appeals to the state Environmental Court, commissioners from Rutland County will weigh in on whether or not the proposed gravel pit conforms with Act 250, the state’s Land Use and Development Act.