November 13th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Monday got a look at the first draft of a fiscal year 2016 municipal budget that projects a $430,259 increase over this year, which would translate into a 5.6-cent boost in the town’s tax rate.
Board members stressed that the $10,031,448 spending plan under review is just a departure point, and that the final number will likely shrink before being finalized for the voters to decide at the annual town meeting next March.
But officials acknowledged making significant cuts won’t be easy.
BRANDON — Brandon showed it cared this past Thursday night when roughly 60 people participated in a meeting at the Town Hall to talk about the local heroin and opiate addiction problem.
BRANDON — A former banking professional has been has been appointed to the Brandon selectboard.
The board approved the appointment of Doug Bailey at a regular meeting Monday night, filling the seat vacated by Blaine Cliver, who retired from the board last month.
Bailey was one of four applicants for the position. The others were Dennis Reisenweaver, Jeff Stewart and Seth Hopkins.
MIDDLEBURY — Ilsley Library Trustee John Freidin on Monday updated the Middlebury selectboard on the library’s ongoing effort to look at its program needs and determine the best way to house them within the Ilsley building on Main Street.
Trustees have formed a committee to tackle to the issue. That panel, headed by Freidin, has circulated a public survey and visited five other libraries that have recently undertaken renovation/expansion projects.
VERGENNES/MONKTON/STARKSBORO — The annual Vergennes Union High School senior class charity walk-a-thon became more of a hike-a-thon as members of the school’s highest grade traveled by foot from the Willowell Foundation property in Monkton over Hogback Mountain to Starksboro’s Common Ground Center on Oct. 9. The annual fundraiser brought in more than $4,000 to help Camp Kaleidoscope, which serves for families with children on the autism spectrum.
MIDDLEBURY — Nearly a century ago, the visionary Vermont environmentalist Joseph Battell bequeathed to Middlebury College the large tract of land that is home to the Bread Loaf campus. Bordering the Green Mountain National Forest and encompassing numerous areas of ecological and natural interest, the Bread Loaf campus and surrounding forests have long provided the Middlebury community with spaces for outdoor recreation and environmental education.
VERGENNES — Anyone in the greater Vergennes area who wants to know the difference between a growler and a growlette has a new way to find out.
They can ask either Frank Trombley or son Jacob Trombley at Vergennes Redemption on Main Street, not far from Kennedy Brothers. Both will happily answer the question about the difference, which is 32 ounces of specialty draft beer and about $4 to $6.
MIDDLEBURY — Finding sources of funding for a small business is difficult, especially when traditional lenders such as banks are hesitant to lend in the wake of the Great Recession.
Now, the state Department of Financial Regulation is trying to facilitate investment in Vermont’s small businesses with a change in regulatory policy.