March 26th, 2015
BRISTOL — Vermont’s highest court late last Friday ruled that a lower court had erred in approving a proposed gravel pit in Bristol in a ruling hailed as a win by project opponents. It is the latest — but perhaps not the last — twist in a case that has wound its way through the courts since 2003.
BRANDON — Brandon Town Manager Robin Bennett has resigned after reaching a $12,578 settlement in principle with the town that officially closes the book on her 18-month tenure.
The deal was announced following a brief executive session of the Brandon selectboard on Monday morning at the Brandon Town Hall. The move comes two weeks after the board placed Bennett on administrative leave following a performance evaluation over several weeks.
MIDDLEBURY — Greg’s Meat Market — a much-beloved, independently owned neighborhood supermarket operating at 3 Elm St. in Middlebury since 1981 — could be on the verge of closing its doors, perhaps as soon as this weekend, according to some sources.
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh road foreman John Bull now projects, after this winter’s harsh weather, that the town’s new highway garage will be ready in mid-May.
Residents approved in December of 2013 an $850,000 bond to pay for most of the $1.05 million, 5,940-square-foot, six-bay Ferrisburgh garage.
Initially, plans called for a fall completion date, but after typical delays in design and construction, Bull said earlier this week it was best to slow things down during this past untypical winter.
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School board has laid out a timeline and strategy to draft a new budget proposal that could gain voter approval.
Addison Northeast Supervisory Union voters on Town Meeting Day rejected, by a tally of 1,241 to 1,088, a proposed $14.06 million spending plan to operate the school next year. That sum was slightly lower than the figure voters approved for the current year.
VERGENNES — In a wide-ranging discussion with locals at the Legislative Luncheon in Vergennes on Monday, Gov. Peter Shumlin defended his stance on the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project.
MIDDLEBURY — Like the rest of us, river samplers for the Addison County River Watch Collaborative are crossing their fingers for the arrival of warm weather.
“Our water sampling season is scheduled to begin on April 8,” said River Watch Coordinator Matt Witten. “So we need the ice to melt just to have safe access to flowing streams.”
BRANDON — The days are getting longer and warmer, the snow is melting and soon we will have April showers — all signs that spring is on the way. But ice jams, snow melt and showers also raise the level of our streams and rivers. Our thoughts turn to the risk of flooding and the damage that may result.