April 30th, 2015
MIDDLEBURY — Replacement of Middlebury’s two downtown rail overpasses probably won’t begin until next spring, but project managers hope to spend this year laying groundwork for the massive project through such jobs such as relocating the Addison County Transit Resources bus stop from Merchants Row to Seymour Street and building an access road for Battell Block parking.
Once the project begins, downtown shoppers, property owners, residents, merchants and travelers will need to brace themselves for up to three construction seasons of upheaval.
VERGENNES — Vergennes officials on Wednesday learned the city will not receive an extension on its $21,000 state grant to support an East Street preschool playground, news that effectively pulls the plug on a project that generated opposition among neighbors and mixed reviews from other city residents.
The city had already received one extension from the Department of Buildings & General Services that required that work on the $42,000, quarter-acre project, proposed for city land next to the municipal pool, be under way by June.
MIDDLEBURY — A small group of voters turned out at the polls on Tuesday to vote 67-1 in favor of amendments to the Middlebury town charter that could soon lead to elimination of the position of elected town auditor.
BRISTOL — Vermont State Police received a report on April 11 from two Middlebury College students who came across a scene of what they described as 15-20 mutilated and dismembered dog carcasses. As reported in the Middlebury Campus newspaper last week, they found the animals on a property alongside the New Haven River in Bristol while they were out fishing.
VERGENNES — When Vergennes residents go to the polls on Tuesday, they will not only weigh in on a new Vergennes Union High School budget proposal (see story), but also decide whether to approve an amendment to the Vergennes Opera House’s overall lease for the use of Vergennes City Hall.
VERGENNES — Addison Northwest Supervisory Union residents on Tuesday will vote on two Vergennes Union High School budget proposals in what will be the second decision this spring on spending plans for the 2015-2016 school year.
The first article on the May 5 ballot will ask residents to back a plan that cuts about $156,000 from the $10.47 million proposal that lost on Town Meeting Day, 831-718.
The second article asks voters to approve the board’s original $10.47 million spending plan.
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh residents on Tuesday will decide the fate of a second Ferrisburgh Central School budget proposal, one that will increase spending over the current level by 1.94 percent.
The FCS board’s new proposal calls for spending of about $3.581 million for the 2015-2016 school year. The board in March made adjustments that netted about $39,000 of spending reductions in adopting its second spending plan.
The $3.62 million spending plan that lost on Town Meeting Day, 302-267, would have increased FCS spending by about 3 percent.
MIDDLEBURY — Katharine Scribner recalled her first job working as a special educator. It was 1975, at Brighton Elementary School in Island Pond, near the Vermont/Canada border. She had just earned her master’s degree in learning disabilities and behavioral disorders from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass.