September 16th, 2010
VERGENNES — Randy Ouellette, a Vergennes alderman acting as a private citizen, believed on Aug. 31 that he had successfully petitioned for reconsideration of the Aug. 4 vote that backed a $5.1 million bond to pay for Vergennes-Panton Water District plant renovations.
But Ouellette this week learned that his petition had fallen into what one official in the Vermont Secretary of State’s office called “a gray area where municipal attorneys could disagree.” On Monday, he received a letter from the water district board informing him his petition lacked enough signatures to force a revote.
NEW HAVEN — The New Haven Development Review Board (DRB) tentatively approved businessman Mike McGrath’s plan to add a 100-car used car lot to his property on Route 7 in a 6-1 vote at their Tuesday night meeting. The property is currently home to McGrath’s Flooring Center Inc. and several self-storage units, also owned and operated by McGrath.
DRB Chairman Tim Bouton is compiling the list of conditions for McGrath’s lot that the DRB discussed on Tuesday, and the decision will become official at Monday’s meeting.
BRISTOL — The Bristol selectboard is moving forward with plans for repair of the South Street Bridge, which was closed a little over a month ago due to safety concerns. Out of the three proposed options, the board at a meeting Monday evening decided to go with the first, and most expedient, option.
This puts the reopening of the bridge on track for summer of 2012 at the earliest.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Humane Society (ACHS) is seeking to renovate and expand its Middlebury headquarters at 236 Boardman St. in order to better serve the area’s homeless animals and enhance their prospects for adoption.
The Middlebury Development Review Board on Sept. 27 will review the humane society’s plans, which call for:
• Replacement of a combined total of roughly 1,500 square feet of exterior sheds and outbuildings with a new 2,800-square-foot barn.
• Renovation of the existing 2,700-square-foot main building, erected around two decades ago.
FERRISBURGH — The town of Ferrisburgh has placed on the market the 35-acre parcel it owns at the junction of Routes 7 and 22A, just outside Vergennes, with an asking price of $375,000.
The price might have been higher for an open site with permitted wastewater capacity, level topography, high traffic volume, easy access to rail transportation and frontage on two of the state’s busiest highways.
But despite those pluses the land, zoned industrial with retail uses conditionally permitted, does come with some baggage for potential buyers.
BRANDON — In a recent presentation at the Otter Valley Union High School auditorium, a mother detailed how she dealt with a case of Internet bullying affecting her own daughter. A teenage girl described how a family friend’s daughter killed herself after repeated bullying online.
When politicians say they will cut taxes and give Americans the hard-earned dollars they’ve earned rather than fuel higher government spending, most American voters stand up and cheer — even though that very policy measure is against their personal interests.
FERRISBURGH — In the wake of a new Environmental Court ruling, the Ferrisburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment will almost certainly handle this fall an amended Champlain Oil Co. (COCO) application for a Route 7 gas station, convenience store and fast-food restaurant.
On Sept. 8, Environmental Court Judge Thomas Durkin made a site visit and then issued a decision that COCO, a South Burlington firm that operates a string of similar facilities, must go back to the ZBA with its proposal to increase the acreage in its application.