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Editorial: Vote this Tuesday

Posted on May 11, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Special elections are notorious for smaller turnouts. That’s particularly unfortunate for issues of importance and which have dominated the public discourse for months. In Middlebury, almost 1,700 cast votes on Town Meeting Day to decide in favor of a $6.5 bond to build a new municipal building and recreational center. Almost certainly, fewer people will vote in this reconsideration on Tuesday, but hopefully a reasonable number will turn out so that the issue can be put to rest.

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Middlebury project revote set for Tuesday

Posted on May 8, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents will go to the polls next Tuesday, May 13, to vote again on a $6.5 million plan to build new town offices and a recreation center.

Residents on March 4 voted 915 to 798 in favor of the plan, which calls for a new, 9,400-square-foot municipal building to be built at 77 Main St. and a new, 11,500-square-foot recreation center to be erected on land off Creek Road.

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Brandon voters reject $3.2 million town budget in re-vote

Posted on May 8, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — Here we go again. Brandon residents defeated the proposed town budget on a re-vote Tuesday, 498-318.

It was a $3,218,670 proposed spending plan, with $2,613,995 to be raised by taxes, which represented a 12.2 percent tax increase.

While the original Town Meeting Day vote resulted in a 44 percent voter turnout, Tuesday’s vote only drew 29 percent of the electorate despite a mass mailing and selectboard members pounding the pavement.

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ANwSU towns to cast ballots on lower VUHS budget

Posted on May 8, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



VERGENNES — Residents of the five towns in the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union will head to the polls on Tuesday to vote for the second time on a budget for Vergennes Union High School.

In the first vote, on Town Meeting Day, voters rejected a 2014-2015 spending proposal of $9.73 million by a tally of 961-747. A majority of voters in each of ANwSU’s towns voted “no.”

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Editorial: Don't let 'perfection' be the enemy of good — vote 'yes' on Article 1

Posted on May 7, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



As Middlebury residents face a revote next Tuesday on its proposed $6.5 million municipal building/recreational center project, we tip our hats to the more civil nature of the debate this time around. Arguments have stuck to the core issue of the value of the buildings being proposed, their location and how well they will collectively serve the public.

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Community Forum: Why Creek Road is best site for new rec center

Posted on May 7, 2014 |
By Brian Carpenter



Editor's note: This week’s writer is Middlebury Selectman Brian Carpenter.

In talking with community members, I have found what I believe to be the root cause of the confusion over the selection of the Creek Road site for the town recreation facility.

Many people have asked me, “Why not at the recreation park?”

I believe the information I found on the process and the rationale may help clarify this question.

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Opinion: Vote 'no' on VUHS budget

Posted on May 7, 2014 |
By Roger Norton



The voters of Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Vergennes and Waltham should send a message to the Vergennes Union High School board, administration and Addison Northwest Supervisory Union officials by voting no to the VUHS budget on May 13.

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Opinion: A 'no' vote in Middlebury would delay progress, cost more money

Posted on May 7, 2014 |
By Marilyn Needham



What does a NO vote on the Town Office Project really mean?

Money wasted heating and patching up the current buildings while we consider other options.

Town workers being subjected for many more years to an unhealthy and unsafe work environment.

Teen and senior centers in a facility with no fire alarms and limited egress.

Handicapped citizens having limited access to town offices.

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Opinion: Town plan offers flexibility to consider new options

Posted on May 7, 2014 |
By Nancy Malcolm



Victoria DeWind has raised the question as to whether the proposal to build town offices on the Osborne site, new recreation facilities on Creek Road, and replacing the present municipal building and gymnasium with a park is in compliance with the town plan.

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Opinion: Current plan a 'darn good solution' for Middlebury

Posted on May 7, 2014 |
By Frank Winkler



Throughout the 45 years I have lived in Middlebury, two recurring issues have dominated local politics: a second bridge across the Otter Creek, and what to do about our deteriorating town offices. A few years ago, we came together as a town to address the first of these, and the happy result was the Cross Street Bridge — made possible, in part, by a generous contribution from Middlebury College.

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