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Level city spending proposed

Posted on May 14, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — City Manager Mel Hawley introduced a draft budget to Vergennes aldermen at their May 8 meeting that could again allow them to keep level the portion of the city tax rate that funds municipal services.

The total of the proposed budget — not including fee-supported sewer spending — is $1,727,963, an increase of about $20,000.

Including $28,039 of charitable requests, the total grows to $1,756,002 and would increase by about $17,000 (because of a slight drop in those charitable requests).

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City officials get feedback on proposed zoning rules

Posted on May 14, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on May 8 took testimony from a handful of citizens and one developer at a public hearing on new zoning regulations proposed by the Vergennes Planning Commission.

Questions at the Tuesday hearing focused on building lot regulations in the new Historic Neighborhood District (HND), new requirements for rebuilding structures after catastrophic losses in the existing Central Business District, and permitted uses in the existing Otter Creek basin district.

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Wider city park policy to preserve creche

Posted on April 26, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — What began as an emotional issue for many citizens of the Vergennes area, who perceived a threat to the popular and longstanding Christian nativity display on the city’s central green, is now a technical exercise for Vergennes aldermen.

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City moves to fix water woes

Posted on April 16, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — At their April 10 meeting, Vergennes aldermen told homeowners affected by water problems in the Crosby Farms and Booska Court areas that the city had hired Middlebury’s Otter Creek Engineering to evaluate what needed to be done to cure drainage woes in the subdivision.

The water problems came to a head during the spring of 2011, when melt from heavy snows combined with steady rain to flood and badly damage eight basements, according to a group of homeowners who also met with aldermen in August.

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Vergennes municipal plan advances

Posted on April 16, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on April 10 officially accepted the planning commission’s final draft of proposed new zoning and subdivision regulations, the product of months of work by planners.

Planning commission chairman Shannon Haggett said planners held a hearing on March 19 and tweaked their proposal based on testimony they heard there and on follow-up discussions among themselves.

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Keeping the crèche

Posted on April 12, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The crowd at the best-attended Vergennes city council meeting in decades saw aldermen on Tuesday move toward, but not adopt, a policy that would allow a longstanding Christian Nativity scene to remain on the city green while also allowing other groups to put up displays there.

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City hears crèche opinions

Posted on April 12, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes Mayor Michael Daniels in the past three weeks received roughly 70 citizen emails on the topic of whether the city should allow a Christian Nativity scene to be displayed on the city’s central green, as it has been for the past five decades.

City officials do not store or maintain the crèche, but there is a small line item in the city budget that supports its maintenance.

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Vergennes display rules outlined

Posted on April 12, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Before Tuesday’s hearing on the display of religious and other scenes on city property, Vergennes aldermen published on the city’s website an introductory preamble, an initial policy, and a second policy that was amended after an initial round of feedback from citizens and consideration by city officials.

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City might allow crèche on its green

Posted on April 2, 2012 |
By John S. McCright



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen are expected to discuss at their meeting next week a draft policy that would allow a depiction of the birth of Jesus Christ to be displayed on the city green during the Christmas season along with a sign that made it clear the city did not endorse its implicit religious message.

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Aldermen settle on plan for maintaining old cemetery

Posted on March 26, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday agreed to assume responsibility for maintaining a cemetery on Mountain View Lane variously known as The First Cemetery, The Old Cemetery or The Burial Ground.

The cemetery is city-owned, but has been maintained since the 1930s by the First Congregational Church of Vergennes, when a trust that had been caring for the cemetery handed over the task to the church.

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