January 20th, 2014
ADDISON COUNTY — High school boys’ basketball play proved to be tough sledding for local teams late last week, as Middlebury lost at home and Vergennes and Otter Valley dropped road games.
Mount Abraham was idle and will visit VUHS on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
The first glimpse of a substantive proposal to finance Vermont’s planned universal health care system came Thursday at a sparsely attended meeting of the Senate Republican Caucus.
The caucus invited Sen. Peter Galbraith, D-Windham, to speak about his proposal, laid out in two separate bills, S.252 and S.254, to pay for Green Mountain Care, the public entity that will administer the state’s single-payer system.
VERGENNES — After listening to the second overflow crowd in the Vergennes Union High School library in six days, the VUHS board on Monday adopted a roughly $9.73 million spending proposal for the 2014-2015 school year that, including an extra $50,000 to start a capital improvement fund, would boost spending by about 3 percent.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Jan. 21 will take public feedback on a proposed 2014-2015 general fund budget of $9,154,323, requiring an anticipated property tax levy of $6,526,393.
The municipal budget, if endorsed by the selectboard and passed by voters at their March 3 town meeting, would account for a 1.85-cent boost in Middlebury’s municipal tax rate, which currently stands at approximately 91 cents per $100 in property value.
WEYBRIDGE — Weybridge in March will see some substantial turnover in municipal leadership, as two senior selectboard members have announced they will not seek additional terms on the five-member panel.
MIDDLEBURY — Despite the gloomy weather this past Sunday, more than a hundred community members enjoyed a long bicycle tour.
The tour was on stationary “spinning” bicycles at the Middlebury Fitness health club and the goal was not miles traveled but money raised. By that measure it was a big success as they raised more than $7,000 for the United Way of Addison County in the six-hour Spin United fundraising event.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Regional Planning Commission on Jan. 9 peppered a Vermont Gas Systems executive with questions about the “Phase II” pipeline project.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard’s lengthy, sometimes acrimonious debate related to construction of new town offices and recreation facilities has placed the panel squarely in the public eye during the past eight months. And if recent activity at the local town clerk’s office is any indication, there will be no shortage of takers for the three selectboard terms that will be up for grabs on Town Meeting Day, March 4.