Archive - Jan 2010
BRISTOL — Bristol selectmen, worried about cutting too close to the bone in the 2010-2011 municipal budget, are asking town residents to approve a 1.18 percent increase in taxes this year to fund a proposed $1.9 million spending plan.
If approved by voters at the town meeting on March 1, the budget would be supported by $1,558,632 in taxes.
“If we cut too much we’re going to end up paying for it later,” Selectman John “Peeker” Heffernan said at the board’s meeting Monday night.
Selectman Sharon Compagna agreed.
MIDDLEBURY — The lives of six Addison County seniors had taken many different twists and turns during their more than eight decades on this earth, but their paths led to The Lodge at Otter Creek on Tuesday for a common purpose.
To tell their life’s stories.
The six seniors in question each sat down for about 45 minutes with representatives of StoryCorps, a national, nonprofit initiative established in 2003 to record the stories and life histories of thousands of everyday Americans.
ADDISON — New York and Vermont transportation authorities confirmed on Wednesday that the new temporary ferry service across Lake Champlain will open by the end of the month, although the exact date and time of the first run were not set as the Addison Independent went to press.
ADDISON COUNTY — Ten years ago, fast Internet access was more luxury than necessity. Web sites were simpler, people purchased music on CDs instead of online, and YouTube didn’t exist. But times have changed.
Internet access is quickly becoming a necessity of modern life. In the more remote areas of Vermont, this has created problems for people like professional data analyst Ed Nelbach.
“I’m miles behind those with broadband access,” said Nelbach, a Hancock resident.
VERGENNES — Vergennes residents in March will have the chance to vote themselves a 15-day period during which they would be allowed to make late payments on tax and sewer bills without an interest penalty.
A provision for such a grace period is on the Town Meeting Day ballot adopted by Vergennes aldermen at their Tuesday meeting.
Current city laws call for a 1 percent penalty to be applied automatically if quarterly tax or sewer payments are even one day late, but City Hall workers urged aldermen to consider giving residents the power to make the change.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury voters at their town meeting will be asked to endorse a virtually level-funded 2010-2011 municipal budget; approve a six-year phase-out of the local machinery and equipment (M&E) tax; and float a five-year, $203,000 loan to buy some new municipal vehicles and related equipment.
MIDDLEBURY — Students at Middlebury College are putting down their pencils and picking up knitting needles this month in a volunteer effort to keep Addison County residents warm.
The students are part of a Winter Term workshop that is meeting once a week in January to create hats and scarves they’ll donate to the Middlebury nonprofit Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE).
For AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer Carrie Pratt, who works at the college, the project was a way to combine two of her favorite things: knitting, a hobby she’s enjoyed since high school, and community service.
BRISTOL — Hustling to meet a statutory deadline, Bristol selectmen on Monday chose to pass on to voters unchanged a proposed Bristol extraction ordinance that, if approved, would govern gravel extraction operations in the town.
Had the board opted to make even minor changes to the document, the ordinance would not have been eligible to head to a Town Meeting Day vote, when Bristol residents will also weigh a proposed town plan that has been four years in the making.