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March 1st, 2012
Next Tuesday, March 6 is Town Meeting Day. Don’t take it lightly.
In today’s Addison Independent, the news team has reviewed the major — and minor — issues to be discussed at town meeting of each of the 23 towns in the county, plus Brandon. The previews start on Page 12A and continue through Page 20A. We wouldn’t devote eight pages of news to the reviews, if we didn’t think the issues were important and wanted to provide citizens with a shorthand guide to each town.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police investigated two suspected phone scams on Feb. 22. Police said a local woman reported receiving a call from a man alleging to be her grandson, who said he had been picked up for drunk driving and needed money. When the woman told the caller she did not sound like her grandson, he ended the call.
In the other case, a local man received a call from someone who alleged the man’s grandson had been involved in a car accident. When the man said he had no grandson, the caller hung up the phone.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Feb. 20 cited two men involved in the same incident for driving with suspended licenses, criminal offenses, citing one of the men twice.
The incident began when police checked a suspicious car at Champlain Farms on Main Street and discovered its license plates were assigned to a different vehicle. They then cited the operator, George Hallock Jr., 28, of Waltham, for a criminal DLS (driving with license suspended), as well as ticketed him for driving an unregistered and uninsured car with unassigned plates.
ADDISON COUNTY — Five Addison County towns are weighing whether they should join a program that aims to make it easier for property owners to obtain financing for energy efficiency improvements
On Town Meeting Day, residents in Ferrisburgh, Middlebury, Monkton, Ripton and Weybridge will vote on articles that would make their respective towns Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, districts.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury officials at town meeting next week will present residents with a property tax-neutral municipal spending plan for 2012-2013, but they also will be asking residents to make some long-term investments in fire protection and economic development.
Middlebury town meeting will be held on Monday, March 5, at 7 p.m. in the municipal gym. Australian ballot voting will take place the following day in the same location, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
VERGENNES — Five of the six candidates for three seats on the Vergennes city council attended a Feb. 23 forum at American Legion Post 14 and answered a series of questions about taxes, the city’s economic climate, how they view teamwork in city government, and the future of the city’s police station.
ADDISON COUNTY — Residents of the seven towns in the Addison Central Supervisory Union on Town Meeting Day will vote on a $1 million bond issue aimed at scrapping the current, failing asphalt shingle roof on the Middlebury Union Middle School and replace it with a standing seam metal room. The budget would also provide for some energy efficiency upgrades in the building.
Voters in the towns of Bridport, Cornwall, Ripton, Salisbury, Shoreham, Weybridge and Middlebury will weigh in on the issue in Australian ballot voting in their local polling places on Tuesday.
VERGENNES — Vergennes Union Elementary School board candidates Cheryl Brinkman and Susan Ferland were also given the opportunity to speak at Feb. 23 candidates’ forum hosted by American Legion Post 14.