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Grant provides stability for Ferrisburgh slaughterhouse

Posted on December 17, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — A recently awarded state grant will help a Ferrisburgh slaughterhouse stay in business and preserve its dozen jobs while it seeks to expand into a new, larger plant in Middlebury, said Middlebury Business Development Director Jamie Gaucher.

The Ferrisburgh selectboard this summer agreed at Gaucher’s suggestion to apply for a $25,000 Regional Economic Development Grant from the Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services. Those economic development grants are intended to improve infrastructure to help a business in a town.

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Maritime museum names new director

Posted on December 17, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — The board of directors of Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM) announces the appointment of J. Michael “Mike” Smiles as the museum’s new executive director. Smiles assumes the role from Erick Tichonuk, who is stepping down from the position. He begins the leadership role on Jan. 5.

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Ferrisburgh selling land, town officials upset by Act 250 process

Posted on December 15, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — After a second potential buyer pulled out, the Ferrisburgh selectboard has put the town’s 34.91-acre parcel next to Vergennes back on the market, four years after the board originally sought a buyer.

Town officials remain upset with the Act 250 process and a new law that prompted auto dealer Tom Denecker to walk away from a $350,000 deal to buy the land.

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Denecker ends land deal, citing Act 250

Posted on November 20, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Pointing to the cost of and uncertain result for his ongoing Act 250 application, Denecker Chevrolet owner Tom Denecker recently told the town of Ferrisburgh he was giving up on his $350,000 purchase of town-owned land at the junction of Routes 7 and 22A.

In a Nov. 6 letter to the town, Denecker said his decision was a result of his inability to satisfy the “conditions to close” contingency in his purchase-and-sale agreement with Ferrisburgh.

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Denecker's Rt. 22A plan eyed as possible sprawl

Posted on November 6, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Issues of scenic impact and traffic came to the forefront at an Oct. 23 Act 250 hearing in the Ferrisburgh town office building that was devoted to Chevrolet dealer Tom Denecker’s plan to consolidate his two existing locations at a new site, the junction of Routes 7 and 22A.

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Ferrisburgh garage to get sprinkler system

Posted on October 16, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard on Oct. 7 approved in concept adding sprinklers to the new highway garage that will soon be built on Little Chicago Road.

Road foreman John Bull said he expected the cost of the sprinklers to be around $40,000, and that amount was affordable due to savings elsewhere on the $1.05 million project. Board members said they would back the proposal if final estimates came in as expected.

Bull said ground would be broken in November, with a January completion date.

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Ferrisburgh considers $40,000 land purchase

Posted on October 13, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh selectboard members said last week they are nearing a $40,000 deal to buy 2.2 acres of land behind the town office building and next to Ferrisburgh Central School. The deal will be subject to Town Meeting Day voter approval.

Town and school officials have been talking for months about the property with landowner Clark Hinsdale III, but at their Oct. 7 meeting, selectboard members said a purchase-and-sale agreement has been written and could be signed soon.

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Ferrisburgh man pleads innocent to drug charges

Posted on October 9, 2014 |
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MIDDLEBURY — A Ferrisburgh man on Monday pleaded innocent in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, to three misdemeanor drug-related charges after having been stopped by Vermont State Police while driving along Route 17 in New Haven on July 10.

Chase L. Gallison, 23, of Ferrisburgh is answering to charges of driving under the influence of drugs; possession of under 200 milligrams of heroin; and possession of a depressant/stimulant/narcotic.

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Ferrisburgh aims for grant for slaughterhouse hoping to move to Middlebury

Posted on October 9, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard agreed on Tuesday to apply for a state grant that could help a town slaughterhouse remain in business — and eventually follow through on a plan to move to Middlebury.

At the request of Middlebury Business Development Director Jamie Gaucher, the board on Tuesday moved to apply for a $25,000 infrastructure grant from the Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services.

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Denecker plan, land sale could hinge on new Act 250 criterion

Posted on October 2, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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FERRISBURGH — A new criterion of Act 250 presents a key hurdle for auto dealer Tom Denecker and his plans to consolidate his operations on 34.91 acres at the junction of Routes 7 and 22A. That new criteria, which will be part of the Act 250 hearing on Oct. 23, will require Denecker to prove his proposal does not contribute to “strip development,” or that it “minimizes the characteristics of strip development.”

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