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Vergennes defeats new police station in close vote

Posted on March 7, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Vergennes residents on Tuesday dealt the $1.85 million proposal for a new North Main Street police station a narrow defeat, 302-292, a result that left city officials up in the air about their next step.

Mayor-elect Bill Benton said aldermen would take up the issue at their next meeting, probably March 26. He does think most residents believe the city’s police force needs to move out of its tiny City Hall headquarters.

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Bristol rejects firehouse bond, says OK to new police HQ

Posted on March 7, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



BRISTOL — When faced with two votes for expanded municipal facilities on Town Meeting Day, Bristol voters said “no” to one and “yes” to the other.

The first, for an expansion to the fire department’s North Street facility, was soundly rejected by a 587-293 tally. The second, for a police district budget that would fund renovations and a 10-year lease for a new police station at BristolWorks, passed by a narrow margin.

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Townspeople take part in direct democracy: read Town Meeting capsules for all 23 towns

Posted on March 7, 2013 |
By Addison Independent Staff



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Read up on Town Meeting 2013 results from all Addison County towns!

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Town Meeting Day previews for all Addison County towns

Posted on February 28, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



Town Meeting Day 2013 is right around the corner. Brush up on what's on tap for each Addison County town in our town meeting previews.

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Bristol asks questions about firehouse bond

Posted on February 28, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



BRISTOL — At a Monday evening public hearing on a proposed expansion of the Bristol firehouse, a handful of residents — many who live near the facility — raised questions about the size of the building and the speed with which the proposal is being pushed on voters.

On Town Meeting Day, Bristol residents will vote on a $375,000 bond to fund an architectural design to expand the fire department’s North Street facility and to purchase a neighboring lot at 2 Garfield St. to accommodate the expansion.

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Benton, Jin vying to lead Vergennes

Posted on February 28, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — On Tuesday, Vergennes residents will choose in a two-person race for mayor between an incumbent one-term alderman and a former multi-term alderwoman and one-term mayor who has thrown her hat back in the ring after several years away from city politics.

Each, Alderman Bill Benton and former mayor April Jin, has been active in the community and is a long-time resident of Vergennes. Both are married with three grown children who have attended city schools.

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Bristol police seek 6.4% spending increase to move to BristolWorks

Posted on February 28, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



BRISTOL — After the hearing on a proposed firehouse expansion at Holley Hall Monday evening, few people stayed around for the public hearing on the Bristol Police Department’s proposed 2013-2014 spending plan. Those that did heard the rationale for spending a little extra to move the department into a new space at the BristolWorks business park.

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Editorial: Vote, it'll make you happy

Posted on February 28, 2013 |
By Angelo Lynn



In today’s Addison Independent, we feature six-plus pages of town-by-town election coverage that previews the highlights of Town Meeting Day for each of the county’s 23 towns. We also cover and report the most important budgets — town and school districts — and the most prominent elections on the front page and main news pages in section A.

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