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City council readies for celebration

Posted on October 11, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES —Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday officially renamed a city-owned cemetery on Mountain View Lane the “Vergennes Burying Ground.”

In other business, aldermen:

•  Went into an executive session to discuss potential purchases of properties for a new police station. City Manager Mel Hawley said on Wednesday that per the laws governing such sessions “no minutes were taken,” and no decisions were made after the session.

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City council passes zoning rules

Posted on July 23, 2012 |
By John Flowers



VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council on Tuesday unanimously adopted a revised set of zoning regulations that reflect the newly created Historic Neighborhood and Northern Gateway districts, and also endorsed the first rewrite of the city’s subdivision laws since the 1970s.

It was in 2009, after approval of the updated city plan, that officials began revising the related zoning and subdivision regulations.

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City Council approves revised zoning and subdivision regulations

Posted on July 19, 2012 |
By John Flowers



VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council on Tuesday unanimously adopted a revised set of zoning regulations that reflect the newly created Historic Neighborhood and Northern Gateway districts, and also endorsed the first rewrite of the city’s subdivision laws since the 1970s.

It was in 2009, after approval of the updated city plan, that officials began revising the related zoning and subdivision regulations.

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Aldermen support partnership, opera house

Posted on June 28, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday approved the first increase in the municipal portion of the city tax rate since 2008, a 2-cent hike that will bring it to about 62.3 cents for the 2012-2013 fiscal year that begins on July 1.

Addison Northwest Supervisory Union officials and City Manager Mel Hawley expect the city’s residential school rate to drop by a little bit less than a penny, meaning the overall residential property rate in Vergennes should rise by a little more than a penny.

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Aldermen work on new zoning regulations

Posted on June 14, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen and planners on Tuesday agreed on a series of tweaks to proposed zoning regulations and said they hope to schedule a public hearing on the new rules by mid-July.

Most of the changes agreed upon at a council meeting attended by six members of the planning commission derived from testimony at the council’s May 8 public hearing on the proposed laws:

•  Multi-family homes will be allowed in the Otter Creek Basin District, as suggested by a property owner.

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City officials address policy, municipal budget

Posted on June 14, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — In addition to discussing new zoning at a Tuesday meeting, the Vergennes City Council also took care of a number of other issues. At the June 12 meeting, aldermen:

•  Said they would not take up the issue of a new policy for displays on the city green — notably including the longstanding Christian crèche — until July. Before then, the latest draft of a policy will circulate to council members and then be posted at vergennes.org.

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Council OKs sewer, fire funds in budget

Posted on May 31, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen at their May 22 meeting began their work on the 2012-2013 city budget by agreeing with City Manager Mel Hawley’s recommendations for fire and sewer department spending, Mayor Michael Daniels said the next day.

Daniels said aldermen moved quickly on Hawley’s $123,100 Vergennes Fire Department proposal because it will allow city officials to mail out contracts promptly to the other towns that share that cost with the city: Ferrisburgh, Panton and Waltham.

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Vergennes aldermen set goals for upcoming year

Posted on May 31, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Members of the Vergennes City Council held their annual goal-setting discussion at a meeting last Tuesday, May 22. Here is what each alderman said:

•  Ziggy Comeau said she would like to continue to establish better dialogue with surrounding towns. “If something comes up, we have to communicate with each other,” she said.

•  Randy Ouellette said he would like to make sure the annual Youth Fishing Derby continues to run smoothly, and to “come up with a plan” and a site for the new police station.

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Planners: Alter new zoning regs

Posted on May 17, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Planning Commission agreed on Monday to recommend that Vergennes aldermen make changes to proposed new zoning regulations based on testimony at the council’s May 8 public hearing.

The recommendations, according to planning chairman Shannon Haggett, will include a relaxed lot-frontage requirement in the new Historic Neighborhood District and a provision to allow multi-family housing in the Basin District.

Each recommendation was made after careful consideration at a two-and-a-half hour meeting, Haggett said.

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Aldermen hear police station needs

Posted on May 17, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — At their May 8 meeting last week, Vergennes aldermen continued to pare down their list of potential sites for a new city police station, and they heard Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel’s vision for what that station would offer his department.

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