Andy Kirkaldy

08/06/2020
VERGENNES — Former longtime city manager Mel Hawley, former mayor and multi-term councilor Mike Daniels, and former multi-term councilor Ziggy Comeau are among the candidates who by Thursday had already filed paperwork for the Sept. 22 special election to fill the four seats on the Vergennes City Council opened by the recent spate of resignations.  According to City Clerk Britney Aube, former Panton lister Beverly Biello has also filed paperwork, and four other city residents had taken out documents but had not yet returned them as of late Thursday afternoon.  Hawley served as city manager...
08/06/2020
VERGENNES — In a 10-minute Vergennes City Council meeting on Tuesday Mayor Lynn Donnelly announced the special election to fill four vacancies on the council will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 22.  City residents will choose two councilors whose terms will run from Sept. 22 until March 2, 2021, and two councilors whose terms will run until March 1, 2022. Those interested in running must supply official notice to City Clerk Britney Aube by 5 p.m. on Aug. 17, either by mail or in person, City Manager Daniel Hofman said Wednesday morning. The necessary documents for candidates can downloaded at...
07/31/2020
UPDATE: VTrans announced on Monday that paving scheduled to begin on Tuesday, 8/4 has been postponed due to the weather forecast. It is anticipated that weather and surface conditions will be favorable for paving to begin on Thursday, 8/6. The contractor is planning on four days of paving, which will include a full day of paving on Saturday, 8/8.   The plan for locations and progression of paving currently remains unchanged. Paving will begin on Green Street. VERGENNES — Final paving of Green Street in Vergennes and portions of Main and West Main streets will begin on Tuesday, Aug. 4,...
07/30/2020
VERGENNES — Many residents, including current and former Vergennes officials, remain upset after the July 16 city council meeting that ultimately led to the resignation of Mayor Jeffrey Fritz and Councilors Bill Benton, Tara Brooks and Mark Koenig. Some citizens wondered at the meeting if a planned coup had just occurred at a gathering warned to discuss a council member’s allegation that city police had made some citizens feel intimidated and demoralized. At least three residents, Sarah Stroup, Sue Rakowski and Jeremy Holm, filed Freedom of Information Act requests for documents seeking pre-...
07/30/2020
VERGENNES — A Monday morning meeting at Vergennes City Hall between Vergennes Councilor David Austin and resident Jeremy Holm ended quickly after Austin used what all acknowledge was at least one “F-bomb.” The story also ended on Tuesday with both people apologizing. Holm said he received an apology from Austin at about 3 p.m., and replied with his own mea culpa for the interrupting that Austin said triggered him. “It was quite sincere, and I sent him my apology for interrupting,” Holm said in a text to the Independent. But it didn’t go well on Monday morning. Austin and Holm agreed to meet...
07/30/2020
VERGENNES — At least three residents who have made Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for information — including emails, texts and other communications among Vergennes city officials related to the July 16 city council meeting after which Mayor Jeff Fritz and three councilors resigned — have not been happy with the response from City Manager Daniel Hofman.  Hofman, however, insists he is following the law while providing materials and charging for his time in doing so. At the heart of the disagreement lie a statute that does allow municipalities to charge hourly fees for providing...
07/30/2020
VERGENNES — After four elected Vergennes officials resigned, most citing the divisions and hard feelings that have recently developed in the city, those vacancies on the city council will be filled in a special citywide election tentatively scheduled for late September. City Manager Dan Hofman on Wednesday said he and the three remaining council members — Mayor Lynn Donnelly and Councilors David Austin and Lowell Bertrand — would meet on Tuesday to pick a date.  Those interested in seats on the council must submit petitions to get on the September ballot. The deadline to do so should become...
07/23/2020
VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council and more than five dozen people discussed the need for a citizen group to oversee the city police force in a July 16 meeting that started off with the resignation of Mayor Jeff Fritz. Despite the hullabaloo caused by Fritz’s resignation (see story on Page 1A), the Zoom meeting drew an exchange of views among the estimated 75 attendees on the proposed police panel. This past Thursday’s discussion followed a July 14 council meeting at which two residents, Matt White and Ivan St. George, said the police oversight committee was not needed. St. George...
07/20/2020
VERGENNES — Vergennes has broadened the visitor base for the city pool to allow anyone who lives in Addison County to purchase a season pass, City Manager Dan Hofman told the Vergennes City Council last week. Previously sales of season passes were limited to residents of Vergennes or the four other towns of the Addison Northwest School District. Day passes are still not being sold. The cost for an individual pass for a non-resident is $97.50, while family passes sell for $195. Comparable in-city prices are $75 and $150, respectively. Those season passes include a new offering, water aerobics...
07/20/2020
VERGENNES — Big parts of the annual Vergennes Day festivities on the final Saturday of every August are the road races (and walk) that kick off the day and the Rotary Club Rubber Ducky Race that closes out much of the daylight action. City officials had to call off Vergennes Day this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but race enthusiasts are keeping those two traditional races alive online, and raising money for good causes while doing so.  “You might say the Little City has gone virtual,” said Rotary Club President Scott Gaines, who has also helped organize this year’s virtual road...

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