Over the last several years, Middlebury town officials and the selectboard have identified, scoped and developed plans for three much-needed infrastructure projects, which are presented as bond votes for this year’s town meeting: •  Article 8: Court Square/Court Street Water Main Improvements; •  Article 9: East Middlebury Flood Resiliency Project; and •  Article 10: Rehabilitation of the former Wastewater Treatment Facility on Lucius Shaw Lane. To minimize the cost for taxpayers and, in the case of the water mains improvement project, water utility customers, the selectboard has structured...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents on Town Meeting Day will be asked to bond for up to $5.35 million to bankroll three projects: replacing aging water mains in the Court Square area, fortifying the banks of the Middlebury River to prevent future flooding in East Middlebury, and renovating former sewer plant buildings into storage space for the town police department. The three separate requests add up to $5.35 million, but Middlebury residents won’t be on the hook for nearly that much because the selectboard has put together a financing plan that includes a large federal grant and surplus...

THE ORWELL TOWN Hall, right, could be demolished to make way for a cafeteria/gym addition to the adjacent Orwell Village School. That project is part of a $60 million capital improvement bond for the SVUUSD that includes major upgrades to Fair Haven Union High School and a new middle school in Fair Haven. Independent file photo/John S. McCright
ORWELL — Residents of the six towns in the Slate Valley Unified Union School District (SVUUSD) will vote as soon as this coming spring on a massive, $60 million capital improvements bond issue that would, among other things, pay for a new 8,200-square-foot addition for the Orwell Village School. Recommendations of the SVUUSD Innovation Committee call for construction of a new middle school in Fair Haven and major upgrades to both Orwell Village School and Fair Haven Union High School. The SVUUSD serves children in Orwell, Castleton, Benson, Hubbardton, West Haven and Fair Haven. Orwell merged...

A VANDAL STRUCK Addison’s former — and possibly future — town hall on Tuesday, Sept. 10. Town officials were unnerved because an arsonist set fire to the Grange Hall in Ferrisburgh in 2005 as planning was under way to renovate it into a town office building and community center. Vermont State Police are investigating the graffiti applied to the Addison building along Route 22A in Addison Four Corners that similarly could be eventually restored for use as a town office and community center. Anyone with knowledge of the Addison incident may reach VSP at 388-4919. Photo courtesy of John Spencer
ADDISON — Addison residents will vote on Sept. 24 on a bond of up to $780,000 to build an in-ground septic system on land west of the current town clerk’s office, a system that would serve the town’s Route 17 fire station, current office building and potential future town offices, and the Addison Community Baptist Church. For more than a decade Addison officials have been working on creating a community septic system that would provide a solution to what they say are the troubled systems that now serve the fire station, clerk’s office and church, and provide septic service to the former town...
BRISTOL — As officials in the Mount Abraham Unified School District mull the possibility of proposing a fourth bond to renovate Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School, a group of 5-Town energy committee members have come up with a proposal of their own. It’s called “performance contracting,” and it’s touted as a no-money-down, pays-for-itself strategy for increasing energy efficiency. “We’ve been looking at the performance contracting concept as a way to pay for improving our schools, through saving energy,” said Starksboro Energy Committee chair Richard Faesy during a May 28 presentation to...

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