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07/25/2019
VERGENNES — After two years of modest tax increases — 2.4 cents in 2018 and 4.25 cents in 2017, or between 1 and 2 percent — Vergennes homeowners are seeing a more dramatic change when they open their tax bills this week. The new overall city tax rate calls for an increase of 20.21 cents, or about $202 of new taxes per $100,000 of assessed value. Of that total, 11.69 cents is due to an increase in the homestead school-tax rate. Declining Addison Northwest School District enrollment, higher fixed costs, and rising health insurance expenses are pressuring the district budget. Residents who pay...
07/25/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Many Vermont building contractors have more business than they can handle right now, and that’s translated into higher-than-anticipated bids to complete a second-floor build-out of Middlebury’s Memorial Sports Center off Buttolph Drive. But here’s the good news — sports center boosters have found budget savings, secured volunteer labor and have been lining up additional grants and donations to the extent that work on the project kicked off three weeks ago and is expected to be done by the time hockey season begins this fall. “We’re making the best of the situation,” Friends of...
07/25/2019
The Shoreham Zoning Board of Adjustment on Thursday, July 25, is slated to review revised plans for a 7,545-square-foot Dollar General store to be built on a 1-acre parcel on the east side of Route 22A. The ZBA gave a conditional approval to the store plan — submitted by Shoreham BTS Retail LLC — back on March 17. But Shoreham officials explained the plan must undergo another review in light of the Vermont Agency of Transportation’s requirement that developers shift the proposed store driveway from the southern end of the lot to the northern end. The ZBA meeting is slated for 6 p.m. at the...
07/25/2019
ADDISON COUNTY — Following the release of a database that detailed how many opioid pills were distributed per county across the United States last week, records show that more than 5.8 million pills flooded Addison County between 2006-2012. The news came late last week when the Washington Post publicized a database from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) that has recorded all oxycodone and hydrocodone pill transactions in the United States during those six years. The records are from the DEA’s Automation of Reports and Consolidated Orders System (ARCOS), an automated recording system...
07/25/2019
MONTPELIER — As of Sunday, July 21, childcare subsidies for low-income families in Vermont have increased. This past legislative session, the Legislature added $7.4 million to the Department for Children and Families’ Child Care Financial Assistance Program (CCFAP), which provides subsidies to help eligible families pay for childcare. The increase in CCFAP funding is part of a five-year plan put forward by the Child Development Division of the department. Five million dollars went towards the plan, with $1 million specifically set aside for information system improvements. Reeva Murphy,...
07/25/2019
PANTON — The Panton selectboard has called a special meeting on Monday, July 29, to give town residents a chance to learn more about and weigh in on the recently proposed alternate truck route through northern Vergennes. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Panton Town Hall and include a presentation on the project by an Addison County Regional Planning Commission representative. The meeting will also include time for public comment and questions. Unlike the Ferrisburgh and New Haven selectboards, the Panton board has yet to give a preliminary endorsement to the proposal. According to Panton...
07/25/2019
VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council and the city police department are exploring charging out-of-town residents and groups for police services. The council on Tuesday looked at a tentative fee schedule prepared by Police Chief George Merkel. The council took no action on Tuesday on proposed fees that ranged from $15 for verifying the VIN number of a newly purchased vehicle to $45 for producing video or audio recordings from police equipment. Also on the list of services were fingerprinting employment applicants and providing officer/cruiser services to events, with a different hourly scale...
07/25/2019
VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council on Tuesday, July 23, voted unanimously in favor of a resolution honoring recently resigned Vergennes Development Review Board member and former board chairman Jason Farrell, also a longtime member of the Vergennes Planning Commission. Farrell had served on the DRB since 2006, and current DRB chairman Brent Rakowski wrote the resolution with help from planning commission chairman Shannon Haggett. The resolution credited Farrell’s work ethic, professionalism, integrity, many contributions to discussions and rulings, and his pivotal roles in helping to...
07/25/2019
VERGENNES — New Northlands Job Corps Center Director Michael Dooley introduced himself to the Vergennes City Council at the board’s Tuesday meeting. He became the latest Northlands head to pledge closer ties to its host city. Dooley said since Education and Training Resources, a Kentucky firm, installed him as director last month he has “definitely been making sure the corporation is fully integrated into the community.” His promise of closer cooperation with city police has been fulfilled to this point, according to Police Chief George Merkel, who has reported better working relations with...
07/25/2019
LINCOLN — The annual meeting of the Lincoln Historical Society will be held at the town office on Sunday, Aug. 11, at 2 p.m. The Museum will be open at noon. Plan to visit before attending the meeting. If you would like to make a difference in the life of a New York City child, there is still time this summer to host through the Fresh Air Fund. Many children, ages 9-13 are registered and waiting to hear that a host family would like to open their home from Aug. 12-22 to provide an experience that they may never get otherwise. A bus will stop in Vergennes and South Burlington to bring the...

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