VERGENNES — Obtaining enough protective gear for first responders, police and volunteers, and offering help for the psychological well-being of local residents were focal points of the latest online meeting of municipal, school and nonprofit officials from Vergennes, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Waltham and New Haven on Friday morning.
The meeting, attended by two dozen, was the latest in a series begun by city officials that have been increasingly embraced by their neighbors in order to coordinate responses, resources and messaging to residents during the COVID-19 crisis.
VERGENNES — At an online Vergennes-area Regional COVID-19 Meeting on Tuesday morning officials heard that the Ferrisburgh Shaw’s Supermarket has taken steps to protect customers and employees.
They also worked to pool local municipal and nonprofit email lists to better reach residents and discussed easing late fees on payments for property taxes and dog licenses.
Officials from Vergennes, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Addison Northwest School District, city and county nonprofits, and Rep. Matt Birong, D-Vergennes, were among the 18 attendees at a meeting hosted by Vergennes City Manager Dan Hofman....
PANTON — In Tuesday Australian balloting, Panton voters approved town spending measures and returned incumbents to the town selectboard and the Addison Northwest School District board.
Residents supported, 141-74, a proposed 2020-2021 Panton town budget of $763,647 that will increase town spending by about 5.7%.
The higher spending could translate to roughly 3.3 cents more on the municipal portion of the town’s tax rate to a new figure of 61.07 cents per $100 of assessed real estate value.
The spending increase of about $42,500 is being driven by one major factor: The selectboard is proposing...
PANTON — With no contested races on Panton’s Town Meeting Day ballot, Panton residents’ main March 3 focus will be on town and Addison Northwest School District spending.
All decisions will be made by Australian ballot, with March 3 voting hours at Panton Town Hall running from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Residents can gather to discuss town business at town hall on Monday, March 2, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The Panton selectboard is proposing a 2020-2021 budget that if approved would increase town spending by about 5.7% to $763,647.
The Independent erroneously reported a lower budget figure in January...
PANTON — The following real estate sales were recorded in the second half of 2019:
• July 9: Robert and Lauren Meyer to Thomas and Kirsten Dunn, home on 14.07 acres at 119 Ruffled Grouse Lane, $628,000.
• Sept. 19: Betsy and Juan Carlos Felix to David Martini and Jane Rice, home at 480 Staton Drive on 1.35 acres, $961,000.
• Oct. 2: Williamson Family Trust to Scott and Olga Clark, home on 10.5 acres at 5181 Jersey St., $299,900.
• Oct. 16: Robert and Joan DeGraaf to Scuttleship Farm LLC, multi-family property at 81 Basin Harbor Road on 120 acres, $703,000.
• Oct. 25: Shepard Trust to...
PANTON — The Panton selectboard on Jan. 14 adopted a proposed 2020-2021 budget that if approved by residents on Town Meeting Day would increase town spending by about 5.7 percent to $660,789.
The higher spending could translate to an additional 3.31 cents on the municipal portion of the town’s tax rate to a new figure of 61.07 cents per $100 of assessed property value.
The change translates to about $33 per $100,000 of assessed value. According to the budget printout, however, the rate could move in April when Panton’s grand list of property value is made final.
The spending increase of $35,...
PANTON — The Panton selectboard has requested that the Vorsteveld Farm LLP obtain a permit before cutting down any trees along what is known as South Road trail, which runs eastward from Jersey Street to Dead Creek through farm property.
Hans Vorsteveld, one of the brothers who are partners in the farm, met with the board on Dec. 10 and said the farm would like to clear-cut trees along the trail.
One resident and Panton Planning Commission Chairman David Raphael came to the Dec. 10 meeting and objected, and the board on Dec. 26 voted to write a letter to the Vorstevelds stating that “you...
LYDIA VISSER POSES at a National 4-H competition last month where she represented her club and claimed third place.
PANTON, Vt./ESSEX, N.Y. — Lydia Visser of Visser Farm in Panton is a member of the Coyote Ridge Riders 4-H club in Essex County, N.Y. Earlier this year she attended the New York State 4-H Horse Bowl competition.
The primary objective of Horse Bowl contests is to provide an opportunity for youth enrolled in 4-H horse projects to demonstrate their knowledge of equine related subject matter in a competitive setting where attitudes of friendliness and fairness prevail. It is also hoped that these contests will provide educational experiences for both participants and spectators.
MARIE AUDET OF Bridport’s Blue Spruce Farm is a founding member of the Champlain Valley Farmer Coalition.
PANTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture last week launched a multi-year study to examine how much conservation projects are improving water quality in two Addison County watersheds.
The project, funded at $2 million through the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Conservation Effects Easement Project (CEAP), will examine the Dead Creek Watershed and the Headwaters of Little Otter Creek. NRCS will, in partnership with the University of Vermont Extension, temporarily accelerate and enhance on-farm conservation practices in the Dead Creek Basin but not in the Headwaters of the...
PANTON — Panton homeowners are looking at about a 15.5-cent increase in their annual property tax rate that is almost all due to a higher Addison Northwest School District homestead school tax rate.
Declining Addison Northwest School District enrollment, higher fixed costs, and rising health insurance expenses are pressuring the district budget.
That increase translates to $155 per $100,000 of assessed value for homeowners who pay full freight on the value of their properties.
Residents eligible for income-sensitivity provisions of Vermont tax law and who thus pay based on their incomes are...