Vergennes

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...
08/06/2020
VERGENNES — At the last meeting of the Vergennes Lions Club, two members were recognized for their many contributions to the community and to the club. Past International Director Tom Broughton, from the Middlebury Lions Club, presented Melvin Jones Fellowship Awards to Lion Debbie Brace and Lion Jim McClay. Brace has been an active community support person for many years, having served on the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad and the American Legion Auxiliary. She joined the club in 2010, and very quickly became its hardest working member. Brace served on the board of directors, one year as...

'BUT NOT PERMANENT,' a painting by Julia Jensen
08/06/2020
VERGENNES — Artist Julia Jensen’s artwork is display at Northern Daughters 221 Main St. gallery in Vergennes. The show, “Betrays The Solitude,” is a solo exhibit of Jensen’s new work. It is on view by appointment through Aug. 29. NoDa also offers multi-faceted digital tours so you can have a personalized gallery viewing experience from home. This is Jensen’s first solo exhibit at Northern Daughters, though the gallery has proudly been exhibiting her work for the past four years. Some of the work was created during quarantine. She says, “This time of quarantine has reinforced my understanding...
08/06/2020
I am not a resident of Vergennes, nor even Vermont. I live in the small Western Massachusetts town of Worthington, population approximately 1,100 — slightly less than half the size of Vergennes, which I now understand is classified as a “city” no less, a designation that is a bit presumptuous in my estimation. I have use of a family cottage on Lake Dunmore that has been in the family for almost a century, and my wife and I enjoy patronizing a number of the excellent restaurants in your fair “city.”  I choose to live in a small town to avoid the pettiness of local officials who presume to be...
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...

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