August 5th, 2010
What do the times require?
What critical crossroads loom that Vermont must not miss in the upcoming decade?
Which gubernatorial candidate will best be able to meet the demands required to lead the state forward?
ORWELL — Mark Young’s supporters had to put on the full-court press back in 2004 to convince the Orwell Republican to run for a seventh consecutive two-year-term representing the Addison-Rutland-1 district in the Vermont House.
MIDDLEBURY — A young relay squad from the Vergennes Swim Team won twice and two individual swimmers from the Middlebury Aquatics Club (who incidentally share the same last name) won a race apiece at the Champlain Valley Swim League Championships held last Friday and Saturday at the Middlebury Town Pool.
The host team overall swam well enough to earn sixth place, while their neighbors from Vergennes were close behind in seventh in the nine-team league.
BRISTOL — Property tax rates in the next fiscal year will increase in a range from less than 1 percent to 5.5 percent in the five towns of the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union (ANeSU).
The new rates will mean increases in taxes on residential properties valued at $200,000 ranging from $37 outside the Bristol police district to $304 in Starksboro.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR) officials hope to soon start drawing down an already-secured $2.85 million federal grant and move toward building a new headquarters on Creek Road, and in the meantime they’ve applied for an additional $1 million to make the facility as energy efficient as possible.
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh selectmen on Tuesday took steps to open public discussion about the town’s possible purchase of one property and — in a move they say is related — to list for sale a town-owned 9.37-acre parcel next to the Agency of Transportation’s Route 22A commuter lot.
The potential purchase — subject to voter approval in November — is of a home and 2.01 acres next to the town office building on Route 7. The land lies south and west of the Grange Hall lot and also abuts Ferrisburgh Central School.
BRISTOL — The Bristol selectboard is considering what to do with the recently closed South Street Bridge, which the town shut down last week because of safety concerns.
At a meeting of the board Monday night, town administrator Bill Bryant outlined three options the town could adopt to reopen the span.
Gov. Jim Douglas has said little about his plans after his term ends in January, other than that he wants to stay in Vermont. One of Vermont’s leading business positions will come open next year, and it is one for which Douglas could be a strong candidate. Bob Young, president of Central Vermont Public Service, recently announced that he will retire next spring. Board members of the state’s largest utility might well want to talk with Douglas about his becoming CEO of CVPS in 2011.