Concerning the solar industry and Public Service Board effect on Addison County, beginning with PSB 7645:
In response to the article “Residents wary of airport upgrades” in the Dec. 4 Independent, safety at the Middlebury Airport is the focus of ongoing and upcoming improvements.
Several years ago, I attended a public meeting hosted by J&M Aviation at Middlebury Airport, where the Vermont Agency of Transportation announced many long term plans to upgrade safety at many state airports, including Middlebury Airport. The meeting was attended by many local residents, pilots, and several state representatives.
It’s popular today to be critical of politicians in Washington, D.C., and in Montpelier. It’s popular to be against government spending and for tax cuts. It’s also popular to be against spending more on education — both at the state level and federal.
But what’s popular is not always smart.
What’s smart is to raise and spend money in ways that make our society stronger, enrich the individual and reduce the need for spending more on the back end.
MIDDLEBURY — After a pre-Thanksgiving storm brought heavy snowfall on the busiest travel day of the year, Addison County was again smacked by a two-day storm. This past Tuesday and Wednesday saw more than a foot of freezing rain and heavy snow fall on Vermont, knocking out power for thousands, impeding travel and prompting cancelation of schools for two or three days.
MIDDLEBURY — Around 40 brave souls endured bone-chilling temperatures and some wind-driven icy rain during a sleep-out at Middlebury’s Otter Creek Falls this past Saturday night in a fundraiser that collected around $30,000 to help homeless people in Addison County.
Officials at the John W. Graham Emergency Shelter in Vergennes spearheaded the sleep-out, which attracted a variety of people ranging in age from 6 to mid-60s, according to shelter Executive Director Elizabeth Ready.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury town officials have set Monday, Jan. 19, as the date on which work crews will demolish and remove the Lazarus building at 20 Main St.
Officials had considered removing the long-vacant structure this month, but abandoned that course in an effort to minimize disruption for downtown Middlebury merchants during the peak holiday shopping season.
“We thought it was a better plan for us to wait,” Middlebury Town Manager Kathleen Ramsay said.
ADDISON COUNTY — As the Public Service Board approves hundreds of solar projects in the state each year, ranging from rooftop installations to multi-acre arrays, the state has an interest in ensuring that projects are cleaned up after they are decommissioned.
BRISTOL — Town Administrator Therese Kirby at a Holley Hall meeting on Monday evening gave the Bristol selectboard some promising news as the town tries to find funding to close the municipal landfill by the end of 2016.
Kirby said that in recent weeks the town has met with two separate manufacturers of a material used to cover landfills. Using material purchased from either of the firms, Omya and Resource Management Inc., would be substantially cheaper than covering the landfill with clay, as the town had initially planned to do.