January 8th, 2015
BRISTOL — Bristol may soon complete another step on the way to building a new home for its fire department.
Since the fall, members of the selectboard have been negotiating with the Bristol Recreation Club, a private organization, to purchase some of the club’s land on West Street as one part of a future building site for a new firehouse.
BRISTOL — The Bristol selectboard and Bristol Police Chief Kevin Gibbs commended a local officer for his actions that may have prevented a Colchester woman from taking her own life.
Gibbs penned a letter of commendation to Sgt. George “Randy” Crowe after his role in relaying information from a woman in Canada to Chittenden County police about a woman believed to be in danger of harming herself.
BRISTOL — A Bristol man on Monday pleaded innocent in Chittenden Superior Court, criminal division, to felony first-degree aggravated assault and three other charges in connection with a Jan. 3 incident during which he allegedly strangled a woman in their Bristol home and prevented her from calling emergency responders.
And court records confirm the alleged victim in this case is the same person that the defendant — 30-year-old Jason P. Vincent — was accused of assaulting last November.
ADDISON COUNTY — The Dec. 19 announcement by Vermont Gas Systems of a second multi-million-dollar price hike for Phase I of its Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project pipeline disappointed regulators and the governor and raised key questions about the company’s ability to both manage the project and rein in costs.
As we watch the political and emotional wheels turn before the start of our next legislative session, a familiar reality is emerging on the key educational issues we are facing. Proponents and opponents are lining up on both sides, decrying the data that are surfacing. Similar to the trajectory of the H.883 governance conversation last year, there are challenges ahead as we look to engage in bipartisan dialogue about Vermont’s next steps in education on a solid foundation of common ground.
Bristol’s Rep. Dave Sharpe might have just assumed the mantle of dragon slayer, if things go well with his new post as chair of the House Education Committee, or less favorable titles if things don’t go well. And, frankly, the odds are a toss-up.
The stated task the Education Committee faces is nothing short of Herculean: to restructure the financial system, bring down costs and reduce the property tax burden, while also improving student outcomes.
VERGENNES — Voters in the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union got their first look at what next year’s budget for Vergennes Union High School may look like when district administrators presented a draft to the school board Monday evening.
BRISTOL — Addison County will have an important seat at the table when the Vermont Legislature gets to work this month on education finance reform, tabbed by many lawmakers as the top priority for the 2015 session.
Vermont House Speaker Shap Smith has picked Rep. Dave Sharpe, D-Bristol, to chair the House Education Committee, a panel that will clearly play a big role in devising and advancing any bills aimed at changing the manner in which the state’s public schools are financed.