January 19th, 2012
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union Elementary School board on Monday made final a decision to put before voters on Town Meeting Day a $3.91 million budget proposal for 2012-13 that would increase current spending by $20,500, or 0.5 percent.
Addison Northwest Supervisory Union officials are cautiously optimistic that spending proposal, combined with the recently proposed $8.97 million Vergennes Union High School spending plan, would lead to little or no school tax hikes in the three towns served by VUES.
MIDDLEBURY — The Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP) wants to hear local business owners’ views on the challenges and advantages of operating in Addison County’s shire town, so that future changes can be made to improve local commerce.
With that in mind, the BMP is circulating its second survey of the winter, this one featuring 32 questions polling Middlebury business owners on their impressions of municipal services, help they might need to become more prosperous, and what local events seem to best stimulate customer traffic.
BRISTOL — The Bristol selectboard at their Monday meeting continued ironing out a proposed town spending plan for the next fiscal year, addressing budgets for the recreation department, the Lawrence Memorial Library and the town’s waste disposal programs.
The recreation department spending plan for next fiscal year, which has not yet been finalized, is likely to see a noticeable hike, according to Town Administrator Bill Bryant.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Jan. 10 adopted two articles for voter consideration on Town Meeting Day: one that would devote $37,000 to improvements to the city’s recreation area and another that would end the practice of mailing annual reports to every Vergennes household.
Aldermen also discussed adopting a conflict of interest policy, possibly at their next meeting, set for Jan. 31, and broadened their search for a new police station site.
ADDISON COUNTY — Rain, snow, sleet, freezing rain and even some hail pummeled Addison County residents this past year.
“We had a lot of extremes, mostly in precipitation,” said Nathan Foster, the observing program leader for the National Weather Service’s (NWS) Burlington office. “It was one of our wettest years on record for Vermont.”
MIDDLEBURY — Playing Castleton State College’s men’s basketball team poses a unique challenge: The Spartans press for 40 minutes, constantly sub in fresh players, and relentlessly force the pace by launching shots as quickly as possible.
But on Tuesday, unique didn’t translate into difficult for the host Middlebury men, who improved to 15-0 and protected their No. 1 ranking in NCAA Division III by holding the Spartans to 34.6 percent shooting and pounding them inside to win, 97-71.
ADDISON COUNTY — While all proposed spending plans for Addison Northeast Supervisory Union (ANeSU) elementary schools next fiscal year are slated to increase more than 4 percent, school officials are estimating that many towns’ kindergarten through sixth grade tax rates would go down.
The glory years of Middlebury College men’s basketball are right now.
This year’s Panther team is 15-0 after their win Tuesday night and ranked number one in the country in Division III.
Under Coach Jeff Brown, Middlebury has earned a berth in the NCAA post-season tournament for the last four years, making it all the way to the final four last April before losing by two points to the eventual national champions from St. Thomas, Minn.