March 11th, 2013
Legislation has been proposed that forbids lawmakers from serving as trustees for the Vermont State Colleges, the University of Vermont and for the Vermont Student Assistance Corp. The bill’s purpose is to prevent the conflict of interest that arises when legislators serving as trustees have the responsibility of representing both the taxpayers and the schools. The belief is that the legislators should not be put in the position of serving two masters.
BURLINGTON — As Vermont Department of Health officials had suspected it would, a state laboratory has confirmed norovirus as the culprit behind an outbreak of diarreah and vomiting that lead to the closure of Bridport Centeral School this week. The norovirus was found in a sample voluntarily collected from a person who became ill at Bridport Central, the Department of Health announced on Friday.
BRIDPORT — Vermont Department of Health officials on Thursday were busy investigating the causes of a stomach bug that swept through the Bridport Central School community this week and ultimately forced the cancellation of classes on Thursday and Friday.
VERGENNES — Vergennes residents on Tuesday dealt the $1.85 million proposal for a new North Main Street police station a narrow defeat, 302-292, a result that left city officials up in the air about their next step.
Mayor-elect Bill Benton said aldermen would take up the issue at their next meeting, probably March 26. He does think most residents believe the city’s police force needs to move out of its tiny City Hall headquarters.
BRISTOL — When faced with two votes for expanded municipal facilities on Town Meeting Day, Bristol voters said “no” to one and “yes” to the other.
The first, for an expansion to the fire department’s North Street facility, was soundly rejected by a 587-293 tally. The second, for a police district budget that would fund renovations and a 10-year lease for a new police station at BristolWorks, passed by a narrow margin.
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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents at their town meeting returned three of their incumbent selectmen to office and voted in favor of all the money requests on their ballot.
Incumbents Nick Artim, Gary Baker and Travis Forbes each won another three-year term on the board. Artim garnered the most votes with 437, followed by Baker with 434 and Forbes with 364. Finishing out of the running were challengers Ted Davis with 321 tallies and Eric Murray, who logged 224 votes.
MONKTON — Monkton voters on Town Meeting Day rejected two bonds related to their municipal facilities — one for the third time.
A $1 million bond to fund a new town hall and library on a parcel the town owns on Monkton Ridge was defeated by a margin of 287-225. Monkton voters also rejected a $120,000 bond for an extension to the fire facility on States Prison Hollow Road by just 12 votes, 260-248.