October 16th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — Three local organizations will join forces this year in an effort to spread holiday cheer to Addison County children who might otherwise not have any presents to open on Christmas Day.
FERRISBURGH — Vermont Electric Co. (VELCO) recently made good on its September pledge to reimburse five Champlain Valley towns for property tax revenue they had lost since 2009 due to a VELCO mistake on how it assessed property in those towns and in Shelburne.
Three Addison county towns received a total of about $127,000 in early October, with the lion’s share going to Ferrisburgh, which got a check in the mail for $72,619.12.
MIDDLEBURY — More than 80 percent of Middlebury residents who answered a survey said they are at least satisfied with the town’s current curbside recycling program, but more than 73 percent of residents don’t want to see it combined with a trash pickup service.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes city council on Tuesday began considering what to do with the roughly 800 square feet of city hall formerly occupied by the Vergennes Police Department. According to Mayor Bill Benton aldermen hope to have a plan in place by January.
FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard on Oct. 7 approved in concept adding sprinklers to the new highway garage that will soon be built on Little Chicago Road.
Road foreman John Bull said he expected the cost of the sprinklers to be around $40,000, and that amount was affordable due to savings elsewhere on the $1.05 million project. Board members said they would back the proposal if final estimates came in as expected.
Bull said ground would be broken in November, with a January completion date.
MIDDLEBURY — Organizers of a proposed skate park at the Middlebury Recreation Park are inviting supporters to participate at a Saturday, Oct. 18, meeting at the Ilsley Library to advance planning for the new facility.
LEICESTER — A Leicester man on Monday pleaded innocent in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, to felony first-degree aggravated domestic assault and other related charges after being accused of severely beating a woman and allegedly preventing her from leaving her home and from contacting authorities on Oct. 11.
BRISTOL — A Bristol man who had recently been released from jail for his role in the armed robbery of a local nursing home is back in court facing a charge of aggravated sexual assault on a 12-year-old girl, who is a relative.
Alec T. Morse, 22, pleaded innocent to the felony charge on Monday in Addison Superior Court, criminal division. If convicted, he faces a jail term of 10 years to life, and/or a fine of up to $50,000.