November 10th, 2011
The Champlain Bridge opened to traffic on Monday, November 7, once again connecting Crown Point, N.Y. and West Addison, Vt. Throngs of people turned out to watch the inauguration of the new bridge, which was built in 21 months after the old bridge was deemed unsafe. Commuters and local business owners alike heralded the return of the bridge, which serves as a vital economic link between the two states.
Photos by Trent Campbell.
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ADDISON, Vt. / CROWN POINT, N.Y. — The new Lake Champlain Bridge was inaugurated on Monday with the promise that it would serve as a vital transportation link between Vermont and New York for at least the next three-quarters of a century.
MIDDLEBURY — The best government not only does its business in the open, but also allows its citizens to participate, Secretary of State Jim Condos told a gathering of local officials and others at a Monday meeting in Middlebury.
“I can’t say that enough. The public has a right to speak at your school or selectboard meetings,” Condos said. “You can’t shut them off. You can limit them.”
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury selectboard members learned Tuesday that the fiscal year 2013 municipal budget could, in a worst-case scenario, require a 5-cent hike in the local tax rate, even before crunching the initial numbers on the new spending plan.
The potential tax increase is associated with four financial outlays — some of them optional, others that hang in the balance — that could add $348,364 to the town spending plan that will cover July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013.
MIDDLEBURY — Nick Artim owns a lot of pictures of the many buildings he has helped equip with state-of-the-art fire protection services. Those buildings range from small bed-and-breakfasts to large national museums.
But those who want to get a glimpse of his latest project — work that Artim considers the pinnacle of his 32-year career — just have to pull out a $2 bill.
BRISTOL — Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR) is proposing a new bus route along the Route 116 corridor that would take passengers from Bristol to Burlington, with stops in Starksboro and Hinesburg.
James Moulton, executive director of ACTR, said the new service could start as soon as April, pending funding.
“We believe it would be a good, strong route,” Moulton said on Tuesday.
ADDISON COUNTY — As those affected by Tropical Storm Irene continue to rebuild, the deadline to apply for disaster recovery assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Small Business Administration (SBA)is drawing near. FEMA is asking that individuals, town and state government agencies register their claims by next Tuesday, Nov. 15.
To register call, toll-free, 1-800-621-3362 or visit www.disasterassistance.gov.