Archive - Dec 2013
BRISTOL — The Bristol Planning Commission on Tuesday took a look at the final two proposed sites for a new firehouse and determined that one aligns with the town plan and the other does not.
Commissioners voted for the West Street site, and against the North Street site.
The group was not comparing the two sites against each other, but rather evaluating each individually according to their adherence to the Bristol Town Plan. Only the selectboard has the power to choose a site.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday agreed to an early release of $2,500 in city funding for the Vergennes Partnership, the private organization charged with overseeing the health of the city’s downtown.
The partnership’s continued existence is required by state officials if the city center is to remain an official Vermont Designated Downtown. That status allows the city and downtown property owners to apply for state and federal grants to make improvements to infrastructure and their buildings.
Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of columns by members of Middlebury’s Town Offices and Recreation Facilities Steering Committee.
ADDISON / FERRISBURGH — A Bridport man was killed in a two-car crash on Route 22A in Addison Tuesday evening, and an Addison man was hospitalized. In a separate two-car crash on Route 7 around the same time, two people were seriously injured.
Police cited snow and icy road conditions in both cases.
Vermont State Police reported that Gene Oliver, 46, of Bridport died at the scene of the Route 22A crash as the result of injuries sustained in the crash, which occurred at around 6:45 p.m. on Dec. 17.
BRISTOL — The Bristol Elementary School board on Dec. 9 filled two vacancies on the Mount Abraham Union High School board.
Members of the local board interviewed the three candidates who submitted letters of interest at the meeting and then appointed Douglas DeWitt and Alicia Kurth, board vice chair Kelly Laliberte said. Joanne Casey was the third applicant.
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh town officials are investigating whether a dog kennel is operating out of a Sand Road residence, which would be a violation of the town’s zoning ordinance.
Dating back at least to 2007, the town has received numerous complaints about dogs barking at all hours and wandering onto neighboring property.
ST. ALBANS — At a stop at a dairy cooperative in St. Albans earlier this month, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said he believes a Congressional conference committee is close to a compromise on a new Farm Bill, despite the wide gulf between the House and Senate versions.
“There have been a lot of quiet meetings,” said Leahy. “In those meetings there is a different feeling than we had a year ago.”
GOSHEN — Innkeeper Tony Clark, one of the pioneers of cross-country skiing in Vermont, has seen the handwriting on the snow. Or rather, lack of snow.
“The season is getting shortened from both ends,” he said glumly last week.
At the same time, he believes, changes in the sport have reduced the overall number of recreational cross-country skiers and vacation patterns are shifting. None of those changes is good news for small, backcountry inns like his.