Archive - Mar 21, 2013
BRISTOL — Local lawmakers were poised this week to vote on several tax initiatives aimed at improving the state’s road and bridges and backfilling federal dollars for health care and other services.
Lawmakers commented on those challenges at Monday’s legislative breakfast at the Bristol American Legion Hall. Chief among those tax proposals: A plan to raise the state’s gasoline tax by 2 percent this year and next year.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday will look at a proposal for a smaller new North Main Street police station, and City Manager Mel Hawley said this week that they could act quickly to schedule another vote on the issue.
City residents on Town Meeting Day rejected a $1.85 million bond to pay for a 5,940-square-foot station on the 0.75-acre former Vergennes Auto Sales parcel by a slim margin, 302-292.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury firefighter Donald Patterson started taking pictures of the fire department’s Seymour Street headquarters last April when construction crews began the multi-million-dollar process of renovating and expanding it.
Eleven months, a lot of hard work and more than 1,000 Patterson photographs later, the Seymour Street fire station is substantially complete and now occupied by a grateful Middlebury Fire Department.
ADDISON COUNTY — Weybridge photographer John Huddleston has released a book of compelling images that capture the quiet grandeur of the Champlain Valley’s landscape. “Healing Ground: Walking the Farms of Vermont” features more than 60 photos that illuminate what is unique in ordinary things, and what is beautiful in the places that we drive past without noticing.
“They are everyday things, not idealized images of Vermont, not sunsets,” Huddleston said.
MIDDLEBURY — Downtown Middlebury businesses and property owners on Thursday, March 28, will have a chance to air their concerns about the loss of parking, construction noise and traffic detours that will arise during the upcoming replacement of the railroad overpasses on Main Street and Merchants Row.
BRISTOL — The bond that would pave the way for a major upgrade to the Bristol Fire Department’s North Street facility may have gone up in smoke on Town Meeting Day with a 587-293 defeat, but the search for an improved firehouse continues.
Despite taxpayers’ sound rejection of the proposed North Street upgrade, town officials and members of the Fire Facility Committee said that they were encouraged by the public’s overwhelming support for improving the fire department’s headquarters, albeit in a different location.
BRANDON — Brandon Town Manager Keith Arlund’s resignation, effective this weekend, is a surprising and sudden move that has left the selectboard in shock.
Arlund submitted a letter of resignation during the board’s executive session during a March 11 meeting.
VERGENNES — Four members of the Vergennes Police Department were honored on Feb. 26 in front of the entire department, family members and the Vergennes City Council.
Detective Jason Ouellette received two awards from Chief George Merkel, while Officers Brent Newton and William Wager received one apiece. Merkel was also honored by City Manager Mel Hawley on behalf of the New York Police Department.