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October 1st, 2015
MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury is considering a “public nuisances” ordinance that calls on landlords to police noisy, disruptive tenants that have drawn an increasing number of complaints, particularly in the Weybridge and Shannon street neighborhoods.
The new law has been drafted by the town’s public safety committee and will soon come before the Middlebury selectboard for its review and possible approval. Local residents, including tenants and landlords, will also have a chance to weigh in on the draft.
PANTON — On Oct. 24 a new Panton law is scheduled to take effect that will ban trash and junk vehicles from being left in sight from town roads or neighboring properties, regulate salvage yards in the town, and give property owners the right to have vehicles abandoned on their land towed at the owners’ expense.
The Panton selectboard adopted the law on Aug. 25 after a lengthy process that included a rewrite by a new Vermont League of Cities and Towns legal team, according to selectboard Chairman John Viskup.
BRISTOL — The superintendent of the Bristol-area school district, David Adams, has gone on leave, and the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union school board has named Assistant Superintendent Catrina DiNapoli to take over his duties while an “acting superintendent” is found.
Adams has drawn fire in the past seven months as voters rejected budget proposals for three of the district’s six schools, the teachers’ union voted no confidence in his leadership and a petition signed by 500 people asked for his resignation.
SALISBURY — The Salisbury selectboard will spend the coming months discussing the possibility of closing the municipal landfill in the near future and joining the Addison County Solid Waste Management District (ACSWMD).
Salisbury Selectman Tom Scanlon said he and his colleagues have been carefully reviewing the pros and cons of closing the community’s landfill, the only unlined facility still open in the state.
MIDDLEBURY — Rehabilitation of the two downtown Middlebury rail bridges would cost an estimated $59 million, a sum that would exceed the projected expense of the current plan to replace those spans with a concrete tunnel. Replacing the Merchants Row and Main Street rail bridges with more elaborate bridges that rise would cost even more.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday accepted updated zoning regulations from the city’s planning commission and scheduled a public hearing on the changes for 7 p.m. on Oct. 27. The council must hold at least one hearing before adopting the new zoning laws.
Planners held a lightly attended public hearing on Monday, after which City Manager and Zoning Administrator Mel Hawley said they made two changes to the updated law, one minor move to clarify language and another to correct what he called an oversight.
BRISTOL — The newly christened “Fort Compost” looks solid as a rock.
The 28-foot long, 14-foot wide, 6-foot high steel-and-concrete construction behind Mount Abraham Union High School represents seven years of student initiative, over $12,000 in fundraising and a new generation’s vision of a better, more sustainable world.
From start to finish, the student-led Environmental Action Group planned, built and funded the facility, which was formally opened at a ceremony last Friday.
PANTON — Panton road foreman Rick Cloutier is planning next week to install new culverts at an intersection near Lake Champlain, an action he can now take after town and state officials agreed at a September meeting that the culverts themselves are not contributing to potential lake pollution, said Panton selectboard members.
That meeting, triggered by a citizen letter to state officials, has led to a study of agricultural runoff issues in the area, Panton officials said.