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July 2nd, 2015
This week’s column is by Rep. Rebecca Ellis, vice chair of the Vermont House Natural Resources and Energy Committee. She represents Waterbury, Bolton, Huntington and Buel's Gore.
Kudos to Ilsley Library children’s librarian Tricia Allen. She has hung the entire text of Virginia Lee Burton’s classic “Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel” in plastic sleeves on the chain link fence around the construction site for the new municipal building.
What a wonderful way to engage children in the work that is being done in the community. Brilliant.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police dealt with a variety of incidents in the seven days between June 22 and 28, including cases of vandalism, arguing couples, motorcycle accidents and illegal operation of tractor-trailer trucks.
In that week, Vergennes police:
• On June 22 responded to a motorcycle accident on Bowman Road that police described as minor and said did not involve another vehicle.
• On June 22 were told that fencing and a lawn decoration had been damaged at a South Maple Street home.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police investigated a report of two men being in the Congregational Church of Middlebury’s clock tower at around 2:15 a.m. on June 27. The men claimed they worked for a cell phone company and were working on the tower, according to police. But police said both men were found to be intoxicated and were told to leave the building.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Arrested Bilal Griffith, 19, of Middlebury, for violation of court orders, on Route 7 south on June 22.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Regional Planning Commission (ACRPC) board voted 23 to 9 on Wednesday evening, July 1, to affirm its support of Phase I of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project.
ADDISON COUNTY — Beginning this Wednesday, all residents of Vermont will be required to recycle metal, glass, plastic, paper and cardboard refuse in compliance with state’s Universal Recycling Law.
The law, also known as Act 148, is designed to greatly reduce Vermont’s levels of solid waste by phasing in bans on recyclables, leaf and yard debris, and food scraps from the landfill by the year 2020. The first phase of the law only prohibits the disposal of mandated recyclables.
VERGENNES — Many members of the five Addison Northwest Supervisory Union boards and several residents of the five district towns gathered at Vergennes Union High School on Wednesday to hear a review of school governance and unification provisions in a new Vermont law — and how quickly ANwSU might have to take action.
Act 46 creates incentives for school districts to unify their governance structures. ANwSU has tried to unify in three separate years and voted in favor of unification in 2010 and 2011, only to see petitioned re-votes reverse the outcomes.
MIDDLEBURY — Ted Dunakin confirmed last week that July 2 will be his last day as Middlebury’s director of planning and zoning. His imminent departure — to serve as a maintenance project manager at Middlebury College — comes at a time when the community was already looking for a new town planner to replace Eric Blair, who left earlier this year to take a job with the Orton Family Foundation.