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September 17th, 2015
BRANDON — The Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union has its Act 46 school consolidation committee in place, and if Superintendent Jeanne Collins has her way, there could be a public vote on the issue this March.
The Legislature last spring passed Act 46, which requires all supervisory unions and school districts to assess and decide what school governance structure they want to move to. The choices are:
• Accelerated merger with one-time study grant and tax incentives.
FERRISBURGH — The newly built satellite manure pit on Ferrisburgh’s Middlebrook Road continues to spark debate about not only how it was permitted, but also the larger question of how dairy farmers’ increasing use of satellite pits should be regulated.
The single biggest point of contention is whether neighbors of proposed pits should be notified before ground is broken.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s “emerald necklace” will see some more visitors than usual this Sunday with the return of the annual TAM Trek. The Sept. 20 run around the entire multi-use trail enters its 12th year with new distances on new portions of the trail.
In past years, the run on the Trail Around Middlebury, popularly called the TAM, consisted of four different distances and started near Middlebury College. This year, the Trek starts at one of the trail’s northern sections, at Wright Park at the northern end of Seymour Street Extension.
Editor’s note: This is the first of a series of essays or reflections about “The Republic,” a book written two and a half millennia ago by the great philosopher Plato.
ADDISON COUNTY — More than 700 riders, together with over 100 volunteers and over 1,000 supporters, raised over $350,000 (and still increasing) at the 10th Annual Kelly Brush Century Ride this past Saturday.
The annual rolling fundraiser procures money to purchase adaptive sports equipment for people with spinal cord injuries and safety equipment for alpine ski race programs.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council last week reached a consensus not to seek, at least for now, intervener status before the Public Service Board on a 500-kilowatt solar array that is proposed for a site behind the Comfort Hill Kennel near the Ferrisburgh town line.
MIDDLEBURY — Area school directors will face some additional challenges this fall as they try to craft fiscal year 2017 budgets that meet new per-pupil spending guidelines prescribed by Act 46, the state’s new education reform law.
Act 46, passed during the 2015 legislative session, offers financial incentives to supervisory unions that agree to establish a single, consolidated K-12 school district that would be governed by a single board. But the law also calls for per-pupil spending caps during a two-year transition toward full implementation of Act 46.
VERGENNES — At their Sept. 8 meeting, Vergennes aldermen discussed a proposal to put a 500-kilowatt array on a Comfort Hill property (see story here) and discussed a number of other issues.
On those issues, city council members: