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January 23rd, 2014
After 20-plus years of intermittent discussion and an occasional vote, Middlebury residents will have a clear choice this Town Meeting Day on three options for their municipal building:
• To keep it as it is, do constant repairs and inevitably face another vote in the not too distant future to replace the current building;
• To raze the current municipal building and build new on that site at an estimated cost of $6 million to $10 million, or to renovate at a cost of $2 million to $4.5 million, all paid with taxpayer dollars;
What’s the true nature of our expensive healthcare system? Is it an overregulated mess that’s crying out for free-market forces to improve quality and lower costs, by expanding competition among providers?
Or is it an under-regulated mess that’s crying out for a single-payer system to improve quality and lower costs, by eliminating the expensive, greedy middlemen known as insurance companies?
Gov. Shumlin’s 2014-15 budget is a political masterstroke in an election year. By relying on one-time funds such as a tobacco settlement and payments by Entergy associated with the shutdown of Vermont Yankee, the governor was able to close almost all of a projected $70 million budget gap without having either to cut programs or to raise broad-based taxes.
In last week’s article “Selectman threatens to quit,” Mr. Forbes alleged that several Middlebury Public Works employees are dissatisfied by the way the department is being run.
One of the chief goals of the Vermont Legislature over the years has been to cut energy consumption through greater efficiency and to develop renewable energy resources. We continue to work towards these goals. The following is a report of accomplishments, programs and work in progress.
State Energy Policy
Am I too late to suggest the ideal solution to our venerable town hall?
Just drive, or walk, to the police station. There lies scenic land, plenty of space for parking, bike and walking paths to the Marble Works, old railroad station near where a new train station would appear behind Greg’s. And, removed from the college concerns.
Think ahead. Save the town from migrating south.
MIDDLEBURY — On Feb. 25 voters in the UD-3 school district will decide whether to lease district-owned property off Creek Road to the town of Middlebury for construction of a new community recreation center, and they will then go to the polls on March 4 to decide whether to float a $400,000 bond to finance an 1,800-square-foot addition onto the new center that would house four team rooms, storage space and restrooms.
MIDDLEBURY — Young people who avail themselves of the Middlebury-area teen center said a potential move to a new space would come with some tradeoffs, but they do see pluses in the facility’s proposed relocation from 94 Main St. to the “warming hut” on the town’s recreation park.
Similarly, directors and administrators of the center say the move would not present an ideal situation, but it could bring some new programming opportunities and amenities that local youths are prepared to embrace.