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August 20th, 2014
VERGENNES — On Aug. 12 Vergennes police patrolled the city and surrounding area in a driving-under-the-influence patrol. Police issued six speeding tickets, one ticket for not wearing a seatbelt and one ticket to a tractor-trailer driver whose brakes did not work properly.
In addition to conducting several foot patrols, Vergennes police last week:
• On Aug. 11 cited Randy S. Rodgers, 49, of Mineville, N.Y., for driving with a criminally suspended license and for speeding on Panton Road.
ADDISON COUNTY — On Saturday, Aug. 16, at 5 p.m. Vermont State Police rushed to a one-car crash on Morgan Road in Salisbury. Police said the 16-year-old driver of the Honda Accord had fallen asleep at the wheel and traveled off the roadway, overturning in a ditch.
The driver, who sustained a broken elbow, was taken to a local hospital by a family member. The car was a total loss. State police do not believe that alcohol or drugs were a factor in the collision.
In other recent activity, state police:
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police are seeking the public’s help in finding those responsible for a rash of vehicle break-ins reported in various parts of town on Monday, Aug. 18.
ADDISON COUNTY — The latest book by Bristol resident and Addison Independent outdoor columnist Matthew Dickerson hit the shelves last week.
Dickerson describes “Downstream: Reflections on Brook Trout, Fly Fishing, and the Waters of Appalachia,” co-authored by David L. O’Hara, as a mosaic combining nature writing, fly-fishing narrative, memoir and philosophical and spiritual inquiry.
ADDISON COUNTY — Most property owners in the five-town area are seeing higher tax bills than last year.
Selectboards in Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton, New Haven and Starksboro set municipal tax rates in the past month or so to pay for town staffing obligations and highway spending.
Town leaders have also received final homestead and non-residential school tax rates from the state, allowing towns to send out 2014-2015 tax bills. Each of the five towns are served by the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union.
MIDDLEBURY — Bullrock Corp. has signed an agreement to sell its senior care-related holdings — including the Lodge at Otter Creek retirement community in Middlebury — in what is being called one of the largest private transactions in the state’s history.
MONKTON — Does soil along the VELCO power line route in Monkton contain unsafe levels of a hazardous chemical, and if so, who is responsible for cleaning it up?
Those questions were the subject of a meeting among a dozen Monkton residents and representatives from the departments of Public Service, Health and Environmental Conservation, as well as VELCO on the evening of Aug. 7 at the Monkton Firehouse.
VERGENNES — Vergennes residents on Monday, Aug. 25, will have a chance to learn more about and comment on a new municipal plan that city officials are calling an update to the award-winning 2009 Vergennes plan, not a rewrite.
The Vergennes City Council set a public hearing on the updated plan for 6 p.m. that Monday in the Vergennes fire department’s basement meeting room.