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VERGENNES — A divided Vergennes City Council last week approved a scaled-down preschool playground on East Street. Council members voted, 4-3, against the full $42,000 park that was recommended by the city’s recreation committee but opposed by many East Street residents and some others in Vergennes.
SOUTH BURLINGTON — Vermont Gas Systems on Friday announced that Phase I of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project pipeline will cost $33 million more than the company estimated in July, for a total cost of $154 million.
The company also said Phase I will be completed later than projected and asked the Public Service Board to delay its consideration of the second phase of the project, which the board has been reviewing for more than a year.
MIDDLEBURY — The next time you watch one of those made-for-TV Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel, realize that the idea and dialogue were more than likely the creations of Middlebury resident Kevin Commins.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard has unanimously selected longtime Middlebury Fire Department Assistant Chief David Shaw to serve as the next leader of the force.
Shaw was one of two candidates who interviewed for the position that is being vacated by Rick Cole, a 39-year veteran of the department. A special committee recommended Shaw’s appointment after interviewing and vetting the candidates.
CORNWALL — Cornwall students and teachers recently “cut the ribbon” on their new compost bin. The Cornwall School community has been composting offsite for a year, sending their snack and lunch scraps to a staff member’s hot compost in Addison.
I applaud the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and their recent ruling on the proposed Denecker development at the junction of Routes 7 and 22A in Ferrisburgh. Their ruling that this development would encourage sprawl development in the Route 7 corridor is spot on. The Route 7 corridor in Ferrisburgh is under huge development pressure and I am pleased that the ANR and the Addison County Regional Planning commission recognize that.
Now that the 2014 election cycle has come and gone, I’d like to cut through some of the political noise and take a moment to applaud and thank our governor, Peter Shumlin, for the great work he has done for Vermont as our governor. Recently, there has been a lot of attention given to issues that are going to be taken up in the Legislature, and some opinions expressed in local media that have cast negativity and doubt on Gov. Shumlin.
NEW HAVEN — Seated around circular cafeteria tables in the frigid basement of Beeman Elementary School, the New Haven Planning Commission on Monday evening debated changing the town plan to assert more local control over how energy projects, particularly solar arrays, are sited within the town.