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April 30th, 2012
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen last week agreed to front $52,500 to the Friends of the Vergennes Opera House to allow theater backers to jump-start the opera house’s long-delayed sprinkler project.
Opera house officials told aldermen they could repay the money soon after the work was complete because they had guarantees of a grant and tax credits equal to the $52,500.
ADDISON COUNTY — April showers bring May flowers, but April is also a month during which homeowners seek to rid their yards of debris left by the winter. And Addison County fire officials are warning residents to think twice before torching any fallen branches, leaves or twigs.
Bill Sinks, president of the Addison County Firefighters’ Association, noted property owners must check with their local fire warden(s) and get an official OK — in many cases, a written permit — before setting fire to their lawn debris.
VERGENNES — The city of Vergennes will sign a lease this week with landowners Bill and Kristin Benton for a 2-acre parcel that has 433 feet of frontage along the Otter Creek basin’s east bank.
Aldermen — with Benton, a city council member, not participating — unanimously backed the agreement at their April 24 meeting.
The land will link the recently completed stairway down from Main Street to the river with the city’s MacDonough Drive docks.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen at their April 24 meeting crossed two sites off their list of potential homes for a new city police station.
They will no longer consider a building owned by Alderwoman Ziggy Comeau at the intersection of School and Green streets, or a state-owned building on MacDonough Drive on the eastern edge of the Northlands Job Corps campus.
VERGENNES — What began as an emotional issue for many citizens of the Vergennes area, who perceived a threat to the popular and longstanding Christian nativity display on the city’s central green, is now a technical exercise for Vergennes aldermen.
VERGENNES — It’s been a long time since the Vergennes Union High School softball team has been able to enjoy being in first place — the late 1990s, when the Commodores won the Metro Conference championship.
But after Tuesday’s 8-3 win over visiting Burlington, the Commodores can make that claim again: At 4-0, with three straight wins over Division I Metro teams, VUHS sits on top of the D-III standings, just ahead of Windsor (5-1).
BRISTOL — In preparation for the Bristol selectboard’s May 14 public hearing on the new draft of the town plan, the board met with the town’s planning commission at its Monday meeting (to read the draft, click here).
Selectwoman Carol Wells, wife of former planning commission Chair Tom Wells, took issue with the plan’s lack of clarity surrounding a key component: resource extraction.
ADDISON COUNTY — Local lawmakers on Tuesday and Wednesday fielded several amendments related to the proposed combining of the state’s two largest utilities, much of it related to a $21 million payback that some believe is owed to electricity ratepayers as a condition of the merger.
The $21 million in question represents additional money that electricity ratepayers were assessed to help shore up a financially strapped Central Vermont Public Service Corp. (CVPS) back in 2001.