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Land lease gives access to waterfront area of city

Posted on April 30, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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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.

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Alderman refine search for police HQ

Posted on April 30, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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.

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Wider city park policy to preserve creche

Posted on April 26, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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.

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Bristol board questions revised draft of town plan

Posted on April 26, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



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.

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Amendments fly in debate over merger of GMP, CVPS

Posted on April 26, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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.

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GMO bill passes committee, but won't reach house floor

Posted on April 26, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



MONTPELIER — A bill that would require labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in foods passed out of the Vermont House Agriculture Committee last Friday, with nine representatives voting for and one against.

Rep. Will Stevens, I-Shoreham, said H. 722 will likely pass through the House Judiciary Committee, but it’s not likely to reach the House floor before the end of this legislative session. Stevens said to reach the floor similar legislation would have to start from the very beginning next year.

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College refinances $63 million building bond

Posted on April 26, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



MIDDLEBURY — With interest rates at a historically low level, it’s not just homeowners who are jumping at the opportunity to refinance mortgages: this spring, Middlebury College also refinanced $63.5 million worth of facilities debt.

The Vermont Education and Health Buildings Financing Agency (VEHBFA), which helped the college refinance its bonds, reports that the college will see about $11 million in savings at present value, a refund of about 18 percent of the total cost.

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Businesses in Bristol see spring reshuffling

Posted on April 26, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



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BRISTOL — As the weather is warming up, so too is the Bristol business scene.

Among the many recent developments in the county’s second largest town are an ownership change at the Almost Home Market on North Street, a new ice cream shop set to move in on Main Street and new landlords for the old Bristol High School building, which houses a number of prominent businesses.

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New Haven-based solar firm gets boost from court ruling

Posted on April 26, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



NEW HAVEN — One of the state’s largest prospective solar installations — more than twice the size of the Ferrisburgh Solar Farm — may have jumped its final legal hurdle, when the Vermont Supreme Court upheld a Public Service Board (PSB) certificate of public good.

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Whiskey distillery pitched for Middlebury location

Posted on April 26, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — People seeking architectural software services at the Friday Group LLC’s headquarters at 88 Mainelli Road will soon be in store for a gastronomic bonus.

The 6,000-square-foot building will soon be home to the Champlain Valley Creamery, makers of award-winning organic cream cheese. And that cheese company could soon be joined by a whiskey distillery, the plans for which the Friday Group LLC President Lars Hubbard recently submitted to the Middlebury Development Review Board (DRB).

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