May 7th, 2014
Editor's note: This week's writer is Vergennes Union High School Principal Ed Webbley
Editor's note: This week’s writer is Middlebury Selectman Brian Carpenter.
In talking with community members, I have found what I believe to be the root cause of the confusion over the selection of the Creek Road site for the town recreation facility.
Many people have asked me, “Why not at the recreation park?”
I believe the information I found on the process and the rationale may help clarify this question.
The voters of Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Vergennes and Waltham should send a message to the Vergennes Union High School board, administration and Addison Northwest Supervisory Union officials by voting no to the VUHS budget on May 13.
What does a NO vote on the Town Office Project really mean?
Money wasted heating and patching up the current buildings while we consider other options.
Town workers being subjected for many more years to an unhealthy and unsafe work environment.
Teen and senior centers in a facility with no fire alarms and limited egress.
Handicapped citizens having limited access to town offices.
Victoria DeWind has raised the question as to whether the proposal to build town offices on the Osborne site, new recreation facilities on Creek Road, and replacing the present municipal building and gymnasium with a park is in compliance with the town plan.
Throughout the 45 years I have lived in Middlebury, two recurring issues have dominated local politics: a second bridge across the Otter Creek, and what to do about our deteriorating town offices. A few years ago, we came together as a town to address the first of these, and the happy result was the Cross Street Bridge — made possible, in part, by a generous contribution from Middlebury College.
I respectfully urge all registered Middlebury voters to vote on Article 1 on Tuesday, May 13. Even if you voted yes on March 4 for Article 6 related to the municipal offices/gymnasium proposal, I urge you to consider voting NO on May 13.
I offer the following reasoning on three issues for you to consider. The location of the municipal building next to the library, the gymnasium on Creek Road near the old American Legion, and the financial concerns.
VERGENNES — After being held hitless for four innings by Middlebury freshman pitcher Payton Buxton, the Vergennes Union High School softball team broke out the big bats in the fifth inning to score four times and rally from a 3-1 deficit and claim a 5-3 victory.