January 19th, 2015
VERGENNES — At this past Tuesday’s Vergennes City Council meeting, aldermen, City Manager Mel Hawley and a few residents looked at city sewer system issues for about an hour.
A central point of discussion was the city system’s recurring problem of overflowing into Otter Creek, an issue detailed in a Jan. 12 Addison Independent article.
LINCOLN — An ad hoc committee of residents appointed by the Lincoln selectboard will meet Wednesday to finalize a recommendation to the board on how to proceed with building a new town office building.
The committee has been working since September on the proposal, and will meet on Jan. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the present town office.
Selectman Bill Finger said the town has had discussions about replacing the 45-year-old town office building since 2009. He said the growth of the town has rendered the structure too small.
MIDDLEBURY — People looking for homes in and around Middlebury overwhelmingly prefer single-family residences, and many believe there is not a good inventory of their favorite type of housing in Addison County’s shire town.
Those were some of the findings of a recent housing survey by Middlebury Planning Commission of area homebuyers and employees of some of the county’s largest businesses. The commission plans to use the results to help guide future planning efforts relating to neighborhoods and residential development.
CORNWALL — It is looking like Cornwall citizens will not field a Feb. 12 referendum on the Phase II natural gas pipeline after all.
Citing a recent decision by Vermont Gas to suspend its permitting efforts for Phase II, Cornwall selectboard members are poised to rescind a motion they made earlier this month to hold a townwide vote on whether the community should sign a compensation agreement with Vermont Gas.
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Filmmaker Bess O’Brien will discuss and show excerpts from her film “The Hungry Heart” in a talk at Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury on Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. Her talk, “The Hungry Heart,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.
MIDDLEBURY — Incumbent Middlebury selectboard members Dean George, Susan Shashok and Donna Donahue all confirmed last week that they will run re-election on Town Meeting Day, when they could be challenged by candidates who have until 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 26, to file the necessary petition papers with 30 signatures at the town clerk’s office.
MONTPELIER — In a flurry of filings before the Public Service Board Thursday afternoon, Vermont Gas Systems detailed the cost drivers for the most recent budget increase for Phase I of its Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project.
Company executives argued that the pipeline from Colchester to Middlebury and Vergennes still will bring significant economic benefits to the state, and asked regulators to allow the project to continue.