May 29th, 2014
MONTPELIER — Gov. Peter Shumlin has signed a bill that makes changes to the state’s open meeting laws; some organizations have raised concerns that the new law will decrease transparency in government.
The intention of the law is to modernize the state’s open meeting laws, which Shumlin said have not been significantly updated in several decades.
MIDDLEBURY — Around 20 Middlebury taxpayers who used the state’s Homeland Program in acquiring their homes were alarmed last week to see their property assessments rise dramatically to fair market levels following elimination of a formula governing how participating properties are valued.
FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard last week moved toward creating a town-wide parking law and lowering the speed limit on Old Hollow Road, where residents for years have been concerned about the speed of vehicles, particularly through traffic.
VERGENNES — About five dozen state and local officials and local residents met in the Bixby Library on May 21 to begin the third and most important phase in the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) Community Visit to Vergennes — taking steps to make the city better.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard has for the past several months listened to corporate presentations and public feedback about Vermont Gas Systems’ proposed natural gas pipeline that would extend from Middlebury to the International Paper mill in Ticonderoga, N.Y.
On Tuesday, individual board members for the first time opened up on how they feel about the controversial, $70 million “Phase II” project.
FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard last week appointed a committee to talk to landowner Clark Hinsdale III about the possible purchase of a 2.2-acre lot he owns behind Ferrisburgh’s town office building.
Hinsdale, a Charlotte resident who told the board earlier this month he plans to move to Ferrisburgh, where his family has roots, has offered the land to the town for $40,000. The parcel also abuts Ferrisburgh Central School and United Methodist Church property.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont is getting warmer. And wetter. And without significant global reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, that trend will continue, according to a comprehensive report on climate change released by the White House this month.
ADDISON COUNTY — A two-car crash on Route 7 a week ago Wednesday afternoon resulted in the highway being closed for a time.