f you have a vision of how you would like Middlebury to grow over the next 10 to 20 years, now is the time to share your thoughts with town officials.
The Middlebury Planning Commission is starting a multi-year process of updating the town plan and it is seeking direction from town residents. “We feel that inviting more people to tell us what they think and having listened to more people, we will have a better plan and people will feel as if they’ve been heard,” Planning Commission Chairman John Barstow said in an Addison Independent story last Thursday.
he future of Vermont’s electricity supply will be a major issue in next year’s legislative session and gubernatorial campaign. While the federal government has the primary responsibility for regulating the safety of nuclear power, Vermont law requires that the Legislature must approve an extension of Vermont Yankee’s authority to operate beyond the expiration of its current license in 2012.
Senate President Pro Temp Peter Shumlin and House Speaker Shap Smith are right to question the alleged benefits of allowing Entergy to spin off its Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant (and five others) into a separate holding company called Enexus. On the face of it, the spin-off does little more than free Entergy, a debt-free and profitable company, of future expense while creating a new company — loaded with debt — to shoulder the burden of decommissioning five aging nuclear plants in the not-so-distant future.
Finding the benefit to Vermont in such a deal is perplexing.