May 14, 2007
By JOHN FLOWERS
MONTPELIER — The state’s General Assembly last week overwhelmingly supported a bill that directs the Vermont Milk Commission to establish a minimum milk price that would relieve farmers from the costs of having their product hauled to processing facilities.
The bill, if signed into law, could result in savings of $7 million per year to Addison County farmers alone, according to Sen. Harold Giard, D-Bridport, the chief architect of bill S.78.
“This is such a monumental piece of legislation,” Giard, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said on Tuesday. “This is $7 million that will stay in Addison County. This is jobs on Main Street.”
Approximately 60 cents per hundredweight of milk is currently deducted from farmers’ milk checks to cover the expense of hauling their product to processors. Farmers pay another $6 to $8 every time a hauling truck stops for a load of milk, according to Giard.
May 14, 2007
By ANDY KIRKALDY
VERGENNES — After years of waiting for new zoning laws to be adopted, the owners of a large vacant parcel on West Main Street are now ready to sell their property to developers who are seeking approval to build 54 single-family homes on the land in a planned residential development (PRD).
Farmers Marcel and Paul Bourgeois have an agreement to sell their parcel, which also fronts on Otter Creek and Hopkins Road, to Rivers Edge Associates LLC for an undisclosed sum. The parties to the deal said some contingencies remain.
Rivers Edge, which has as its principals Peter Kahn of Charlotte and Alan Bartlett of Colchester, has held a series of meetings with the Vergennes Development Review Board (DRB) in recent months to iron out details of the final application for a project they have dubbed “Claybrook.”