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April 2nd, 2015
ADDISON — The Addison Planning Commission is seeking input from town residents as it prepares updates to the town plan that will also help planners to make final some long-awaited changes to Addison’s zoning laws.
The commission is in the process of surveying residents on how they feel about a number of specific land-use questions and general issues about development and town priorities, and members are hoping for as broad a response as possible.
MIDDLEBURY — A Huntington man on Monday pleaded innocent in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, to six separate charges — including attempting to elude police, driving under the influence and possession of narcotics — following a chase in Monkton on March 14.
ADDISON — With Vermont Gas having pulled the plug on its Phase II natural gas pipeline plan, attention is now shifting to another project designed to funnel energy through Lake Champlain — although the proposal in question has not drawn the same controversy that the Vermont Gas application generated.
At issue is the New England Clean Power Link, a proposal by TDI New England for a 1,000-megawatt, high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line that would stretch south from the Canadian border at Alburgh to Ludlow.
NEW HAVEN — A Vermont solar company has withdrawn a proposal for a solar array near Route 7 in New Haven after neighbors complained it would be an eyesore and hurt their business.
Waterbury firm SunCommon had planned to site a one-acre, 150-kilowatt Community Solar Array (CSA) on Route 7 just south of Town Hill Road, on land owned by the Gilbert family. The site was behind Tourterelle inn and restaurant.
MIDDLEBURY — Greg’s Meat Market officially closed its doors at the end of its business day on Wednesday, April 1, ending much speculation about the future of the independently owned community supermarket on Elm Street in Middlebury.
Greg’s co-owner Bart Litvin confirmed the closing on Tuesday in the following statement issued to the Addison Independent:
BRIDPORT — A bill before the Legislature that aims to clean up Lake Champlain was the hot topic of a Monday legislative luncheon that focused on agricultural issues.
Two members of the House of Representatives, Democrat David Sharpe of Bristol and Republican Harvey Smith of New Haven, were on hand at the Bridport Community Hall to hear residents’ concerns about the bill and other farming topics.
The bill, H.35, would limit municipal, commercial and agricultural sources of pollution into the Lake Champlain watershed.
MIDDLEBURY — The North Carolina hospital executive who was tapped this week to succeed James L. Daily as president and CEO of Porter Medical Center has more than two decades of experience in health care administration plus almost 10 years as a registered nurse. Daily will retire this spring after 31 years in his role at the Middlebury organization.
Lynn Boggs has worked as senior vice president, System Operations, for Mission Health in Asheville, N.C., for the past 19 months and was also president and CEO of McDowell Hospital in nearby Marion.
Legislative committees are considering whether to impose a 2-cent-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. In my opinion, this tax will raise less revenue than its proponents expect and will adversely affect low-income households and small retailers.
Lawmakers are considering a beverage tax in order to increase payments to health care providers whose patients are covered by Medicaid. Because Medicaid payment rates are low, providers shift their costs to patients covered by employer and individual insurance policies.