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May 11th, 2014
Special elections are notorious for smaller turnouts. That’s particularly unfortunate for issues of importance and which have dominated the public discourse for months. In Middlebury, almost 1,700 cast votes on Town Meeting Day to decide in favor of a $6.5 bond to build a new municipal building and recreational center. Almost certainly, fewer people will vote in this reconsideration on Tuesday, but hopefully a reasonable number will turn out so that the issue can be put to rest.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents will go to the polls next Tuesday, May 13, to vote again on a $6.5 million plan to build new town offices and a recreation center.
Residents on March 4 voted 915 to 798 in favor of the plan, which calls for a new, 9,400-square-foot municipal building to be built at 77 Main St. and a new, 11,500-square-foot recreation center to be erected on land off Creek Road.
SHOREHAM — More than 170 people flooded the Shoreham Elementary School gym on Wednesday evening to weigh in on a controversial plan to extend a natural gas pipeline from Middlebury to the International Paper Co. mill in Ticonderoga, N.Y., with most of the speakers urging state regulators to deny a permit for a $70 million project for environmental and public safety reasons.
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh residents on Tuesday, May 13, will decide the fate of a $3.5 million Ferrisburgh Central School budget proposal that is about $120,000 lower than the FCS board’s initial plan that lost on March 4, 450-279, or about 62-38 percent.
FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard on Tuesday agreed to continue talking to Charlotte resident Clark Hinsdale III about possibly buying his 2.2-acre lot behind the town office building, a parcel that also abuts Ferrisburgh Central School and United Methodist Church property.
Hinsdale — a former Ferrisburgh resident who said he planned to move back to town — contacted the FCS board and town officials about a year ago and offered the land to the town or school for $40,000.
MIDDLEBURY — Area residents have grown accustomed to seeing Abigail Nessen Bengson on the Town Hall Theater stage as one of the performers in “Night Fires,” a celebration of the winter solstice.
MIDDLEBURY — A new, colorful exhibit has bloomed at the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History. On May 6, the “Lost Gardens of New England” took root for a three-month run that will breathe new life into some of the region’s most resplendent flowers of yesteryear.
LINCOLN — The Lincoln selectboard on April 29 hired a firm to revamp the town’s website, discussed the aftermath of mud season and heard concerns about speeding all-terrain vehicles in town.
The selectboard unanimously approved a quote by B Mighty Two, a Lincoln-based company that helps small businesses with their web presence, to help with the town’s website. For $125 per month, or $1,250 per year if paid in a lump sum, the firm will retool and manage the town website — lincolnvermont.org.