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March 3rd, 2011
NEW HAVEN — On Monday evening at Town Meeting nearly 100 New Haven residents filled the town hall to discuss, among other things, the new town plan.
While the town plan passed by a margin of 274 to 140 by paper ballot the following day, residents at the meeting brought up a number of qualms concerning zoning and development along Route 7 and town officials stressed that the discussions are not over. As the planning commission now turns to the task of rewriting zoning regulations, many of the same concerns and discussions are likely to arise.
BRANDON — Visiting No. 10 Vergennes played what may have been its most complete game of the year on Tuesday, and the result was a 55-45 loss for the No. 7 Otter Valley Union High School girls’ basketball team in a first-round Division II playoff game.
The Commodores — who will visit No. 2 Lyndon on Thursday night — got 26 points from senior guard Ali Provost and earned a 42-29 edge on the boards, mostly thanks to junior center Hannah Curler and senior forward Dani Stapleford.
BRISTOL — Bristol residents at their annual meeting on Monday approved all of the money items on their warning then went to the polls on Tuesday to OK their elementary school budget by a 479 to 256 tally and decide a handful of contested elections.
Tuesday’s elections saw incumbent Selectman John “Peeker” Heffernan top challenger John Moyers, 467 to 279, for a two-year seat on the board.
It’s not that the Middlebury College men’s basketball team has never been competitive, or never had good players. A few coaches in the history of the program have left with winning records, although only one who can say that, former college athletic director Tom Lawson, coached more than 28 games.
MONTPELIER — A recent flurry of enthusiasm for small, diversified farming operations in the state has left some farmers feeling left out in the cold.
That was the main message a group of Addison County farmers gave to legislators when they traveled to the Statehouse last Wednesday.
ADDISON — The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has agreed to give Flatiron Construction a 65-day schedule adjustment in which to complete the new Champlain Bridge in view of harsh winter weather and underwater debris that have hampered work progress.
But officials said on Friday they are confident that Flatiron will still be able to get the new bridge completed by the previously targeted deadline of Oct. 9, and the NYSDOT is considering marshalling additional equipment at added expense to help expedite work.
ADDISON — Addison planners on Feb. 21 agreed to recommend to selectmen that changes to town zoning made last summer be reversed, at least until the planning commission goes over them again and warns them publicly.
Planners also said the changes made to setbacks and waiver procedures late last summer and early last fall reflected their work and intent, and were not, as some citizens had alleged, made by selectboard chairman Jeff Kauffman, then the zoning administrator.
ORWELL — At Tuesday’s town meeting in Orwell, voters will decide how to pay off legal fees of $128,316 from a town zoning lawsuit that began in 2007.
In January the Vermont Supreme Court ruled against the town in a case over Orwell zoning bylaws. Although the town does was not assessed damages, it does have to pay legal fees in the case.