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February 20th, 2014
Voters of the seven-town UD-3 school district will decide next Tuesday whether it is prudent to lease 2.5 acres of land to the town of Middlebury on which to site the town’s municipal gym. The UD-3 board earlier endorsed the project, which would also include a $400,000 bond vote for a 2,000-square-foot addition onto the building to be used for Middlebury Union High and Middle School sporting events.
With the vote looming on the Middlebury town office project, it’s time to look through all the fog at the issues.
First, please vote. Those who think the town offices, gym, and teen and senior centers should remain at their current location — at a projected cost of $6.4 million of renovations — express your conscience.
According to 2010 census data, women make up about 52 percent of Middlebury’s population. Instead of having a single woman on our seven-member selectboard, wouldn’t it be nice if Middlebury had a selectboard that more fairly represented its population?
As I read the problems and the key features of the town office and recreation project, I became a stronger supporter of the project. Why? ADA accessibility.
I am a physical therapist, and the concept of accessibility for all people is at the core of my beliefs. You may think it is not important to you, but those who need accessible buildings don’t get to make that choice on whether it is important or not. It just is.
The Shumlin administration plans to launch a single-payer health care system in Vermont on Jan. 1, 2017. The administration needs to provide Vermonters with more information on those plans, preferably before the November 2014 elections.
Shoreham voters: Please consider me, Kathleen Brisson, as “write-in” candidate for town treasurer.
I have lived in Shoreham for 23 years. Before that, I grew up in Cornwall, graduated from Middlebury Union High School in 1983, earned a BS in hotel administration from the University of New Hampshire in 1987, and worked in the hotel industry, and then I returned to Vermont.