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September 16th, 2010
MIDDLEBURY — The $16 million Cross Street Bridge project continues to chug toward completion in downtown Middlebury, with the new roundabout intersection taking shape on Main Street and the new span’s superstructure now in place and ready for railings and lights.
Project directors are so optimistic of an on-schedule finish that they are already looking ahead to a grand unveiling celebration on Oct. 30 that will feature, among other things, a fireworks display, entertainment and a “first vehicle over the bridge” ceremony.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s Ilsley Public Library is participating in a statewide project that, once completed, will allow global, on-line access to up to 100,000 pages of Vermont newspapers published from 1836 to 1922.
The “Vermont Digital Newspaper Project,” funded through a $391,552 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, will make available through the Internet a wealth of historical and genealogical resources contained in microfilmed archives that can now only be accessed at specific sites where that information is stored.
ADDISON COUNTY — Since the passage 20 years ago this week of the 1990 Farm Bill, which established a National Organic Program (NOP), the demand for healthy, sustainably produced food has skyrocketed — and with it, the demand for organically certified products.
Consumers nowadays — especially those in cities — don’t always know how or where their food was produced, so organic certifications give them more information to use when making purchasing decisions, said Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy while marking the anniversary this week.
BRISTOL — Concerned members of the Bristol Historical Society and their supporters appealed to the Bristol selectboard at the Monday meeting to change its decision to move the police department’s offices into the basement and west wing of Howden Hall.
The decision to move the police, now in temporary housing, will result in the loss of a public meeting space in Howden Hall and the historical society will not be able to expand its museum in the historic West Street building, historical society vice president Gerald Heffernan told the board.
VERGENNES — Randy Ouellette, a Vergennes alderman acting as a private citizen, believed on Aug. 31 that he had successfully petitioned for reconsideration of the Aug. 4 vote that backed a $5.1 million bond to pay for Vergennes-Panton Water District plant renovations.
But Ouellette this week learned that his petition had fallen into what one official in the Vermont Secretary of State’s office called “a gray area where municipal attorneys could disagree.” On Monday, he received a letter from the water district board informing him his petition lacked enough signatures to force a revote.
NEW HAVEN — The New Haven Development Review Board (DRB) tentatively approved businessman Mike McGrath’s plan to add a 100-car used car lot to his property on Route 7 in a 6-1 vote at their Tuesday night meeting. The property is currently home to McGrath’s Flooring Center Inc. and several self-storage units, also owned and operated by McGrath.
DRB Chairman Tim Bouton is compiling the list of conditions for McGrath’s lot that the DRB discussed on Tuesday, and the decision will become official at Monday’s meeting.
BRISTOL — The Bristol selectboard is moving forward with plans for repair of the South Street Bridge, which was closed a little over a month ago due to safety concerns. Out of the three proposed options, the board at a meeting Monday evening decided to go with the first, and most expedient, option.
This puts the reopening of the bridge on track for summer of 2012 at the earliest.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Humane Society (ACHS) is seeking to renovate and expand its Middlebury headquarters at 236 Boardman St. in order to better serve the area’s homeless animals and enhance their prospects for adoption.
The Middlebury Development Review Board on Sept. 27 will review the humane society’s plans, which call for:
• Replacement of a combined total of roughly 1,500 square feet of exterior sheds and outbuildings with a new 2,800-square-foot barn.
• Renovation of the existing 2,700-square-foot main building, erected around two decades ago.