August 5th, 2010
ADDISON COUNTY — On July 20, Bonnie and Stanley Godfrey closed on a Middlebury home with the help of the Addison County Community Trust (ACCT). With their grown children already out of the nest, the couple had been looking for a modest two-bedroom house that could be made handicap-accessible as they aged.
“We found a lot of houses way above what we could afford,” Bonnie Godfrey said.
And the ones that were within their price range would have needed renovations so costly that the low price tag was not worth it.
RIPTON — Ripton school directors are asking fellow residents to weigh in with ideas on how to sustain their local elementary school through a declining student enrollment that could dip to 27 by 2013.
Meanwhile, Weybridge officials this fall will launch a similar series of public forums to respond to dwindling student numbers in that community.
What do the times require?
What critical crossroads loom that Vermont must not miss in the upcoming decade?
Which gubernatorial candidate will best be able to meet the demands required to lead the state forward?
ORWELL — Mark Young’s supporters had to put on the full-court press back in 2004 to convince the Orwell Republican to run for a seventh consecutive two-year-term representing the Addison-Rutland-1 district in the Vermont House.
MIDDLEBURY — A young relay squad from the Vergennes Swim Team won twice and two individual swimmers from the Middlebury Aquatics Club (who incidentally share the same last name) won a race apiece at the Champlain Valley Swim League Championships held last Friday and Saturday at the Middlebury Town Pool.
The host team overall swam well enough to earn sixth place, while their neighbors from Vergennes were close behind in seventh in the nine-team league.
BRISTOL — Property tax rates in the next fiscal year will increase in a range from less than 1 percent to 5.5 percent in the five towns of the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union (ANeSU).
The new rates will mean increases in taxes on residential properties valued at $200,000 ranging from $37 outside the Bristol police district to $304 in Starksboro.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR) officials hope to soon start drawing down an already-secured $2.85 million federal grant and move toward building a new headquarters on Creek Road, and in the meantime they’ve applied for an additional $1 million to make the facility as energy efficient as possible.
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh selectmen on Tuesday took steps to open public discussion about the town’s possible purchase of one property and — in a move they say is related — to list for sale a town-owned 9.37-acre parcel next to the Agency of Transportation’s Route 22A commuter lot.
The potential purchase — subject to voter approval in November — is of a home and 2.01 acres next to the town office building on Route 7. The land lies south and west of the Grange Hall lot and also abuts Ferrisburgh Central School.