March 10th, 2014
This is in response to a letter from a reader who disagreed with proposed legislation, H.62, now pending in the Vermont House, titled: An Act Relating to Prohibiting the Handheld Use of a Portable Electronic Device While Driving. This reader claimed she was an experienced driver, and could easily talk on a cell phone while driving.
Because of the closeness of the vote for the town/college plan for new town hall and recreation facilities, I believe it can be reasonably argued that Angelo Lynn’s editorials in the Addison Independent made the difference in the result of citizens’ choice on article 6. In recent editorials Mr. Lynn has been a dependable cheerleader for one side among the voices speaking about the future of our town.
If Vermont Gas Systems thinks it has had a rocky time with Phase I of the Addison County pipeline project, running from Colchester to Middlebury, they might want to reconsider their strategy for the next leg of the project. With Phase II, it’s going to get much worse.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury voters on Tuesday voted 915 to 798 in favor of a $6.5 million plan to build a new municipal building at 77 Main St. and a new recreation center on Creek Road.
VERGENNES — Addison Northwest Supervisory Union voters said no on Tuesday to a $9.73 million dollar Vergennes Union High School budget proposal, 961-747.
If the budget had passed, it would have increased spending by about 2.4 percent.
But the VUHS budget’s tax impact was projected to be more dramatic, thanks to the school’s declining enrollment and a projected budget deficit of almost $548,000 that ANwSU officials said was due to unexpected special education costs.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard will welcome two new members and a familiar face when it convenes for its first post-Town Meeting Day gathering on March 11.
Local voters this past Tuesday returned Middlebury selectboard Chairman Dean George to office for another year. George garnered 960 votes for the one-year term, giving him the victory over challenger Heather Seeley, who recorded 662 tallies.
MONKTON — Residents in three Addison County towns this week passed articles condemning the Vermont Gas Systems pipeline that is proposed to run through the county.
Voters in Monkton, Cornwall and Shoreham voiced their disapproval with Vermont Gas, the state’s only gas utility, by overwhelmingly approving the measures at their respective town meetings.