October 28th, 2013
This past Wednesday two consultants working with the Vermont Department of Economic Development and the state commissioner were in Middlebury promoting economic development. A good crowd turned out, an energetic and informative three-hour workshop ensued, and the group was invited to join a follow-up session to help fine-tune a statewide comprehensive economic development plan.
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Supreme Court has rejected an appeal that had been filed on behalf of Ronald and Susan Fenn, ostensibly ending their effort to establish a controversial, 16-acre gravel pit on the family’s land off Route 116 in Middlebury.
MIDDLEBURY — A decision by the Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday to exclude, due to conflict-of-interest allegations, two of its members from voting on a proposed town-gown agreement on a new municipal building and recreation center could substantially impede the plan from ever coming before the local electorate.
VERGENNES — Vergennes City Council members on Tuesday reacted favorably to a proposal from Friends of the Vergennes Opera House president Gerianne Smart for a brick plaza in front of Vergennes City Hall.
That plan includes a crescent-shaped “bulbout” to replace two parking spaces in front of the building. The theater’s renovated standing marquee would be placed on that bulbout, which would, like the plaza, be made of bricks that would match those used in other downtown streetscape projects in the past decade.
BRISTOL — After a decade of litigation, an Environment Court judge last Friday gave a green light to the proposed Lathrop gravel pit in Bristol. The proposed pit on a 65-acre tract off Notch Road and Rounds Road in Bristol has been a controversial topic for many years.
Opponents of the pit, who say it would impose undue noise and traffic on Bristol village as well as run counter to town zoning, vow to appeal the approval to the Vermont Supreme Court.
MIDDLEBURY — An Addison County waste management company says it has been thrown on hard times and may have to cut its workforce after the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources allegedly violated its own procurement practices in awarding a plum state recycling contract to a rival.
Robin Ingenthron, president of Good Point Recycling in Middlebury, believes the state agency did not follow its own procedures while awarding the contract last month to Casella Waste Management of Rutland.
Wednesday brought mostly good news for local high school teams playing first-round playoff games, with two higher seeds advancing and two lower-seeded squads pulling off road upsets.