March 10th, 2017
VERGENNES — A recount has been scheduled of the close March 7 vote for mayor in Vergennes, in which former mayor Michael Daniels edged two-term incumbent Bill Benton, 270-265.
The recall will take place at 1 p.m. on Monday at Vergennes City Hall.
City officials said Benton requested the recount on Friday morning. Legally, he had 10 days after the election in which to file such a request.
VERGENNES — Vermont State Police with help from the Vergennes Police Department on Thursday arrested a Vergennes resident and charged him in connection with a Feb. 27 Ferrisburgh burglary and possession of what a VSP press release called a “host of stolen property from car smash-and-grabs at local trailheads” and “property from other area burglaries.”
On March 9 troopers arrested Jake F. Desjadon, 30, and cited him into court for burglary, grand larceny, selling stolen property, resisting arrest and unlawful mischief.
The Addison Independent is proud to publish the Students of the Week from area High Schools each week. The students are chosen by teachers and administration from each school who would like to recognize their exceptional engagement in the high schools they attend.
MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury is joining a lobbying effort in Montpelier to lift the state’s current cap on the number of towns that can use Tax Increment Financing, or TIF, as a way of bankrolling improvements to public infrastructure.
Specifically, the Middlebury selectboard sees TIF as a potential revenue source for a new downtown parking garage.
“We will not make inroads on a parking garage without something like this,” selectboard Chairman Brian Carpenter said while advocating for TIF at a recent board meeting.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents passed everything on their town meeting agenda, including a proposed 2017-2018 municipal budget of $10,321,456 and a $30,620 plan to enlist a four-legged recruit for the community’s police department.
ORWELL — Orwell residents on Town Meeting Day again rejected a proposal to join a school governance merger with five nearby Rutland County communities, setting the stage for a potential showdown with the state under Vermont’s Act 46.
Orwell residents voted 219-137 against joining Benson, Castleton, Fair Haven, Hubbardton, and West Haven in forming a unified Slate Valley Unified Union School District that would have established one board to represent all of the member schools and create a single K-12 budget.
ADDISON COUNTY / BRANDON — The only time the “No” votes carried the day in voting on area school issues on Town Meeting Day was the rejection in Orwell of a school unification plan. Otherwise, it was all “Yes” for Addison County and Brandon schools as all education budget proposals were approved.
Addison County residents gathered Saturday, Monday and Tuesday for their annual town meetings.
They talked about school budgets and new trucks for the town road crews. They questioned decisions and applauded officials who gave their time and efforts to help out their communities. Some enjoyed pot luck dinners with friends and neighbors they see only at this time of year.
Then they voted on Tuesday.