February 26th, 2015
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard learned on Tuesday that costs for the town’s new recreation facility and municipal building are projected to come in slightly under budget.
Figures provided by Middlebury Town Manager Kathleen Ramsay indicate the combined costs for the recreation building on Creek Road and the town offices at 77 Main St. are coming in at $7,185,380. Bid results for construction of the two projects have come in at $3,696,391 for the town office building and $3,488,989 for the recreation facility.
ADDISON COUNTY — Along with the other business on their respective town meeting plates, Addison County voters will be deciding four high school budgets to cover the 2015-2016 academic year.
BRISTOL — A local beverage company is moving out of Bristol, but will keep its operations in Addison County.
Aqua Vitea, the maker of the popular kombucha fermented tea, will be packing up and leaving the Bristol Works after less than two years in that space.
Founder Jeff Weaber said the company is moving to Middlebury in June, but said he likely won’t announce the exact location of the new facility until this spring, after all the details are finalized.
DANVILLE — Former Vergennes Union High School Co-Principal Edwin Webbley has been cited by Vermont State Police for allegedly taking cash and checks out of a safe at The Danville School. Webbley has served as the Danville School co-principal since this past summer.
VSP cited Webbley, 60, to appear in Caledonia Court on March 23 to answer to the charge of embezzlement.
MIDDLEBURY — The lone contested race on Middlebury’s Town Meeting Day ballot features two women hoping to contribute to the school board that governs Middlebury’s Mary Hogan Elementary School.
Residents Leslie Bodette and Elaine Orozco Hammond are competing for a three-year term on the ID-4 school board. Both have children in the school.
STARKSBORO — In the only contested race on Starksboro’s Town Meeting Day ballot, a newcomer is challenging the chair of the Robinson Elementary School board.
Longtime educator Nancy Cornell faces incumbent Bonita Bedard for the three-year seat on the board.
Cornell, 62, said she has been involved in the Starksboro community for many years and her experience working in schools would be an asset to the board.
NEW HAVEN — A proposal on the New Haven town meeting warning asks residents to back a special meeting or vote to decide whether to rezone a parcel of privately-owned land in town. The landowner says he has no immediate plans to develop the land, but some residents are opposed to rezoning the parcel.
Residents will weigh in on the article by Australian ballot on Town Meeting Day, March 3.
The land in question, a 20-acre parcel on the southwest corner of Belden Falls Road and Route 7, is owned by Steve Dupoise Sr.
MONKTON — The Monkton Central School board will soon begin the search for a new principal.
Principal Susan Stewart, who is on a year of unpaid leave, this month submitted her resignation to the board. In a brief letter to the board, she did not explain why she was leaving. The board accepted her resignation at its Feb. 11 meeting, at which Stewart thanked Superintendent David Adams, teachers and the community.