May 19th, 2014
I know I’m not alone in breathing a huge sigh of relief that the vote for the new Middlebury town hall plan is over. Again. And I’m feeling very hopeful that we will move ahead now, as a community, to see these important projects through to completion with a spirit of openness and respect, as we have done before so many times.
FERRISBURGH — Homeward Bound: Addison County’s Humane Society, in partnership with Basin Harbor Club in Ferrisburgh for the second year in a row, will hold its largest annual fundraiser — Woofstock 2014 — on Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., on Thursday announced that the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing next month on a proposed constitutional amendment in response to the Supreme Court’s recent campaign finance decisions.
VERGENNES — It took two tries, but voters in the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union on Tuesday approved a 2014-2015 budget for Vergennes Union High School.
“I’m happy for all of us that the budget passed,” ANwSU Superintendent Tom O’Brien said. “It sets the stage for us to move forward.”
MONTPELIER — Local lawmakers and Gov. Peter Shumlin this week were tying a bow on what they said was a very productive 2014 session of the Vermont Legislature, one they said has paved the way for new jobs, fewer drug addicts, a higher minimum wage and a record investment in the state’s roads, bridges and culverts.
Lawmakers wrapped up their work at the Vermont Statehouse on Saturday, May 10, capping more than four months of work on a litany of issues ranging from boilerplate municipal charter changes to a $5.5 billion state budget.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents on Tuesday affirmed their support of the $6.5 million town offices-recreation center project by an 880 to 714 tally, a vote that paves the way for the two new buildings to proceed through final design, review, permitting and construction.
Tuesday’s referendum was a revote on the same project that residents had endorsed on Town Meeting Day, 915 to 798.
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh residents on Tuesday supported a $3.5 million Ferrisburgh Central School budget proposal, 246-217, or about 53-47 percent, in the town’s second vote of the spring on an elementary school spending plan.
Voters in 22.5 percent turnout also backed, 270-194, a separate $20,000 article that will pay for a keyless electronic entry system for FCS like those now used at other local schools. FCS officials said that system will improve security at the school’s main entrance.