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Monkton seeks community input for town plan update

Posted on February 5, 2018 |
By Ivor Hughes



MONKTON — Every number of years each municipality in Vermont must update its town plan per the requirements of the Vermont statutes, and this year Monkton’s is due for revision.

The last Monkton Town Plan was issued in 2014. While it is the Monkton Planning Commission’s responsibility for this update, commission members believe it is necessary and desirable to engage town residents in dialog concerning the town’s future.

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Opinion: Vermont Gas Systems not worthy of PSB approval

Posted on January 11, 2016 |
By Ivor Hughes



During this festive holiday season I had the displeasure of attending a most distressing meeting. It was a condemnation/easement rights hearing on a neighbor’s property. What a holiday gift for them. This was occurring not because they were delinquent on their taxes or a seizure for some crime, but because they refused to give the right of passage through their property to Vermont Gas for a gas transmission pipeline.

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Boy Scout helps erect welcome signs

Posted on December 7, 2015 |
By Ivor Hughes



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MONKTON — A recent Saturday saw Monkton Ridge (and Monkton Boro) get a series of new welcome signs erected by Will Aldridge of Monkton Scout Troop 525 and his crew. The signs sport the Monkton flag and Welcome to Monkton Ridge, Please Drive Safely.” Corresponding signs are also on the approaches to the Boro. This project was undertaken as an Eagle Scout service project and is the highest achievement award that a Scout can attain.

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Opinion: Vermont Gas credibility on pipeine effectiveness questioned

Posted on August 31, 2015 |
By Ivor Hughes



I am writing in reference to former Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas’ guest editorial July 27. In his editorial, Mr. Douglas laid out all the benefits that the VGS gas transmission pipeline will bring to the towns of Middlebury and Vergennes. Unfortunately, like many other proponents, he skips over the other important part of the equation, which is where is the money coming from to pay for it.

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Pipeline permit should be pulled

Posted on June 10, 2015 |
By Ivor Hughes



Back in 2011 Vermont Gas Systems was given the go-ahead for a System Expansion and Reliability Fund to start extracting $4.4 million per year from its current customers in Chittenden and Franklin counties. This was purportedly to fund a $60-$70 million gas pipeline extension from Shelburne to Vergennes and then on to Middlebury (PSB Docket 7712). Seemingly a most generous gift by current ratepayers to its southern neighbors, it’s doubtful that many of them were then, or are even now, aware of the extra tariff tacked on to their monthly bill.

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