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Does school consolidation cut costs?

Posted on November 23, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



BRISTOL — With discussions like the one in Bristol last week about how schools can work together to save money by working together, many are asking the question, “Does school consolidation really cut costs?”

The Legislature has offered Vermont towns an incentive to perform RED (Regional Education District) studies to see how a type of school consolidation would work for them.

The RED study template, created by the Vermont Department of Education, explains the reasoning behind RED-study incentives:

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Police gather evidence from a wave of Bristol robberies

Posted on November 21, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



BRISTOL — A recent string of Bristol burglaries has many townspeople worried. But there may be something that Bristol Police District residents can do.

Police Chief Kevin Gibbs said the unusual increase in burglaries is perhaps double what it was last year, though he hadn’t yet quantified the change. He pointed to a rising demand for heroin in Bristol and a short-staffed police department as reasons contributing to this increase.

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Bristol moves forward on zoning ordinance revision

Posted on November 21, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



BRISTOL — At a meeting Tuesday evening, the Bristol Planning Commission with help from Addison County Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Adam Lougee moved forward with restructuring the town’s zoning ordinance in accordance with a proposed update of the town plan.

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Bristol chairman silences a citizen

Posted on November 17, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



BRISTOL — When Bristol Planning Commission Vice-Chair Chico Martin refused to accept public comments from John “Slim” Pickens — the only citizen in attendance at the commission’s Tuesday meeting — Martin may have violated state law, according to Secretary of State Jim Condos and his deputy Brian Leven.

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Bristol gravel map details scrutinized

Posted on November 17, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



BRISTOL — New elements concerning a recent change to the proposed Bristol town plan have come to light.

At its Oct. 18 meeting, the planning commission revised a central component of the proposed plan after holding a public hearing on the issue in late September. The commission altered the dimensions of a no-extraction zone and passed the plan onto the selectboard, deeming there were “no substantial changes.”

But that was not wholly accurate.

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Rep. David Sharpe named to key fiscal panel in Legislature

Posted on November 14, 2011 |
By John Flowers



BRISTOL — Rep. David Sharpe, D-Bristol, has been able to keep a close eye on the state’s financial health as a longtime member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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Bristol board wants housing development

Posted on November 14, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



BRISTOL — At their Nov. 7 meeting, Bristol selectboard members pushed ahead with one of their top five priorities: to jumpstart development of housing for younger townspeople seeking a starter home and for older residents seeking to downsize into a smaller home.

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ACTR pitches new bus route for Route 116

Posted on November 10, 2011 |
By John Flowers



BRISTOL — Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR) is proposing a new bus route along the Route 116 corridor that would take passengers from Bristol to Burlington, with stops in Starksboro and Hinesburg.

James Moulton, executive director of ACTR, said the new service could start as soon as April, pending funding.

“We believe it would be a good, strong route,” Moulton said on Tuesday.

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ANeSU teachers ask for mediator in contract talks

Posted on November 3, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



BRISTOL — Teachers in the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union, who threatened to strike last February before accepting a short-term contract imposed by the ANeSU school board, have taken contract negotiations to the next level.

The Addison Northeast Education Association teachers union, known as the ANEDA, last week called for an impasse in the negotiations, which essentially means the union feels a third-party mediator is necessary. 

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Bristol Works earns permit to open doors

Posted on October 27, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



BRISTOL — After two months of heated public debate and careful consideration, the Bristol Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) has voted 7-0 in favor of issuing the Bristol Works business campus “a comprehensive conditional use permit” for the 5.5-acre space previously occupied by cosmetics manufacturer Autumn Harp.

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