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Gas pipeline to serve city by 2015, but not all homes to be served

Posted on February 4, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Representatives of Vermont Gas Systems Inc. told Vergennes aldermen on Jan. 29 that natural gas — which they said is a cheaper form of energy than oil, propane and electric heat — will be available to most, but not all, city residents by 2015.

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Vergennes to sign deal for solar power

Posted on February 4, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — At the Vergennes City Council meeting last Tuesday, Jan. 29, aldermen made a decision on a future police station proposal and talked with Vermont Gas Systems about its plan to bring natural gas to the city.

In other business, aldermen:

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Perlee withdraws from Bristol selectboard race

Posted on February 4, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



BRISTOL — The number of candidates running for the Bristol selectboard dwindled to two last week. Bristol Planning Commission member Kris Perlee withdrew his petition for his candidacy on the selectboard before the ballot was finalized at 5 p.m. Wednesday, after press time for the last issue of the Independent.

“Due to possible conflicts with planning commission, other commitments, and time with my family, I do not believe this is the best time for me to run,” Perlee said on Thursday.

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Jury draw proceeds in Stearns suit against ACSU school district

Posted on February 4, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Barring successful mediation, a Rutland County jury on May 6 will begin hearing a lawsuit filed in 2011 by former Addison Central Supervisory Union Business Manager Sharon Stearns against the ACSU.

In her lawsuit — filed in Rutland County Superior Court on Sept. 13, 2011 — Stearns alleges that she was bullied by Lee Sease, who was during her employment superintendent of ACSU, and then was placed on administrative leave after she complained about his behavior.

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OVUHS sets budget with 2.3 percent spending hike

Posted on February 4, 2013 |
By Lee Kahrs



BRANDON — The Otter Valley Union School Board has approved a $10,542,068 spending plan for the 2013-2014 fiscal year that represents a 2.3 percent increase. Officials attributed the marginal increase to some creative shifting of personnel and the possible use of a reserve fund for computer equipment.

The proposed budget amounts to a $209,518 increase over the current year’s spending plan.

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Van Wyck last in Addison-3 race as Castimore withdraws

Posted on February 1, 2013 |
By John Flowers



FERRISBURGH — Mary Ann Castimore of Waltham withdrew her candidacy for the Addison-3 House vacancy on Thursday, leaving Warren Van Wyck of Ferrisburgh as the lone remaining nominee and therefore the presumptive successor to the late Rep. Greg Clark, R-Vergennes.

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Two run for one vacancy on Bristol board; a third candidate withdraws

Posted on January 31, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



Editor’s note: The version of this article ran in the print edition stated that Kris Perlee was a candidate in the selectboard race. Perlee withdrew his petition for candidacy after press time for this edition of the Independent. This article has been amended to reflect that change.

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Fate of VUHS bonds at stake on Tuesday

Posted on January 31, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes voters will pick a new mayor in March, as Mayor Michael Daniels made good on his pledge made early in 2012 not to seek re-election for a fourth term.

City residents will also decide a four-way race for three city council seats among three incumbents and a former two-term alderman.

The marquee race for mayor will pit incumbent Alderman Bill Benton against former mayor and Alderwoman April Jin.

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Bill Benton and April Jin vie to be next Vergennes mayor

Posted on January 31, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes voters will pick a new mayor in March, as Mayor Michael Daniels made good on his pledge made early in 2012 not to seek re-election for a fourth term.

City residents will also decide a four-way race for three city council seats among three incumbents and a former two-term alderman.

The marquee race for mayor will pit incumbent Alderman Bill Benton against former mayor and Alderwoman April Jin.

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Middlebury sets town budget that trims fire department fund donation

Posted on January 31, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday finalized a 2013-2014 municipal budget of $8,951,760 to present to voters at town meeting.

The proposed spending plan, if approved by residents, would drive an increase of around 4.5 cents in the town property tax rate and calls for a one-year, 50-percent reduction in the amount of money the community annually places into its fire equipment replacement fund.

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