City officials address policy, municipal budget

VERGENNES — In addition to discussing new zoning at a Tuesday meeting, the Vergennes City Council also took care of a number of other issues. At the June 12 meeting, aldermen:
•  Said they would not take up the issue of a new policy for displays on the city green — notably including the longstanding Christian crèche — until July. Before then, the latest draft of a policy will circulate to council members and then be posted at vergennes.org.
•  Postponed a discussion with Vergennes Opera House official Allison Rimmer until June 26, when cameras will return to the council meeting. Rimmer and Mayor Michael Daniels agreed that would allow Rimmer to make her case for more city support for the theater more directly to the public as well as to aldermen.
•  Said they would try to wrap up the 2012-2013 municipal budget at their June 26 meeting. They could also hold special meetings on the 27th or 28th to wrap up the budget and set the municipal tax rate before the June 30 deadline.
•  Heard a reminder from Daniels that the city’s annual Junior Fishing Derby will begin in the Otter Creek basin on June 22. More information is available at vergennes.org.
•  Thanked all who volunteered to make the Vergennes Memorial Day parade a success, notably American Legion official Henry Broughton, who headed the effort for a 50th year.
•  Heard from Daniels that longtime pool maintenance head Roland Guyette had stepped down, and that City Manager Mel Hawley had hired Brad Castillo to handle the job.

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