Council talks about Bixby, police station

VERGENNES — At their Feb. 19 meeting, Vergennes aldermen considered a solar array in the city (see story above). In other business, aldermen:
•  Prepared for this Tuesday’s informational meeting on their $1.85 million bond proposal to fund a new police station on a small North Main Street parcel that is the former home of Vergennes Auto Sales (see story, Page 1). The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Vergennes firehouse (it will follow a 6:30 p.m. awards ceremony for firefighters). Mayor Michael Daniels said the goal of the council’s presentation will be to answer as many potential questions as possible, in part by showing the department’s current headquarters. There will be ample time for residents to ask questions, the mayor said.
•  Discussed the higher funding request from the Bixby Memorial Library board, which aldermen will decide upon this spring during their annual budget deliberations. Daniels said one factor in the council’s decision will be how other towns respond to similar requests from the Bixby board.
•        Talked about what might be a more consistent and fair process for nonprofit groups seeking funding from the council. Aldermen have awarded money in recent years to the Vergennes Opera House and Vergennes Partnership, but Daniels said they are concerned doing so is not consistent with the voter-approved process for charitable donations. Aldermen could develop a policy in the months to come, he said.

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