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City OKs several summer events

VERGENNES — Members of the Vergennes City Council move forward on planning for the coming year’s municipal budget, which they hope to finalize next week (see story, Page 1A).
In other business on Tuesday, aldermen:
•Heard from planning commission chairman Shannon Haggett that a public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. on June 30 on a proposed update to the city’s municipal plan. Haggett said there are no major changes to the document, but the update includes new information on such things as city history, education, the police station and the Vermont Council on Rural Development’s recent “Community Visit,” an effort to vitalize various aspects of the city.
•Gave a public assembly permit to South Water Street residents who want to hold a block party from 3 to 7 p.m. on July 27. Organizers said they hope to build community spirit and that they plan food and music.
•Agreed to spend $600 from the city pool fund to help the Vergennes Swim Team buy three new lane lines. Team organizer Michelle Eckels said the team would soon need to replace the remaining four lines, but would try to raise the money over the next six to eight months. The team will ask for more support next winter if it cannot raise all the money, she said.
•Heard from Hawley that two open houses will be held at the new police station, a formal one from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, and a second session from 5 to 7 p.m. on July 30 for those who cannot attend the first one.
•Heard a reminder from Alderman Michael Daniels that the city’s annual Youth Fishing Derby will take place this weekend and will include a Saturday afternoon barbecue, a Saturday night concert by Matteo Palmer and a Sunday awards ceremony at American Legion Post 14. More information on the derby is online at Vergennes.org.

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