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Council OKs funds for bus stop, sets forum

VERGENNES — In addition to discussing a proposed toddler park, Vergennes aldermen this past Tuesday also:
•  Approved spending up to $1,700 from the Water Tower Fund as the local match for a $17,000 grant to build a new Addison County Transit Resources bus shelter at the intersection of Main and Green streets in front of Hollyhocks. Aldermen believe the shelter could be in place before the winter because ACTR has already obtained the grant for it.
•  Backed spending up to $8,000 from the Water Tower Fund over the next two years to pay for the local match of a “Strong Communities and Better Connections” grant to fund researching and writing a new master plan for the downtown and Otter Creek basin areas. That planning process was recommended to aldermen by the transportation task force that grew out of the Vermont Council on Rural Development Community Visit effort earlier this year.
•  Agreed to warn a second and almost certainly final public hearing on the proposed update on the Vergennes city plan. The hearing will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 30, in the fire station basement. Aldermen warned it as a special meeting, which they said would allow them to adopt the plan that evening. The current municipal plan expires at the end of this month.

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