January 19th, 2015
It was a privilege to be in Montpelier on Wednesday, Jan. 14 among those speaking at the press conference in support of a new state Senate bill to require universal background checks on gun sales in Vermont. This highly focused legislation will extend to gun shows and online sales the same background check requirements already in place for licensed gun retailers.
This week’s writer is Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin.
Editor’s note: The following was submitted as an open letter to the Cornwall selectboard.
First I want to thank you for the hundreds of hours of work you have put in trying to deal with the proposed gas pipeline issue. All of this was imposed upon you by Vermont Gas, who with their limitless resources have used their ability to deprive you of so much of your personal life to try to wear you down to acquiescence to their proposed pipeline.
MIDDLEBURY — This Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 19, at 8 p.m. when lights go up in Mead Chapel at Middlebury College, the audience will see and hear something new in the college’s traditional celebration of Dr. King’s legacy: a gospel choir of Middlebury College students.
Led by Appalachian State University Gospel Choir Director Keith McCutchen, students will present a short program of traditional gospel and spiritual tunes in original arrangements by McCutchen.
BRISTOL — The Bristol Fire Department may have a new, viable location on which to build its new firehouse, thanks to a land deal inked by a local businessman with a history of partnering with the town.
Kevin Harper told the Bristol selectboard Monday evening that he and business partner David Blittersdorf had just purchased two adjacent parcels on the south side of West Street, directly across from the West Street site currently under consideration for a new firehouse.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central Supervisory Union (ACSU) voters in March will be asked to approve a UD-3 school spending plan of $17,287,008 for the 2015-2016 academic year, which reflects a 1.3-percent increase compared to this year.
The UD-3 budget covers the combined annual operating expenses for Middlebury Union middle and high schools. The spending plan is fielded each year by residents in the ACSU towns that feed MUMS and MUHS: Bridport, Cornwall, Middlebury, Salisbury, Shoreham, Ripton and Weybridge.
SOUTH BURLINGTON — Vermont Gas Systems President and CEO Don Rendall doesn’t have the biggest office at the company’s headquarters in South Burlington.
In fact, he doesn’t have an office at all. Rather, he set up his desk in the second floor reception area, by a row of windows that overlook Swift Street, and gave the administrative assistant that had occupied the space her own office down the hall.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury officials are proposing to use a combination of surplus money, revenue adjustments and spending reductions to trim the proposed fiscal year 2016 municipal budget by $158,742, an amount that would allow the selectboard to achieve its goal of limiting the impact on residents to a 4-cent increase on the local property tax rate.