June 30th, 2016
As farmers weighed in on the third and final draft of proposed new agricultural practices regulations designed to clean up Vermont’s steams, rivers and lakes, Vermont Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross made it clear that stricter regulation is not an option — it is essential.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council on Tuesday used some creative accounting and a new, larger projected fund balance to hold the 2016-2017 increase in the municipal portion of the city tax rate to 4 cents, while adopting a $2.23 million general fund budget.
The new municipal tax rate will be 79 cents, up from 75 cents in Vergennes’ 2015-2016 fiscal year that ends on June 30.
The municipal tax rate increase of about 5.3 percent will translate to an additional $80 a year in taxes on a $200,000 home.
BRISTOL — Federal officials have poured some cold water on Bristol’s quest to secure a $501,759 federal grant to help pay off a $1.1 million water system improvement bond that local voters approved back on May 10.
BRISTOL — Members of the Bristol selectboard have agreed to paint what is likely to be a temporary crosswalk on West Street that will serve the popular Village Creeme Stand.
ADDISON COUNTY — It’s June, and that means that it is National Employee Wellbeing Month. It is an opportunity for businesses to implement or improve their employee wellness programs. For many local businesses with effective wellness programs already in place, June is yet another month in a long-term effort to bring wellness and fitness into the workplace.
MIDDLEBURY — The Porter Medical Center Auxiliary Board of Directors has approved a contribution of $131,000 to Porter Hospital in support of a state-of-the-art patient monitoring system upgrade project. The total cost of the project is $350,000, with the auxiliary donation providing the final funding portion of what Porter’s Interim CEO Dr. Fred Kniffin has called “one of my highest-priority projects and a significant step forward for our community hospital.”
MIDDLEBURY — CVAA will host its First Friday Meal at the Middlebury VFW on July 1. Seniors are asked to arrive at 11 a.m. for a noon meal featuring stuffed chicken, mashed cauliflower, peas and carrots, mesclun mixed salad with a choice of dressing, dinner roll and birthday cake for dessert.
Certified organic regular and decaffeinated coffee will be available thanks to the donation of Vermont Coffee Company.
The suggested donation for the meal is $4, and advanced reservations are required. Call CVAA at 1-800-642-5110, ext. 1070, to reserve a spot.
This year at the 2nd Annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra will present its “Excellence in Music Composed for Film Award” to one filmmaker whose selection and incorporation of original music into their film displays the highest potential for future success.