January 23rd, 2014
One of the chief goals of the Vermont Legislature over the years has been to cut energy consumption through greater efficiency and to develop renewable energy resources. We continue to work towards these goals. The following is a report of accomplishments, programs and work in progress.
State Energy Policy
Am I too late to suggest the ideal solution to our venerable town hall?
Just drive, or walk, to the police station. There lies scenic land, plenty of space for parking, bike and walking paths to the Marble Works, old railroad station near where a new train station would appear behind Greg’s. And, removed from the college concerns.
Think ahead. Save the town from migrating south.
MIDDLEBURY — On Feb. 25 voters in the UD-3 school district will decide whether to lease district-owned property off Creek Road to the town of Middlebury for construction of a new community recreation center, and they will then go to the polls on March 4 to decide whether to float a $400,000 bond to finance an 1,800-square-foot addition onto the new center that would house four team rooms, storage space and restrooms.
MIDDLEBURY — Young people who avail themselves of the Middlebury-area teen center said a potential move to a new space would come with some tradeoffs, but they do see pluses in the facility’s proposed relocation from 94 Main St. to the “warming hut” on the town’s recreation park.
Similarly, directors and administrators of the center say the move would not present an ideal situation, but it could bring some new programming opportunities and amenities that local youths are prepared to embrace.
MIDDLEBURY — “Pandora’s Promise,” a documentary film that debates the merits of nuclear power, drew hundreds of students, faculty, and community members to Dana Auditorium at Middlebury College on Jan. 15 for a screening.
Afterwards, a group of scholars and the film’s director hosted a panel on the subject.
MIDDLEBURY — For many locals the name Ramunto’s comes to mind when they are looking for a tasty slice of pizza. Soon they’ll have to change their thinking, though, as the Middlebury business transitions to a new name.
The MacIntyre Lane take-out restaurant is transitioning to the name “Nino’s,” according to owner David Nienow, who guarantees that all of the things that make the place successful will continue.
“Things will continue on just like they have been,” he said, “only the name is changing.”
FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard will meet on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. to pin down a budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year to be presented to residents on Town Meeting Day, and board members will be working off a draft that would trigger a 1-cent tax increase.
Chairwoman Loretta Lawrence said budgeting for the treasurer position is the only uncertainty remaining in a spending plan that might go up by about 3.6 percent to about $1.73 million.
“We have to fine-tune the budget for that position,” Lawrence said.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents Michael and Judy Olinick confirmed on Tuesday they have gathered enough signatures to file a citizens’ petition for a Town Meeting Day referendum that will ask residents if they’d like to see their current municipal building and gym replaced or renovated at their current 94 Main St. location, instead of being erected elsewhere in the community.