April 2nd, 2015
BRISTOL — A committee of volunteers charged with developing a design for a new firehouse in Bristol will present the plan they chose at a meeting next Wednesday, April 8, at 7 p.m. in Holley Hall.
If the public is receptive of the plan, the selectboard hopes to schedule a bond vote for the project as early as June, with an eye on breaking ground in September.
The new firehouse would replace the current facility on North Street, which was completed in 1897 and suffers from a number of structural deficiencies.
MIDDLEBURY — Mary Hogan Elementary School board directors are hoping for a big turnout at the ID-4 school district annual meeting on Wednesday, April 8. At the 7 p.m. meeting at the school gym residents will vote on the Middlebury elementary school’s proposed 2015-2016 spending plan of $6,775,965, and also potentially change the date and manner by which future spending plans are voted.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen in a 4-2 vote on Tuesday agreed to defend in court their support for a proposed East Street preschool playground.
The action came in response to a March 18 lawsuit that East Street resident John O’Donnell, who has spoken against the project at public meetings, filed in Addison Superior Court that sought a preliminary injunction ordering Vergennes to cease efforts to build the playground.
BRISTOL — A Bristol business dedicated to high-quality products is expanding with the help of a loan from the Addison County Economic Development Corp.
The ACEDC gave Vermont Farm Table a loan totaling $38,000, part of a financing program totaling $100,000, with additional funds coming from the National Bank of Middlebury. The company plans to use the capital to hire new staff to expand its operations and invest in product development.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police portray the man suspected of robbing two city banks as a desperate drug addict who was nevertheless remorseful for his actions.
Police arrested 44-year-old Addison resident Ricky D. Putnam, late on Saturday afternoon after he voluntarily came to the Vergennes Police Department.
VERGENNES — At their meeting on Tuesday, members of the Vergennes City Council dealt with a lawsuit against the planned toddler park (see story), and also:
ADDISON — The Addison Planning Commission is seeking input from town residents as it prepares updates to the town plan that will also help planners to make final some long-awaited changes to Addison’s zoning laws.
The commission is in the process of surveying residents on how they feel about a number of specific land-use questions and general issues about development and town priorities, and members are hoping for as broad a response as possible.
MIDDLEBURY — A Huntington man on Monday pleaded innocent in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, to six separate charges — including attempting to elude police, driving under the influence and possession of narcotics — following a chase in Monkton on March 14.