May 11th, 2014
A mailing from the Citizens for Middlebury’s Future asks for our thoughts. Here are mine.
You are asking Middlebury residents to give up one of the best financial opportunities the town has had in a long time, if not ever.
The new location for town offices, in accordance with the town plan, keeps the offices downtown; the office building design is efficient and welcoming. The new location for the municipal gymnasium nestled among athletic fields is incredibly convenient for students at Mary Hogan, the middle school and the high school. The plan which was passed is a good one for the town of Middlebury now and well into the future, and most importantly, it is one we can afford.
I wish to thank all those who attended my retirement party on April 19. After 33 years as town clerk and treasurer for Whiting, it was nice to visit and reflect with so many of you at the party.
I also wish to thank all those who brought food and donated money for the Whiting Food Shelf. It was a great boost for the food shelf.
Thank you for your recent article on Porter Hospital’s difficulties with “boarding” patients with psychiatric emergencies in the Emergency Department. It is time that some light was shed on this situation.
Special elections are notorious for smaller turnouts. That’s particularly unfortunate for issues of importance and which have dominated the public discourse for months. In Middlebury, almost 1,700 cast votes on Town Meeting Day to decide in favor of a $6.5 bond to build a new municipal building and recreational center. Almost certainly, fewer people will vote in this reconsideration on Tuesday, but hopefully a reasonable number will turn out so that the issue can be put to rest.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents will go to the polls next Tuesday, May 13, to vote again on a $6.5 million plan to build new town offices and a recreation center.
Residents on March 4 voted 915 to 798 in favor of the plan, which calls for a new, 9,400-square-foot municipal building to be built at 77 Main St. and a new, 11,500-square-foot recreation center to be erected on land off Creek Road.
SHOREHAM — More than 170 people flooded the Shoreham Elementary School gym on Wednesday evening to weigh in on a controversial plan to extend a natural gas pipeline from Middlebury to the International Paper Co. mill in Ticonderoga, N.Y., with most of the speakers urging state regulators to deny a permit for a $70 million project for environmental and public safety reasons.
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh residents on Tuesday, May 13, will decide the fate of a $3.5 million Ferrisburgh Central School budget proposal that is about $120,000 lower than the FCS board’s initial plan that lost on March 4, 450-279, or about 62-38 percent.