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Panton board aims to start town hall repairs

Posted on December 7, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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PANTON — The Panton selectboard will have bids and drawings in hand at its Dec. 12 meeting for a project that would fix Panton Town Hall’s deteriorating steps up to its main meeting space and replace what board members call its also sub-par handicap-access ramp.

Board members said last week they had hoped to have that work done already, but is has been slowed by delays in getting plans.

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VTrans, planners revive idea of Vergennes truck bypass

Posted on November 22, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Once again the possibility is alive of a bypass that would send truck traffic around downtown Vergennes, although local and state officials say one is not likely to be built for at least 30 years.

At a Nov. 15 meeting in Middlebury of the Addison County Regional Planning Commission’s Transportation Advisory Committee, or TAC, Vermont Agency of Transportation officials agreed to work with regional planners to study city bypass options, with a recommendation probably to be made by the end of 2018.

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Panton solar battery advances

Posted on October 26, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



PANTON — Green Mountain Power officials are now working on completing a final, and key, step involved with siting a 5-megawatt solar array on a Panton farm not far from the town’s office building and highway garage.

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Lakeside towns seek power-line tax revenues

Posted on September 7, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Four Addison County communities have joined a legal effort to compel developers of the proposed New England Clean Power Link (NECPL) to pay municipal property taxes on the entire electric power transmission line — including the segment located on the bed of Lake Champlain off their respective shorelines.

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ANWSD negotiators strike a deal on a new teachers contract

Posted on September 1, 2017 |
By John Flowers



VERGENNES — The Addison Northwest School District (ANWSD) and Addison Northwest Teachers’ Association have tentatively agreed on a new, two-year contract. Mark Koenig, a leader of the ANWSD board negotiating team, said the two sides reached the tentative deal at around 3 a.m. Friday, Sept. 1, following a mediated session that lasted more than 11 hours.

The last teachers contract ran through June 30.

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Homestead tax rates drop in Panton, Waltham and Addison

Posted on August 28, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON — The final 2017-2018 residential property tax rates in the three smaller Addison Northwest School District towns, Panton, Waltham and Addison, are lower than in the 2016-2017 fiscal year, although the decrease in Panton is minimal.

Meanwhile, non-residential rates — paid by owners of business and rental property and second homes along Lake Champlain — dropped in Waltham, rose by less than 2 cents in Addison, and increased by around 5 cents in Panton.

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Panton adopts new zoning laws

Posted on July 27, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



PANTON — The Panton selectboard on July 11 adopted new zoning regulations that include for the first time extensive provisions on the siting of wind and solar projects, and also create rules on the siting and occupation of farm labor housing.

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Panton consolidating two town office jobs into one

Posted on July 24, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



PANTON — The Panton selectboard has decided to consolidate its two main town office jobs into one position and is now advertising for one person to serve both as a treasurer and town clerk, posts now held by Diane Merrill and Jean Miller, respectively.

Merrill, a Vergennes business co-owner who according to selectboard Chairman Howard Hall plans to resign before the end of August, now holds a 20-hour-a-week job in town hall, while Miller works 32 hours a week as clerk.

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$20K raised to help Panton farmer fight deportation

Posted on July 13, 2017 |
By Will DiGravio



PANTON — The GoFundMe campaign in support of Juan De La Cruz, a Panton resident of Mexican birth, farm owner and father of six who is facing deportation, has met its $20,000 fundraising goal.

As reported in the June 15 issue of the Independent, the funds raised via the campaign webpage are being used to cover De La Cruz’s legal costs as he fights to stay in the country.

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Tax rates in Waltham and Panton are going down

Posted on July 10, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON/PANTON/WALTHAM — The June 30 Vermont Department of Taxes release of 2017-2018 school tax rates brought mostly good financial news for owners of residential and commercial property in Addison, Panton and Waltham.

Homestead school tax rates in Addison and Waltham dropped by more than 13 and 10 cents, respectively, while the rate in Panton rose, but by less than a cent, according to a spreadsheet released by the Department of Taxes. See below for exact rates.

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