City council will make minor tweaks to zoning regs, not big changes

VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council has agreed to make small changes to the zoning and subdivision regulations update awaiting their approval, but won’t make big changes that could significantly delay implementation of the rules. At their May 10 meeting, councilors agreed to hold a work session to consider “non-substantive” changes to the zoning rewrite that was forwarded to the council this spring by the Vergennes Planning Commission. Councilors have yet to set a date for that chore. Those changes could … (read more)

Vergennes student wins gold at diesel competition

VERGENNES — Spencer White, a Vergennes resident and 11-grade student at the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center in Middlebury, won first place and a gold medal in the Diesel Equipment Technology competition at the 2022 SkillsUSA Vermont State Championship … (read more)

Vergennes Police Log: City police help with client dismissed from program

VERGENNES — Vergennes police on May 14 responded to Valley Vista facility in Alden Place to help staff at the rehabilitation center deal with a client who police said became unruly upon her dismissal from the program. Police said they gave the woman a rid … (read more)

City council to make small zoning changes, not big ones

Councilors want to make the zoning regs “as close to perfect as we can get them,” but don’t want to delay implementation.

Hugh O’Brien Leaders chosen at VUHS

Every year, each high school in the United States may choose at least one sophomore to represent them at their state’s Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Seminar.

VUMS student video considers youth health

Recently the Vergennes Union Middle School Student Response Team created a powerful and informative video featuring interviews with youth and adults discussing mental health in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the social and political reck … (read more)

City Council backs pollinator habitat

The Falls Park area in Vergennes by 2023 will have half an acre devoted to providing a friendly habitat for bees and other pollinators, and by two or three years later could have a dog park nearby.

Vergennes increases rates for use of pool

Fees for the use of the Vergennes city pool will rise at least slightly this season for both residents and non-residents.

City public works budget grows

Increasing costs across the board will push Vergennes Public Works Department spending higher in the upcoming 2023 Fiscal Year, the department head told the city council at its April 26 meeting.

USDA details $17M sewer grant & loan package

Officials from the Rural Development arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture have formally unveiled the $17.5 million package of a grant and long-term loan that Vergennes will receive to help fund the $25.5 million overhaul of the city’s sewer system.

City council sets second hearing on zoning laws

After hearing testimony at an April 12 public hearing from two residents in favor of new zoning and subdivision regulations, the Vergennes City Council scheduled a second, and most likely final, hearing for 5:30 p.m. on May 10.

Meeting on new city regs sparks speech debate

What little testimony the Vergennes City Council received at its April 12 hearing on proposed zoning and subdivision regulations favored the new laws, and the council set a second and in all likelihood final hearing for May 10 at 5:30 p.m.

Vergennes to get $17.5M for sewer

USDA officials will be in Vergennes on Thursday afternoon to make official the federal government’s $17.5 million contribution toward the city sewer system’s upcoming $25.5 million overhaul.

City eyes fire budget; two towns to get money back

City Counselor Mel Hawley and Ferrisburgh Town Clerk Pam Cousino determined Vergennes was undercharged by $6,357 and Waltham by $482, while Ferrisburgh was overbilled by $5,707 and Panton by $2,005.

Vergennes organist bids farewell with a concert

For the past seven years, Jenny Bower has been sitting at the Vergennes Congregational Church’s 1879 Hook and Hastings organ, playing hymns and more for congregants.