All A Matter Of Timing

By Amy Kolb Noyes The Town of Lincoln has scheduled a special town meeting to ratify the results from Town Meeting Day earlier this month. And the following day a special election will be held to follow up on a Town Meeting Day decision. The special town meeting is necessary because Vermont law says the [...]

Work Resumes On St. Albans Streetscape

By Amy Kolb Noyes Construction work has resumed in downtown St. Albans. The Downtown Streetscape Project began last fall with the east side of Main Street, between Congress and Bank Streets. This construction season work will be completed on the west side, between Kingman and Hudson Streets. The entire project is scheduled to be completed [...]

Planning For A Burlington Bike Path Overhaul

By Amy Kolb Noyes The city of Burlington has put out a call for consultants to plan a complete rehabilitation of the Burlington Bike Path. Proposals from design and engineering consultant teams are due by the end of the month. The project is scheduled to begin a year from this spring. “The 7.5-mile Burlington Bike [...]

Committee Takes On Speeders In Jay

By Amy Kolb Noyes Town meeting voters in Jay opted not to appropriate money to hire the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department to patrol for speeders in the village, along Route 242. But the Jay Select Board is still determined to address the speeding issue. The board has formed a Traffic Control Committee that it hopes [...]

Town Meeting Wrap-up: Part III

By Amy Kolb Noyes Prior to Vermont’s 2013 town meetings, VPR News tweeted some interesting items found in the various warnings. Since Town Meeting Day we’ve been following up on and tweeting those results. Find them on Twitter using #PublicPost or follow Amy Kolb Noyes on Twitter. Here are the latest, in case you missed [...]

Three Towns Weigh In On Rights Of Nature

By Amy Kolb Noyes Strafford resident Steve Marx thinks nature deserves the same rights afforded to people and, in light of the Citizens United Supreme Court case, corporations. And he aims to change the Vermont Constitution to guarantee those rights. With the help of the Vermont Law Schoolʼs Environmental Law Center, the Earth Law Center [...]

National Designation to Preserve Wild & Scenic Rivers

By Amy Kolb Noyes The National Wild and Scenic Rivers System was created by Congress 45 years ago through the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.The law is intended to protect rivers, or river segments with “outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values in a free-flowing condition for the enjoyment of present and future generations.” In 2009, [...]

Town Meeting Wrap-up: Part II

By Amy Kolb Noyes Prior to Vermont’s 2013 town meetings, VPR News tweeted some interesting items found in the various warnings. Since Town Meeting Day we’ve been following up on and tweeting those results. Find them on Twitter using #PublicPost or follow Amy Kolb Noyes on Twitter. Here are a few, in case you missed [...]

Hartford Defeats Local Option Tax, Passes Cooperative Recreational Spending

By Amy Kolb Noyes Hartford voters get together for their annual town and school district meetings on Saturday, April 6. However a number of questions were decided last Tuesday – Vermont’s traditional Town Meeting Day – via the polls. Hartford ballot voters approved a slate of spending items, but decided against a local option tax [...]

Pipeline Company Disappointed With Town Meeting Votes

By John Dillon The head of a pipeline company targeted by voters at town meeting says he’s disappointed in the results. Twenty-nine towns approved non-binding resolutions against using an existing pipeline to carry tar sands oil across northern Vermont for export via Portland, Maine. Larry Wilson, the chief executive of the Portland Pipe Line Corp., [...]