Cabot Considers Closing High School

Voters in Cabot are being asked to decide whether to close the town’s small high school and offer school choice for ninth through twelfth graders. The question is on the warning for the annual Cabot School District meeting. That meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m on Monday, March 4, the evening prior to Town [...]

Norwich Tower Up for a Vote – Again

By Ross Sneyd Voters in Norwich will have a second chance to weigh in on a plan to build a controversial tower designed to improve public safety communications. In August, they turned down a bond issue to help fund the tower. It’s currently supposed to be built by VTel, which would also be able to [...]

VT Mayors Coalition Seeks Funding to Cities for Supervised Housing

By Amy Kolb Noyes Less than two weeks ago, all eight of Vermont’s mayors announced they are joining forces to “advocate for issues of common interest.” The newly formed Vermont Mayors Coalition also released a legislative policy summary calling for tax increment financing (TIF) reform, improved public safety, and enhanced state tax credits for “designated [...]

Charlotte Launches WatershED Cafe

By Amy Kolb Noyes A citizens group in Charlotte launched a watershed education series Wednesday called the WatershED Café. The opening event included a river flume demonstration and a discussion entitled “Where is My Watershed?” The Café is a series of free, monthly community workshops that explore topics related to Charlotte’s water resources and watersheds. [...]

Vt. Mayors Outline Their Priorities For The Legislature

Leaders of Vermont’s cities appeared at the Statehouse on Tuesday to outline their priorities for the Legislature. Standing side by side in the Cedar Creek Room, seven of Vermont’s eight mayors said they want the state to reform its system for tax increment financing districts. “It’s degenerated into a food fight,” said Barre Mayor Thom [...]

In Irene’s Wake, Vt. Towns To Bolster Digital Networks

When Tropical Storm Irene struck Vermont, isolating cities and towns, many survivors logged online to find resources and to seek help. Now, more than 16 months later, rural communities hit hard by Irene are receiving federal aid to implement digital projects designed to prepare them for future storms. In Moretown, floodwaters jumped the banks of [...]

Addison County Delegation To Reevaluate Vt. Gas Pipeline

A legislative delegation from Addison County is responding to the town of Monkton’s opposition to the proposed route for a natural gas pipeline extension. The South Burlington-based Vermont Gas Systems wants to add 42 miles of new pipeline from Colchester to Addison County. The route would also serve International Paper in Ticonderoga, N.Y. But the [...]

UPDATE: Castleton Split On Town Hall Vote

Voters in Castleton are divided on whether to build a new town office or restore the old one. That means the plan will go back to the Castleton Select Board. Voters narrowly approved  a $750,000 bond, 871 to 801. But they voted down the second bond, 810 to 844, which allocated an additional $210,000 for [...]

Partial Tally Shows Burlington Supports Legalization of Pot

Early results in Burlington show voters in Vermont’s largest city approve the legalization of cannabis products. Burlington voters were asked Tuesday if it’s time to legalize pot. The non-binding question on the ballot asks city residents whether marijuana and hemp should be legalized, regulated and taxed. Joel Banner Baird of the Burlington Free Press writes [...]

UPDATE: Rutland Water Bond Fails

In Rutland voters said no to a $5.5 million activated carbon water filtration system to help the city meet EPA drinking water standards. City residents were closely divided on the issue because the less costly alternative meant adding chloramine to their water which some worry poses health risks. Rutland Mayor Chris Louras says the good [...]