House Approves Bill Aimed At Protecting Towns From Floods

By Kirk Carapezza Eighteen months after Tropical Storm Irene, the Vermont House has passed a bill that aims to help towns protect against future floods. The measure approved this morning would require municipal and regional planning commissions to plan for future flood resiliency as part of their plans. Cities and towns continue to debate whether [...]

House Bill Would Require Towns to Plan for Flooding

By Kirk Carapezza As cities and towns debate whether to rebuild in a smarter, safer way or buyback properties and leave them undeveloped in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene, a bill moving through the Vermont House would require that local governments plan for future flood resiliency. Rep. David Deen, D-Westminster, is the lead sponsor [...]

Waitsfield Seeks Bond to Build Town Offices

By Amy Kolb Noyes On Town Meeting Day in Waitsfield, voters will decide whether to bond up to $1.6 million to build a town office building. The town offices are currently housed below the town library, on Bridge Street. If the bond passes, the town would purchase a lot on Route 100 where it would [...]

As Lawmakers Take Up Climate Change, Businesses Say They Are Part Of Solution

By Kirk Carapezza As lawmakers turn their attention to climate change this week, business leaders and farmers were at the Statehouse Wednesday morning to talk about how it affects their operations and their bottom lines. Joe Fusco, the vice president of Casella Waste Systems, said the solid waste company sees climate change as part of [...]

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 [...]

Statehouse Open House Raises $100K For Irene Relief

In lieu of a traditional inaugural ball, Gov. Peter Shumlin hosted an open house Thursday night at the Statehouse to benefit ongoing Tropical Storm Irene recovery efforts. Vermont Irene Recovery Officer Sue Minter reports that the more casual event brought in $100,000 for the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund through ‘Vermont Strong’ license plate sales and [...]

In His Second Inaugural Address, Shumlin Says Vt. Is Poised To Lead In Education

In the lingering wake of a devastating storm and a protracted recession, Gov. Peter Shumlin used his second inaugural address Thursday to lay out a plan to bolster Vermont’s economy by improving its educational system. Shortly after taking the oath for his second two-year term, Shumlin said he was diverging from a long-held tradition and [...]

I-89 Reopens

Police say Interstate 89 has reopened after a downed power line blocked the road.  

Latest PublicPost Updates

Today, the latest minutes from Vermont towns like Barnet, Bethel, Guildhall, Manchester, Sunderland and Thetford were added to the PublicPost archive. You can view these minutes by clicking here and selecting your town. Here are a few highlights from the latest update: Town officials in Barnet are reviewing the town’s ordinance for regulating All-Terrain Vehicles [...]

Rockingham’s Worral Bridge To Be Repaired

Rockingham’s Select Board unanimously passed a motion to accept a bid from Daniels Construction, a private bridge building company located in Ascutney for the repair of the Worrall Covered Bridge at a cost not to exceed $17,975. The bridge was damaged due to the flooding brought on by Tropical Storm Irene and is amongst a [...]