Month: January 2011

Church break-in prompts investigation

Milton police are investigating a break-in to St. Ann’s Parish that they said occurred sometime between 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17 and 8 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18. When janitor Roger Reil arrived at the church on Tuesday morning, he noticed a door that leads from the outside of the building into the mechanical room had been forced open, said The Rev. John Feltz. There is no doorway from the mechanical room into the main church building, but the intruder or intruders improvised: Reil discovered a two-and-a-half-foot hole in the drywall, big enough for someone to climb through, Feltz said....

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District makes cuts to close budget gap

The School Board voted unanimously to accept the proposed FY2012 budget at its meeting Monday, Jan. 24. After months of discussion, the board settled on a $23,922,914 budget, with $1,288,765 funded by grants and $22,634,149 raised by taxation and other revenue sources. The latter figure represents a .59 percent or $134,387 decrease from fiscal year 2011’s figure. Over the past two years, the district has reduced the budget by $205,668, business manager Don Johnson said. Board chairman Doug Stout said the legislature’s imposed Challenges for Change law, which forced Milton to cut $318,466 from FY11, was a factor in...

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Selectboard amends ordinance on dog barking

In a relatively tame public hearing last week, the Selectboard voted 5-0 to accept suggested changes to the dog-barking ordinance, a topic that, in the past, has drawn large, noisy crowds. The Ordinance for the Care and Control of Dogs was changed on Tuesday, Jan. 18 to allow Milton police to use discretion in determining nuisance barking. Previously, dogs were allowed to bark for up to an hour before an officer could ticket the owner, a phrasing that was often cited as “unenforceable” because police don’t have time to listen to barking for 60 minutes. Kennels are also no...

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Highway crew reminds town of winter work

There’s already been a steady supply of snow this winter, and the town’s Highway Department is enforcing its winter operations policy to keep roads safe. The policy, found on the town’s website, includes priority roads for plowing (Westford, Lake and West Milton roads, to name a few), guidelines for mailbox placement (44 to 46 inches from the ground) and details about the nightly parking ban (midnight to 8 a.m., December 1 to April 1). Highway superintendent David Antone said Milton’s winter operations differ from surrounding towns’. For one, Milton uses a “safe roads” instead of a “bare roads” policy....

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Georgia Wind project receives state funding

The Georgia Mountain Community Wind Project received $750,000 in loans from the state that owner Jim Harrison hopes to use for construction or purchasing the turbines, as announced in a Dec. 21 press release. The funding is a just a piece of the $30 million project, but Harrison was pleased. “It’s great,” he said. “Anything helps. We look at it as very favorable.” The Vermont Economic Development Authority is underwriting the loan. Chief executive officer Jo Bradley said this and Burke Mountain’s wind project that was also approved will benefit from the funding. “These are capital investment projects,” she...

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