Month: July 2014

Dam Store sells at auction

The foreclosed Dam Store in Milton sold to the highest bidder, Joe Handy, on Friday. Handy, whose family operates 19 Simon’s stores, including the Valero in Milton, vowed to pay $200,000 for the prime Route 7 spot with his final, winning offer as Bidder No. 1. The 2,760-square-foot building at 87 Route 7 North is assessed at $285,270, town records show. The sale included the real estate, building and all possessions left inside, which included coolers, wire and glass shelving, signs and even some leftover Arizona iced tea jugs. The store shuttered this winter when the lender filed to...

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If these roads could talk

The town of Georgia has 89 miles of public road. People walk, run and drive across them every day. But what happens when years go by, transportation evolves, the town shifts in shape and size, and roads slip out of regular use? According to a law passed in 2006, roads that don’t appear on town highway maps but were once created by a proper legal process fall under a new category called unidentified corridors, or colloquially, ancient roads. When the law charged municipalities with officially mapping all town highways or trails by 2015, the Georgia Selectboard sent out a...

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Dysfunction junction

Nearly two years after Milton’s Selectboard chose a preferred redesign for one the state’s most dangerous intersections, the state has decided not to fund it. Vermont Agency of Transportation project manager Patti Coburn delivered the news about the Railroad Street/Middle Road/Route 7 X-shaped intersection at the board’s July 21 meeting. “We’re constantly looking at what is the best way to provide a safe and reliable transportation system,” Coburn said. “If … one [design] is over $1 million less expensive, we certainly need to consider that regardless of where we are in the process.” The board chose a “full hourglass”...

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Wednesday, July 16 – Tuesday, July 22

WRITTEN WARNINGS 27 TICKETS 10 Speeding 3 Uninsured vehicles 2 Driving with suspended license 2 Uninspected vehicles ARRESTS 1 DUI, 1st offense 1 Leaving scene of an accident TOTAL CALLS 189 7/16, 10:08 a.m., Found/Lost Property, McMullen Rd. A man found a BB gun on his lawn and wanted to turn it into police. 7/16, 10:28 p.m., Simple Assault, Route 7 Officer Nicholas Hendry responded to a residence and heard two males arguing. He spoke with the subjects and seized a handgun from one because he was a convicted felon. The case is pending. 7/18, 6:33 a.m., Animal Problem,...

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‘Night out’ to build connections

Don’t miss the fun next Tuesday night, when townspeople gather for music, games and food, all while shining a spotlight on crime prevention. The Milton Community Youth Coalition is putting on the fifth annual National Night Out at the municipal complex on August 5, in conjunction with the nationwide effort that strengthens community-police relations. This year’s event features perennial favorites like live music by Bobby and the Retrotones, face painting, lawn games and a distracted driving exhibit with golf carts. The timing is perfect for the latter activity, since using a cellphone while driving becomes illegal in Vermont this...

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