Year: 2017

Year in review, 2017

  Carpe diem — it’s a phrase motivating people to live every day to the fullest. As we flip the calendar on another year gone, we keep this motto in mind. In 2017, the people we met and the events we experienced — both good and bad — remind us of Milton’s core and what fills this community with life, 365 days a year. Let’s take a look: Biggest headlines Local economy Budgets & elections Hellos & goodbyes...

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Year in review: hellos & goodbyes

A familiar storyline in 2017 was town turnover, a trend Milton’s new town manager Don Turner hopes to slow in 2018. This year started off with former manager Donna Barlow Casey handing in her notice. The first-time municipal manager now runs the Vermont Natural Resources Board, which administers land use law Act 250. Turner, her successor, is familiar with the statute: The town’s longtime fire and rescue chief is also a developer and real estate agent. He had to hang his public safety hats to take the manager position, and a transition for those department’s chiefs will take place...

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Year in review: budgets & elections

On Town Meeting Day, Milton voters approved the town’s $7.8 million budget – a 5.3 percent spending increase – but failed the school’s $30.1 million budget 1,038 to 677 on the first go-round. The measure would have increased spending by $1.5 million, or 5.45 percent, and upped education spending per equalized pupil by 6.79 percent. The board’s re-crafted $29.2 million proposal was a 1.98 percent increase. Education spending per equalized pupil climbed to $14,585, a 3.56 percent increase over the previous year. With low voter turnout, the ballot passed 785 to 671. Adding an in-house psychologist and world language...

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Year in review: biggest headlines

In June, a student’s allegation of racism in the middle school sparked conversation of racial awareness, diversity and inclusion in the Milton Town School District and greater community. The same week, former athletic director Michael Jabour, a black man, cited race in his resignation letter, saying the district’s lack of transparency left him assuming it didn’t want a black man to replace him. Parents, teachers and community members flocked to the school board, making their stance clear: They wanted explanation and action, and they wanted it fast. When it didn’t occur in the manner residents sought, they accused trustees...

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Year in review: local economy

A local nonprofit made up most of our business coverage in 2017, since it scored a prime Route 7 space, rent-free. The Milton Artists’ Guild’s Art Center and Gallery has taken up residence in the Hannaford plaza, thanks to developer Ernie Pomerleau’s gift of the space. Just this month, MAG announced Pomerleau renewed the offer until March 2019, when the parties will discuss a new funding arrangement. After all, the rent could be netting Pomerleau $80,000 a year. “Free forever probably is not a good option for me,” he told us. Yet he’s confident with the right model, the...

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