Author: Abby Ledoux

Planning commission OKs Harrison quarry plan

Georgia businessman Jim Harrison has cleared the final major hurdle in his quest to build and operate a quarry next to his concrete batching plant off Route 104A. After 25 minutes of deliberation following its June 28 meeting, the planning commission voted unanimously to approve Harrison’s site plan, the final step in the process after Harrison obtained Act 250 and local zoning board of adjustment approval earlier this year. The project has not been without controversy. A tenacious group of neighbors opposed Harrison’s proposal from the start, appearing at every hearing and public forum over the last two years....

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Messages from Montpelier

By SEN. TIM ASHE (D/P-Chittenden) I want to report on a few areas where ideas originating from constituent calls and emails were passed into law in 2016. I’ve been contacted by many young Vermonters with a similar story. They graduate college, land a job, sow their oats, realize they want to plant roots and buy a home, then realize they can’t afford to in Chittenden County. It’s also a problem for employers who struggle to retain and recruit quality employees. So over the last two years, we created a down payment assistance program through the Vermont Housing Finance Agency...

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Manager’s Message

With summer fully underway, residents have been asking why they’re not seeing a lot of roadwork being done in town. Typically, this is the time when paving happens – in multiple locations. The answer is that our paving schedule is delayed this year. On target for completion beginning in late summer are sections of North, Sanderson and Middle roads. This decision was made immediately after Milton’s former DPW director resigned in March. At that time, debate existed about paving priorities, the availability of funds and restructuring of the public works department. In delaying the onset of paving, we have...

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Bus system gets mobile

About the same time Green Mountain Transit cuts the ribbon on its new transit center in downtown Burlington, it will also launch a mobile application that allows riders to track buses in real time. Such apps are becoming an industry standard for metropolitan bus systems, according to GMT general manager Karen Walton. They eliminate any anxiety riders feel when waiting for a bus that doesn’t show up on the dot and enable riders to better time when they arrive at a bus stop. No more getting there five minutes early, just in case, which is especially nice on bad...

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Former Georgia firefighters sue town

Two former Georgia firefighters have sued the town for terminating them earlier this year for their refusal to sign a contentious confidentiality agreement. Through attorney Ted Hobson, longtime firefighters Heather Grimm and Chris Gonyeau alleged their dismissals violate their constitutional rights to due process, free expression and protection against unreasonable search and seizures. Hobson filed a lawsuit on their behalf with the U.S. District Court on July 1. Franklin County sheriffs served the town of Georgia on July 14, and the town has 21 days to respond. The 19-page, eight-count complaint details many of the same grievances Grimm, Gonyeau...

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