Author: Courtney Lamdin

Milton Family Community Center celebrates 25 years of service

The Milton Family Community Center is commemorating its 25th year of service this month. Not until 1985 did Milton have its own place for families in need to receive services. If a single mother needed training to help her get a job, she had to go to Burlington, a trip that wasn’t easy without reliable transportation. That was until Marge Wood, a now-retired mental health consultant, and a group of the Center’s early supporters decided to make Milton’s need for a “service hub” into a reality. Wood worked with Annette Benning of the Champlain Valley Agency on Aging, who...

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Selectboard fails to pass dog barking committee

At its Aug. 16 meeting, the Selectboard voted 4-0 to form an ad hoc committee to address barking issues. But at the Wednesday, Sept. 8 meeting, the committee was effectively disbanded before it could be formed. Board vice-chairman Darren Adams had the sole vote to accept the committee’s structure, as drafted by town manager Brian Palaia. Randy Barrows and Jeff Turner voted “no,” and board chairman Lou Mossey abstained. Todd Shepard was absent. The defeating vote came after public commentary from residents Amy Haskell, Tina FitzGerald and George McRae who opposed changing the ordinance and from Ron Harding and...

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Bove property uses to be discussed at meeting

The town is seeking feedback on what recreational uses should be allowed in the Bove Property, the 135-acre plot adjacent to the Town Forest. On Thursday, Sept. 16, consultant Lamoureux & Dickinson will present its findings from the inventory, assessments and recommendations study that shows the area’s forest cover, habitat types and other data and will solicit public commentary on desired uses. From this and a second meeting on October 21, the consultant will submit a final report to the Selectboard on November 15. This is the first step in determining what activities will be allowed on the property,...

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Town sets fiscal year 2012 budget

The Selectboard finalized its FY2012 budget at a special meeting Monday, Jan. 24. The board unanimously supported a $6,171,350 general fund budget, up $276,129 or 4.5 percent from this year’s $5,895,221. This year’s tax levy, or the amount to be raised by taxes, is $4,452,663, up from fiscal year 2011’s $4,171,369. The municipal tax rate is estimated to be $.4146 this year, up 2.5 cents from last year’s $.3896. This includes 1.25 cents for the library expansion and West Milton Road reconstruction projects approved by voters last year. The average homeowner will see a $45 increase on his or...

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CCTA routes approved for February service

The Chittenden County Transportation Authority’s board of commissioners approved Milton’s proposed bus routes last month, giving the go-ahead for service beginning in February. “It sounds like the CCTA board is confident that everything is okay with the route they saw in December,” said CCTA planning manager Meredith Birkett. The route includes two morning and evening commuter trips and a midday and evening run. Major stops in Milton are the Chimney Corners Park and Ride, Catamount Industrial Park, Milton Town Offices, a River Street-Villemaire Avenue stop and Husky. The first bus arrives at River Street-Villemaire at 6:40 a.m. and pulls...

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