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Vermont United responds to court ruling

Dear Neighbors,

The recent ruling from U.S. District Court (Vermont Rail System v. Town of Shelburne, Case 2:16-cv-00016-wks, June 29, 2016) allows for the continued construction of VRS’s intermodal rail transfer station in Shelburne and leaves open the possibility for future oversight from the Town of Shelburne once (and if) VRS submits final plans for developing the site.

While this may not be what we had hoped the court would decide, we are both respectful of its decision and resolute in our commitment to holding VRS to the letter of the laws as they currently stand and as they may be amended in the future. In other words, we are in this for the long haul. Our goal is to have a safe, reliable, responsible rail system in Vermont.

We are also committed to protecting our environment and maintaining our community and our state as a place where people have the opportunity to participate in our democratic process and can exercise our right to protest and our right to free speech.

We would like to recognize the Town of Shelburne and our representatives for their hard work, resilience, and grit. We don’t know what the future will bring, but we are bolstered by the knowledge that we will face it as a stronger community. Thank you.
On behalf of Vermont United, David Connery: Marna Ehrech, Lisa Espenshade, Roberta Nubile, Derrick Senior Elise Seraus
Wayne Barr’s generosity

A heartfelt thanks to Wayne Barr for his willingness to protect his land on Pond Rd. This farm and adjoining woodlands would have been ripe for development of not for Mr. Barr’s true love of the land that he knows so well. I don’t know him well, but when I stop by on occasion to share some of my honey with him he will always make time to “catch up” on the latest in my life and his – a gem of a man. Shelburne is lucky indeed to have him in the community.

Thanks also go out to The Natural Resources Committee of Shelburne who leveraged the Land Acquisition Fund, that we all contribute to, The Land Trust of Vt. and the Housing and Conservation Fund. Without the energy and vision of these bodies we would not enjoy the open farmlands protected across Vermont that we do. Collaboration is key. Mr. Barr, with his vision and love of his land made this work for all of us.
Rick Stoner

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