Temporary Ethics Committee: No basis for controversial complaint

The temporary replacement panel for the Shelburne Ethics Committee voted unanimously Tuesday that there are no grounds to proceed with an Oct. 20 complaint about a possible violation of the town’s Ethics and Conflict of Interest Ordinance. Under the committee rules, the complaint — including the target and the complainer — remains confidential because it… Read More »

Town, railroad wait for judge to rule

It is now a waiting game. Senior Federal Judge William K. Sessions III has given Shelburne and the Vermont Railway Inc. until Nov. 20 to file memoranda supporting their positions on a new ordinance restricting the storing, handling, and distributing of hazardous substances. Vermont Railway is seeking a permanent injunction to block enforcement of the… Read More »

UVM salutes first responders at center court

UVM salutes first responders at center court

As fall sports came to a close with championship games on Saturday, Champlain Valley Union High School basketball took to the court at UVM, proving that the winter sports season is right around the corner. CVU was front and center at the annual Vermont Basketball Coaches Association clinic over the weekend.  University of Vermont basketball… Read More »

Saturday tours of Vt. Railway salt facility postponed 

By MIKE DONOGHUE Organizers say they need to postpone a pair of educational tours for Shelburne residents planned for Saturday at the new salt transload facility operated by Vermont Railway. The delay of the two afternoon tours is due to the pending lawsuit between the railroad and the town of Shelburne in U.S. District Court, according… Read More »

Town, railroad back in court

A two-day hearing in U.S. District Court in Burlington concerning the legal dispute between the Vermont Railway and the town of Shelburne began Wednesday morning. The railroad is asking Senior Federal Judge William K. Sessions III to approve a permanent injunction to block the town of Shelburne from enforcing an ordinance regulating the storing, handling,… Read More »

Ethics Committee postpones Parker case; Requests a replacement panel to handle 3rd complaint

The Shelburne Ethics Committee has postponed Monday’s hearing on whether Selectboard member Dr. Colleen Parker violated the town’s Ethics and Conflict of Interest Ordinance with comments she directed at the Shelburne Volunteer Fire chief at a public meeting last month. And in an unusual request, the committee has asked the Shelburne Selectboard to appoint a temporary replacement… Read More »

Ethics complaints roil selectboard

UPDATE: This post was updated on Oct. 29 to link to the documents in the ethics cases discussed here — Ouimet’s complaint, Parker’s response, and letters from Parker’s lawyer requesting the committee to drop the case and turn over public records. The Shelburne Selectboard again has balked at authorizing its Ethics Committee a chance to… Read More »

Selectboard debates how to replace Kerr

The Shelburne Selectboard has agreed to accept applications and letters of interest until Nov. 7 for a scheduled vacancy on its board. Vice Chairman John Kerr is stepping down effective Tuesday and unless he withdraws his letter, the board will need to find a replacement, according to Chairman Gary von Stange. Kerr, in thanking voters during… Read More »