Ethics panel replaced

UPDATE: MEETING TUESDAY – The new temporary Ethics Committee announced Friday that it has scheduled its first meeting for Tuesday, Nov. 7, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the town offices. The agenda is posted at shelburnevt.org under Ethics Committee.  By LISA SCAGLIOTTI and MIKE DONOGHUE Developments with the Shelburne Ethics Committee have taken several unusual… 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 »

Court denies town’s request for delay

A federal judge has refused to give the town of Shelburne a five-week delay in a hearing requested by Vermont Railway Inc. to block enforcement of a new local ordinance for storing, handling and distributing hazardous substances. Shelburne asked to delay the hearing, scheduled for Nov. 1 and 2, so it could collect additional information about… Read More »

Ouimet lodges ethics complaint vs. Parker

The Town of Shelburne’s Ethics Committee will hold a hearing Oct. 30 on whether Dr. Colleen Parker, a member of the Shelburne Selectboard, should be publicly censured for questionable comments she made about volunteer Fire Chief Jerry Ouimet. “Dr. Colleen Parker demeaned my honesty, integrity and expertise when she publicly and falsely accused me of making a… Read More »

Sen. Deborah Ingram charged with DUI after Williston crash

Sen. Deborah Ingram charged with DUI after Williston crash

State Sen. Deborah Ingram, D-Chittenden, says she is admitting fault for driving drunk and crashing her car in Williston last Thursday. “I accept full responsibility for the consequences of my actions,” Ingram said in a prepared statement issued through her attorney on Friday, the day after her arrest. Veteran defense lawyer Edward “Ted” Kenney said “it… Read More »

Town seeks delay; railroad balks

The Shelburne town government is asking for a five-week delay in a court hearing over the town’s new ordinance on regulating the storage, handling and distribution of hazardous substances. Vermont Railway has asked the federal court in Burlington to block enforcement of the ordinance, and is fighting the court delay. The railroad said town officials… Read More »