$6.5 million library bond passes 889-742

Shelburne voters took a big step toward getting a new library by decisively passing a $6.5 million bond on Tuesday to pay for it. Town Clerk Diana Vachon said the vote was 889-742 in favor of the project. The 1,631 people who cast ballots in the single-item election were 27 percent of the town’s 6,139… Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »