Five towns, six schools, one budget process begins

Five towns, six schools – the newly formed Champlain Valley School District is a $75 million enterprise. At its first budget meeting as a unified school board, school director representatives from each town, parents, educators, and community members from the five towns came to hear a presentation about the budget, then broke into smaller meetings… Read More »

Shelburne Police union, town reach agreement on labor contract

Shelburne Police officers and emergency dispatchers will be getting 3 percent annual raises for each of the next three years under a union contract approved recently by the employees and the town Selectboard. Town Manager Joe Colangelo explained that Shelburne’s share for health insurance premiums will drop throughout the three-year contract. The town has been paying… Read More »

Fire destroys Hinesburg barn, kills piglets

Fire destroys Hinesburg barn, kills piglets

Last Wednesday morning, fire destroyed a large tool shed and storage barn and killed several piglets on the Charlotte-Hinesburg Road. Firefighters and emergency services from four communities responded to the blaze at 6:05 a.m., according to the Hinesburg Fire Department. The structure was located at 2594 Charlotte Rd. While en route, Hinesburg units were updated… Read More »

Community conversation looks to involve more people in reversing water pollution

By Roberta Nubile It’s happening more frequently: informational meetings about our water issues in Vermont to discuss local waterways and especially Lake Champlain with an eye toward finding ways citizens can help protect and preserve this critical resource. The latest gathering last week was organized by the outreach committee of Trinity Episcopal Church in Shelburne;… Read More »

Six applicants step up to fill open Selectboard seat

Six candidates with a wide range of experience have applied to fill the Shelburne Selectboard seat created by the resignation of Vice Chairman John Kerr. The group includes several newer residents in Shelburne, two lawyers, and a longtime resident who previously served on the board. Public interviews with the Selectboard are planned for next Tuesday at 7 p.m.… 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 »

Groundwater near Vermont Railway sheds tests high for salt

By Mike Polhamus Road salt from Vermont Railway storage sheds in Shelburne has contaminated groundwater to almost five times the state’s enforcement limit, but a representative for the company says the pollution levels are decreasing. A two-day hearing was held last week in federal court over whether Shelburne can essentially ban the salt sheds… Read More »

Preliminary storm-damage estimate already $4.5 million

State officials have begun their work to assess storm damage from last week’s high winds and rain in order to determine whether the state qualifies for federal assistance and a disaster declaration. Vermont Emergency Management, the Vermont Agency of Transportation, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and other partners were to begin that evaluation Wednesday. Vermont… Read More »

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