Town and Railway meet in federal court again

Testimony continued again this Monday, and as of press time scheduled for this Wednesday, in the Vermont Railway v. Town of Shelburne case, in U.S. District Court in Burlington. District Judge William K. Sessions III heard testimony from Vermont Railway President David Wulfson on Monday, and is scheduled to again hear from Barrett Trucking President… Read More »

Town and Railway back in federal court next week

Town and Railway back in federal court next week

After a yearlong legal battle, the parties will be headed back into federal court later this month in what could be a decisive step in the VT Railway, Inc. vs. Town of Shelburne case. A hearing will be held with Judge William K. Sessions III presiding on March 27 at 9am, and it is expected… Read More »

Spring awaits at the 2017 Vermont Flower Show

Spring awaits at the 2017 Vermont Flower Show

Spring will arrive early this year at the 2017 Vermont Flower Show, to be held at the Champlain Valley Expo from March 3 to March 5. The theme of this year’s show is Neverland. The Vermont Flower Show is produced by the Vermont Nursery and Landscape Association and is built and implemented by its members,… Read More »

Town and railway back in federal court Feb. 6

Town and railway back in federal court Feb. 6

Last Thursday, a new legal decision relating to the Vermont Railway intermodal facility came from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. It granted the Town’s motion to dismiss the appeal and denied the railroad’s motion for attorney fees. The decision was the latest action regarding litigation by the railway against the town of Shelburne, and… Read More »

Court orders new hearing in Railway case

Court orders new hearing in Railway case

  Who owns the Vermont Railway intermodal facility in Shelburne, and who is developing it? These questions were at the heart of Tuesday’s hearing in U.S. District Court in Burlington. District Judge William K. Sessions III, the same judge who heard the original case in May, ordered Vermont Railway to obtain the loan documents from… Read More »

Department of Environmental Conservation holds public hearing on VT Railway permit

Department of Environmental Conservation holds public hearing on VT Railway permit

Over 60 people were in attendance on Oct. 13 to offer comments at a public hearing, held at Shelburne Town Hall, on Vermont Railway’s application for a Multi-Sector General Permit. The audience feedback provided was intensely not in favor of the Department of Environmental Conservation granting the permit. “[This is] an opportunity for the public… Read More »

Town, railway dispute continues

Town, railway dispute continues

The Town filed a temporary restraining order with the U.S. District Court on Sept. 17 seeking relief from the Court’s June 29 ruling, which allowed Vermont Railway to continue constructing its transload transmodal facility near the banks of the LaPlatte River because of federal preemption. The Town says the ruling was based on incomplete information… Read More »

Town appeals Railway decision

Town appeals Railway decision

After the Federal Court decision in Town of Shelburne v. Vermont Railway, which ruled in favor of Vermont Railway, the town has decided to file an appeal. The interlocutory appeal was filed on the town’s behalf last week. “As this case has not been resolved fully, Defendant only appeals the denial of its motion for… Read More »

Vermont Rail System continues development on massive village project

Vermont Rail System continues development on massive village project

After the purchase of industrial-zoned land in December, Vermont Rail System wasted no time in preparing a 19-acre lot on Route 7 in the village of Shelburne for a new transfer station without consulting the town’s planning and zoning department. The railroad assumed that process was preempted by federal law. Shelburne and the railroad have… Read More »