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 »

Need for Australian Ballot vote on town’s legal expenses — Doris Sage

At the beginning of [last week’s Selectboard] meeting, Rick Bessette, poet laureate, asked us to honestly see ourselves as a community, a family of kind, to live in peace. He shared his heartfelt message. The Selectboard chair loves to bamboozle residents and focuses his answers on circumventing questions. I appreciate a direct approach, and needless… 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 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 »

On dog parks and railroads— John King

Breaking News The town is moving the dog park. Though it was legally compliant in its fencing only format, enhancements made over time now make the dog park an illegal use of a Class 2 wetland. The move of a simple, functional and loved dog park is being forced by federal regulations. Rather than fight… 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 »

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