Town accepts $20,000 to pursue Vt. Railway appeal

A divided Shelburne Selectboard has voted to appeal a federal judge’s decision to issue a permanent injunction blocking the town from enforcing a hurriedly passed ordnance for the storage, handling and distribution of hazardous substances. Selectboard Chairman Gary von Stange and members Dr. Colleen Parker and Jaime Heins agreed to accept an offer from the… Read More »

Vt. Railway salt shed tours set for Saturday

Vermont Railway Inc. will host its open house tours of the Shelburne salt shed facilities on Saturday, despite a weather forecast for frigid temperatures, organizers said. The tours are an opportunity for townspeople to learn more about the design, engineering, and regulatory oversight of the facilities. Vermont Rail’s management team along with representatives of the… Read More »

Selectboard still to discuss next steps in court case against Vt. Railway

By Mike Donoghue A discussion among the Shelburne Selectboard last week regarding possible next steps in the court case involving Vermont Railway was postponed after the chairman was taken ill, cutting short the board’s meeting time. The topic is on the agenda for the selectboard’s meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The board met all day last Wednesday with town government… Read More »

Court rules that hazmat ordinance does not apply to Vt. Railway salt sheds

By MIKE DONOGHUE A federal judge has issued a permanent order, banning the Shelburne town government from enforcing a hurriedly passed ordinance dealing with the storage, handling and distribution of hazardous substances — an ordinance that targeted Vermont Railway and its new salt-storage facility. The rules would “pose unreasonable restrictions on the railway in its… 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 »

Railway asks federal court to block new ordinance

Vermont Railway Inc. is asking a federal judge in Burlington to block the Shelburne town government from enforcing a new ordinance approved last month for regulating storage, handling and distribution of hazardous substances. “The town hurriedly passed two new municipal ordinances” on Aug. 8 and now wants to effectively prohibit the railroad from storing road… Read More »

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 »