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Culinary Institute Offices Move to School Street

MONTPELIER — New England Culinary Institute has moved its administrative offices from College Hill to 7 School St. — the same building as the Main Street Grill restaurant. Administrative and executive offices had been located at 56 College St. until June 27.

“It is great. We’re consolidating our administrative offices down to our restaurant and teaching (location). This helps strengthen our community and allows our students easy access to the other parts of the school,” said Philip Stevens, a spokesman for the institute to The Bridge by telephone. Offices that have moved include financial aid, registrar, admissions and the administration. As for the health of the school, everything is “business as usual” and enrollment is stable, Stevens said.

As for the disposition of 56 College St., the building is ready to be leased, bought or divided into multiple offices rented out to more than one group.

Jeff Nick, a partner in the Burlington-based J&L Davis Realty — owners of the building they call “Harris Hall” — spoke to The Bridge June 29. “It is a great turn-of-the-century building,” Nick said. It has undergone historic renovation about 10 years ago and is fully compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act. Harris Hall accommodated around 40 people at the most.

 

Resident Airs Issues With Health Center, Horse Farm

PLAINFIELD — Resident Charles Cogbill brought to light concerns members of the Martin Meadow Association had about traffic violations at the Plainfield Health Center. At issue are cars failing to stop at the stop sign when leaving the premises. This topic was brought up during a meeting of the development review board on June 8, according to meeting minutes. Board Member Rob Bridges suggested telling Constable George Cushing about the problem. Cogbill also noted that the lights are still on past 9:30 p.m., that the sign is not permitted. In addition, the facility’s landscaping provides inadequate screening.

According to minutes, “Cogbill also noted that a Vermont Cooperative Extension representative had been called in to address land-use practices at Allenwood Stables, particularly the overgrazing of the fields and pollution coming off of the property, and was met with resistance from the property owners.”

Those at the meeting discussed “what governing body has jurisdiction over such matters.” Bridges asked if a drawing could be drafted showing the underground pipes leading into the collecting pond/river in that area, which Cogbill believed existed.

Those present at the meeting were Neil Hogan, development review board member; Janice Walrafen, development review board chair; Rob Bridges development review board member; Karen Storey, zoning administrator; Cindy Wyckoff, minutes recorder and Charles Cogbill, resident.

 

One Less Committee? Montpelier Bike Committee To Disband

MONTPELIER — City Manager Bill Fraser, on behalf of Mayor John Hollar, has recommended disbanding the Montpelier Bike Committee. According to a recent report issued by the City of Montpelier, while the bike committee will disband, current members (bike advocates) can stay on as members of the Montpelier Transportation Advisory Committee.

“The City created the Montpelier Transportation Advisory Committee with representatives from the Bike, Pedestrian, Parking and Energy Committees, as well as a Council reprepresentative. Members of the Bike Committee feel that the current structure is too clumsy and have asked that the Bike Committee be disbanded but with permanent bike representatives on the transportation committee. The other committees (relative to pedestrian, energy and parking) would be free to continue to meet.

 

L. Brown and Sons Printing Wins Five Awards

BARRE — L. Brown and Sons Printing, Inc. in Barre recently garnered five awards at the Print Industries of New England Annual Awards of Excellence competition at the Boston Marriott in Newton, Massachusetts. Three of their products then went into national competition and won certificates of merit.

The organization consists of approximately 350 printers in New England. Each year, printers in the region submit samples of their work for judging. The judges, who have national stature and must have over 20 years of experience, look at all aspects of the printed products.

At the competition in April, L. Brown and Sons won three “Pinnacle” (first place) awards: one for the Cas-Cad-Nac Farm Cookbook (the Cas-Cad-Nac Farm in Perkinsville, Vermont, raises alpacas for meat), one for the 2016 Vermont Life weather calendar and one for the 2016 Nordica ski equipment catalog for the North American market (Nordica ski equipment is based in Treviso, Italy). Second place “Awards of Excellence” went to the Adamant Co-op Cookbook and to Cerf+ personalized appeal mailing components.

According to Joel Higginbotham at L. Brown and Sons, there were at least 100 entries in both the cookbook and calendar categories. “To win one award in a category is a major accomplishment,” said Higginbotham, “but to win a first and second place in the same category, as we did with the Cas-Cad-Nac Farm Cookbook and the Adamant Co-op Cookbook, was just astounding. The judging is extremely stringent and takes into account the entire product, from the content, artwork and photographs to paper choice and the tiniest details in printing and binding.”

He went on to say that the three Pinnacle award winning products were then submitted at the national Printing Industries of America competition, and L. Brown and Sons won third-place certificates of merit in the three respective categories.

“We are delighted to win these awards, being, by New England and national standards, a relatively small printing company.” said Higginbotham. He also said that L. Brown and Sons is proud to be a Forest Stewardship Council and Rainforest Alliance certified printer — totally green and chemical free. And he added, “Before the month is out, L. Brown and Sons will be the only printer in Vermont to be a G7 Gracol certified printer, which is the highest standard of color control in the world. We will be labeled masters of our craft.”

“These awards are a testament to the team of employees and their many years of experience and knowledge,” said Higginbotham, “and to the leadership of Larry Brown and his willingness and foresight to supply his team with the best and latest in technology, equipment and materials.”

 

Charlie-O’s Turns 40, Anniversary Party Planned  Street Closures Spark Discussion

MONTPELIER — Charlie O’s is turning 40 and the staff is planning to par-tay. In order to do that, they have asked city council to close off an area of the Jacob’s parking lot from cars from 1 to 11 p.m. on August 13. This area is out behind the self-proclaimed “world famous” bar known for good beer and bad company.

“Our beer garden would be in the middle of the lot,” said events coordinator Becky Sheloske during the meeting July 13. “You are going to have to show your i.d. (to get into the beer garden area),” she said. In addition to beer, there will be live bands. Council members urged Sheloske to notify all neighbors — business and residential — and then councilors unanimously approved the closure.

A couple of other requests to shut down streets to cars to make way for revelry have been made. One is for a Loomis Street party (from Park to Liberty) on August 6 from 3 to 6 p.m. and another is for the Meadow Neighborhood Party on August 27 from 3 to 10 p.m. That would close Summer Street from Spring to Winter. In addition, all events have asked to waive the noise ordinance for a little while past 9 p.m.

Council members Jean Olson and Tom Golonka said the city needs to tighten up the reins on requests for street closures.

 

New Dog Ordinance Has Hearing

MONTPELIER — A new dog ordinance has been drawn up and is on its way for approval. The essence of the changes are to clearly define dog behavior categories such as “running at large,” “nuisance,” “at risk” and “dangerous.”

Fines are also going to be clearly described, but a restorative justice option has been written in  “so we can build success as opposed to just fining people,” said City Manager William Fraser during the July 13 city council meeting. In addition, licensing fees will be increased by $5.  July 13 was the first reading/public hearing on the revised dog ordinance.

“Dog biting is rampant in Montpelier. We want to educate dog owners on proper responsible behavior,” said Danis Regal of Town Hill Road.

“How do we enforce this?” said council member Jean Olson.

It would depend on the situation, the severity and complaints by others, Fraser said. A second reading/public hearing will be held at a future meeting.

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