HEARD ON THE STREET: 11.17.16

As-Needed Winter Parking Ban Starts Nov. 15

MONTPELIER — The City will continue use of the as-needed and event-based parking bans for the winter of 2016–2017. Parking is allowed overnight on many streets except when the city manager calls for a winter parking ban due to inclement weather or snow removal activities (City ordinance Sec. 10-713). When a Winter Parking Ban is in effect, on-street parking will be prohibited between the hours of 1 and 7 a.m. on all city streets.

A winter parking ban may be declared when a predicted weather event or planned snow removal activities require public works crews to have clear access to the streets and sidewalks as determined by the street supervisor and city manager. Every effort will be made to notify residents of a winter parking ban by 6 p.m.

When a parking ban is in effect, cars parked on city streets will be ticketed and towed to allow Public Works staff to plow the streets, apply de-icing agents or remove accumulated snow banks. Failure to remove a vehicle from a city street may result in a $15 ticket and a towing charge. Vehicles may be parked in designated areas on Stone Cutters Way, in the Pitkin Court parking lot or in the Blanchard Court lot behind City Hall during declared on-street parking ban events. A map of these locations can be found at www.montpelier-vt.org/807/Winter-Parking-Ban.

The city encourages residents to sign up for VT Alerts to receive phone calls, emails or text messages when a winter parking ban is declared. Please visit www.vtalert.gov to sign up and choose your preferred notification method. Step-by-step instructions on signing up for VT Alerts are available athttp://www.montpelier-vt.org/807/Winter-Parking-Ban. Additionally, residents will be notified of Parking Bans via Front Porch Forum, the City’s website and Facebook. A recorded message will also be available by calling 262-6200.

Due to the narrowness of these streets or the operational requirements of Public Works, overnight winter parking is always prohibited on:

  • Those portions of Memorial Drive, Northfield Street and Berlin Street lying within the radius of one hundred feet from the point of intersection of said streets
  • Cedar Street for its entire length
  • Chapman Road for its entire length
  • Charles Street for its entire length
  • Cherry Avenue for its entire length
  • Cliff Street for its entire length
  • Court Street between its intersection with Elm Street and the intersection with Governor Aiken Avenue
  • Downing Street for its entire length
  • East State Street on its northerly side from Main Street to Cedar Street and on its southerly side from 89 East State Street to West Street
  • Elm Street on both sides from State Street to Spring Street
  • Langdon Street on both sides for its entire length
  • Liberty Street from Main Street to Hubbard Street
  • Nelson Street for its entire length
  • Pleasantview Street for its entire length
  • Prospect Street for its entire length (note: revision pending)
  • School Street on both sides between Elm Street and Main Street
  • School Street from the intersection of School and Main Streets easterly to the intersection with Loomis Street
  • Spring Street on both sides from its intersection with Elm Street easterly to its intersection with Keck Circle
  • Taylor Street on both sides from State Street to Taylor Street Bridge

 

Old NECI Office Building Uses Under Zoning Review

MONTPELIER — The Development Review Board is expected to issue a decision shortly on a request to allow general offices at 56 College St. The yellow building at the corner of East State Street and College Street recently housed the headquarters of the New England Culinary Institute and was called Harris Hall when Vermont College owned it. One of the owners, Jeff Nick, told the board Oct. 17 that New England Culinary Institute had asked to be let out of its long-term lease, which the owners agreed to, and now the owners want to be able to lease out or sell the building as an office space. The 11,500 square feet building comes with 28 parking spaces across the street and is for sale for $1.55 million.

Under existing zoning, the building is located in the High Density Residential district, which does not allow offices, according to City Zoning Administrator Sarah McShane. The building was used for offices by the Institute for Sustainable Communities and then New England Culinary Institute, but there was an academic tie-in in both cases that allowed for offices, even though the use was nonconforming. The owners are asking that one nonconforming use (general office) be substituted for the nonconforming use of academic office. The only neighbor to testify at the hearing supported the request, but some DRB members raised questions about the shift at the hearing. As it turns out, proposed new city zoning for the site would permit personal or professional offices by right, or general offices as a conditional use, but that zoning may not take effect until late winter or spring.

Meanwhile, perhaps as a back-up plan, the owners filed a second zoning request Oct. 20 seeking conditional use approval to use the building as a residential care facility or group home for nine or more individuals who have a handicap or disability, defined by the state to include drug and alcohol rehab. McShane said that plans to hold a Development Review Board hearing on the second request on Dec. 5 are now in doubt because Nick cannot attend, so the hearing on the residential care/group home request might be held either Dec. 19 or in January.

 

Middlesex To Have A Blast

MIDDLESEX — Blasting will begin the week of Nov. 28 at the U.S. Interstate 89 overpass bridge replacement project in Middlesex. Rolling road blocks will take place on I-89 during blasting times. The contractor will have message boards set up. The Vermont Agency of Transportation will update the public when more information on time and dates become available.

 

NECI Seeks A Buyer – Talks Continuing

MONTPELIER — The New England Culinary Institute is for sale. This is hardly news at all since an announcement to this effect was part of a press release dated Feb. 4.

For 35 years, NECI has been a fixture in the Montpelier community and is a culinary school with an international reputation.

According to New England Culinary Institute’s Chief Financial Officer Greg Bower, the school is still owned by founder Fran Voigt and his wife Ellen Voigt who “are looking to transition the School to new ownership to ensure a stable future for the institution, our students and employees.”

Bower added, “We are continuing to work with several interested parties and at this time have nothing to announce.”

 

Council On Aging Prepares For Holiday Meals

CENTRAL VERMONT — On Christmas Day, Central Vermont Council on Aging partners with dozens of community volunteers and local businesses to prepare and deliver hot holiday meals and “shoebox” gifts to seniors. Many of these seniors live alone, without family or friends to share in the holiday. For many isolated elders, having a visitor bring them a holiday meal and gift is the highlight of their day.

Community members are asked to help with the “shoebox” gifts. We need folks to fill a shoebox with small gift items such as slippers, socks, warm hats and gloves; pretty soaps, lotions and grooming items; note pads, pens and stamps; nonperishable food items and small candies; grocery or drug store gift cards; flashlights and batteries; pot holders, kitchen towels and mugs. You may deliver your shoebox gift to Central Vermont Council on Aging offices, located at 59 N. Main St., 2nd Floor, Barre, VT 05641, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by Dec. 22. We will gift wrap your donated shoeboxes, but if you choose to wrap yourself, please mark it “Male” or “Female” on the gift wrapping.

Pickup can be arranged for groups with multiple boxes. If you are unable to fill a box but would like to donate individual items, we would be happy to accept individual items to add to boxes we assemble.

Central Vermont Council on Aging also welcomes financial donations designated for this holiday project, or for our many services for seniors. Contributions can be mailed to the above address, or made online at www.cvcoa.org/donate. For further information or to arrange a pick-up of multiple gift boxes, please contact us at 479-0531. To volunteer, go to www.cvcoa.org/volunteer.

 

New LGBT Television Show On ORCA

MONTPELIER — Linda Quinlan has announced that she, Anne Charles and Keith Koslant have started a new show. The show, called LGBTQ (All Things Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Questioning), is in its third week. It airs Saturday night at 8, and can be downloaded from their site. The show is aired on ORCA, a local television station located at the corner of Main and East State streets in Montpelier.

 

‘Different Shades of Blue’

Author Malcolm M. Mayo announces the release of his new book entitled “Different Shades of Blue.” Mayo’s book draws on his own career in police work and law enforcement as a former Baltimore City police officer, US Border Patrol inspector and US Federal Bureau of Narcotics undercover agent. Here in Vermont, Mayo’s career includes chief of police in Barre Town and elected Washington County sheriff.

“Different Shades of Blue” is available after Dec. 1 from Malcolm Mayor by phoning 485-3688 or through Amazon.com.

 

MCO Will Play Beethoven ‘One More Time’ in Free Public Pop Up Concert

MONTPELIER — The Montpelier Chamber Orchestra will perform Ludwig Van Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 8 in F major” at a pop-up concert on Tuesday, Dec. 6. The performance begins at 6 p.m. at the former One More Time storefront on Main Street in Montpelier. The concert is free and open to the public. A potluck reception will follow.

“As many music lovers in the area now know, our Nov. 6 fall concert at the Vermont College of Fine Arts was abruptly interrupted by a rogue fire alarm and we were never able to finish,” explained MCO Music Director Anne Decker. “We cannot recapture that moment, but we are hoping that this free public performance will compensate the community in a small way for that which was lost.”

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