February 21, 2013

Dollars & Decisions: City Meeting, March 5, 2013

Dollars & Decisions: City Meeting, March 5, 2013

This year’s Town Meeting Day ballot may contain fewer items than in previous years, but the potential cost to taxpayers could be greater if all measures are approved. March 5 will find Montpelier voters confronted with an array of ballot issues, many of which will ask voters for more money. There are three long-term borrowing […]

Meet the Candidates for City Council and School Board

For City Council, District 1 Thomas J. Golonka I want to thank the residents of District 1 for entrusting me with another two-year term as their city councilor. Over the past eight years I have been honored to assist the successive councils and city manager in making Montpelier a better place to live, work and raise […]

Get Ready for Town Meeting: How to Vote, Previews of Key Ballot Items, Where to Hear Results

Montpelier City Meeting: Where? When? How? When: Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Town Meeting Day, Tuesday, March 5. Where: City hall, 39 Main Street, Montpelier. Need assistance? Citizens who require the assistance of mobility devices (wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, crutches, canes) will be able to vote in the community room […]

Guyette Explains and Promotes New Downtown Montpelier District

by Nat Frothingham As president of the board of directors of Montpelier Alive, Greg Guyette champions downtown Montpelier. In this question-and-answer exchange with The Bridge, Guyette explains what a Downtown Improvement District (DID) is and how such a district, if it wins approval on March 5, would work and would be funded. On Town Meeting […]

Outside Agency Requests: You Can’t Always Get What You Want

Below are listed outside agency requests and amounts recommended by the review committee. From the city’s proposed budget document, the line item for this expenditure has progressed as follows: FY12 budgeted: $98,675; FY12 actual: $99,175; FY13 budgeted: $99,175; FY14 budgeted: $118,175. The FY13 to FY14 increase was $19,000, a n increase of 19 percent. Montpelier […]

City Council Appoints Parking Committee, Awards $80,000 for Housing at February 13 Meeting

by Nat Frothingham City Council board president Tom Golonka called the February 13 meeting of the Montpelier City Council to order at about 6:30 p.m. The council is temporarily holding its meeting in the Montpelier High School library. (The city hall council chamber is not currently accessible until an elevator at city hall can be […]

Parks Commission Appoints Committees to Review Dog Policy

 by Ivan Shadis The City of Montpelier Parks Commission convened Tuesday, February 19, the night before The Bridge went to press, to hold a public review of the recently conducted dog survey. The 100-plus citizens who arrived at city hall were divided into two groups. In the majority were dog owners who had enjoyed the […]

Tree? Board? What’s Up? Planting and Saving Downtown Montpelier Trees

by Nat Frothingham Montpelier resident Sarah Hoffmeier is cochair, along with John Snell, of the Montpelier Tree Board. In the following question-and-answer exchange with The Bridge, Hoffmeier discusses how she first got involved with the Tree Board, then goes on to describe what the Tree Board is, what it does and some of the successes […]

From Total Triumph to Withering Humiliation: Vermont Writers to Engage in War of Words at Library Spelling Bee

by Max Shenk On Saturday, February 23 at 7 p.m., Kellogg-Hubbard Library is presenting Cabin Fever Winter Spelling Bee, featuring 21 Vermont authors and poets who are hoping, if not to win, to at least avoid embarrassment and humiliation at the hands of their peers. Spelling bees seem to stir up memories that many writers […]

Still Learning to See: John Snell Photo Exhibit

Still Learning to See: John Snell Photo Exhibit

by Joyce Kahn If your visual senses are crying out, deprived by the stark landscape of a winter that seems to relentlessly drag on and on, they will thank you for feeding them when you visit John Snell’s exhibit of 31 photographs at the Central Vermont Medical Center Art Gallery, for it is a feast of […]