January 5—January 18, 2017

VIDEO: Under The Golden Dome 2017 Week 1

First week of the 2017 Vermont legislative session Jan. 4, 2017. State House Info – Card Room. Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives Mitzi Johnson sworn in by Secretary of State Jim Condos plus Speaker Johnson’s Legislative Session Introductory Address. Interview segments with Rep. Tommy Walz, Rep. Michael Yantachka, Rep. Kurt Wright, Gov. Peter […]

VIDEO: CVRPC Dec. 13, 2016 meeting

The Dec. 13, 2016 meeting of the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission included: • CVRPC Executive Director’s Report • Act 250 Agricultural Lands Mitigation Project, presentation by Lauren Masseria of the VT Agency of Agriculture • Regional Energy Planning – Regional Energy Committee Rules of Procedure – Level I & II constraints for renewable energy […]

FINAL ZONING HEARING MONDAY — Statement of Kimberly Cheney, Chair

Montpelier Planing Commission on proposed new zoning ordinance The Montpelier Planning Commission met over four years to do a complete rewrite of the City Zoning laws.  The Commission‘s objectives were to comply with the 2005 City Master Plan.   The Commission has completed a proposed new ordinance taking into account the expert assistance of Planning Director Mike Miller, Brandy Saxton, the writer of many Vermont town zoning laws, and over 300 suggestions and criticisms […]

Moving Toward Racial Justice: Dismantling Institutional Racism An Event Series at the Montpelier Senior Activity Center

MONTPELIER — This week the City announced that the Montpelier Senior Activity Center will host an art show, artist reception and panel discussion in January and February to call attention to and deepen understanding of issues related to racism and racial justice. They are timed to coincide with other community activities celebrating Martin Luther King Day, and […]

PROFILE: State Senator Bill Doyle: Honoring the Past — Embracing the Future

PROFILE: State Senator Bill Doyle: Honoring the Past — Embracing the Future

by Nat Frothingham As a nation we voted for change Nov.   8. Now, we’ve got it — the turbulence, confusion and dizzy change we wanted: Donald Trump in the White House, the U.S. Congress, both House and Senate, controlled by Republican majorities, and here in Vermont, yes, a different reality, but a new governor, […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 1.5.17

Hollar Commits To Continue Working With Fraser MONTPELIER — Mayor John Hollar has announced he will “commit to working constructively” with City Manager William Fraser effective Dec. 15. This is a reversal on a previous assertion on Hollar’s part that he would side with three out of seven city council members seeking to end Fraser’s […]

City Fills State House Lawn Ice Rink

City Fills State House Lawn Ice Rink

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — Water poured out for hours Jan. 2 in an effort to ready the first State House lawn ice skating rink. The Bridge stopped by around 2 p.m. (with yet an hour or so more of water dispensing to go) and ran into Montpelier Alive board president Sarah Jarvis, Montpelier Fire […]

Montpelier-Roxbury School Merger Panel Appointed, Will Vote on Northfield Request

by Phil Dodd The newly formed seven-person Montpelier-Roxbury School Merger Committee will hold its second meeting Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. in Roxbury, at which time it is expected to decide on a request by the Northfield School Board for Northfield to be an “advisable” member of the Montpelier-Roxbury committee. Northfield can’t be an official […]

Superintendent Presents No Reductions In School Budget

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — Across town from City Hall, on Dec. 14 — the same night city council had a standing-room-only meeting — the Montpelier Public School District quietly presented its first draft of the fiscal year 2018 budget, which is up by 1.6 million over last year, or 8.76 percent. The Bridge reviewed […]

NetZeroVT Design Contest Planned

by Elizabeth Parker MONTPELIER — Montpelier has not always looked the way we see it today. Long gone are the granite sheds along the Winooski River. Long gone are the buildings and open areas that were paved over to create 4,000 parking spaces after the advent of the car — 4,000 parking spaces that take […]