Heard on the Street

HEARD ON THE STREET: 4.21.16

Fraser’s Contract Extended Pending Council Vote MONTPELIER — City Manager William Fraser is likely staying in town … for now. “The council and Bill reached an agreement on Friday, April 15 for an extension of his contract for one year. The contract will be on the council’s agenda for ratification at our next meeting on […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 4.7.16

Kids Roam Streets, Liven Up City MONTPELIER — On week days, when school lets out, Montpelier High School students roam the streets. So, what’s the problem? Nothing, according to Montpelier business owners. In fact, kids liven up the place. But that may only be part of the story. “Montpelier kids are really nice,” said Claire […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 3.17.16

T.W. Art Gallery Upcoming Classes, Vacation and Summer Art Camps MONTPELIER — Spring Art Classes, April Vacation Art Camp and Summer Art Camps are being offered at the T. W. Wood Gallery. Spring art class sessions include a four-week introduction to acrylics lead by Jack Sabon, a six-week children’s afters-chool art class lead by Barbara […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 3.3.16

Capstone Hires Chef Dave Eyler of Kirby BARRE — The Community Economic Development department is pleased to announce the hire of David Eyler who came on board in January as chef at Capstone’s Community Kitchen Academy. “Chef Dave” replaces Chef Jamie Eisenberg who left in December to devote her time to her successful pie-making business in […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 2.18.16

Strong 2015 Real Estate Market In Montpelier MONTPELIER — The real estate market was on the upswing in 2015, with the number of single-family home sales reaching 62, up 29.2 percent from 48 in 2014, according to statistics from Vermont realtors that include all realtor sales but not private sales. The increase in house sales […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 2.4.16

Six New Apartments Proposed Near Barre Street MONTPELIER — Steve Ribolini, owner of SR Services and a major landlord in town, has submitted plans to the city to construct six new market-rate apartments on Maple Lane, a short street south of Barre Street, off Charles Street. The apartments would be near the dark gray Joe’s […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 1.21.16

Clean Water Needs in Vermont Estimated at $154 Million MONTPELIER — The United States Environmental Protection Agency recently released the 2012 Clean Watersheds Needs Survey (http://www.epa.gov/cwns). This survey compiles 2012 data for wastewater and stormwater projects planned for the five years following the survey. The five-year cost for these projects across the nation was $271 […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 1.7.16

Hallsmith Hearing Officer: Termination Justified MONTPELIER — On December 28, Independent Hearing Officer Michael J. Marks issued his decision on the post-termination appeal of Gwendolyn Hallsmith, former planning director, concerning the termination of her employment by the City of Montpelier in November 2013. The City prevailed. In this decision, Marks denied Hallsmith’s appeal and found […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 12.17.15

City Council Proposes New Luxury Tax MONTPELIER — At its December 9 meeting, the Montpelier City Council discussed the advisability of checking to see if voters are willing to support a one percent added municipal tax on rooms, meals and alcohol. If approved, this added tax could produce as much as $200,000 of additional revenue for […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 12.3.15

Montpelier State House Ice Rink Closer to Reality MONTPELIER — The Montpelier Alive ‘Put a Rink on It’ committee, which is spearheading an effort to put an ice skating rink on the State House lawn, submitted a final proposal to the Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services, the state agency tasked with reviewing the […]