Heard on the Street

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 […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 11.19.15

FY 2015 Legal Costs Runneth Over by $59K MONTPELIER — Montpelier city officials have spent $99,265 on legal fees in fiscal year 2015 on several legal cases. The budget approved on Town Meeting Day amounted to $40,000, which leaves a $59,265 overage. The biggest culprits were a tax dispute filed by The Vermont College of […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 11.5.15

First Grade Teacher Sue Koch Named Teacher of the Year MONTPELIER — The Vermont Agency of Education has named Union Elementary School Teacher Susan Koch 2016 Teacher of the Year. Koch has taught kindergarten and first grade for the past eight years in Montpelier and for decades before that elsewhere. Koch has also encouraged and […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 10.15.15

Bridget Asay Appointed to Board of School Commissioners MONTPELIER — During their meeting October 7, the Montpelier board of school commissioners appointed Bridget Asay, an attorney, to fill the vacancy left by Carol Paquette. Paquette resigned in September. Asay wrote in an email to The Bridge when she originally ran for a position on the […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 10.1.15

Project Seeks to Ease Stigma for People With Intellectual Disabilities BARRE — Community Developmental Services of Washington County Mental Health and Pride Center of Vermont have collaborated to form the Connections Project, which will produce an interactive program over the next year to increase knowledge around sexuality, intimacy and self-esteem for adults with intellectual and […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 9.17.15

Spike in Bike and Motorcycle Deaths Prompts Call for Action The Vermont Highway Safety Alliance and concerned organizations such as the Burlington-based Local Motion and others are putting out an urgent call for increased road safety awareness with urgent attention to the safety of bicyclists and motorcyclists. A press release from the Vermont Highway Safety […]