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NEWPORT CITY - Police Chief Seth DiSanto and City Manager John Ward, Jr. would like to have an additional police officer to eliminate the times when only one officer is working.
Ward and DiSanto pitched the idea to the city council Monday when it took a second look at the 2014-2015 proposed budget.
‚ÄúI‚Äôve finally come to the conclusion in my own mind that it‚Äôs not safe to have an officer on duty by himself,‚ÄĚ said Ward. ‚ÄúTo fix that problem we‚Äôll be going to a 12-hour shift.‚ÄĚ
BARTON - A grant has been awarded to the Barton Electric Department for a feasibility study to see if a hydro plant can be constructed at the outlet of Crystal Lake. Historically, hydro dams were used by several manufacturers starting a couple of hundred years ago when Barton Landing was first settled. In addition the grant will be used to study Barton River flood resilience and water resources planning. The municipalities of Barton and Glover have endorsed the grant application.
NEWPORT CITY - ‚ÄúVermont would not be Vermont today without the Current Use program,‚ÄĚ said Sylvia Jensen, agriculture land use planner for the State of Vermont.
Jensen was one of three presenters to speak at a question and answer session with local farmers at the Emory A. Hebard State Office Building Tuesday. It was one of Sectary of Agriculture Chuck Ross‚Äô listening sessions he is conducting in communities across the state.
NEWPORT CITY - After a lengthy and sometimes heated discussion Monday evening, the city council voted unanimously to support a letter written by Mayor Paul Monette to AARP to start an advisory board to make Newport an age-friendly community. Newport is the first Vermont community to have such a designation that includes about 15 other U.S. cities.
The board will help the city meet the needs of the aging population, said Kelly Stoddard Poor, AARP associate state director of outreach.
DERBY ‚Äď The Derby Planning Commission has passed an amended version of the town plan. In a split decision Monday evening, following a public hearing, planners agreed to changes suggested by the town‚Äôs select board and Northeastern Vermont Development Association (NVDA).
BARTON- Seniors Nicole Roy and Emily Millar, members of the Student Leadership Council along with faculty advisor Erikka Adams gave a Power Point presentation to the Lake Region Union High School board. The board opened the December 2 meeting with a well thought out report on the subject of bullying, how to recognize it, respond to it, and ways to educate other students. The presentation was developed after talking to other students about their experiences.
NEWPORT CITY - Momentum is gaining for organizers of the first annual Newport Santa Run with 60 people signed up. With the sponsorship of Northpoint Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and support of NEKCA and Phil White of Kingdom Games, Saturday‚Äôs fundraising run will raise funds for Toys for Kids.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôve already signed up 60 people and have ordered more Santa suits,‚ÄĚ said White. ‚ÄúThere‚Äôs 20 suits left for kids, and 20 for adults. Same-day registration is permissible until we‚Äôve run out of suits.‚ÄĚ
BARTON - The Lake Region Union High School board learned at their December 2 meeting that Business Manager Heather Wright has calculated the new tuition rate. The board voted to accept a new rate of $12,900, a four percent increase over the previous rate.
‚ÄúThis is in line with what is equitable,‚ÄĚ Wright said. ‚ÄúWe could charge more as our expenses went up, so tuition should increase too.‚ÄĚ The increase is $500 and must be approved by the Department of Education.
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JOHNSON ‚Äď Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) is seeking a rate increase for the new year. In Mid-November VEC made the request for a 2.93 percent increase in rates with the Public Service Board (PSB). The request is currently under review, and comments are being accepted. This is the first hike the co-op has sought in three years.
DERBY - Growing up in Vermont with a Siberian husky has led Nathan Gratton on to a unique career path; breeding and running mixed-breed dogs for speed and endurance. ‚ÄúThere‚Äôs no such breed as an Alaskan husky,‚ÄĚ admits Gratton. ‚ÄúThey are a mix of different breeds, starting with Siberian huskies, and then breeding them with German or English short hair pointers, or hounds.‚ÄĚ