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March 7th, 2013
TROY â€” Piping tar sands through the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont may pose a threat to the environment and area residents, but no NEK town took up the issue on Town Meeting Day. Instead, 29 towns in other areas of Vermont voted against tar sands, leaving some area local legislators saying that other towns should stay out of NEK business.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The city council wants more information before agreeing to jump on board with AARP to designate Newport City as an "age friendly city."
DERBY â€“ In the heated Derby races, the incumbents kept their positions.
Town Clerk, town treasurer and school treasurer Faye Morin, who was brought in by the former town clerk and treasurer Nicole Daigle when Daigle resigned, won the election by a landslide, sweeping all three positions.
She was challenged by outgoing select board member Karen Jenne.
The results were 900 for Morin to 289 for Jenne for clerk, 871 to 309 for treasurer, and 865 to 313 for school treasurer.
NEWPORT CENTER - Voters decided to go green by appropriating not more than $200,000 of unreserved funds for the purpose of a community energy solar garden. The fund currently has $339,108.
A solar panel array will provide electricity to town owned buildings, reducing electricity costs by as much as $7,500 annually for the first two years. Savings increase from there.
The town has two different proposed locations on Vance Hill for the panels. The panels are warranted to provide power at 100 percent for 25 years. After that, they will diminish in power two percent per year over time.
COVENTRY - Voters by a very tight margin, 89 yes to 86 no, gave the go head for a Coventry Fire Department. Voters also approved the first year budget of $515,000, 85 yes to 72 no, re-elected Cynthia Diaz to the position of town clerk, and approved an appropriation request from IROC.
The annual expense of the fire department will be about $26,000. New England Waste Services of Vermont currently pays the town's municipal taxes so the fire department, at least for now, will cost the taxpayers nothing.
DERBY â€“ Voters of Derby approved a $21,652 appropriation to support IROC by a margin of more than two to one. The appropriation provides membership to all Derby youth up to age 18, access to the padded walking path for all residents, and discounted rates for adult and couple memberships. The vote was 104 in favor to 46 opposed.
When the article was announced, a resident immediately asked for paper ballot voting.
Executive director of IROC Phil White said that town support is needed in the refinancing process. Fourteen towns were asked for appropriations.
ALBANY â€“ Townspeople came from all corners of the town â€“ south, east, the Center, and west for the annual Town Meeting,Â a dying Vermont tradition.Â Attendance was low again this year â€“ miniscule.
There are 652 registered voters; only 91 showed up for the morning and only 59 returned after lunch. This portion of the day included the school budget and the rest of the original town meeting.Â
The school budget of $1,714,384 passed quicker than hot oil through a funnel. But the request for $9,500 for a generator for the Volunteer Fire Department brought hot and heavy discussions.Â
DERBY â€“ A state police scuba team recovered the body of 53-year-old Jacques LeBlanc from Lake Memphremagog late yesterday afternoon.
LeBlanc was using a tractor to move an ice shanty from the lake. It's unclear when LeBlanc went into the water, but family members last saw LeBlanc on the ice Saturday afternoon.
DERBY â€“ IROC's executive director, Phil White, went before the court Monday in an attempt to get more time to try and refinance the organization's debt and avoid foreclosure.
But Community National Bank is saying no. The bank decided to give IROC until April 1 and does not want to extend the redemption period any longer. White has filed a motion asking to move the deadline to July 15.
COVENTRY â€“ Someday, the North Country Supervisory Union may have a different configuration. Thursday evening, board members and principals from the district met at the Coventry Village SchoolÂ to discuss options for a potential increase in enrollment, including the possibility of a new middle school on the west side of the district and/or expansion of existing facilities.