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November 19th, 2013
NEWPORT CITY - For years, equitable and fair water and sewer rates have been a topic of discussion among Newport City residents, business owners, and the city council.
Council members who attended their meeting Monday evening voted unanimously to increase water rates by 3.3 percent. The water rates become affective Feb. 1. In dollars and cents, the increase is about a $1.70 per quarter. Sewer rates will remain the same as they are now.
NEWPORT CITY - The Newport City Council is considering upgrading the municipal building.
City Manager John Ward, Jr. told the council Monday evening that he and Newport Police Chief Seth DiSanto have been talking with local architect Mark Stewart. Ward said the â€śholding penâ€ť on the lower level of the municipal building is an invitation for problems for the city, because it doesnâ€™t meet current standards.
CANAAN - By late winter, residents in the Canaan area, one of the most rural areas of the state, will have a medical clinic in their community.
Indian Stream Health Center in Colebrook, NH, plans to open a satellite medical office at Canaanâ€™s Northeast Kingdom Community Action (NEKCA) building as soon as March 2014. Indian Stream Health Center obtained a federal grant of $456,793 from Sen. Bernie Sanders to open the clinic.
â€śThis is great,â€ť said Joe Patrissi, NEKCA executive director of the partnership between the two entities. â€śIt means low-income people will have access to health care.â€ť
ALBANY â€“ It is against Vermont state law to cut more than 40 acres of trees without receiving approval from the state, and it is also against Vermont law to disrupt water flow or allow debris to enter steams within the state without a permit. The state has been working with an Orleans man for years over issues with his logging practices in Albany. Finally the state has a preliminary injunction to help force the man to comply with the laws.
NEWPORT CITY - A 2011 youth risk behavior study showed Vermont has one of the highest rates for underage drinking in the country, and Orleans County ranks one of the highest counties in the state.
NEWPORT â€“ An Orleans County judge has ordered Nelson Farms to stop polluting nearby waterways with runoff. Judge Howard VanBenthuysen issued a preliminary injunction November 6 against Nelson Farms. The State of Vermont Agency of Agriculture and the Agency of Natural Resources took Nelson Farms to court over the problem. According to the Attorney Generalâ€™s (AG) office, two of the Nelsonsâ€™ farms, Clydeside Farm in Derby Center and Crystal Brook Farm in Derby Line are discharging waste into the Clyde River and Crystal Brook.
Ferdinand â€” For the second time in the same week, the Board of Governors for the Unified Towns and Gores of Essex County (UTG) scrutinized and modified a wind energy proposal from Seneca Mountain Wind (SMW) developers Eolian Wind Energy. Last Thursday evening, at their own log cabin municipal office building in Ferdinand, the five-member board closely considered and re-considered the exact wording and process for a proposal and non-binding survey vote regarding the future of industrial wind projects in the northern Essex County community.
NEWPORT CITY - A fire that destroyed a three-unit apartment building and damaged a second seven-unit building on Central Street in Newport City has been deemed accidental by fire officials. Newportâ€™s fire chief and state fire investigators say the cause was electrical.
The fire call came in about 1:16 p.m. Thursday. While en route, dispatch told the firefighters the house was fully engulfed and a neighboring seven-unit apartment building caught fire as well. Newport City Fire Chief Jamie LeClair called in mutual aid from the Newport Center Fire Department and Derby Line Fire Department.
NEWPORT CITY - Elia Spates-Marquis of Memphremagog Rentals spent much of Friday dealing with donations from area residents who wanted to help the families who got displaced from their 118 Central Street apartment Thursday afternoon.
â€śWe got tons and tons of generous donations,â€ť said Spates-Marquis early Friday afternoon. â€śAt this point weâ€™ve asked people to stop and call first.â€ť
NEWPORT CITY - An apartment building fire on Central Street in Newport City Thursday displaced the three families that lived there. Firefighters from Newport City, Derby Line, and Newport Center responded to the blaze shortly after 1 p.m.
Newport City firefighter Steve Edgerley said he could see the smoke from the fire near Strawberry Acres in Newport Center.