WVTK Local & State News – September 12, 2017

The Brandon Segment 6 Route 7 Project continues.  On the schedule for tomorrow, workers will be shutting down Carver Street North (between Union and Route 7) in preparation of a water main install.  Carver Street North will be opened back up for weekend traffic.  Detours will be in place during the road closure.  


The Rutland Town Select Board voted unanimously last night to fire longtime Town Administrator Joe Zingale for gross misconduct.  The action came after two closed-door sessions last week.  Zingale had worked for the town for 33 years, starting as an assistant to the planning commission.  Zingale said he is considering legal action against the board.    


Green Mountain Power is sending more than  30 lineworkers, supervisors, and mechanics to help in the Hurricane Irma recovery efforts.  Crews are leaving this afternoon for Georgia where 1.5 million people are without power.  They will be helping Georgia Power restore power and set new poles, make repairs to downed lines and broken poles.  The mutual aid relationship between utilities is strong, and in times of crisis extends throughout the country.  


The second largest hospital in Vermont is looking to get bigger.  Rutland Hospital is asking regulators to approve a 21-million-dollar expansion project.  The largest part of the project would be a 16-million-dollar medical office building, which will house the Vermont Orthopedic Clinic.  The Green Mountain Care Board must approve the permit in order for the plan to advance.


The State of Vermont is pushing wood-burning heat as good for the economy and the environment.  The Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation announced that Emma Hanson is the state’s new Wood Energy Coordinator.  The state says increased use of wood heat reduces the use of imported fossil fuels and it helps the state’s economy.  Officials say modern wood burning techniques are much cleaner and more efficient than in the past.


Monkton Scout Day is coming up this weekend.  It’s an opportunity to learn about how Scouting is a vital part of the Addison County community.  On Saturday afternoon from 2 to 4, local boy scouts and cub scouts will running a number of fun and educational activities for youth and adults.  The event will be held at the Monkton Recreational Field located on Hollow Road.  Open to the public, the event is also geared for boys ages 6-17 who might be interested in finding out more about scouting.