WVTK Local & State News – October 9, 2017

A Solar Array planned for some farm fields in Brandon is being downsized.  The original plans called for a 100-acre array.  Davenport Solar has filed a notice of intent to file a petition with the Vermont Public Utility Commission.  In the notice they are asking for permission to build a 15-megawatt facility.  The original plans called for 20-megawatt solar array.  Once the petition is filled that will begin a 45-day comment period open to the town and the regional planning commission to make comments and recommendations about the project.  The project is named for Thomas Davenport, the Forestdale native and inventor of the electric motor.


The Bristol Selectboard meets tonight.  One of the items on the agenda is an update on the Mt Abraham Renovation Committee’s proposed renovation project and upcoming bond vote.  Also on the agenda is the appointment of a paid On-Call Firefighter and a Part-Time Police Officer.  The meeting is tonight at 7 o’clock at Holley Hall.   


The City of Rutland’s Public Works is asking everyone to avoid some areas of East and Otter Creeks for the next two days as the rain has caused a sewage overflow of 3 of the 4 Combined Sewer Overflows or CSOs in the area.  Officials say the CSOs serve as a collection area when too much rain enters the sewers.


Vermont State Police say a vacant city-owned building was intentionally set on fire in Rutland City.  The fire started late Saturday night at a city owned building on East Street.  The building suffered around 25-thousand-dollars in fire and water damage.  A reward of up to five-thousand-dollars to anyone who provides information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case.


The Lions Club of Middlebury last week presented Elderly Services Inc. with a $25,000 check dedicated to completion of the Eldercare Excellence Major Gifts Campaign of 2015-2017.  Elderly Services operates Project Independence Adult Day Center six days a week at its Exchange Street headquarters in Middlebury. The agency also offers lifelong learning classes for older adults through their ESI College Program.  


This weekend, it’s the Fall Family Weekend at Middlebury College.  Hundreds of Middlebury families will gather on campus to enjoy conversation, exploration, and colorful Vermont Foliage. The Office of Alumni and Parent Programs has planned a full schedule of panel discussions, performances, exhibits, meals, and events so everyone will have plenty to do and see all weekend long.