WVTK Local & State News – March 9, 2018

A broken sewer pipe has sent well over a million gallons of untreated sewage into the Neshobe River.  Officials say the broken pipe was discovered Tuesday. A temporary fix was done on Wednesday. It’s estimate that the pipe had been broken for about two weeks.  The broken pipe was located near Mill Lane and Conant Square, which is across Route 7 from the town office. The pipe dates back to the 1960s, when it was originally buried in the bank of the Neshobe River, but the bank has since eroded, meaning the pipe now sites in the riverbed.  The town hopes to get state approval to rebury the pipe in the riverbank this summer.


A plea deal is in place for a man accused of being the driver in a deadly 2016 hit and run in Tinmouth.  Thomas Velde Jr’s trial was already underway when he changed his plea to guilty yesterday in the death of Leo Branchaud.  Velde’s guilty pleas are to charges of leaving the scene of a crash with death resulting and gross negligent operation. He could face a life sentence as a habitual offender because of previous felony convictions.


Vermont’s Governor was elected chair of the Coalition of Northeastern Governors for 2018.  The group encourages cooperation between State Government affecting the economic, social, and environmental well-being of the northeast.  Governor Scott said he’ll focus on identifying ways to make energy costs more affordable. Governors from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island have agreed to get a task force together on the issue.


The Ilsley Public Library Board of Trustees meets on Monday Night.  The meeting starts at 5:30. During the meeting, the board will be electing new board officers, determining the date of the board retreat, and reviewing the details of the Listening Tour.  Monday Night’s Meeting will take place at the Ilsley Public Library Community Meeting Room.


The Vermont Family Network has received a $15,000 grant from the Doug Flutie Jr Foundation for Autism.  This funding makes it possible for us to support families whose children have autism with grants of up to $200 to address family-identified needs such as respite, summer camp, or specific training/supports.  The Vermont Family Network is a state-wide non-profit organization that empowers and supports all Vermont families of children with special needs.