WVTK Local & State News – November 8, 2017

The results are in from the Special Election in Middlebury yesterday.  Article 1, which states, “Shall the legal voters of the Town of Middlebury approve the current Deed of Easement agreements as approved by the Select board at their meeting on June 27, 2017 and convey three land easements to Vermont Gas Systems?”  448 votes were cast yesterday.  The Article passed 279 to 168, and 1 blank.  Vermont Gas will continue to receive the three easements without being taxes.  


There will be no water shutoff in Brandon this evening.  The water was scheduled to be turned off tonight from 6 PM to 11 PM on Park and Center Streets as part of the Route 7 Segment 6 Project.  Officials have postponed tonight’s scheduled water shut off.  They will announce the rescheduled time at a later date.  


Green Mountain Power and SunCommon today announced a partnership to build a rooftop solar array at Green Mountain Power’s Middlebury Service Center, and make it available to low income customers.  The 325-panel project will serve about 35 residential customers, with priority given to local Middlebury residents.  GMP and SunCommon are now looking at other GMP rooftop options across the state.  Construction of the Middlebury project is underway.


A fire in Hinesburg this morning has killed a family’s livestock.  Fire crews were called to Charlotte road in Hinesburg just after 6 AM.  Upon arrival, officials say the tool shed, which housed pigs, was on fire.  According to Hinesburg Fire Chief Al Barber, four pigs perished in the blaze.  Crews from Charlotte, Monkton, Starksboro, and Shelburne responded to the fire.


Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency are here in the Green Mountain State assessing damage from the heavy wind storm last month.  FEMA is on hand to verify the state’s damage estimate from the storm of well over $4-million.  Damage of at least $1-million must be verified in order for Vermont to receive a federal disaster declaration.  That would free up money to reimburse towns and utility companies for their work repairing public infrastructure.


Now thru December 11th, the Middlebury Police Department is teaming up with Camp Ta-Kum-Ta to help kids battling cancer and their families with a new program called “Deer Camp Beards for Kids.”  If you live in the area, you may notice some of the Middlebury Police Officers with beards, and a special pin, which they are growing and wearing in support of kids fighting cancer.  For $30 you can purchase the same pin, which supports the program and goes directly to Camp Ta-Kum-Ta.  You can purchase the pin at the Middlebury Police Station or here at the 92.1 WVTK Offices located in the Marble Works.