WVTK Local & State News – December 6, 2017

Vermont officials are urging people to make sure their vehicles have proper tires heading into the winter months.  Public Safety Commissioner Tom Anderson says good tires are essential for safe winter travel in Vermont.  Agency of Transportation Secretary Joe Flynn says the state’s snow and ice control plan is not changed from last year.  However, he says the state has been using less road salt in an effort to be good stewards of the environment.


Five Vermont state troopers are being cleared by prosecutors in the deadly shooting of a man armed with a BB gun last month.  Michael Battles was shot as he pointed the BB gun from a second floor window of a Poultney home.  Police say the weapon looked like a revolver, but was later determined to be a BB gun.  Troopers were at the home to try and arrest Battles on an aggravated domestic assault warrant when the standoff began.


Essex County supervisors adopted a $105.3 million budget for 2018 with a 2.23 percent levy increase and tax rate increase averaging 5 cents per $1,000 of assessed-property value.  Long-serving members of the Board of Supervisors said this was the first time they recall a budget adopted without amendments.  


A Time Capsule from 1872 has been unearthed.  The copper box was placed under the cornerstone of the former Moriah Episcopal Church 145 years ago.  On Saturday, a group of volunteers removed the time capsule.  The group didn’t open the box, but will wait for a public ceremony at the urging of Moriah Town Supervisor.  The church ceased being an Episcopal congregation 24 years ago, and was sold to a private owner. It has changed hands several times since then.  


The Town of Middlebury Planning Commission meets tomorrow.  During the meeting there will be a zoning discussion on Planned Unit Developments, internally illuminated signs, and message boards.  There will also being a discuss downtown master planning, if time allows.  The meeting will take place at noon at the Municipal Office Building.


The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce is once again sponsoring a Holiday Decorating Contest.  So drag out the lights, set up the manger, inflate Frosty, and brush out the reindeer.  Judges will be on the streets tomorrow night starting at 5 PM so be sure to have your lights turned on!  Anyone can call in their own place or someone else’s.  So have some fun and express your holiday cheer!