Governor Phil Scott signed the marijuana bill H.511 today. The bill will legalize recreational marijuana use, allowing Vermonters 21 and older to possess up to an ounce. It would also allow people to grow two mature plants, or four immature plants. The bill will go into effect July 1
Middlebury College has received a record 9,230 applications to the Class of 2022. The total represents a 3.6 percent increase over last year and exceeds the previous high of 9,109 in 2013. Both numbers include all students who applied early decision and those who applied regular decision. Applicants may learn if they have been admitted to Middlebury by logging onto a designated web page on March 24. Letters will be mailed to their homes on March 23.
The railroad bridge replacement project that is scheduled to start this spring now has a price tag of $71-million. Members of the Vermont House and Senate Transportation Committees met last week and took testimony on the latest plans for replacing Middlebury’s two downtown rail bridges. During the meeting, they also announced that the cost of the project has increased from around $52-million to almost $71-million. The federal government will be covering 95 percent of the project expenses, with the state covering the most of the rest.
Ferrisburgh will have another Budget Work Session Tomorrow Night. The work session will start at 6 o’clock. This session is to work on the Fiscal Year 2019 Budget that will be presented to voters on Town Meeting Day.
The Vergennes City Council meets tomorrow night. During the meeting they will work on the Annual City Meeting Warning and set the Date of an Informational Meeting for a Bond Vote. Plus there will be reports from the City Manager and Mayor. The meeting starts at 5:30 in the Fire Station Meeting Room.
Vermont again will be well represented when the U.S. team heads off to next month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea. Around 20 competitors on this year’s squad have ties to Vermont. They include snowboarders Kelly Clark and Lindsey Jacobellis, along with women’s hockey player Amanda Pelkey. Vermont sent 13 competitors to the Sochi Winter Olympics four years ago.