• Vermont Today news briefs
    April 29,2013

    Schedule change

    in heat project

    MONTPELIER — In a significant shift in the schedule, the city announced that work will begin on the School Street to Union Elementary School leg of the District Heat Project. Work begins today and is anticipated to end May 16. The city is working with school officials to notify parents, and the police will offer extra support in order to make sure that drop-offs and pick-ups are safe and effective.

    The work will begin at the Fairpoint parking lot on School Street and parking along the street will be greatly reduced to allow two-way traffic to continue. Vehicles parked on Cedar Street may experience long delays exiting. In addition, at times the sidewalk on the south side of School Street will be unaccessible.

    The shift in schedule was caused when a shipment of pipe for the project arrived without the proper fittings. But the contractor had the materials to begin the School Street leg. The decision was made to start that part of the work in order to continue moving the project forward.

    At the other end of the project, water work on State Street is expected to wrap up next week. After that, pipe laying will begin on Taylor Street going towards State Street, then jogging right. That work is expected to begin May 6 and conclude a month later.

    For updates, check out the city’s Facebook page, go online to http//www.montpelier-vt.org/, or call the district heat phone line at (802) 262-6200.

    Eminent domain

    for Carr lot?

    MONTPELIER — With $7 million in federal funds in the offing, and a 2002 voter-approved bond for $800,000, the purchase of the Carr lot on Taylor Street has been a long-sought goal for the city. It is key to the continuation of the popular bike path, and with the construction of a transportation hub it could change the way visitors enter Montpelier.

    Now, with lengthy purchase negotiations at a standstill, the city may move to obtain the property from the Alan R. Carr Revocable Trust through the process of eminent domain. At its rescheduled meeting Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., the council will discuss a recommendation that the city take that step.

    Eminent domain may be exercised when a project is deemed for the greater public good, and negotiations for purchase have failed.

    The city is looking to set a hearing for Wednesday, June 5, in the council chambers. Should the council approve the recommendation to move forward, the city must prepare a survey of the property, a draft resolution of necessity, and proposed damages to be offered to the landowner.

    Suspicion brings

    pot citation

    WATERBURY — An investigation into a “suspicious” vehicle at the Waterbury park-and-ride ended with an arrest Saturday evening for possession of marijuana.

    Claude Randolph IV of Waterbury was issued a citation after police say they could detect the smell of cannabis emanating from his vehicle. A search of Randolph’s car, police said, yielded an undisclosed quantity of the drug.

    Randolph is scheduled to appear in criminal court in Barre on May 30 to answer to the charge.

    —Staff and wire reports

    Violations lead

    to jail stay

    CALAIS — A 22-year-old Marshfield man spent the night in detox after police were called to remove him from a Calais home.

    Police say Chas Burbank was visibly intoxicated when they responded to a call Saturday night from the homeowner at whose residence he was visiting. Police said Burbank was prohibited from consuming alcohol as part of his conditions of release.

    Burbank was transported to the Chittenden County Correctional Facility for detox, and issued a citation for violations of conditions of release.

    Police arrest man

    for Fri. assault

    DANVILLE — A 26-year-old Danville man was locked up Saturday for allegedly assaulting someone Friday evening.

    Police say Travis Johnson assaulted someone at a Danville residence Friday evening, but that they were unable to find him until Saturday.

    Johnson was jailed for lack of $10,000 bail.

    ‘Cow Power’ to be

    offered statewide

    MONTPELIER — Customers of Vermont’s largest electric utility can now take advantage of the “Cow Power” program that generates power by using methane produced from cow manure to run generators.

    Green Mountain Power says the Vermont Public Service Board recently approved expanding the Cow Power program to the utility’s entire service territory.

    Cow Power was first offered to customers in 2004.

    The program currently includes 12 farms and generates 16 million kilowatt-hours of power a year — enough to power 2,200 average Vermont homes.

    Customers who choose to be a part of the Cow Power program pay an extra 4 cents per kilowatt hour.

    Staff and wire reports

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