• District heat to cause delays
    May 06,2013

    MONTPELIER — As the district heat project continues on both School and State Streets, city officials are reminding residents and families that active welding will be taking place on School Street this week and that everyone should avoid looking at the flames, which can cause eye damage.

    “Please use caution when walking by the site and discourage your children from looking directly at the arc during active welding,” is the message from Assistant City Manager Jessie Baker, who also stressed the danger of looking at the welding lights.

    The work on School Street this week involves installing, welding and placing the pipe for the distribution system. While two way traffic will be maintained on School Street during the work the south sidewalk is closed to pedestrians.

    School Street parking is limited, and driving in and around Union Elementary School is best avoided by anyone not having a reason to be there.

    Meanwhile, at the other end of the project, work is winding up on State Street. The contractor will be restoring the curbing and sidewalk, and placing temporary pavement this week. There will be limited parking in order to maintain two-way traffic.

    Work on the project is running from 7 a.m. til 6 p.m. daily, which means that it’s hard to avoid some delay.

    Baker wants to remind drivers to pay attention to both the signage and flaggers who are stationed at the construction sites.

    “Expect minor delays at times and plan your commute accordingly,” she said.

    In the meantime, the state is waiting for a decision on it’s Act 250 permit for its part of the project following an April 30 hearing.

    Two votes today

    in Williamstown

    WILLIAMSTOWN — Voters will decide today whether to affirm or reverse a pair of Town Meeting Day decisions that sparked separate petition drives in their community.

    Polls will open at the Williamstown Volunteer Fire Station on Depot Street at 10 a.m. and will close promptly at 7 p.m.

    There are only two items on the ballot — one that was narrowly approved during the town’s annual elections in March and the other that failed by an equally slim margin.

    Voters are being asked to reconsider their approval, by a 298-283 town meeting tally, of plans to finance a new $2.5 million public safety building that would create one energy efficient complex on Meadow Street for the town’s fire and ambulance department.

    Also on the ballot is a renewed request to use $40,000 in surplus funds to cover the local share of a popular after-school program. The request to designate some of a year-end surplus to pay for the “Onward” program was defeated, 274-298, on Town Meeting Day.

    Reversing either decision will require at least 199 votes — two-thirds of the 298 that were cast on the prevailing sides of both questions back in March.

    —Staff Reports

    Budget information

    session is tonight

    BARRE — Residents with lingering questions or concerns about municipal and school budgets that are both scheduled to be re-voted next week are encouraged to attend tonight’s public information meeting at the Barre Opera House.

    The session is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. and will include brief overviews of revised budgets for the city and its centralized elementary school that will both be back on the ballot in Barre a week from Tuesday.

    Both budgets have been modified since being soundly defeated by voters in March. Members of the School Board, the City Council and the council-appointed budget committee are all expected to participate in an informational meeting that will include some time for questions.

    Early voting is already underway and the polls will be open a week from Tuesday, May 14, at the Barre Municipal Auditorium from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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