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« on: March 18, 2014, 05:17:12 PM »
Can absentee ballots be pickup at the town office.

Current News & Events / Re: The White House & Habitat for Humanity
« on: March 09, 2014, 11:32:29 AM »
I guess I am a bit confused about the building.  Yes it is part of the school, it has been used for classes, town offices and a residence.  But my question is that the historical value of the building, wouldn't this fall into historical preservation in both the state and local level, thus it wouldn't be able to be demolished or moved.  Rather restored in place and become part of the state historical venue similar to other buildings in town that have been preserved and cannot be demolished.

Political Issues/Comments / Re: S 32 (The Vermont Bill Against Guns)
« on: January 17, 2013, 07:43:33 PM »
A little to think about while the bill is in session.

On Sunday December 17, 2012, 2 days after the CT shooting, a man went to a restaurant in San Antonio to kill his X-girlfriend. After he shot her, most of the people in the restaurant fled next door to a theater. The gunman followed them and entered the theater so he could shoot more people. He started shooting and people in the theater started running and screaming. It’s like the Aurora, CO theater story plus a restaurant!
Now aren't you wondering why this isn't a lead story in the national media along with the school shooting?
There was an off duty county deputy at the theater. SHE pulled out her gun and shot the man 4 times before he had a chance to kill anyone. So since this story makes the point that the best thing to stop a bad person with a gun is a good person with a gun, the media is treating it like it never happened.
Only the local media covered it. The city is giving her a medal next week

General Discussion / Re: Fletcher Road Speed Limits
« on: July 25, 2012, 07:25:24 PM »
If i read one of the past board minuates correctly there was suppose to be a traffic study done.  I believe the chatter i heard is 40 mph from rainvilles farm to the fletcher line

Current News & Events / Re: Protect Your Homes
« on: April 05, 2012, 09:42:05 PM »
Guns sometimes are not always the answer.  You can be trained, but if you are not home they are not functional.  What about the one time the scared individuals (trained or untrained) hears a scratch at a window or a knock at the door.  Grabbing the gun and firing just isn't feasible.  An unexpected relative, a police officer or utility worker. It does happen.  I have been asked to identify myself several time when responding to calls, in full uniform and driving a police cruiser.

My answer:

Make your home more visable.  Your privacy hedge isn't just good for you its good for the burglars.
Alarms are good, but many agencies request they be registered for a fee for a response. 
Let your neighbors know when your out of town or local law enforcement as many agencies do residence checks
Get a big dog, a bigger dog.
Feed your dog, so he doesn't think you are food when you get home
Lock your doors, and windows.  The time of leaving your front door unlocked is gone
Exterior lighting, motion lights work for night
Driveway alarms for those that are home of newer security systems will alway a tripped driveway alarm send a photo directly to an ipad, smart phone
Security cameras or even a motion camera from Dicks Sporting Good works

Be aware of your surrounding, what doesn't look right, what should be there.  Get a plate a vehicle description, clothing description.  Don't hold the information all day if it is suspicious call it in.

Swanton, Vermont -
Tammie Barrette and her family live on Route 105-- a road in Swanton that, she says, sees a lot of speeding. There are also many homes on the road, some very close to the street.
"Cars go by pretty fast. We keep the kids in the back," says Barrette.
Vermont State Police say speed was a likely factor in the accident that killed 21-year old Timothy Larivee of Franklin and the passenger, 24-year old Tyler Greeno of Swanton early Sunday morning.
Police say the accident happened around 3:54 A.M.
They say the 2010 Toyota Tundra was traveling eastbound on Route 105. The speed limit on that road is 50 miles per hour.
"I think if the cars went 50, it wouldn't be too much of an issue. But not a lot of them go 50. They go much faster," says Barrette.
After the truck passed Russell Road, police say the driver lost control and traveled off the road overturning several times.
Both victims were ejected from the vehicle. The truck landed in the middle of the road.
Route 105 was closed down for several hours while the crash was investigated by VSP, Missisquoi Rescue and Swanton Fire.
Barrette hopes the crash will remind folks to slow down on the road she lives on.
"They could probably have a police officer out here issuing more tickets. Maybe it would slow the speed down of the cars," adds Barrette

Current News & Events / Re: Fairfax Fire & Rescue Responding To MVA
« on: January 26, 2012, 09:47:18 PM »
I know there has been a traffic study to redesign the intersection of 104/128.  Has there ever been a study at the intersection of fletcher and main.  Both intersections are dangerous, there have been many times that i witnessed people go straight onto Fletcher from main and never slow down for oncoming traffic on main.  Over the past couple years i can remember numerous collisions in both locations.

I would go as far to say that the tree makes a noise.  but does that noise offend anyone?  As there are several different kinds of disorderly conduct such as language, noise, or engaging in violent behavior.  For example an individual leaves a bar and screams profanities.  The individual is in violation of using abuse and or obscene language in public.  An individual that screams profanities at a sporting event, if anyone is (annoyed) or (offend) by the language it is violaton of the language aspect of the law. 

§ 1026. Disorderly conduct

A person who, with intent to cause public inconvenience, or annoyance or recklessly creating a risk thereof:

(1) Engages in fighting or in violent, tumultuous or threatening behavior; or

(2) Makes unreasonable noise; or

(3) In a public place uses abusive or obscene language; or

(4) Without lawful authority, disturbs any lawful assembly or meeting of persons; or

(5) Obstructs vehicular or pedestrian traffic, shall be imprisoned for not more than 60 days or fined not more than $500.00 or both.

Current News & Events / Re: Vigilanteism? Some locals are sick of the crime
« on: November 16, 2011, 03:59:10 PM »
There is a saying I take to heart that might work.  Tried by 12 or carried by six.  I can see the castle doctrine being abused but for those used properly it is an affirmative defense.

As the last state in the country without a Target department store, Vermont has long been in the corporation’s big, red bulls-eye. Last week, the Minneapolis-based retailer moved closer to bagging a prime location in Williston.
Representatives from Target Corporation met with town officials on Sept. 23 and presented plans for a retail store at the former driving range property at 6180 Williston Rd.
“They showed us three or four site plan ideas, looking down from a bird’s eye view,” town planner Ken Belliveau said.
Belliveau confirmed that the meeting also involved town manager Rick McGuire and public works director Bruce Hoar. Target was reportedly represented by Regional Real Estate Manager Tom Carrico and Senior Development Manager Katie Rivard, while representatives from Vanasse Hangen Brustlin — a consulting firm with an office in North Ferrisburgh — also attended.
Belliveau also confirmed that a meeting took place last month involving town officials, Carrico and Rivard and Al and Nicole Senecal, representatives from Omega Real Estate — which owns the parcel of land being targeted for the project. Belliveau said that at last week’s meeting, Carrico indicated that some negotiations regarding the property had taken place between Target and Omega.
“Tom said something along the lines of, ‘we think we’ve reached a deal with the Senecals,’” Belliveau said.
Target spokesperson Eddie Baeb declined to discuss any specifics of the land negotiations or proposed store project. He cited the company’s policy of waiting to comment on any new store development until nine to 12 months before that store’s opening date.
“Target has long been interested in having a store in Vermont,” Baeb said. “However, at this time, we have no additional information to share.”
Nicole Senecal of Omega Real Estate confirmed that her company has been in contact with Target concerning the property, but declined to discuss negotiations. Repeated calls to Jeff Nelson at Vanasse Hangen Brustlin were not returned.
The project would need to clear a number of planning hurdles before progressing into even the first stages of construction. The site being examined is currently zoned as mixed-use residential, requiring developers to bring the project through Williston’s specific plan process.
Changes to a parcel’s zoning typically require that five of a possible nine criteria for public benefit, as outlined in Chapter 9 of the town’s by-laws, be met. Some of those criteria are job creation/retention, preservation of open spaces and the creation of affordable housing.
“The Planning Commission has to be able to determine that their specific plan has the potential to meet enough of those criteria,” Belliveau said. “They have already started to think about how they would meet that five of nine.”
One way is apparently through the creation of affordable housing. Belliveau said at least one of the proposed site plan ideas included the construction of apartments along the western side of the property, parallel to the existing Maple Tree housing buildings. The site — which comprises two parcels of land totaling 17.2 acres — previously received approval for an approximately 120-unit housing development referred to as Cottonwood.
Belliveau also foresees traffic issues and public perception as being potential challenges. Indications are that a formal traffic study has yet to be conducted in connection with the project, but even loose estimates of trip numbers discussed at the two meetings raised concerns, according to Belliveau.
“It’s a good distance from Exit 12 (off Interstate 89) to the former driving range property,” Belliveau said. “A lot of trips would be coming from there.”
Belliveau also said “initial public perception (of the project) will be key.” He made reference to public opposition to Walmart in Williston in the early 1990s, when a group called Citizens for Responsible Growth took its battle against the retail giant into the courtroom.
A survey of customers shopping at the Williston Walmart on a recent afternoon revealed differing views of the two retailers. Sierra Ouellette of South Burlington said Target “isn’t really any different than Walmart, other than the name.” Sarah Hamilton of Bristol disagreed, saying that she would “happily” choose Target if given a choice.
“They have a better selection, and much better quality,” Hamilton said. “I only shop (at Walmart) because I have to.”
Gordon Cameron of Burlington said he has “never set foot in a Target,” but welcomes the idea of another big-box retailer leveling the playing field for shoppers.
“It would create competition, which would hopefully drive prices down,” Cameron said. “The customer usually wins in situations like that.”
Belliveau said Target’s representatives have been receptive to holding “more meetings at the staff level, before anything gets filed.” He added that while no time frame has been determined for any portion of the project, he would not expect construction to begin for “several years.”
“It’s going to be a lot of work for everyone involved, but it will be interesting to see how it plays out,” Belliveau said.

Current News & Events / Re: Sketchy salesmen, NY steak and seafood?!?
« on: August 09, 2011, 06:27:15 PM »
I would report it to local law enforcement just to let them know that they are back in the area.  It has been a couple of years since I saw them in Fairfax they usually set up in Georgia.

Political Issues/Comments / Re: Fairfax Budget & Fireworks
« on: July 08, 2011, 01:17:12 PM »
i would like to see the fireworks come back for the amount of money per household it isn't that much.  Where they are to be set off is another aspect that should be discussed.  Its nice to have a celebration at the school but i think the fireworks should be shot off from a higher location like j/l field it offers parking and would draw a large deal of business to the pantry and surrounding stores.  With that elevation it would be easier for more people to see i bet you could even see them from the school.  I think a petition should be handed out again and voted on so all could have a voice.  Or at a very least a survey distributed by mail or posted at local stores.

I can remember when the hydro dams were put in in Quebec and the controversy that arouse regarding wildlife.  If i remember correctly at the time Vermont stated they would not buy power as long as the dams were in place.  Kind of neat how things run full circle. 

Current News & Events / Underage party on taborhill
« on: July 08, 2011, 07:33:57 AM »
Wcax had the following this morning.

Fairfax, Vermont - July 8, 2011

Police say an underage drinking party resulted in a drunk driving accident and hospitalization for one 18-year-old man.

Vermont State Police responded to an underage drinking party on Tabor Hill Road in Fairfax at around 1:30 on Wednesday morning. On the way to the party troopers say they discovered one of the party-goers had driven his vehicle into a rock ledge.

Eighteen-year-old Robert Bannister of Cambridge sustained injuries in the crash and was transported to the Northwestern Medical Center. He faces multiple charges and police say he could be charged with DUI pending toxicology results.

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