Author: Amanda Brooks

Colchester-based nurses show solidarity

With additional reporting by COLIN FLANDERS “We are the union! The nurses’ union! Fighting for our patients! And our community!” Chants like these could be heard among car horn honks of supporting passersby as nurses, physicians and supporters marched up and down the sidewalk in front of the University of Vermont Medical Center Family Practice in Colchester last week. The rally was a part of a larger strike of the nurses’ union against UVMMC that began last Thursday at 7 a.m. at the Burlington and surrounding campuses. The strike was a result of the union and UVMMC’s failure to come...

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Town expects fall construction for solar projects

Permits for two solar projects for the town of Colchester have been submitted for approval by the Vt. Public Utilities Commission, hopefully later this year, officials say. The first of the two projects is planned to be constructed off of Malletts Bay Avenue in an old field leased to Sam Mazza farm. When the plans were being made for the project, it was discovered no lease was actually written up for the land, according to a memo from town manager Aaron Frank to the Colchester Selectboard. To correct this, a lease has been drawn up and posted for public...

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Intersection makeover will ease traffic woes

A construction project slated for 2023 anticipates easing traffic at the Severance Corners intersection in Colchester as the area sees increased development in the years to come. The intersection, where Blakely and Severance roads cross U.S. routes 7 and 2, is known as a “designated growth center” for Colchester, said Erin Parizo, project manager for the Vermont Agency of Transportation. As a state-designated growth center, Severance Corners will develop into Colchester’s new town center, explained Sarah Hadd, the town’s director of planning and zoning. So far, over 200 units of housing and 80,000 square feet of mixed commercial space...

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Fireworks store denied permit

A Vermont Superior Court judge shot down Green Mountain Fireworks’ preliminary injunction request last week that would have prevented the town from interfering with its business and seizing its inventory, court documents show. Owners of Green Mountain Fireworks requested the injunction in hopes of resuming business prior to July 4. They said failure to do so would essentially bankrupt their company. But granting the injunction would put members of the public “at an unreasonable risk of injury and harm,” wrote Judge Robert Mello, deferring to the selectboard’s decision to deny the company a municipal permit just hours earlier. Matthew...

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Intersection project looks to ease traffic issues

Improvements aimed at streamlining traffic at the intersection of Prim Road and West Lakeshore Drive will kick off in 2020. The project will signalize the intersection and add turn lanes to ease the major traffic patterns heading east on West Lakeshore Drive towards Essex and south on Prim Road towards Burlington, according to Project Manager Kevin McAleer, who shared plans with the selectboard last week. The plans also include a ten-foot shared-use path on the southern edge of West Lakeshore Drive and a five-foot sidewalk along Prim Road to increase pedestrian access in the area, McAleer said. Scoping studies...

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