Jason Starr

CSWD picks up dropoff center question

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The Chittenden Solid Waste District has extended a new opportunity for Colchester to host one of its trash and recycling dropoff centers. Facilities manager Brian Wright recently requested input from member municipalities about their interest in, and land availability for, a dropoff center. Colchester lost its part-time dropoff center about 10 years ago, when a…

Energy siting gets local voice

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New legislation gives towns more say in where wind and solar energy projects are built as the state ramps up local energy production in pursuit of ambitious renewable energy goals. But for towns to take advantage of their increased voice under Act 174, they need land use plans that are compatible with state energy goals,…

Walking tunnel punctuates Bayside plan

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Twelve years after Colchester voters approved a $1.1 million bond for 14 acres across from Bayside Park, there is finally a plan to make use of the land. Landscape architect Axel Bishop of Lafayette, Colo., said the town should incorporate the property into upper and lower Bayside Park to create a singular recreation destination on…

Students shine on standardized tests

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Vermont outpaced the national average on last spring’s standardized student tests, and Colchester outpaced Vermont. School-by-school results from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium tests taken last spring in grades 3-8 and grade 11 were released last week. The test measures student proficiency in the national Common Core curriculum and replaces the former New England Common…

Bus catches fire

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Route 7 northbound at Exit 16 was closed briefly about 3 p.m. Tuesday when a Mountain Transit school bus engine caught fire. Only the driver, a Mountain Transit mechanic, was in the bus at the time, and there were no injuries. He was able to extinguish the fire before firefighters arrived, according to Bruce Palmer…

Town to make play for circ land

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The Vermont Agency of Transportation announced it wants to keep the 12 miles of unused corridor preserved in the 1980s for a beltway highway that today, has an uncertain future. So says VTrans’ management plan for the rights-of-way acquired for the so-called Circumferential Highway, of which only one of three legs has been built, Route…