Author: Michaela Halnon

Chief prepares to exit CPD in August after five years

Colchester Police Chief Jennifer Morrison says her impending exit from the department’s top spot was one of the worst kept secrets in town. Morrison made her plan for a short tenure clear when she was hired in July 2013 and even gave former town manager Dawn Francis a firm Aug. 1 exit date more than a year ago. After a nearly three-decade policing career, Morrison, 49, said the feather in her cap would be the successful execution of a succession plan she and two Colchester Police Department lieutenants have crafted together. “I was brought in here for a very...

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Resident set for Miss USA pageant

After months of preparation, a Colchester woman said she feels ready to represent Vermont in the televised Miss USA pageant in Shreveport-Bossier, La. on Monday, May 21. Maia-Jena Allo, 20, grew up in South Burlington and lived in Arizona for her high school years. After graduating two years ago, she settled in Colchester and has stayed in town ever since. Allo has competed in pageants for five consecutive years and was crowned Miss Vermont last November. She’s attended charity events and volunteered since earning the state title, all while training for the next stage of competition. The planning includes...

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Route 7 construction set to start again

Construction on Routes 7/2 and 2A in Colchester will start up again on May 21, according to officials from the Vermont Agency of Transportation. The project timeline was pushed back last fall. VTrans project manager Erin Parizo said crews will mainly focus on the Creek Farm Plaza intersection and installing a shared use path this summer. VTrans hopes to have all work completed by August 24. Substantive work was originally scheduled to wrap up last year. Crews have widened sections of the road, lowered the grade of the hill before the Bay Road intersection by about five feet and...

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Town puts Airport Park solar project on hold

Colchester Selectboard members unanimously agreed to move forward with a solar project on town-own land near Shipman Hill last month, putting the Airport Park solar canopy proposal on hold in the meantime. The Shipman Hill array will be constructed by Aegis Renewable Energy and is expected to cover 29 percent of the town’s annual electric energy needs, or $42,000, over the 25-year project life, according to a memo from then-deputy town manager Aaron Frank. The decision came months after the board first authorized staff to look into a town-owned solar project. Originally, the town planned to build on an...

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Board adopts private road plowing policy

The Colchester Selectboard unanimously approved a formal private road winter maintenance policy at its April 10 meeting, putting a verbal decision delivered last October down on paper. The four-page document provides a substantial amount of background information, chronicling a timeline of relevant events starting with the policy of plowing some of the town’s private roads in 1970 and ending with the series of public hearings held last fall. The latter events occurred after board members announced they were re-examining the controversial practice of plowing just 15 of the town’s 44 miles of private road. A trio of well-attended, lively...

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