Author: Tom Marble

Going to town: Parks & Rec prepares for master plan presentation

After a late snowfall set them back, contractors working with the Colchester Parks and Rec department are continuing to survey the areas marked in conceptual designs for a proposed Bayside Community Center and Bayside Park upgrade. With the help of the Colorado-based consulting firm GreenPlay, who contracted with town about a year ago, town officials published two master plans for the recreations center and Bayside Park last October, using focus groups, public meetings and surveys to create concepts with amenities residents desire. “Right now, they’re getting the topography and underground utilities, making sure the property lines are right,” parks...

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Scheduled water shutoff to take effect tonight

A scheduled nighttime water shutdown in the Route 2A and Route 7 vicinity of Fire District No. 3 in Colchester will begin April 19 at 9 p.m. and last until April 20 at 5 a.m. The shutoff will affect 224 residences on Creek Farm Road and smaller attached streets, according to a notice on the town website. Breezy Acres Mobile Home Park, Country Meadows Development, Pierre Apartments and Creek Farm Plaza will also be impacted, along with businesses and three residences on Route 7 and businesses and one residence on Route 2A as far down as Union Memorial School....

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School board calls for negotiation mediation

After four months of teacher contract negotiations, the Colchester School Board declared an impasse at its Wednesday evening session last week. Stemming largely from an inability to find common ground on salary proposals, the impasse will halt upcoming negotiating meetings between the CSB and the Colchester Education Association, and the district will begin the process of hiring a neutral mediator. “We know that declaring impasse is going to help us move forward by going to mediation,” CSB negotiator Lincoln White said. “We haven’t made much progress on salaries at all over the last four months. So we want to...

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Deli shuts its doors

Two and a half years after opening, Happy Belly Deli’s Colchester location closed its doors on Saturday. Although Colchester residents will have to go elsewhere for a cup of coffee on their morning commute or a sandwich on their lunch break, owner Ron Cameron will continue to run the Happy Belly Deli in Winooski. “Everyone has been super sad,” Cameron said. “But we’ve gotten lots of good feedback, and a lot of people have come in to say thanks.” Looking back at his time at the Colchester store, Cameron said one thing he will take away from the past...

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Contract talks focus on salary, insurance

The Colchester Education Association came ready to last Tuesday’s negotiation session with a revised healthcare and salary proposal. On the latter, the association opted to scale back its original proposal, asking for a $44,400.10 base salary in 2017-18, a $63 decrease from its original proposal. The union also requested a 4.2 and 4.4 percent increase for 2018-19 and 2019-20, respectively, knocking its original ask back .2 percent for each school year. “What’s interesting about this number is that it is still lower than what Essex Jct. had for a base salary two years ago,” CEA president Joe Cheney said....

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