Month: October 2015

ST. ALBANS TOWN: Garage situation won’t go away

ST. ALBANS TOWN — Plows, salt trucks, culvert experts and road workers may be easy to forget until it snows, floods wash roads away, or one is sitting in traffic as the road is being repaved. But, a week from Tuesday, St. Albans Town officials will ask residents to think deeply about the Department of Public Works (DPW). The Nov. 10 special election, asks for approval of a $2.4 million project to build a new DPW facility on town property along Brigham Road. If not now, say town officials, the project will surely have to be done down the...

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DOWNTOWN: South Main revival

ST. ALBANS — The south end of Main Street in St. Albans City is getting a facelift. Buildings have new or refurbished facades and new enterprises have opened their doors. “That end has really taken on a life of its own,” said Marty Manahan, the city’s director of business development. The city stepped in and purchased 10 South Main St., a building damaged by a runaway truck that had been languishing ever since, and gave a façade improvement grant to the owner of 12 South Main St. Lee Roscoe has restored two buildings he owns on the block, those...

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Village at Franklin Park likely to see expansion

ST. ALBANS — The long-halted development of the Village at Franklin Park may get a jumpstart within a month. The upscale housing development, located just east of the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail behind the Franklin Park West industrial park, has received an extension of its Act 250 permit until 2020. The property was foreclosed on in 2014 and sold in auction in April. The new owner and developer, Patrick Malone of Malone Properties of Montpelier, filed an application for an amendment to the Act 250 permit awarded to GSD Development in 2004 to construct 92 condos on the lot....

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RENEWABLE ENERGY: Sessions to focus on siting

ST. ALBANS — The Northwest Regional Planning Commission (NRPC) with use of state funds will create an energy plan for Franklin and Grand Isle counties. Two hearings are to be held during which area residents, in addition to other questions, will be asked to express their views on the siting of renewable energy projects. The purpose of the hearings is to get input “on where they (area residents) want to see renewables or don’t want to see renewables,” said Taylor Newton, of NRPC. These are timely points as permitting already is underway for the seven-turbine Swanton Wind project near the Swanton/St. Albans Town border off Route 105, and large solar installations on leased farmland in Highgate and Sheldon. However, projects already under consideration are not on the agenda, said Newton. NRPC is a party to all renewable energy projects seeking a certificate of public good under Act 248. With a regional energy plan, NRPC will be able to say if future projects conform with the plan when providing testimony to the Public Service Board. Bob Buermann, chair of the NRPC board, said, “We are honored to have this opportunity to develop our regional plan and show that local involvement can have a positive impact in selecting suitable locations for energy generation.” In addition, said Taylor Newton, of NRPC, “We’re hoping to look at siting both broadly and narrowly.” An...

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GEORGE SETH WOOD, JR.

ST. ALBANS — George Seth Wood, Jr. passed away in the early morning hours of Saturday, October 24, 2015. This beloved man is survived by his wife Danny (Diana McFarren) Wood; children George Wood III, Nancy Wood, Jonathan (Beverly) Wood, Tim Wood, Todd (Brenda) Wood, Tony (Sherri) Wood, Kimberly Allen, and Chad (Peggy) Allen; grandchildren Melissa, Jeff, Jacki, Zachariah, Lauren, Matthew, Megan, Kaity, Tyler, and Isaac; great-grandchildren Bryce, Joshua, Blaire, and baby girl Ford soon to arrive. George was born on May 2, 1930, to George and Greeta (Sheehan) Wood in the beautiful town of St. Albans, Vermont. He...

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