Author: Tom Benton

Intra-board conflict in Montgomery

MONTGOMERY — An incident at an August “Sounds of Summer” concert began a chain of events including the removal of the town health officer, an official request that a selectboard member step down, and, now, the possibility of legal action. The town health officer and selectboard member are one and the same: Colin Sorenson. Voters elected Sorenson to a two-year term on the board in 2016. The same month, selectboard members unanimously voted to appoint Sorenson as the town’s health officer for three years. At the board’s Aug. 21 meeting this year, the board again unanimously voted, this time...

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Lawsuit over Lake Carmi algae?

FRANKLIN — The Franklin Watershed Committee (FWC) considered legal action against the State of Vermont at its regular meeting Thursday night. Rob Cormier, an FWC director, suggested the committee bring in legal counsel — not for immediate action, but to consider legal options moving forward. The state health department listed multiple portions of Lake Carmi as being on high alert for cyanobacteria in late August, most of which remained on high alert until the end of September. Carmi’s north beach remains on high alert as of press time. Signs prohibiting swimming and boating access to the cyanobacteria-infested water still...

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Hill recognized for years of service

SWANTON — The town selectboard honored Lucie Hill and considered repairing a historic fountain at its regular meeting Tuesday night. Hill served on the town zoning board for 21 years, from 1990-2011, and on the town’s developmental review board for six, from 2011 until this year. Now, she’s stepping down. “It’s been a pleasure,” she said, at last night’s meeting. “It was just time to move on.” Selectboard chair Joel Clark, on behalf of the board, presented Hill with an award celebrating her nearly three decades of service on town boards. “I think that’s pretty special,” Clark said. He...

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State promises Carmi aeration in 2018

FRANKLIN — Emily Boedecker, the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)’s commissioner, promised residents at the Lake Carmi TMDL Implementation Team meeting Thursday night the most physically apparent step the State has yet taken to clean up the lake: the purchase and installation of a pilot aeration system for one of Carmi’s most polluted portions within the next year. Boedecker specifically promised the allotment of $50,000 to design the pilot aeration system during Fiscal Year 2018, with another $200,000 to purchase and install the system. “I am making the commitment that we will have that in the next fiscal...

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Carmi crisis continues

FRANKLIN — Lake Carmi is still infested with cyanobacteria, more than 30 days after warning signs were first placed along its shoreline. Despite unseasonably hot weather, no boats were on the water Tuesday evening, nor jet skis that traditionally buzz across the surface on sunny days, or swimmers. No one fished; no laughs carried across the lake. The sole source of life in the water was a great blue heron, standing knee-deep in the murky, soupy sludge produced by cyanobacteria. The Vermont Department of Health still lists the lake’s north beach, Dewing Road and the Lake Carmi State Park...

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