Monday, September 23, 2013

WVTK Local & State News September 23, 2013

The FAA is starting its investigation into a plane crash over the weekend in Middletown Springs.  The small, single engine plane was supposed to land at Glens Falls, but found the runway filled with hot air balloons and a car show.  The plane headed towards the Rutland airport to refuel but ended up crashing into Route 140.  The pilot, Richard Piccirilli and his passenger, David Querry, both of California, had minor injuries.

The towns of Middlebury and Weybridge are collaborating on a planning and feasibility study for sidewalk connections and pedestrian system improvements along Seymour Street and Pulp Mill Bridge Road.  The first step in the planning process is co-hosting a Local Concerns Meeting scheduled on Oct. 8 at 5:30 p.m. at the Middlebury Town Offices. The purpose of the meeting is to present the project goals and provide the opportunity for the public to express support or concerns.  The cost of the study is being funded through a grant from the Federal Highway Administration and supervised by the Vermont Agency of Transportation.

Weybridge residents will be getting together this Wednesday to decide what to do with an insurance settlement of nearly half a million dollars stemming from an embezzlement case involving former Town Clerk Karen Brisson.  Back on July 18 Brisson was sentenced to two years in jail, along with paying restitution, following her guilty plea to having embezzled funds from the town’s coffers over a period of at least six years.

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture says six Rutland households have had to relocate after an exterminator used a banned pesticide to get rid of bedbugs.  The chemical, Chlorpyrifos, can cause nervous system and developmental disorders. It has been banned since 2001.  The state has identified 262 potential homes and apartments that need to be tested for the chemical, all in Rutland County. So far, 92 samples have been sent to the state’s lab.  Officials think the most serious contamination has already been found.

The battle continues over whether or not the F-35 fighter jets should be based in Burlington.  The argument returns to the Burlington City Council at a meeting in October.  Last summer councilors passed a resolution asking for more information about the planes without supporting or opposing the basing.  But now F-35 opponents have said they intend to introduce a resolution to ban the war plane from the city owned airport.  There will be a public hearing before the October 7th Burlington City Council meeting at 6 pm.  The Air Force is expected to make a decision as to where it will base the F-35's later this fall.

The United Way of Addison County is getting ready to kick off the 2013 campaign.  This year’s goal is to raise $725,000.   “Days of Caring” will take place this Thursday and Saturday.  It is an event that has thus far attracted 675 community volunteers who will perform dozens of helpful jobs for the various local nonprofit agencies that receive financial support through the UWAC.