Wednesday, October 30, 2013

WVTK Local & State News October 30, 2013

Green Mountain Power is warning customers about a phone scam.  There have been several reports this week of callers claiming to be representing GMP and demanding credit card or money card information from customers to pay their account balance or face disconnection.  GMP says it follows state rules when working with customers on past due bills and would not demand credit card information or other payment mechanisms.  Anyone receiving such a call, should not give out personal information, including account or credit card numbers, and should contact police.

A new report out show that if Crown Point and Ticonderoga school districts merged, taxpayers would save money and students would have more opportunities.  The report was created by a Syracuse Firm and was funded by the New York State Department of State.  The final report will be presented Tuesday, November 12, at 7 p.m. at a meeting of both school boards at Crown Point Central School.  Once they receive the final report each school board will decide whether to pursue a merger.  If they agree to a merger, the issue then goes to voters in each district as a straw vote.  If voters OK the merger plan it goes to the state education department, where the commissioner of education will ask for a second vote of both districts.  A single no vote at any point kills a possible merger.

State Police say Vermonters have gotten rid of more than 3,000 pounds of unwanted prescription medications during Drug Take Back Day.  Law enforcement agencies hosted 57 drug collection sites around the state on Saturday.  A total of 3,429 pounds of pills were collected.  That beats April when a total of 2,393 pills were dropped off.  Some agencies have year-round disposal options.  For a list of them call 211 or visit the state police website at

The Vermont State Colleges have ordered the food service provider Sodexo not to change how its employees receive benefits.  Sodexo wants to redefine full time employees so that workers who take the summer off would now be considered part-time.  Sodexo says its about complying with the Affordable Care Act.  Sodexo has promised to continue other benefits for the effected employees.  But the chancellor of the state colleges says there is too much uncertainty about the impacts on individual employees for the colleges to okay the changes in Sodexo's contract.  UVM also contracts with Sodexo but has not yet made a decision about whether to challenge the personnel changes.

The College of St. Joseph will host a trick or treat event tomorrow from noon to 6 p.m. at St. Joseph Hall on the CSJ campus.  The event gives families the opportunity to bring children (supervised by an adult) to a safe environment where they can collect treats and show off their costumes.  A map will be provided detailing trick or treat destinations.  This event is free and open to the public.