Monday, May 19, 2014

WVTK Local & State News May 19, 2014

The head of the organization that oversees Vermont's 911 emergency telephone system says the state is the first in the country where customers of the four major wireless carriers can send text messages to 911. David Tucker says that as of today T-Mobile customers in Vermont are now able to text 911. Verizon, AT&T and Sprint began the service earlier. Tucker says Verizon set up a test system in 2012 and kept using it after the test proved successful. Tucker emphasizes that wireless customers should only use the texting option only when calling 911 is not possible.

The Williston Police Department is looking to identify the man they say may have left the scene of an accident. Police say the accident happened on Connor Way in Maple Tree Place on Saturday at around 10:15 a.m. Police were able to capture the man in question on video surveillance. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Williston Police Department at (802)-878-6611.

The Middlebury Planning Commission will have there regular meeting tonight at 6 o’clock at the Ilsley Library. Tonight they will be discussing the town plan. There will also be a presentation of the Middlebury Zoning and Subdivision updates along with public comments and suggestions.

It's about to get a bit more expensive to study at the University of Vermont. On Saturday, the board for UVM approved a 3.4% increase for both in-state and out-of-state tuition. That brings it up to just over $14,000 for students who are also Vermont residents, and more than $35,800 for out-of-staters. The next fiscal year budget was also approved at just over $309 million.

That's it for another year as far as the winter skiing/snowboarding season is concerned. On Sunday, Killington Resort closed for the season, the last ski area in Vermont to call it a year. According to Killington, as of Sunday the season which started last year ran for 199 days. Jay Peak shut down for the season last weekend.