Monday, January 26, 2015

WVTK Local & State News January 26, 2015

The Pulp Mill Bridge in Middlebury will be closed for about 3 weeks. Crews began working on the historic structure today. They will be repairing damage caused by a car accident in the bridge this past fall. The work is expected to be done and the bridge re-opened by Monday, February 16. Until, you are advised to seek an alternate route.

Officials at VTrans say they are ready for the coming storm. Although we will not be getting as much snow as Southern New England, VTrans is still prepared. There is 250 orange plow trucks, all stocked with salt and ready to roll once the snow starts moving into our area. Snow totals will vary across the region with more snow toward the south.

Tonight’s Select Board meeting in Brandon will be a busy one. On the agenda tonight, the board will be appointing a new member, electing a new chairperson, and possibly adopting a budget. The budget has been under discussion since December 15th but must be put on the Town Meeting Warning by February 1st. Tonight’s meeting will take place in the basement of the town hall at 7 o’clock.

Vermont's top officials say legal enforcement of water quality rules on the state's farmers is going to be one of the tools that will be used to help clean up Lake Champlain. The enforcement could include civil fines, a loss of tax breaks for agricultural lands and the ability to limit livestock. Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross, Attorney General Bill Sorrell and others outlined the steps today during a meeting in St. Albans.

An employees at the International Paper plant in Ticonderoga, who was injured on the job Friday Morning, has passed on. The company announced 57-year-old Jorg Borowski, a member of the maintenance team, was hurt while working. He was take to the UVM Medical Center where he passed away Friday evening. International Paper, and a corporate investigation team, are still investigating the incident.