Wednesday, March 4, 2015

WVTK Local & State News March 4, 2015

Incumbents faired well on Town Meeting Day while school budgets didn’t do so good. In Bristol, residents passed the town budget and the highway budget but defeated the school budget. In Ferrisburgh, voters also defeated the Ferrisburgh Town School budget while passing the town budget. In Monkton, voters approved the purchase of a truck for the highway department, a $78,000 addition to the Monkton Fire Department, and use a parcel next to the Methodist church for the proposed new town hall. And in Vergennes, residents turned down a proposal to build a children’s park at memorial Park.

A boil water order has been issued for some communities in Crown Point. A press release says the boil water order is in effect for District #1, which includes Main Street from 9N & 22 intersection with Sugar Hill. Residents and business owners in this area are advised to boil all water for drinking and culinary purposes. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth, and food preparation until further notice. The boil water order was issued following a water main break. Some residents, according to a press release, may be without water until repairs are made.

Dive teams were searching Otter Creek in Cornwall earlier today for the body of a missing woman. 25-year-old Denise Hart was last seen January 25th, leaving a friend's home in Sudbury. The next day, the car she was driving was found on fire. Police suspect foul play, but are still calling this a missing person case. Divers today used sonar and an unmanned underwater robot. Hart is from Hartford, Connecticut, but has connections in Addison and Rutland counties.

Voters in Rutland re-elected Mayor Christopher Louras to a 5th term. Louras fended off challenges yesterday from Board of Aldermen President David Allaire and city resident Kam Johnston. According to the city clerk, Louras received the highest number of votes in all four of the city's wards. Louras received 56.4-percent of the vote; Allaire 40.6-percent; Johnston 3-percent.