The Vermont Housing &
Conservation Board has awarded two nonprofit housing groups more than $1
million in state and federal funds to buy and reconfigure a
building that has sat vacant since Tropical Storm Irene destroyed much of the state office complex. The project will create 27 new
affordable apartments on Main Street.
One of the nine
long-term recovery groups formed to help residents hit hard by Tropical Storm Irene is getting ready to close its doors by the end of the month. Rebuild Waterbury is expected to be the first
recovery group to finish its work.
are two medical marijuana dispensaries slated to come to Vermont – one in Burlington and the other in Waterbury. But
while the exact location and many other details about the operation of the Burlington dispensary are known, there are more questions than
answers when it comes to Waterbury’s
safety officials have given conditional approval to the state’s first two
medical marijuana dispensaries, including one in Burlington. Other towns are deciding whether to opt out of the program by
crafting zoning ordinances that preclude dispensaries.
Lt. Governor Phil Scott says the state is committed to
bringing employees back to the Office Complex in Waterbury. But Scott says plans for a new, energy efficient
office building for the Waterbury complex may
have to be scaled back if the state doesn’t get enough money from the Federal
Emergency Management Agency.
evening, bells will ring in churches and public spaces statewide to commemorate
the anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene – and Vermont’s ongoing recovery. In many hard hit towns the
observances start this weekend, with potluck suppers, concerts, art exhibits –
and, in the town of Newfane, a parade.
Ever since the State Office Complex was wiped out by the Irene floods, the state work force of about 1,300 people has
dispersed across central and northwestern Vermont. Now, only 200 state
workers are in Waterbury every day, and the prospects of when others
return are far from certain.
As federal and state resources continue to dry up, in Vermont, where there’s a strong independent streak, many
cities and towns are trying to consolidate their basic services while also
maintaining local autonomy.