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Chester Select Board adopts junk ordinance

Chester Select Board adopts junk ordinance Hopes for neighborly proding instead of enforcement

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Agreeing that it was better to get something on the books and “tweak it later,” the Chester Select Board adopted a wide ranging ordinance to control the accumulation of junk on properties throughout the town. Although the ordinance was approved on a unanimous vote, many expressed concerns […]

Chester board begins mulling Yosemite future

Chester board begins mulling Yosemite future Quarry Road resident posts warnings along public way

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC With the ownership of the Yosemite Fire House finally settled with the Town of Chester, the Select Board turned, at its May 16 meeting, to the question of what to do with the 135-year-old structure. Town Manager David Pisha introduced the topic by noting that the physical […]

GMUSD budget passes by 60 votes in low turnout

GMUSD budget passes by 60 votes in low turnout First budget was defeated in March by 49 votes

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC The long and winding road to a spending plan for the new Green Mountain Unified School District came to its end Tuesday with the yes votes outnumbering the no votes by 60, with just 382 ballots cast in Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish and Chester combined. The $12.5 million […]

Chester opens fund to Village Center properties; <br>Derry Transfer Station to begin accepting textiles

Chester opens fund to Village Center properties;
Derry Transfer Station to begin accepting textiles

Chester opens Development Fund to Village Center Changes approved by the Select Board last week to the Chester Development Fund Policy will allow for property owners located in the designated Village Center to apply for funds to improve their properties. They may apply for either a mini loan or a grant or a combination thereof […]

Crash snarls traffic, interrupts power in Andover

Crash snarls traffic, interrupts power in Andover

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC A one-car crash just after noon today brought traffic to a standstill and knocked out power to a number of residents along Rt. 11 west of Stigers Road in Andover. A minivan traveling west on Rt. 11 left the road and struck a utility pole, snapping it […]

Chester junk ordinance to get more tweaking

Chester junk ordinance to get more tweaking EMS bldg. panel sidesteps feasibility study for Pleasant St. site

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC The proposed junk and junk vehicle ordinance,  which was presented in a “red-lined” version by town attorney Jim Carroll at the Chester Select Board’s April 4 meeting was back in a more readable version on May 2, but the discussion was much the same. Last September, a number […]

Lane open as workers clear Rt. 11 crash

Lane open as workers clear Rt. 11 crash 1:30 crash closes road for more than three hours

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing, LLC A one car accident at about 1:30 p.m. shut down traffic on Rt. 11 at Andover Road in Chester for nearly four hours on Sunday afternoon. An unidentified driver sheared off a pole on the south side of Rt. 11 just across from Andover Road. According to […]

GMUSD votes to make CTES principal permanent

GMUSD votes to make CTES principal permanent But new advert lists position only as 'full time'

By Shawn Cunningham ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC While about 40 people crowded into the Chester-Andover Elementary School library Monday night, around 400 others made their presence felt through a petition asking the Green Mountain Unified School District board to reopen the Cavendish Elementary principal search, changing the job from interim to permanent. In the end, […]

Chester water panel, Select Board agendas for May 2, 2018

Chester water panel, Select Board agendas for May 2, 2018

The Chester Water Commissioners, which is made up of the Chester Select Board, will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, at Town Hall, 556 Elm St. It will be followed by the Select Board meeting. Below are their agendas. The Chester Water Commissioners 1. Public Comment 2. Set Water Rate 3. Adjourn Special […]

Chester board picks Dungeon bridge alternative

Chester board picks Dungeon bridge alternative Begins consideration of salvage yard ordinance

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The Chester Select Board considered its options for replacing a failing culvert on Popple Dungeon Road and rejected the recommended alternative last Wednesday evening. The engineering firm VHB presented four alternatives for the project but recommended the one that would have closed Popple Dungeon from just west […]

Cavendish residents seek permanent principal

Cavendish residents seek permanent principal Petition open to Chester, Andover, Baltimore residents

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC A group of Cavendish residents are gathering signatures from Cavendish, Chester, Andover and Baltimore residents asking that Two Rivers Supervisory Union make the position of principal of Cavendish Town Elementary School permanent instead of interim. The online petition can be found here. On Monday, the group sent […]

GM board splits, but hires interim CTES principal

GM board splits, but hires interim CTES principal 2 of 3 Cavendish reps vote no; board sends new budget to voters

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC With two of three Cavendish members voting “no,” the Green Mountain Unified School District board voted on Tuesday night to hire Madeline Carlock — the sole remaining candidate — for the position of interim principal of Cavendish Town Elementary School. Also on the agenda was the consideration […]

Rediscovering Chester wins second award

Rediscovering Chester wins second award Village Master Plan honored by state planning group

© 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont Planners Association has announced that it has given Chester’s Village Center master plan its Plan of the Year award, recognizing outstanding achievements in community planning in Vermont. Nominees come from all corners of Vermont and represent the best in local, regional and state planning by citizens and professional […]

New fire engine arrives in Chester

New fire engine arrives in Chester Added features mean faster response

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Last year’s Town Meeting ballot in Chester included a new pumper to replace a 1997 model that was at the end of its safe and useful life, according to Fire Chief Matt Wilson. The vote wasn’t even close, with the $500,000 truck purchase approved 463 to 175. […]

Chester board begins to look at regulating junk

Chester board begins to look at regulating junk Zoning administrator under fire from area businesses

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC The third try was the charm as town attorney Jim Carroll of Middlebury finally made his twice-snow-delayed trek to Chester to brief the Select Board on a draft salvage yard ordinance, the employee status of a zoning administrator, and the town’s budget committee and how it might […]

Chester days from owning Yosemite Fire House

Chester days from owning Yosemite Fire House

By Shawn Cunningham ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC The town of Chester is just a few weeks from being officially recognized as the owner of the historic Yosemite House, located on Depot Street, the town’s attorney, Jim Carroll, says. Slightly more than three years ago, the ownership became an issue when the Chester Historical Society said […]

Vision, Finance panels meet on ed plan, budget

Vision, Finance panels meet on ed plan, budget Public weighs in on STEM, foreign language offerings

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The Green Mountain Unified School District Vision Committee once again tread the path between planning and action at its April 9 meeting, this time with members of the district’s finance committee in attendance as budget deadlines near. Voters in the district created by the Act 46 merger […]

Chester board briefed on garage replacement

Chester board briefed on garage replacement Emergency services building, tree-lined streets discussed

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC At its regular meeting on Wednesday, March 21, the Chester Select Board considered updates on two projects: a feasibility study for the replacement of the Town Garage with a new garage and an emergency services building and a canopy management plan to “re-establish Chester’s tree-lined streets.” Architects […]

Office appointments, Fall Fest and 'EV' charging at special Chester board meeting

Office appointments, Fall Fest and ‘EV’ charging at special Chester board meeting

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC With just three members present and an agenda shortened by last Wednesday’s snowstorm, the Chester Select Board’s special meeting on Thursday, March 15 was mostly housekeeping. Town attorney Jim Carroll’s visit to go over a list of legal questions was postponed again by snow, this time until […]

Three bond issues pass by wide margins in Chester

Three bond issues pass by wide margins in Chester

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing, LLC Chester voters passed three bond issues totaling $669,000 by wide margins on Town Meeting Day. The bond to purchase a $110,000 compaction roller for the town’s nearly 100 miles of dirt roads, $115,000 for a sidewalk plow to be used downtown and $11,000 for a Hazmat trailer […]