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Chester board OKs three events; wayfinding signs in limbo as state panel goes missing

Chester board OKs three events; wayfinding signs in limbo as state panel goes missing

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Chester Select Board was in an agreeable state of mind last Wednesday night, giving all three organizations that came before them the permissions and support they asked for including use of town property, police security and the nod to conduct a second coin drop on Route […]

Chester Planning Commission takes a step toward consensus

Chester Planning Commission takes a step toward consensus

By Shawn  Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC While it may have been the most constructive meeting of the Chester Planning Commission since Feb. 17, the word “quagmire” best described the Monday night meeting right up to the final minutes when its members — less Barre Pinske who exited abruptly apparently upset at the direction […]

Chester High/GM alums postpone annual celebration to 2022

Chester High/GM alums postpone annual celebration to 2022

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Citing ongoing concern about the Covid-19 pandemic, Chester High/Green Mountain Alumni Association director Jon Clark, a 1977 graduate,  says that the organization will again forgo holding its regular annual festivities — including the parade — this June, but will instead begin planning for the 2022 celebrations. The […]

Chester board reaffirms paper of record decision, adds The Commons as well

Chester board reaffirms paper of record decision, adds The Commons as well Members call Press Association's claims 'condescending,' 'bullying'

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Chester Select Board reaffirmed its March 18 decision to name The Chester Telegraph the town’s paper of record last Wednesday, but also decided to add a printed paper – The Commons – for its required legal notices. The choice reflected the board’s displeasure with the way […]

After reorganization fracas, planning panel looks forward

After reorganization fracas, planning panel looks forward

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Two weeks after a contentious reorganization meeting, which saw the chair elected by a coin flip and the nomination of a vice chair as “a joke,” the Chester Planning Commission was back together on Monday night but seeming more restrained in front of a guest – Jason […]

Chester board gets feedback on paper of record choice

Chester board gets feedback on paper of record choice

By Shawn Cunningham © Telegraph Publishing LLC Before calling its meeting to order on the evening of Wednesday, April 7, the Chester Select Board held a forum to hear public comments on its decision to name The Chester Telegraph as the town’s paper of record for legally required public notices for the coming year. For […]

Chester board passes on reversing course on Mosher land

Chester board passes on reversing course on Mosher land

By Shawn Cunningham © Telegraph Publishing LLC At its March 17 meeting, the Chester Select Board heard from project managers who will consolidate the Thompson and Jewett bridges along Route 103 North into one bridge. Before getting deeply into the design phases of the project, they wanted to see if  Chester would change course and […]

New dimensions in Chester zoning proposal

New dimensions in Chester zoning proposal

March 17: Huge changes possible in Chester’s proposed new bylaws March 24: Proposed zoning bylaws raise questions of uses, costs By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Allowed uses — such as single family home, restaurant, retail shop or light industry to name just a few —  are not the only way of crafting […]

Chester board appoints interim Zoning Administrator, again

Chester board appoints interim Zoning Administrator, again Current ZA steps down after four months

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Just days short of completing her fourth month as Chester’s Zoning Administrator, Jill Barger unexpectedly resigned late last week. Then on Tuesday afternoon of this week, the town’s Select Board re-appointed Cathy Hasbrouck to the position of interim ZA until another candidate can be appointed to the […]

Special select board meeting agenda for March 30

Special select board meeting agenda for March 30

The Chester Select Board will hold a special meeting at Town Hall and via Zoom at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday March 30. To join the meeting via zoom, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81988842129 Below is its agenda: 1. Citizen Comments/Answers from Previous Meeting 2. Appoint Interim Zoning Administrator 3. Adjourn

Propane leak forces dental clinic in Chester to evacuate

Propane leak forces dental clinic in Chester to evacuate

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC A large propane leak at the Chester Dental Clinic just west of downtown this morning brought out firefighters from Chester and Proctorsville on a busy day of high wind-related calls. Upon arrival, Chester Fire Chief Matt Wilson said, his crew used gas meters to detect a high […]

Chester man arrested on probation violation in Londonderry

Chester man arrested on probation violation in Londonderry

© 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Three law enforcement agencies arrested a Chester man in Londonderry on probation violation charges on Friday afternoon. According to a U. S. Marshals Service press release, marshals, Chester Police and Vermont State Police located Timothy Arbuckle, 40, of Chester in a motel in Londonderry. Arbuckle was wanted on probation violations […]

Proposed zoning bylaws raise questions of uses and costs

Proposed zoning bylaws raise questions of uses and costs

LAST WEEK: Huge changes possible in Chester’s proposed new bylaws NEXT WEEK: Subdivision, lot sizes, setbacks, frontage and the “building envelope” By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Nothing characterizes the differences between the Unified Development Bylaws in force today and those being finalized by Chester’s Planning Commission better than their respective zoning maps. […]

Chester board revisits bridge decision, unseats planning panel member

Chester board revisits bridge decision, unseats planning panel member

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC In a busy session on Wednesday night, the Chester Select Board discussed revisiting a decision that could result in the town taking a resident’s property by eminent domain and made appointments which shook up the planning commission and left two vacancies on the development review board. In […]

Chester board names Telegraph paper of record

Chester board names Telegraph paper of record

© 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Chester Select Board on Wednesday night voted unanimously to give the annual paper of record designation to the online only Chester Telegraph, the first “born-digital” newspaper in Vermont to receive that designation. The designation means that the town of Chester will use The Telegraph to publish all legally required […]

Photo Gallery: A look inside Chester's new Public Safety Building

Photo Gallery: A look inside Chester’s new Public Safety Building

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC For everyone who drives by the new Public Safety Building and wonders what it’s looking like inside, The Telegraph took a tour with Town Manager Julie Hance on Tuesday, March 16 and shot some photos. According to Hance, the building is expected to be finished by June […]

Huge changes possible in Chester's proposed new bylaws

Huge changes possible in Chester’s proposed new bylaws First in a series: Initial read finds longer, more complex document, inconsistencies

By Shawn Cunningham © Telegraph Publishing LLC On Monday night, the Chester Planning Commission got back to work on its total rewrite of the town’s Unified Development Bylaws with the intention of bringing them to the required public hearings this summer before sending them to the Select Board to consider. But based questions about the […]

Chester recount: Numbers change, result remains

Chester recount: Numbers change, result remains Chase margin expands slightly; Blair says he'll run in 2022

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Today’s hand recount of ballots for the three-year term on the Chester Select Board that were cast last Tuesday confirmed the result and slightly widened the small margin of victory for incumbent member Heather Chase. Last Tuesday night, the tally stood at 251 votes for Chase and […]

Chester Select Board race recount set for Monday

Chester Select Board race recount set for Monday

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC With just six votes separating two candidates for a three year term on the Chester Select Board, a recount has been scheduled for Monday. Scott Blair, who received 245 votes on Tuesday, asked for a hand recount of the machine read ballots on Wednesday morning and Town […]

Chester Planning Comm. agenda for March 1

Chester Planning Comm. agenda for March 1

The Chester Planning Commission will hold its regular meeting via Zoom at 5 p.m. on Monday March 1. To join the meeting go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81029256359. Below is its agenda. 1. Citizen comments 2. Discuss letter to Select Board about Peter Hudkins presentation at the February 17, 2021 Select Board meeting. 3. Discuss agenda and set […]