Dec. 16, 2010
Shumlin appoints Williston resident as tax commissioner
Gov.-elect Peter Shumlin chose Williston resident Mary Peterson as his tax commissioner last week.
Peterson served in the Vermont House of Representatives from 2002 to 2008, where she was the clerk of the Ways & Means Committee. She was also the chairwoman of the Joint Legislative Council Committee for the 2007-2008 term.
Before being elected, she was the chairwoman of the Williston Selectboard, served on the board of directors for the Vermont League of Cities and Towns and was a member of the Williston Planning and Conservation commissions.
Peterson is an attorney with the Burlington law firm Spink & Miller.
Conservation funding approved
The Selectboard on Dec. 6 approved the use of more than $180,000 from the town’s Environmental Reserve Fund to help pay for a conservation project off North Williston Road.
The money will help preserve 48 acres of agricultural land owned by Dave and Deb Conant. The conservation effort is a joint project between the Williston Conservation Commission and the Vermont Land Trust. The funding will pay for half of the project; the Land Trust has applied for a grant from the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board to cover the remaining costs.
Gov. seeks disaster assistance
Gov. Jim Douglas is seeking federal disaster assistance for the Dec. 1 windstorm that knocked out power to nearly 40,000 customers and caused widespread infrastructure damage.
Douglas has sent a letter to President Barack Obama requesting a disaster declaration for the windstorm, which caused nearly $2 million in damage.
Two emergency shelters stayed open from Dec. 1 to Dec. 4 for Vermonters who had lost power.
A survey requested by Douglas showed that Chittenden, Franklin and Lamoille counties were hardest hit but the storm was felt in every county.
— The Associated Press