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Aug. 26, 2010

Board approves bylaw amendments

The Williston Selectboard on Monday evening approved two changes to the town’s Unified Development Bylaws.

One change, to Chapter 11 of the bylaws, allows developers of certain subdivisions to reapply for growth management allocation. Due to the confusing language of growth management, certain projects may have expired permits. Subdivisions qualifying for the reapplication process must have already displayed an intention to begin construction. Planning Director Ken Belliveau said his department will notify affected developers of the bylaw change.

The second change applies to Chapter 37 of the bylaws, and allows existing light industrial buildings and warehouses in the mixed use commercial district to expand.

Fire Department offers car seat fittings

The Williston Fire Department has three members who were recently trained as car seat technicians. Shift officer Ryan Prouty, firefighter-EMT Prescott Nadeau and firefighter-EMT David Auriemma are certified to properly fit car seats. To schedule a free fitting, call the station at 878-5622.

Shepard to chair Telecommunications Authority

Williston resident Dr. Steven Shepard, a technology educator and writer, has been appointed as chairman of the Vermont Telecommunications Authority.

Shepard was named to the position by Gov. Jim Douglas, Vermont House Speaker Shap Smith and Vermont Senate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin. The founder of the Shepard Communications Group and co-founder of the Executive Crash Course Company, Shepard has more than 25 years of experience in the technology industry.

“Over the last 10 years I have had the honor to work on telecom policy issues in over a hundred countries, from First World nations to the Third World, where the introduction of telecom technology is a nation-changer,” Shepard said in a press release. “The opportunity to work with the VTA and its many partners in the state is a unique opportunity that I take very seriously.”

The Vermont Telecommunications Authority was approved by the Vermont Legislature in 2007. It aims to ensure that Vermonters have access to affordable broadband and cellular service throughout the state.


  1. youngvt says:

    I am writing in response to Mr. Hoxworth’s article on transportation costs for the poor in Vermont. I would like to suggest further research on this topic before we simply just give another handout or tax credit. The poor, may, have a higher disproportionate burden on their transportation costs than the wealthier residents of Vermont; however, they also have a lower disproportionate burden on taxes and housing. Pick your evil.
    We can simply just give every poor Vermonter an energy efficient car, gas card, free tuition, renter’s rebate, etc.…but the only way out of poverty is through the combination of education, hard work, and discipline. Education and degrees are not handed out or purchased; a person has to EARN them. This seems to be the only way out of poverty—sorry, there are no shortcuts.
    If we continue this trend of enabling, our entire state will be a welfare state.

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