October 28, 2016

Letters to the Editor

School Board looking for input

Williston’s CVU School Board members would like to thank everyone who voted on the Turf Field Bond article. Although the Board is disappointed that the bond did not pass, we believe that the fields are a deferred maintenance issue that needs to be addressed. We would like your input on how we should proceed. Our contact information is listed in the Observer every week (page 6). We look forward to hearing from you.

Many of you had questions on how this project was prioritized within the school budget and how it fit into education at CVU. We will address those questions more clearly in the near future.

Again, our thanks for voting and our thanks in advance for communicating with us on how we should deal with our athletic fields.

— Jeanne Jenson, Polly Malik, Jonathan Milne and David Rath, Williston CVU School Board Members


Thanks to voters from Turf Fields Committee

On behalf of the CVU Turf Fields Committee, we would like to thank everyone that came out to the polls last Tuesday. Whether you supported the bond or not, the fact that you took time out of your day to vote is important. With the bond having been defeated by just 113 votes, it becomes clear how true the statement “every vote counts” really is and we appreciate all those who wanted their voices to be heard.

We acknowledge, and take seriously, the concerns that many in the community had about the project. We realize we need to do a better job addressing some of those concerns and providing clear, accurate information. We apologize if any voters were confused by our message, especially with regard to “no impact on taxes.” It was never the intent to mislead or confuse the issue.

As a volunteer committee, we need to take direction from the School Board and we hope to learn in the coming weeks how they wish to move forward. However, we remain committed to providing safe, sustainable fields for our community and still believe turf is the best solution to make that happen at CVU. We will regroup, re-evaluate, carry on with our fundraising and share plans for our next steps as soon as we can.

— Kellie Stoll, on behalf of the CVU Turf Fields Committee



  1. Mary Martin says:

    I would like to explain the charges of unlawful restraint because it sounds really awful. No we didn’t hold anyone hostage. We were simply standing in front of some VT Gas/Michel’s trucks. They were in no way restrained. When the men decided to leave, they simply backed up and took off. The police have been hired by VT Gas and they sure do have a way of turning a phrase.

    Mr. Recchia refers to this action as a “last-ditch” attempt to scuttle the pipeline. Wrong again! This was far from our last attempt to bring sanity and reason to our state officials who refuse to listen or help.

    Nate Palmer and Kari Cuneo and their families are not the only land owners who have fought this immoral taking of their land. So many folks have lost that fight for lack of time and money. It’s quite intimidating to go before the Public Service Board and their team of lawyers, to sit down at a table filled with VT Gas attorneys and not have anyone to watch your back and advise you.

    When people are up against the wall, they fight back any way they can. Peaceful protests not only express our frustration but they help bring attention to what is happening to our friends and neighbors..

    So Mr. Recchia, we are not done!

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