November 20, 2018

Letters to the Editor

Looking for legislative pages

Attention students and parents of Williston eighth-graders: Are you interested in public affairs or politics and getting to know students from around the state? If so, you may be interested in becoming a legislative page, and now is the time to act. Your application is due by Sept. 30 to the Sergeant-at-Arms.

Each year, 30 students are selected. Ten students serve in one of three six-week sessions. Each week is four days so that one day is spent in school. More information and the application can be found at leg.state.vt.us. Click on staff and offices, then Sergeant-at-Arms and then Legislative Page Program. We are ready and willing to assist, interview and write letters of recommendation for you.

Contact Rep. Jim McCullough at jmccullough@leg.state.vt.us or 598-4276 and Rep. Terry Macaig at macaig@msn.com or 878-3872. This is a highly competitive appointment, but worth seeking. Pages work four days a week for six weeks and even get paid for it.

Reps. Jim McCullough and Terry Macaig, Williston

Wrongheaded rumble strips

I’m troubled by the story of the rumble strips on North Williston Road (“Rumbles ruffle resident” Sept. 6). I attended the second and third public meetings on the study and informed the consulting engineers that rumble strips had been installed several years ago only to be soon paved over because of the noise issue. It was written down and regrettably ignored.

What is the cost to the town of installing and then paving over the strips? Why did the traffic engineering firm not know the road is too narrow for rumble strips? If it is too narrow, why are any of the rumble strips being left? Why no signage warning motorcyclists of the strips? Liability?

I question the results of the study and the money spent on it. They have a limited grab bag of options to use, and for all the effort, the results are suspect and probably not going to do much except aggravate numerous drivers.

One of the comments was that the changes would help make the route less attractive and people would seek alternate routes. Where are those routes?

The reality is this is a major commuter route; vehicle traffic will continue to grow, and it is being used more by tractor trailer rigs accessing the business park in Essex Center. I know they are not allowed, but keep your eyes open, it’s happening.

The other commuter route is through the Five Corners, and traffic is worse there. The Crescent Connector will aggravate that issue, and if Main Street is closed as proposed in Essex Junction, even more traffic and big rigs will use alternate routes, i.e. North Williston Road.

The route for the canceled circumferential highway is still available if our regional government wishes to be truly proactive.

John Marcotte, Williston

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