Correction/Around Town


Last week’s edition of Police Notes contained an incorrect location for a report of property damage. The damage from an attempted break-in occurred to the shed on the east side of the main beach house at Lake Iroquois.

Around Town

Water rate rises

The town of Williston has boosted the water rate by 4.5 percent while leaving sewer charges unchanged.

Last week, the Selectboard approved a rate of $2.25 per 1,000 gallons for water and $3.10 per 1,000 gallons for sewer. The new water rate, effective Aug. 1, represents a 10-cent increase over the current rate.

The rate hike was needed in order to cover a 6 percent increase in wholesale prices charged by the Champlain Water District, according to Williston Public Works Director Neil Boyden. The district provides water to municipalities throughout Chittenden County.

“This rate increase will be necessary to keep our level of service consistent with current levels,” Boyden wrote in a memo to the Selectboard.

Zoning changes OK'd

The Selectboard has approved the latest batch of zoning changes, part of a comprehensive rewrite of Williston's land-use rules.

The interim rules, which alter regulations while the unified development bylaw is being completed, cover three chapters of the new code. The ordinances include rules governing outdoor lighting, the zoning map and the mixed-use residential district on the eastern edge of Taft Corners.

The board, at its meeting last week, heard a presentation on the interim ordinances from outgoing Town Planner Lee Nellis. The board discussed lighting provisions before adopting the new rules.

The board will consider another round of interim revisions in coming weeks before adopting the new bylaws as a whole.

Live cooking at Williston Farmers' Market

Student chefs from the New England Culinary Institute will be demonstrating their cooking prowess at upcoming Williston Farmers' Markets. On Aug. 2, 9, 16 and 23, the market will host Shop Fresh with NECI Students. Students will be cooking at the market and offering free samples using fresh produce and products. Recipes will be available so customers can purchase the ingredients from the market and recreate them at home.

The students are taking part in a Service Learning Course designed to encourage students to think critically about the world in which they live, explore social issues, get involved in the broader community, and experience new ways to make a positive impact during their professional lives.