Colin Flanders

Grants in hand, town may seek more

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After earning a pair of grants worth $1.4 million, the town of Essex is considering how to best leverage its coffers and tackle future stormwater projects amid a ripe funding environment. Issued last month, the grants will help the town and village close one chapter of stormwater mitigation, completing the 2015 flow restoration plan’s final…

Boards wary of airport fight

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With additional reporting by Michaela Halnon Neither the selectboard nor trustees took an official stance in the fight over who should govern the Burlington International Airport, though meetings this month saw each entertain a much different discussion. The dispute has spilled out of city limits as South Burlington officials seek partners in their push for regional…

Energy committee buttons up

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The Essex Energy Committee is joining a public outreach campaign designed to promote home energy efficiency improvements. Committee chairman Will Dodge approached the selectboard earlier this month to request its permission to participate in the Button Up Vermont campaign, a project of Efficiency Vermont that focuses on helping residents and property owners reduce their heating…

EHS teacher named best in Vermont

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Linda Cloutier-Namdar exhibits traits one would expect from a renowned teacher: a passion for learning, unbridled enthusiasm and a belief students can achieve greatness if only given opportunity — and a nudge in the right direction. “I have felt lucky every single day that I come here,” Essex High School English teacher Cloutier-Namdar said. “I…

Board settles with teachers’ union

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The Essex Westford School District has settled on a two-year contract with its teachers, signaling the end of a 13-month negotiations process. Terms of the agreement will be released once the deal has been ratified by the board and teachers’ association, board chairwoman Martha Heath said in a statement. Though both sides declared impasse back…

Town adopts new water model

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The town of Essex will charge developers a fee for any project that uses its new water projection model, which officials say will help anticipate future impacts to public works infrastructure. For the past few years, public works has developed a computer model that digitally connects two separate water zones fed by the Champlain Water…