Author: Colin Flanders

Town pursues lawsuit against building owner

The selectboard voted to pursue a lawsuit against a building owner whose six-unit apartment complex at 96 Pearl St. has been overrun with cockroaches. The decision came during the board’s Aug. 29 meeting, a week after town health officer Jerry Firkey issued an emergency order to one of the building’s tenants. Tenant Stacy Davis and building owner Robert Shea, who purchased the building last December, had five business days to appeal the decision. Neither did. Acting as the board of health, the selectboard also upheld Firkey’s emergency health orders instructing Shea to contract a pest control company to fumigate...

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Essex Jct. woman nets second DUI on Dorset St.

South Burlington police arrested an Essex Jct. woman who they say traveled across four lanes of traffic before driving over a curb on Dorset Street late August 31. Police say Sara L. Preston-Carter, 54, was driving with a criminally suspended license and refused to provide a preliminary breath sample. Police cited her for DUI No. 2, negligent operation and driving with a suspended license. Preston-Carter was lodged at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility for lack of $1,000 bail and set to appear in Chittenden Superior Court – Criminal Division on September...

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Police: Essex Jct. motorcyclist topped 100 mph

An Essex Jct. motorcyclist was arrested September 2 after failing to stop for police while traveling more than 100 mph on Interstate 89 in Colchester, a news release said. Clayton Miller, 29, was heading southbound on I-89 when Colchester police attempted to pull him over. Miller failed to yield and fled from the officer, police said. Moments later, a South Burlington police officer making a traffic stop observed Miller pass him at high speeds. Miller was located at his place of employment shortly after the incident. He was issued a citation to appear in Chittenden Superior Court – Criminal...

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PAC aims to halt recreation district

A political action committee was formed to combat the recreation governance study committee’s proposal to create a union municipal district for the Essex town and village recreation departments, the latest step in a brewing controversy over the merger. According to its website,, the PAC was formed by residents to help voters “parse the issues behind the Dec. 13 ballot.” The PAC says it’s dismayed by the RGSC’s proposal and offers an alternative: consolidate both departments under the town government. Much of the PAC’s rhetoric mimics that of selectboard member Irene Wrenner, who’s been extremely vocal in her criticism...

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Shaking the grade

The road to Essex’s unified school district is ushering in all sorts of change, from financial controls and governance, down to its very name. But one major component at Essex High School will remain the same. Essex High School has a passing grade of 70. There’s no mandated grading scale in Vermont, so local districts can set their own standards. The scale makes EHS an outlier in Chittenden County, as the other seven public schools have lower passing grades: Burlington, Champlain Valley Union, Colchester, Milton, Mt. Mansfield and South Burlington all have a passing grade of 60. Winooski’s is...

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