Governor Douglas announces $1 million grant for Middlebury retirement home

first_imgPorter Medical Center, Inc,Governor Jim Douglas today awarded a $1 million Community Development Block Grant to a proposed multi-level retirement community located adjacent to the Porter Medical Center campus in Middlebury. At a ceremony on the 40-acre site of the proposed Eastview at Middlebury facility, Governor Douglas said it was expected to employ 29 people within the first two years of operation and could create up to 45 jobs.‘Not only will these jobs help strengthen the economy of Middlebury, but the seniors of this area will have more options for housing and continuing care in the community,’ the Governor said.The $1 million Community Development Block Grant will be given to the Town of Middlebury, sub-granted to Eastview at Middlebury, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, which will construct the new project. It will include 99 units of senior housing comprised of 30 one-story cottage homes; 32 independent living apartments; 19 traditional residential care apartments; and 18 special care suites for residents with memory loss. Planned community facilities include a lobby; dining room; private dining room; café; country kitchen; media room/auditorium; fitness studio; and hair salon. The center will also feature such services as an emergency response system; 24-hour staffing; dining service; housekeeping; transportation; and a full range of assisted living services.‘These kinds of projects are an important part of Vermont’s housing stock, particularly as more of our population seeks to ‘age in place’ in their communities with friends, family, and services nearby,’ Douglas said.Vermont receives about $7 million annually in federal CDBG funds, which are used principally to benefit persons of low and moderate income. The state awards the competitive grants based on recommendations of the Vermont Community Development Board and approval of Commerce and Community Development Secretary Kevin Dorn.‘These grants are important because they leverage other financial resources and help address critical needs in our communities,’ Governor Douglas said. ‘The $1 million we are awarding will leverage more than $41 million in other funds from private and public sources.’Source: Governor’s office. 9.7.2010. For information about the Vermont Community Development Program, see the Agency of Commerce and Community Development website at: http://www.dhca.state.vt.us/VCDP/index.htm(link is external)last_img read more

CVPS requests 8.34 percent rate hike

first_imgDriven by reliability and transmission improvements and increasing power costs, Central Vermont Public Service has asked the Vermont Public Service Board to authorize an 8.34 percent rate increase under the company’s alternative regulation plan. The change would leave the company’s rates among the lowest of the major utilities in New England. It would take effect with bills rendered starting Jan. 1, 2011.The bill for a residential customer who uses 500 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month would rise from $78.11 to $84.54, a difference of $6.43. By comparison, the same customer would pay as much as $121.80 elsewhere in New England, according to the Edison Electric Institute.Since 1999, CVPS rates have risen at a fraction of the rate of inflation in the energy sector, with a handful of increases and decreases, including a 1.15 percent decrease in July. Overall, rates in 2011 are expected to be 21.8 percent higher than in 1999. Based on the latest federal data available, the Consumer Price Index for Energy has increased 81 percent.‘Controlling costs has been one of my primary goals over the years, and we appreciate the effect any increase has in this economy,’ President Bob Young said. ‘The increase is largely due to increases in power costs and a large increase for reliability improvements and regional transmission costs. I wish we could put off these kinds of costs, but the improvements are critical to customer service and reliability.‘Despite this increase, thanks to solid power supply decisions and a focus on internal cost controls, our rates will remain among the most affordable in the Northeast,’ Young said.Other Vermont utilities have received rate increases ranging from 3.11 percent to as much as 30.76 percent in the past six months.The new rates will serve as the base rates for 2011 under CVPS’s alternative regulation framework. Under the plan, CVPS’s rates are adjusted up or down every quarter to account for specified changes in power costs, and annually for specified changes in other costs and earnings.Source: CVPS. 11.3.2010last_img read more

GARDAÍ IN HUNT FOR DONEGAL REGISTERED CAR AFTER 13-YEAR-OLD BOY KNOCKED DOWN

first_imgPSNI officers are liaising with Gardaí after a 13-year-old boy was knocked down at a junction on Friday night.The youth wasn’t seriously injured in the collision which occurred at the junction of Arden Road and Culmore Road, but was taken to hospital afterwards to have injuries to his ankles assessed.PSNI officers are keen to speak with the man who was driving a Donegal registered vehicle. Constable McAllister, the investigating officer, said that the driver did not speak to the youth’s family, nor did he provide any personal details or report the collision.McAllister said, “We are seeking information to establish the identity of the driver.“He is described as being in his aged in his 40s with black hair and a black moustache.“He was driving a grey car, possibly a Porsche or a Toyota MR2, with a Donegal registration. Information can be given on the police non-emergency number, 101, quoting reference number 1000 of January 30th 2015. GARDAÍ IN HUNT FOR DONEGAL REGISTERED CAR AFTER 13-YEAR-OLD BOY KNOCKED DOWN was last modified: February 2nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:13 year-oldaccidentappealDerrydonegalGardainewsPSNIlast_img read more