Mayor Anne Watson to Seek Re-election
Montpelier Mayor Anne Watson was expected to announce Wednesday, November 20, that she will seek election to a second term on Town Meeting Day in March. Watson was elected mayor in 2018 after serving five-plus years on the City Council. Watson, a science and math teacher at Montpelier High School, said in a news release that environmental stewardship, sustainable infrastructure, and building strong neighborhoods are her top priorities. “We need Montpelier to be climate resilient. We need it to be diverse and accessible. We need it to be affordable. And we need to be prepared,” she said. During her tenure, the city has completed construction on a transit center and housing project on Taylor Street, and the shared use path. The city’s charter amendment to ban plastic bags also helped lead the state to pass a statewide ban on single-use bags, the release said.
Court Pares All But Two Residents From Garage Challenge
The state environmental court ruled that only two of the original 18 appellants who challenged the city’s approval of a hotel and parking garage project have adequate standing to continue the lawsuit. The court found that Les Blomberg and John Russell showed that they would suffer a direct impact from the proposal. That is enough for the case to proceed toward a trial in the spring. There are still major legal decisions pending before the trial can begin. Those rulings are expected by the end of the year. City Manager Bill Fraser said the city has spent $108,000 defending the challenge to the garage project, which was approved by voters in November 2018.
Green Mountain CrossFit Acquires First in Fitness
The owners of Green Mountain CrossFit have acquired the building and business of their neighbor First in Fitness on Granger Road in Berlin. New owners Nick Petterssen and Cady Hart-Petterssen will operate First in Fitness as Green Mountain Community Fitness, offering a modernized exercise floor, fully-equipped weight room, CrossFit area, multiple exercise studios, cardio machines, an improved pool offering open swim and classes, and access to tennis facilities, locker rooms, saunas, and a hot tub. First in Fitness owner Michael Woodfield said, “I am excited that with the change of ownership this facility will continue to serve the community for many years to come.”