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Heard on the Street, Nov. 15, 2023


FEMA Trailers on Track

Installation of FEMA trailers on Montpelier’s Country Club Road property is on track, according to a FEMA spokesperson by email to The Bridge. “FEMA is working with the city of Montpelier to lease the site while also looking at the site design to include surveying the site. Once the site design is complete, the next steps would be a construction proposal. Things are moving according to plan,” wrote FEMA Media Specialist Brianna Summer Fenton. This dovetails with the Nov. 10 city of Montpelier messaging, “We are working with FEMA to finalize the layout for their project. We have settled on the boundaries of the temporary housing which are consistent with the outline shown to the Council. We are completing the remainder of the lease and infrastructure agreements.” 

Stump Dump Temporarily Closed

The Montpelier stump dump is now closed to the public while the City works to ensure permit compliance. The city of Montpelier was recently notified by the state of Vermont about a permit compliance issue with Montpelier’s stump dump located off Finch Road. The City was notified that fill material was encroaching on two Class-2 wetlands. The facility is required to obtain a solid waste utility permit to comply. While the stump dump is closed, those looking to dispose of yard waste can use the Casella transfer station at 378 East Montpelier Road or any other transfer station listed on the Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District website. Learn more about where to dispose of lawn and yard waste at cvswmd.org/leaf-and-yard-waste.html. If you have questions, please call the Department of Public Works at 802-223-9508.

Berlin Police Seek Information on Road Rage Incident

Berlin police officers were advised of a road rage incident whereby two people pulling into the drive-through of Burger King got into an altercation. According to a police report, the situation happened on Nov. 10, when one person got out of a vehicle while in line at the drive-through and walked up to another vehicle, where they “punched the other vehicle” before leaving the scene. The fleeing vehicle was described as a blue Ford F-150 with either an extended or crew cab. The driver of the Ford was described as a white male approximately 5-feet, 8-inches to 6-feet, 2-inches tall. He was wearing a white sweatshirt and a nondescript pair of pants. Anyone with information is asked to call 802-223-4401 or 802-229-9191. You do not need to give your name.

Cafe NOA Temporarily Closed

According to a reliable source and to a notification on the Cafe NOA Instagram account, Cafe NOA is temporarily closed. In addition to the temporarily closed sign, a posting on Instagram says, “Due to lack of staff we will be closed today, 10/24.” More information can be found at instagram.com/cafenoavt.