Middlebury Voters Approve New Town Office, Recreational Facilities

Mar 5, 2014

In Middlebury, voters approve a $6.5 million bond vote for the construction of a new town office building as well as a public recreation and athletic facility in town. The measure won approval 915-798.  The project has been the subject of a lot of controversy in town since it was proposed.

Under the plan, the current town office will be demolished and the land would be given to Middlebury College. Officials plan to build a park on the site.

The new town office would be built on a site currently owned by the college, next to the Ilsley library. The building that sits on that site would be move to a town-owned property that will be given to the college. The new recreational facility will be built on land on Creek Road. The college has agreed to pay two-thirds of the cost of the new gym and town office project.

Also on the ballot was another article introduced by opponents of the new town office project that advised the select board to rehabilitate the current town office and gymnasium. It failed by a similar margin, 731-955.

There were also disputed select board races in Middlebury. Dean George defeated challenger Heather J. Seeley for a one-year term. And there was a five-way race for a pair of two-year seats. The winners were Laura Asermily and Brian R. Carpenter.