Now What? That's a fairly common question at select board and school board meetings this time of year, especially in down economy years.
What happens after municipal officials invest time, energy and money planning a project that the voters turn down at town meeting? Should they throw in the towel? Scale down the project and ask again? What about trying to do a better job explaining why the project is needed?
Planners in St. Albans know downtown parking is going to be a hassle this spring and summer. The city's downtown revitalization project will certainly make negotiating Main Street worse, before it makes it better. So to keep shoppers and other downtown business clientele coming, the city is offering up free off-street parking. The town's website states:
April showers bring out more than May flowers. They also signal the return of frog and salamander populations, including Vermont's iconic spring peepers. But increased development can mean more hazardous migrations for native amphibians.