Charlotte mulls more Town Plan tweaks: East Village boundaries, Act 143 discussed

SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Writer Like a deer they’ve tracked through miles of bushes and brambles, the Charlotte Planning Commission may finally be close to taking a shot at changes to the Town Plan for the Charlotte East Village. At their meeting on Thursday, Nov. 7, commissioners discussed the boundaries for the village commercial district, whether… Read More »

Charlotte Democrats will caucus for reorganizing

Charlotte voters who support the Democratic Party are invited to attend the reorganization meeting of the Charlotte Democratic Committee to be held as required by law every two years.  This meeting will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the Charlotte Town Office. The purpose of this meeting is to elect a… Read More »

State Rep Town Hall planned

Although the legislature completed its 2019 session in May, legislative activity continues as we prepare for January. As your representative, I’ve been happy to field calls and emails from constituents and answer questions as best I can. I’m also serving on two study committees this summer, one investigating how best to guarantee funding for public… Read More »

Democracy is our responsibility

MIKE YANTACHKA Celebrating our nation’s birthday on July 4th reminds us how lucky we are to live in a country built on democracy. We must also remember that our democracy was formed and is maintained by active participation of the governed – namely, us. When we see that our government is taking us in a… Read More »

It’s not over ‘til it’s over!

Rep. MIKE YANTACHKA The plan was to finish the legislative session by Saturday, May 18, even working close to midnight again as we did the last couple of years. Alas, it was not to be. By Friday afternoon there were still about a dozen Committees of Conference working to resolve differences between the House and… Read More »

Seatbelts, clean water and medications

Rep. MIKE YANTACHKA The end of the legislative session is getting closer, and in the last week the House passed several Senate bills with amendments. If the Senate does not concur with the House amendments to a bill, a conference committee will be appointed to resolve the differences. Then both chambers would have to vote… Read More »

Charlotte residents voice speed concerns

SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Reporter A number of people are advocating lowering speed limits to increase pedestrian safety in Charlotte. Three residents brought their concerns to the Charlotte Selectboard meeting on Monday night and much of the discussion was about lowering the speed limit from 50 to 35 miles per hour in some areas, such as… Read More »

Abortion is not a black and white issue

By Rep. MIKE YANTACHKA For members of the Vermont legislature who work diligently to craft legislation that will address problems, protect rights, and generally keep our “brave little state” as a great place to live and work, there comes along in every biennium one or two very controversial issues. Last year, it was gun regulation.… Read More »