St Albans TIF District plan approved to help finance downtown development

first_imgThe State has given the City of St Albans approval for a Tax Increment Financing District within the city’s designated Growth Center, a move that will allow the City to keep some of the incremental property taxes generated by new development within the Growth Center to fund public infrastructure required for that development to occur.On August 30, the Vermont Economic Progress Council (VEPC) gave final approval to the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District and Finance Plans after many hours of deliberation that included a meeting in St Albans, public comment, and a tour of the city and the proposed TIF District. ‘This authorization will help the City of St Albans undertake and pay for the necessary public infrastructure improvements that will foster responsible economic and community development,’said Stephan Morse, Chairman of VEPC.The TIF District was created by the St Albans City Council on April 30, 2012, following a series of public hearings.‘We are looking to build a stronger and healthier community through economic development. The TIF is essential for us to enable and stimulate development and redevelopment within the district,’said Liz Gamache, St Albans Mayor. It will provide employment opportunities, improve and broaden the tax base, and enhance the general economic vitality of the city, while also benefitting the region and the state.’The authorization allows the City of St Albans to use a portion of the incremental property tax revenues generated by new development within the TIF District to finance certain public infrastructure projects such as the Federal Street multi-modal connector, construction of a parking structure, improvements to Taylor Park, and streetscape improvements, all groundwork that will encourage private sector development projects planned for the Growth Center to move forward. That development, in turn, will generate incremental property tax revenues, that otherwise would not have been generated, to pay for the infrastructure debt.The St Albans TIF plan calls for the sale of the current State Office Building and the relocation of state offices to a new office building downtown. The Administration and City officials are preparing plans for the new building and presentation of a complete development package to the Legislature.  If approved, the new building would serve as the catalyst for the City’s downtown revitalization efforts. According to Governor Shumlin, “The Administration is excited to be working in partnership with the City on this important economic development project.”Before the City can incur any TIF District infrastructure debt, the voters of St Albans City must approve an overall debt level, and then vote on any subsequent bonds to be issued by the city for TIF District infrastructure projects.‘Redevelopment and revitalization is priority number one for the City,’ stated City Manager Dominic Cloud, ‘We are delighted with this approval because the TIF will help us accomplish projects that the public has been waiting for, as well as grow jobs and the City’s Grand List.’With a TIF District the value of the properties within the district are frozen at the time the District is created by the municipality. All property taxes generated by that original base value continue to go to the municipal general fund and the education fund.For 20 years, and municipal and education property taxes generated by any new development are shared, with 75 percent going to finance the TIF District infrastructure debt and 25 percent going to the municipal general fund and state education fund.VEPCThe Vermont Economic Progress Council is an independent board consisting of nine Vermont citizens appointed by the governor and two members appointed by the General Assembly that considers applications to the state’s economic incentive programs.VEPC is attached to the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, whose mission is to help Vermonters improve their quality of life and build strong communities.For more information, visit: http://accd.vermont.gov/strong_communities/opportunities/funding/tif/sta…(link is external)Soruce: VEPC. 9.4.2012last_img read more

Life After 50: Warriors And Angels

first_imgBy BERNADETTE LAURITZENExecutive DirectorLos Alamos Retired & Senior OrganizationMy Love Warriors staff at the Los Alamos and White Rock senior centers and our Donor Angels, have made week two of our shut down as uplifting as a pandemic could be during hard times.While I write to keep the community updated, I also write, I assume in a therapeutic way, and we might not realize it, to document our living history.We instantly started a program called Senior Services, to allow my staff to shop for our members and pick up prescriptions. We also allowed community members to donate funds for the program, canned goods and non-perishables or send cards, letters and notes of encouragement to brighten the day of our elders.Local Facebook pages have allowed for small instant requests that are imperative needs for people that might seem trivial. I had a need for Minute Rice for a senior with dietary needs, the shelves were bare for days. I put the request out and the next day, several boxes arrived on site.If you have ever cared for someone that is frail and elderly, especially while the world is melting around you, a little Minute Rice goes a long way.I keep having flashbacks to the cartoon Underdog. “Here we come to save the day!” To those who are younger … as the kids would say, Google it. The difference is like the old adage of throwing the pebble in the pond, I get to see the ripples in action.I am eager to get to work and see what is in the donation box. We wipe it off with disinfecting wipes, place it on a table, and get it to the people who need it.The Senior Services project has requested donations by Pay Pal online or through the mail with Senior Services in the memo line. We welcome the donation of Smith’s or Co-op Market gift cards and they have arrived at both sites. I think today we are expecting some fresh eggs, because when seniors tell us their grocery needs, there are some items we warn them might not be on the shelves.Yesterday the need was for a frail senior who is vegetarian and gluten free. Since I am neither I posted the request and said while the Minute Rice was an instant need, I had a senior who would have a longer-term request. I always maintain confidentiality, but the questions and suggestions were immediate. I confessed I didn’t know much but would know more on Thursday.The questions kept coming, and I limit myself to time online because home is family time. So, I confessed again, the senior started to cry as we were speaking, the thought that someone could be so kind, when we didn’t know each other. I asked them to take their time, make a small list and we would create a plan tomorrow.Thank you everyone, I’ve never been happier to live here. Oh, and this morning the great crew at Morning Glory Doughnuts and the Los Alamos Police Department have doughnuts waiting for us. They are doing their part to lift spirits.James at Aspen Copies has printed our newsletter early and I can’t wait to get that in the hands of the United States Postal Service. All of my people don’t do technology, so today is a very important day.last_img read more

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Recycling Prevents Ocean Dumping

first_imgEducating seafarers about responsibility towards marine nature and the possibility to dispose their waste in harbours instead of at sea is necessary, according to Bek & Verburg managing director Daan van Mullem. It also helps to know that waste collection is included in the harbour dues.Bek & Verburg’s close cooperation with environmentalist NGOs like KIMO (Local Authorities International Environmental Organisation) and the North Sea Foundation is something special in the maritime industry. Participation in initiatives like the Plastic Chain Coalition (in Dutch: Plastic Keten Akkoord) and the Industry Agreement on Plastic Recycling (in Dutch: Ketenakkoord Kunststofkringloop) as well as the Green Deal with government and industry partners to invest in reducing emissions and waste continuously, shows that Bek & Verburg is deeply serious about their care for the environment. ”Environmental care is our business”, Van Mullem explains.”By collecting waste from ships, we help reduce the whole ecological footprint of maritime transport. For us, teaming up with organisations that work for a healthier maritime environment is a natural thing to do.” Van Mullem is convinced that in the future, the maritime industry will need to take responsibility for reducing emissions and waste -and show they do. Like any other business, success for maritime transporters will depend on their ability to adapt to social demands of responsible and even innovative operation. Teaming up with organisations that protect maritime wildlife or environment, will add marketing value to a company – but only if their involvement is substantial and sincere.Fishing for waste”In cooperation with the North Sea Foundation, we provided fishing vessels with big bags to collect the waste they pick up from their nets when trawling for fish on the sea bed”, Van Mullem explains. ‘‘Fishermen used to throw this waste back into the sea, but as they regularly navigate the same fishing grounds, they or their colleagues would pick up the same cans, pipes, and other trash over and over again. In an effort to clean up the fishing grounds, the litter is now collected. The waste removed from the fishing nets goes into the big bags, which we pick up when the fishermen return to the harbour. It is amazing to see how much waste lies at the bottom of the sea. What we collect, is the debris on the sea bottom at fishing grounds. One could imagine that the whole sea bed is strewn with trash like that. At least the fishing grounds that are often navigated by the fishing fleets, may be getting tidied up a bit over years of collecting the waste there.”Collecting what fishing vessels pick up from the bottom of the sea is only a small part of the activities at Bek & Verburg. The company collects all kinds of waste from seagoing and inland vessels at the ports of Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Den Helder and Scheveningen. Their ten crane vessels and twelve barges dock alongside the ships that visit these harbours and lift the waste from the decks. ”We try to separate different materials as soon as possible in the process”, Van Mullem says. ”Some ships have separate containers for paper, metal and galley waste. That helps us. But even if they do not, we start dividing these materials as soon as we get aboard and transfer the waste into our ship. Usually, we operate our ships with three crew. Dividing the different materials aboard the client vessel is one of the tasks of this crew.” Bek & Verburg has hubs where smaller boats and trucks transfer the materials into bigger vessels, which eventually all go to the main collecting point at the Botlek in the port of Rotterdam. These hubs are in Europort, Den Helder, Amsterdam, IJmuiden and Scheveningen, the latter two harbours have an anchorage a couple of miles out of the shore and Bek & Verburg vessels also collect the waste from ships that lay there. The hubs also function for assembling the waste streams that come from offshore support vessels; after delivering supplies to offshore platforms and working vessels, these ships bring back the waste from the offshore industry.Waste collection network”We try to make it as easy as possible for ships’ crew to hand over their waste from the galley, from the engine room, from the holds and any other household waste to us”, Van Mullem ensures. ”Since our business is to collect waste from ships, our biggest competitor is still the sea. Of course, I understand that a captain has to operate his vessel in the most cost-effective way possible. As European regulation about waste collecting in sea ports was adapted in 2004, the cost of disposal from vessels into our collecting barges or trucks is included in the harbour dues. So instead of risking high fines for dumping waste into the sea, a captain should make use of the collecting services that have to be paid for, whether these services are used or not. There is a responsibility from the port authorities to advertise the opportunity to dispose a ship’s waste for free after having paid the obligatory environments’ fees included in the harbour dues. On top comes a lack of law enforcement when spills or dumped waste are found.” Bek & Verburg advised European legislators about the regulations prescribing port authorities to provide waste collection. ”We have worked some 15 years on setting up a good waste collection network and having ship owners choose to discard their rest product consciously”, says Van Mullem. ”We are glad to see that since 2004, the percentage of ships offering their waste during harbour visits, raised from seven to 70.””There is no such thing as waste”, Van Mullem points out. ”There are only products that have been used that contain raw material for the construction of new materials. Of every load that comes in, 93 per cent is recycled into usable resources, be it as a fuel or raw material for production. We sort out the incoming loads into 156 different streams: most to leave our collection centre as raw material, some of it as fuel and only seven per cent has to be transferred to the waste treatment plant.”Green awareness is not just a thing Bek & Verburg adverts towards clients: it is something they integrate into their own operations as well. The new crane vessel Invotis VIII and the crane in their dock at the main collection centre are equipped with efficient engines and after-treatment of exhaust gasses, thus complying to the Green Award criteria. Leading a family business, with son and grandson also in the workforce, Van Mullem is chairman at VOMS, the organisation of companies in environmental care for the marine industry. ”Waste management will evolve in ports around Europe”, he foresees. ”Ship crews will start separating materials aboard, more raw materials will be recycled and also waste collecting companies like ours will gain efficiency. There is no doubt that regulations will require tighter procedures for environmental care on an evolving scale and companies will have to adapt to them but may also adopt their own waste-reducing policies.”Hans Buitelaarlast_img read more

Update on Homicide by US Tourist Resulting in Death of Dominica National residing in Anguilla

first_img Share Sharing is caring! 1759 Views   no discussions Share Share The Angullian- The Police reported Mr. Gavin Hapgood, a US citizen, who was arrested and charged with the manslaughter of Dominica- national  Kenny Michel, was denied bail by the Magistrate court on Wednesday, morning April 17th, 2019.The Police further reported that the accused was remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison to return to court on Thursday, August 22nd, 2019.However, The Anguillian was informed by a credible source that on the same day, Wednesday afternoon, the accused, representative by his Legal Counsel, filed an application for bail for a cash bond in the High Court. The Judge granted him bail in the sum of $ 200,000 EC.The Death Certificate of K. Mitchel age 27 stated causes of death was due to prone restraint, positional asphyxia and blunt force trauma to the head, neck, and torso.Mr. Hapgood was on vacation with his family in Anguilla staying at a hotel in the West End of the island and Mr. Mitchel was an employee of the same hotel.Mr. Hapgood who is a financial advisor in New York, legal representative Mr. Thomas Astaphan, QC assured the court stated, ” he has every intention to return to Anguilla to clear his name.”The Police Inspector told the court the prosecution had no objection to bail, after twenty-five minutes of adjournment the Magistrate Keithley Benjamin, stated “the charge of manslaughter is a serious offence”, he noted, ” that the court has a discretion on the matter and while they may be good reason for bail to be granted, the court has to balance the interest of the person charged, the public interest and the interest of justice.” – quoted source Radio Anguilla NewsRegional Update on Homicide by US Tourist Resulting in Death of Dominica National residing in Anguilla by: – April 19, 2019 Deceased, Kenny Mitchel Tweetlast_img read more

Arsenal v QPR: Rio recalled

first_imgRio Ferdinand is recalled to the QPR starting line-up for the game at Arsenal, with boss Harry Redknapp opting for his preferred 3-5-2 formation. Armand Traore plays against his former club after being a chance at left wing-back in the absence of the injured Yun Suk-Young. For Arsenal, Tomas Rosicky returns to the team after a thigh injury.AdChoices广告 Arsenal: Szczesny, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Monreal, Gibbs, Flamini, Cazorla, Rosicky, Alexis, Giroud, Welbeck.Subs: Ospina, Chambers, Bellerin, Coquelin, Walcott, Podolski, Campbell . QPR: Green; Onuoha, Ferdinand, Caulker, Isla, Henry, Mutch, Kranjcar, Traore, Vargas, Austin.Subs: McCarthy, Hill, Phillips, Fer, Wright-Phillips, Hoilett, Zamora. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

“He will come back” – Norwich hopes of signing dealt blow,…

first_imgNorwich City’s hopes of keeping Ondrej Duda beyond this summer have been dealt a blow, with Hertha Berlin planning on keeping him long-term. Duda joined Norwich on loan in the January transfer window, as manager Daniel Farke looked to add creativity to his relegation-threatened side.The midfielder arrived having found his chances of regular game time at Hertha Berlin limited following the arrival of Jürgen Klinsmann as manager.He’s been a regular for the Canaries since making the switch, racking up eight appearances in all competition since his arrival.Embed from Getty ImagesThey may have been hoping to turn his move into a permanent one in the summer, but those prospects have now been dealt a blow.According to Kicker, Norwich do not have an option to buy at the end of his loan, so Hertha are planning to take him back to the club as Klinsmann has long since departed.In fact, sporting director Michael Preetz has confirmed as much when asked about the on-loan midfielder.“We are planning 100 per cent with Ondrej, he will come back”, he told the newspaper.“He has shown how much he can help a team that has a functioning axle.“In winter, he was tired of the personal constellation we had in the coaching position because he saw no prospects for himself. He always wanted Hertha.”by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameBuild a Beautiful City and Play With Your FriendsForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystDigitization in Banks Is No Longer About Efficiency, but Business Resilience. Don’t Get Left Behind.StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndoGrepolis – Online Free GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this Game! Already 35 Million PlayersGrepolis – Online Free GameUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥Undolast_img read more