The state selected a company that will locate medical marijuana dispensaries in Bennington and St. Albans.
Joseph Zingale is considering legal action against the town he spent three decades serving.
The two districts didn’t have similar districts nearby to merge with. A new law lets them continue operating as they have within a new supervisory union structure.
The warning for a special Selectboard meeting posted Thursday is the first acknowledgment from the town that Joe Zingale’s job is in peril. He has said he was suspended last week.
The Rutland Town Selectboard met Wednesday night in executive session for about 35 minutes before emerging without taking any action on Town Administrator Joe Zingale’s status.
Joe Zingale, the suspended town administrator, said his lawyer forwarded a proposed settlement to the Selectboard. The board took no action on it, and the hearing is still on for Wednesday night.
Joe Zingale said he exchanged words Tuesday with the Selectboard chair, who told him to go home, take his things, and he was suspended.
As of now, the closest dispensary to Rutland is in Brandon, about a half-hour’s drive. Vermont also has dispensaries in Brattleboro, Burlington and Montpelier.
The impact fees, totaling more than $2 million over the life of the contract, are meant to offset the negative effects of the shopping center on Rutland’s downtown.
The Norman Rockwell Museum of Vermont is on Route 4 in Rutland Town and is currently listed for sale.
The developer blamed the decision in part on opposition from the mall across the road but said this won’t necessarily spell the end of the project.
Bennington’s town plan played a decisive role in the ruling. The board drew a contrast between it and a set of local rules that Rutland Town had tried to use to block a solar energy project last year.
Through a new brochure and online resource, Water Wise: The Stormwater Website for Rutland Town, Vermont, the town is raising awareness about the most common causes of stormwater runoff pollution and what steps individuals can take to reduce this kind of pollution in local streams, such as Moon Brook.
Lawmakers say something must be done to balance the state’s renewable energy goals with the state’s bucolic landscape, which includes giving towns a voice in deciding where solar projects are located.