Vermont town’s rezoning controversy to end by ballot


VOTE CLOSES IN
AN HOUR. RESIDENTS SAY
THEY’D RATHER
CONTINUE TO LET
THE AREA SIT
VACANT THAN
POSSIBLY BECOME A
DOLLAR
GENERAL. THE
OWNER HAS
OWNED THE
PROPERTY FOR TWO YEARS AN
NOW HE’S
TURNING TO THE
PUBLIC TO HELP
REZONE AFTER
PREVIOUS EFFORTS HAVE
FAILED. “ITS NOT WHAT
THE TOWN
NEEDS”
CROWDS TURING
OUT TO VOTE
TUESDAY IN POLTNEY — BUT
NO CANDIDATES
ARE ON THE
BALLOT. THE VOTE? CHANGING THE
TOWN’S ZONING
LAWS TO ALLOW
FOR A MIXED USE
PROPERTY ON
THIS EMPTY SITE. RESIDENTS FEAR
THE OWNER, LEN
KNAPPMILLER,
WANTS TO TURN
THE VACANT
PROPERTY INTO A DOLLAR
GENERAL. CHYRON: C.B. MILLER – VOTED
AGAINST ZONING
CHANGE
“THE TOWN HAS A
LOT OF APPEAL
BUT IF YOUR FIRST
IMPRESSION OF
POULTNEY IS A
GREAT HU
DOLLAR
GENERAL SIGN IT MIGHT AS WELL
BE A BLIP ON
MAP WITH A
DOLLAR
GENERAL NEXT
TO IT. I DONT THINK IT BODES
WELL FOR O
COMMUNITY.”
NOT ALL ARE
VOTING NO —
CHYRON: TONY CIEJKO – VOTED
FOR ZONING
CHANGE
DO YOU WANT
SOMETHING OR
NOTHIN? AND IF YOU WANT
NOTHING THEN
WHY NOT? ANY PLACE
THEY’VE OPENED
UP, FLOCKS OF
PEOPLE WILL
COME THERE
RESIDENT VOTING “YES”
POINT TO
POLTNEY’S
RECENT
ECONOM
STRUGGLES, THE NOW-VACANT
CAMPUS OF
GREEN
MOUNTAIN
COLLEGE SITS AT
THE END OF MAIN STREET
CHYRON:
LUCIELLE
MCLELLAN —
VOTED FOR
ZONING CHANGE WE DONT WANT
THE TOWN TO
DIE, WE JUST
NEED SOME
COMPETITION
AN REASONABLE
STORES THAT
HAVE GOOD
PRICES LIKE
DOLLAR
GENERA THE PROPERTY’S
OWNER WOULD
NOT APPEAR ON
CAMERA BUT
TELLS NBC 5
THAT THE TOWN IS STIFLING
GROWTH, SAYING
QUOTE “NO ONE
SHOULD HAVE TO
BE PUT THROUGH
THIS NONSENSE FOR BRINGING
BUSINESS TO A
TOWN THAT HAS
BASICALLY NO
BUSINESS”
CHYRON: STEVE SADY – VOTED
AGAINST ZONING
CHANGE
ITS JUST NOT,
NOT WHAT WE
NEED. IF HE WANTS TO BRING
SOMETHING ELSE
THEN IM SURE
THE PEOPLE OF
POLTNEY WOULD
BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO HEAR
HIM OUT ON IT
AND THEN MAYBE
CHANGE
SOMETHING
THEN. POLLS CLOSE AT
7 PM —
POSSIBILIT
WRAPPING UP
TWO YEARS OF
DEBATE OVE THE PROPERTY’S
FUTURE. WE’LL
YOU BRING
UPDATED
NUMBERS AS WE
HAVE THEM. LIVE IN POLTNEY,
NATHANIEL REED
NBC 5 NEWS. FIRST ALERT
WEATHER

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