Governor Jim Douglas yesterday received a letter from Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, James Oberstar (D-MN) commending Vermont for ranking first in nation for “the percentage of wastewater infrastructure Recovery Act funds put out to bid, under contract, and underway.” Vermont has committed all of its wastewater infrastructure funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).“The entire Recovery Act team, from our Office of Economic Stimulus and Recovery to the Department of Environmental Conservation, has done a tremendous job ensuring that we are getting these critical infrastructure funds into our communities and creating jobs expeditiously,” said Governor Douglas. “When Congress passed the Recovery Act last year, it was up to the states to implement much of the funding. We are doing our part to get the money into our economy quickly, while being responsible stewards of the public’s resources.”Wastewater infrastructure projects funded through ARRA include the Twin Oaks stormwater project in South Burlington, the combined sewer overflow elimination project in Springfield and a solar panel installation project at the wastewater treatment plant in Montpelier, among others. Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Justin Johnson said of the state’s work, “With a combination of smart work and good sense, Vermont was able to identify good projects and get the stimulus funds obligated quickly and efficiently.”Source: Governor’s office. 5.7.2010###
Twenty-two-year-old Preston Skeete of South Amelia’s Ward, Mackenzie, Linden; and also of Victory Valley, Wismar, Linden, was on Wednesday remanded to prison by Magistrate Annette Singh for the offence of attempted murder.It is alleged that he wounded 25-year-old Kevin Valladores, a labourer, of Central Amelia’s Ward, Linden on September 6, 2018 with intent to murder him. The incident occurred at about 19:00h at Victory Valley, Wismar. According to reports, Valladores was at a shop in Victory Valley imbibing along with Skeete and othersRemanded: Preston Skeetewhen an argument ensued between the two. Skeete is alleged to have choked the victim, before allegedly pulling out a knife and slitting his throat. He then made good his escape. Following the alleged incident, Valladores placed a rag to his throat, which was reportedly bleeding profusely and ran East along Sunflower Street, Wismar. He was picked up by a public-spirited citizen in a motorcar but subsequently exited the vehicle while at Mackenzie/Wismar Bridge while awaiting the traffic light.Valladores reportedly then ran in the direction of the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) holding onto his throat. He was reportedly then placed into another car by public spirited citizens and rushed to the LHC where he was treated for an eight-inch laceration to his neck. Skeete, who later went into hiding, was apprehended by Police and charged in connection with the offence. The case will continue on January 11, 2019.