Category Archives: Manchester

Police seize drugs, paraphernalia during traffic stop

Proud dog

The Vermont State Police reported the arrest of Hans K. Mindnich, 19, of Stowe after a traffic stop at 10:40 p.m. Monday on Main Street in Manchester.

Mindnich refused to allow police to search his car. Trooper Wayne Godfrey’s  police dog Tawara, a german shephard, performed an external search of the vehicle and hit on the vehicle, indicating the presence of an illegal substance.

That allowed the officers to obtained a warrant which led to the discovery of the drugs and paraphernalia.

Police seized 76 grams of marijuana, $620 in cash, a digital scale and other drug paraphernalia.

Manchester snow blower

Tom Carieri blows snow along Route 11 in Manchester at his home Thursday morning at 9 a.m. Snowfall numbers in Manchester, Londonderry and Winhall begin to increase as the storm continues. More snow has been seen in the southern part of the state than in central or northern Vermont.

Town Meeting: Manchester


Town budget
Proposed $7,587,683, $622,400, or 8.9 percent increase over this year’s budget of $6,965,283. However, because the budget includes a highway project that will be funded by the federal government, the amount to be raised by taxes is proposed at $2,285,802, $40,119, or 1.79 percent, over this year’s amount to be raised by taxes of $2,245,683.

School budgets
Proposed $11,109,625, $392,401, or 3.66 percent increase over this year’s budget of $10,717,224. Budget includes increase of almost $18,000 for salaries and about $152,300 based on an increase in tuition set by Burr and Burton Academy, the independent school that serves as Manchester’s high school.

Special articles
Voters will be asked in Article 27 to bond for $1.5 million to build a new community center and poolhouse at the Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park by Australian ballot. A related question will be voted at the floor meeting: Shall the town vote to use not more than $125,000 from the UDAG fund, … for the purpose of designing a new building at the Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park; provided, that this article shall be contingent upon approval of Article 27; provided further, that funds shall be available on or after April 6, 2012?
Shall the town vote to use not more than $115,000 from the UDAG fund, … for the purpose of improving the sidewalk on the north side of Main Street between 4943 Main St. and 3023 Main St., adjacent bus stop and pocket park?

Contested races
Incumbent Margaret Conner is being challenged by Todd W. Nebraska for a two-year term on the School Board.
Incumbent Andrew Putney is opposed by Katy McNabb for a three-year term on the School Board.

Meeting location
Manchester’s municipal floor meeting, which includes the vote on the town budget, will be on March 3 at the Manchester Elementary-Middle School. The school floor meeting, also at the school, is on March 5 at 7 p.m. Candidates and the school budget will be voted by Australian ballot March 6 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the town hall.

School’s website