Another week, another round of questions regarding the fate and future of the Intervale in Burlington. Will there be farming? Will there be gardens? Will there be composting of any kind?
As we reported a couple of weeks ago, the Intervale Center and the Chittenden Solid Waste District signed an agreement for the district to take over all composting operations by Oct. 1. That's good news, and it also means that large-scale composting will likely happen somewhere other than the Intervale.
But, the two organizations may have to sign a new agreement because the state has yet to finalize its settlement to deal with past violations.
Both the IC and CSWD have agreed to all conditions proposed by theAttorney General's office, according to Glenn McRea, IC's executivedirector.
When asked why the delay when IC and CSWD had signed off on the conditions, Scot Kline, the lead attorney on the case for Attorney General Bill Sorrell, would only say, "Can'tcomment at this time. Sorry."
The IC and CSWD hope the Douglas administration and Sorrell's office, which is representing several agencies including the Agency of Natural Resources and the Division of Historic Preservation, will return with a full settlement to review soon.
But if the two entities in charge of the composting operation have signed off on the conditions, one has to wonder why the hold-up by the Douglas adminstration?