by Gordon Dritschilo, Rutland Herald, September 13, 2021.
A state senator from Chittenden County got an earful about what Rutland County needs Monday. Sen. Kesha Ram Hinsdale, D-Chittenden County, visited Rutland as part of what she described as an effort to help make up for the area’s relative lack of representation in Montpelier.
“If you’re in Chittenden County, you have a senator you can talk to on 10 of the 11 committees,” she said.
Ram Hinsdale met with community leaders in two sessions held in Rutland Regional Planning Commission’s downtown office. One meeting was made up of members of the board of directors of Chamber and Economic Development of the Rutland Region, as well as the Rutland County delegation. Lyle Jepson, CEDRR’s executive director and organizer of the meeting, said he focused on inviting town managers to the other.
A common theme from the discussion was the need for housing, broadband access and changes to streamline Act 250 — three needs that people at the meeting said were interrelated. Jepson said he recently worked with a developer looking to build 260 units of market-rate housing in the area.