July 17, 2015
July 17, 2015
The July 12 Times Argus featured a story about Sen. Anthony Pollina’s letter to the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner, inquiring about the savings from moving eight DEC workers from State-owned office space in Barre to leased office space at National Life in Montpelier. The story talks about a written response Pollina received from the Commissioner, which he tells the paper was “rather meager, considering the questions that we asked.” Pollina is correct, as the Commissioner’s letter offered few details about how exactly the DEC was realizing a $56,000 savings as a result of the move.
VSEA President Shelley Martin also comments in the story, telling the reporter, “Like Sen. Pollina, the impacted DEC employees and VSEA continue to question management’s decision to move these workers from space in a state-owned building to leased space at National Life. How exactly is this $56,000 savings being achieved?” She continues, “The impacted workers and VSEA are committed to continuing to make their case to stay in Barre. They are actively gathering signatures on a petition to support staying, they are writing letters to their legislators and they are reaching out to Barre’s mayor. They also requested a face-to-face meeting with Secretary Markowitz, but she declined to meet with them on site in Barre, which was not helpful. I would add that employees are hearing from contractors that they are disappointed with this decision because they believe it will lead to delays in permitting.”
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