Officials say a Vermont town will allow a local church to operate a daily warming center without a zoning permit.
The town of St. Johnsbury has received five complaints that United Community Church should go through a zoning permit process to provide a warming center. Church officials have argued that managing the center is within their outreach mission.
St. Johnsbury determined no permit was needed following a consultation with acting town attorney Ed Adrian.
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The new morning coffee and community warming center is being offered with the Northeast Kingdom Community Action agency. The center opened on Nov. 15 and will run through April 15.