March 4th, 2011
Driving up into the mountains on Sunday, I was initially undecided whether to head into lesser used trails, or confine my late afternoon ski to more groomed terrain. Noting the piles of fresh snow everywhere, but untracked paths at all my favorite trailheads, I decided that the old racing skis I had brought would lead to a far more pleasurable ski on the well groomed trails of the Rikert Ski Touring Center at the Middlebury College Breadloaf Campus.
On Town Meeting Day 2011, our very own Trent Campbell raced all over the county to take in as many meetings as he could. See below for a sampling of the photos he took, from Panton to New Haven to Middlebury:
Our newsroom staff gathered at the Addison Independent offices for the annual Town Meeting Day rush — the calls, the faxes, the emails, and the frantic rush to finish everything in time for the Thursday paper.
And of course, the liveblog.
Read the replay of the evening's results as they came in, and read our final result coverage from all of the Addison County towns (and Brandon).
Vermonters are fortunate today to live in a state where civic-minded progress overshadows the need by some to blame all things government for the recession and tepid economic recovery.
In states like Wisconsin, Texas, Oklahoma, Ohio and much of the deep South, taxpayers are taking their frustrations out on the budgets they can control — schools and towns — and selling the future of the younger generation down the drain.
In Bristol, town residents spoke clearly in a planning commission poll asking two very direct questions about where mineral extraction should be allowed. The answers confirmed past votes, surveys and public comments that have overwhelmingly opposed gravel pit operation near the village center or in the town’s conservation districts.
On Monday evening, I asked a friend if she’d stopped by the town meeting in Middlebury.
“No,” she said. “I didn’t feel like I knew enough about what was in the town report.”
Next week, the House Education Committee will hold a hearing on a bill to designate the governor, rather than the state board of education, as the appointing authority for Vermont’s education commissioner.
The board of education consists of 10 members, appointed by the governor for six-year terms. During a governor’s elected term of two years, he or she can appoint only three or four members of the state board. The governor would need two terms, or four years, to appoint a majority of the members of the board of education.
Below is our town-by-town wrapup of actions taken by Addison County voters at their local annual gatherings. Click on a town to jump to the results.