March 4th, 2015
MONKTON — Monkton voters this week approved spending at the municipal level but said “no” to the proposed spending plan for their school.
MIDDLEBURY — Around 120 Middlebury residents turned out at their annual meeting Monday evening to overwhelmingly endorse all of the money items on their warning, and they returned to the polls the next day to field a ballot featuring one contested race. In that race, for a three-year term on the Mary Hogan Elementary School board, Leslie Bodette defeated Elaine Orozco Hammond, 336-219.
LINCOLN — Lincoln residents approved all articles as warned at their town meeting Monday evening; nevertheless, the meeting ran well past 10 p.m.
In the hot-button topic of the night, voters approved a bond up to $59,000 to renovate the existing town office; the measure won by a margin of 223 to 161.
LEICESTER — Voters in Leicester this week approved town and school budgets and elected a slate of officials in uncontested elections.
HANCOCK — Voters on Town Meeting Day approved town and school spending budgets as well as a number of individual appropriations in Hancock.
For the town’s general and highway funds, residents approved a town budget of $441,653, which was corrected after being warned incorrectly. The approved budget represents a 19-percent spending increase over the budget approved last year. The increase includes $70,000 to move the town office and the library to the location of what had been the school. The spending plan also includes a highway budget of $98,500.
GRANVILLE — Residents of Granville on Tuesday evening elected a new selectman, decided to get rid of the town lister positions, and, after adding in a few thousand extra dollars, approved a town spending plan at the town meeting.
Sean Linsky won a three-year seat on the Granville selectboard, replacing Victoria Crowne, who chose not to run.
GOSHEN — There was only one contested race in tiny Goshen, but Monday evening’s town meeting was nevertheless abuzz with discussion — much of it centered on garbage.
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh residents at town meeting on Saturday at Ferrisburgh Central School (FCS) approved higher town spending and several other financial articles, and in Australian balloting at the town office building on Tuesday they picked a new selectman and defeated a proposed FCS budget for the second straight year and what observers believe is the second time ever.