city council

10/15/2020
We are young people who grew up in Vergennes and we know what is at stake.  We have witnessed our local and national leaders fail to collaborate on the most important issues of our time, fail to put the people’s interests first, and fail to act with integrity and honesty. We are tired of it. As the future generation of Vergennes and the United States at large, we are advocating for leaders that will work together to build trusting and loving communities that work for everyone. In our little city this person is Dave Small.  We have gotten to know Dave quite well since our previous city...
10/14/2020
VERGENNES — Vergennes City Manager Daniel Hofman’s future in his job apparently remained to be determined after a 40-minute, closed-door city council session on Tuesday night. After the closed session, the council voted that Mayor Lynn Donnelly and Councilor Jill Murray-Killon should speak with Hofman in a meeting that was scheduled to occur this past Thursday. UPDATE: On Friday night the Vergennes City Council held a two-hour closed-door session devoted to Hofman's status, but made no decision. That followed the meeting held beforehand with Hofman, Donnelly and Murray-Killon. Another meeting...
09/25/2020
VERGENNES — Friday morning’s painstaking recount of the race for the final of four Vergennes City Council seats produced a tie. A special election that must by law be held with the next 30 days will decide the victor.  Former longtime city manager Mel Hawley and sales and marketing professional and former councilor David Small finished in a 339-339 deadlock. That tie in a race for a seat through this coming March came after Small picked up one vote in a recount at the Vergennes fire station that took more than two hours.  Members of the Vergennes Board of Civil Authority acknowledged that...

THE COUNCILORS, LEFT to right: Ian Huizenga, Jill Murray-Killon, Mel Hawley and Dickie Austin
09/24/2020
VERGENNES — In what officials said was strong turnout for a special election, Vergennes voters on Tuesday chose three political newcomers and former longtime city manager Mel Hawley, out of a field of 14 candidates, to fill four vacancies on the Vergennes City Council.  Joining Hawley as councilors are city restaurateurs Dickie Austin and Ian Huizenga and contract administrator Jill Murray-Killon. Hawley won by a single vote over former councilor David Small, however, and a recount looms on Friday. Dickie Austin is a lifelong city resident who for the past 15 years has managed restaurants,...
09/22/2020
VERGENNES — In what officials said was strong turnout for a special election, Vergennes voters on Tuesday — out of a field of 14 candidates — chose three political newcomers and former longtime city manager Mel Hawley to fill four vacancies on the Vergennes City Council.  Joining Hawley as councilors are city restaurateurs Dickie Austin and Ian Huizenga and contract administrator Jill Murray-Killon.  Hawley and Huizenga won terms that will expire this coming March, while Austin and Murray-Killon earned council seats through March 2022.  Hawley defeated former councilor David Small by one vote...

RAINWALKER WINTERPAINTER
09/17/2020
This is the second of two stories in which we introduce readers to the 14 candidates for Vergennes City Council. Read the first here. VERGENNES — On Tuesday, Sept. 22, and in mail-in balloting before then, Vergennes residents will pick four new Vergennes City Council members from possibly the most crowded field in city history.  After the mayor and three councilors resigned between Aug. 1 and 10, 14 candidates filed to be on a ballot for a special election that, after consultation with state election officials, the remaining three councilors and city officials set for Tuesday, Sept. 22....
09/17/2020
For the pending City Council election in Vergennes, I have cast my vote for the candidates I believe have a vision for the future of our Little City: Ian Huizenga, Dickie Austin, Jill Murray-Killon, and David Small. Our City and our region will need to adapt and be flexible in a post-COVID world. We need candidates with energy that can position Vergennes to seize new opportunities.  Please vote. Mike Winslow Vergennes
09/17/2020
Elections are about making a choice, and the choice usually comes down to change versus status quo. As the first city in Vermont, Vergennes has experienced its share of change. Over the years, some community leaders have embraced change by making thoughtful and difficult decisions, while others avoided change by imagining that everything was exactly as it should be. Choices made over the next year will impact Vergennes for the next 20 years. We can either embrace the decisions that are upon us or we can ignore the problems until outside forces make those decisions for us. Our antiquated...

DICKIE AUSTIN
09/10/2020
This is the first of two stories in which we introduce readers to the 14 candidates for Vergennes City Council. Read the second here. VERGENNES — On Tuesday, Sept. 22, and in mail-in balloting before then, Vergennes residents will pick four new Vergennes City Council members from possibly the most crowded field in city history.  After the mayor and three councilors resigned between Aug. 1 and 10, 14 candidates filed to be on a ballot for a special election that the remaining three councilors and city officials set for Sept. 22. The ballot includes both veterans of the city’s public sector and...
09/10/2020
Unlike Las Vegas, what happens in Vergennes does not stay in Vergennes. I am not a resident of Vergennes but I might as well be. I live in Ferrisburgh. Like many in the neighboring towns of Panton, Addison and Waltham, Vergennes is our downtown. It is our gravitational center. Our children go to school there. We shop there. We dine there. We work there. We recreate there, and we interact and gather there with one another as a larger community. So it has been with great disappointment that we have all watched the events of the summer unfold in Vergennes. It has been particularly frustrating...

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