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03/05/2020
GOSHEN — After a traditional potluck dinner at their town hall Monday evening, Goshen residents held a quick, hour-long town meeting in which they OK’d a town spending plan and discussed how the town, which handles trash pickup, will manage the state mandate that bans food scraps in garbage beginning July 1. Residents OK’d a General Fund budget request of $248,543, which represents an increase of $25,573, or 11.5%, over what voters approved at last year’s town meeting. Assistant Town Clerk Marci Hayes said that among the things contributing to the increase are the added expenses of the...
03/05/2020
GRANVILLE — A few years ago Granville discarded the old tradition of the office of the auditor as it became more difficult to populate the office, but at Tuesday evening’s town meeting residents reinstated the office. They also elected three auditors to take over the job of checking the town’s bookkeeping: Roger Straus for a 1-year-term; Cheryl Sargeant, 2 years; and Nancy Beattie, 3 years. Town Clerk Kathy Werner said the selectboard members explained at the meeting that having the job done locally would save the town money. Residents also approved a town budget, but only after adding money...
03/05/2020
HANCOCK — Hancock voters returned an incumbent selectman at their annual town meeting on Tuesday morning and OK’d their town budget with only a minor modification. Jack Ross stood for re-election to the selectboard in the gathering at the Route 100 town hall. Someone suggested that Jim Leno throw his hat in the ring, but he declined, and Ross was returned to office by a voice vote. Leno had been filling in as Hancock’s road commissioner after the man elected at last year’s meeting moved out of town; but Leno didn’t wish to run for a whole year in the position. No one stood for the post, so...
03/05/2020
LEICESTER — It was smooth sailing at town meeting in Leicester this year. When they gathered at the Leicester Meeting House on Monday evening residents approved the proposed $695,235 of town spending for the coming fiscal year, an amount that is roughly $23,000 higher than current spending. Of that increase about $14,000 comes in General Town Expenses spending, for which the selectboard earmarked $305,695. The cost of town accounting software is increasing, and the budget allots more money for the Lake Dunmore and Fern Lake Association for milfoil removal. The remaining $9,000 comes in a...
03/05/2020
LINCOLN — In Lincoln this week, residents approved more than a million-and-a-half-dollars in town spending, elected several town officials (including one new face) and conducted the usual town meeting business. Without too much ado, residents at Monday night’s town meeting in Burnham Hall passed the following three budget items: •  $1,052,578 in highway fund spending. •  $424,452 in general fund spending. •  $150,000 for the Paving Reserve Fund. Afterward, townspeople considered whether or not Lincoln should grant a tax exemption to the Lincoln Volunteer Fire Company. A chorus of “ayes”...
03/05/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury voters at their annual town meeting Monday evening passed all the money items on their ballot, though they modified a major funding request from Middlebury Regional EMS (MREMS) and decided they should be able to pay their property taxes in three installments next year instead of the recommended two. Following a spirited Monday gathering, residents went to the polls on Tuesday to pass — by substantial margins — a combined total of up to $5.35 million to bankroll projects aimed at replacing aging water mains in the Court Square area, fortifying the banks of the...

MONKTON SELECTBOARD CHAIR Stephen Pilcher, left, answers a question from the audience at Monkton’s annual meeting on Saturday. Nearly 160 townspeople attended the meeting at Monkton Central School. Independent photo/Christopher Ross
03/05/2020
MONKTON — On Town Meeting Day, incumbent selectboard member Bill Martin won another three-year term on the board. He ran unopposed. In a contested race to fill the seat vacated by longtime selectboard member Ann Layne, Paul Low defeated Robert Fogg, 520–244, for a two-year term. Incumbent William Joos defeated Joshua Giard, 519–229, for delinquent tax collector. The positions elected were: town moderator, Kenneth Wheeling; town clerk, Sharon Gomez; town treasurer, William Joos; lister, John Howard; constable, Charles Huizenga Sr.; planning commission, Wendy Sue Harper and Marilyn Cargill; and...
03/05/2020
NEW HAVEN — On Town Meeting Day, 706 ballots were counted in New Haven and several incumbents maintained their seats. Incumbent Taborri Bruhl defeated John Hamel for a three-year term on the selectboard, 367–286. Incumbent John Roleau defeated Bruce Many for a two-year term on the selectboard, 401–231. The following officers were also elected on Town Meeting Day: •  Treasurer: Danielle Cummings. •  Delinquent Tax Collector: Sylvieasue Ford. •  Lister: Jay Best. •  Moderator: Pam Marsh. •  Library Trustees: Katherine Cahill and Michaela Granstrom. On the spending front, New Haven voters on...
03/05/2020
ORWELL — Orwell residents on Tuesday approved a town budget and welcomed two new members to the town selectboard. The big ticket items on the Town Meeting Day ballot — a $26,623,041 Slate Valley Unified Union School District spending plan and a $59.5 million SVUUSD building bond — were defeated by the six-town school district that includes Orwell. At Tuesday’s annual town meeting at the Orwell Town Hall, voters approved a $1,122,249 proposed 2020 budget, of which $753,205 will need to be funded by taxpayers. They also OK’d $55,000 for the repair of the Orwell Free Library’s standing seam roof...
03/05/2020
PANTON — In Tuesday Australian balloting, Panton voters approved town spending measures and returned incumbents to the town selectboard and the Addison Northwest School District board. Residents supported, 141-74, a proposed 2020-2021 Panton town budget of $763,647 that will increase town spending by about 5.7%. The higher spending could translate to roughly 3.3 cents more on the municipal portion of the town’s tax rate to a new figure of 61.07 cents per $100 of assessed real estate value. The spending increase of about $42,500 is being driven by one major factor: The selectboard is proposing...

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