BRISTOL RESIDENT STEVE Brown delivers his completed ballots to election worker (and town selectboard member) John “Peeker” Heffernan during brisk voting in the basement of Holley Hall on Tuesday afternoon.
Independent photo/John Flowers
ADDISON COUNTY — Here are the results of Addison County's Town Meeting Day votes.
Addison on Tuesday chose an incumbent over a challenger for a seat on the selectboard in a close race and approved all proposed spending measures, all in Australian balloting conducted on Tuesday.
Addison was the only town in the county to hold an in-person meeting this week — it was an informational meeting on Monday evening at the Addison Town Hall. In the midst of a snowstorm fewer than 10 masked citizens showed up to get the selectboard’s quick preview of items to be voted on the Town Meeting Day...
AN ARTISTIC STATUE seen in the Cornwall village on Town Meeting Day holds one of the “Brave Little Town” signs seen around the Addison Central School District urging residents to allow Ripton to leave the district. The effort prevailed.
Independent photo/Steve James
RIPTON — The town of Ripton’s quest to withdraw from the Addison Central School District will now advance to the State Board of Education.
This comes after the Ripton’s bid to become its own independent school district earned an endorsement on Tuesday from each of the six other ACSD-member communities: Bridport, Cornwall, Middlebury, Salisbury, Shoreham and Weybridge.
These are the results from those towns:
• Bridport — 189 yes, 58 no.
• Cornwall — 425 yes, 67 no.
• Middlebury — 1,180 yes, 312 no.
• Salisbury — 174 yes, 45 no.
• Shoreham — 210 yes, 32 no.
• Weybridge — 217 yes, 40 no....
MIDDLEBURY — Esther Thomas on Tuesday defeated Andy Hooper, 812-633, in the race for a one-year term on the Middlebury selectboard.
Meanwhile, incumbent selectboard members Farhad Khan (1,286 tallies) and Lindsey Fuentes-George (1,281) both ran unopposed for three-year terms on the board.
It was Thomas’s first run for elective office since moving to Middlebury two years ago from Rhode Island to take a job as a residence director at Middlebury College. She’ll serve out the final year of a term vacated last year by former Selectman Victor Nuovo.
“I am speechless, over the moon and filled with...
MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central School District voters went to the polls on Tuesday to elect three new board members and return an incumbent to office.
In one of two contested ACSD board elections, incumbent board member (and former Chairman) Peter Conlon topped Chris Kramer, 1,425-1,090, for Cornwall’s lone (three-year) seat on the ACSD board, which oversees preK-12 education for children in Bridport, Cornwall, Middlebury, Ripton, Salisbury, Shoreham and Weybridge.
In the other contest, ASCD residents elected Lindsey Hescock and Mary Heather Noble in a three-way race for two, three-year terms...
VERGENNES — Former Addison Northwest School District Board Chair Susan Rakowski was the top vote getter in Tuesday’s five-way contest for three seats on the Vergennes City Council.
Two incumbents also retained their seats, but a multi-term councilor fell short in his re-election bid.
Joining Rakowski on the council were incumbents Ian Huizenga — the chef-owner of Bar Antidote and Hired Hand Brewery — and former longtime city manager Mel Hawley. Both had first won their seats in September special elections following this past summer’s mass council resignations.
Finishing fourth and losing his...
BRISTOL — Perhaps the shortest way to draw a contrast between last year’s “normal” town meeting in Bristol and this year’s virtual information-only meetings is to cite the following statement, which was uttered on Zoom Monday night:
Those two words sum up nearly a year’s worth of the logistics driving municipal business during the coronavirus pandemic, not only in Bristol or Vermont, but around the globe.
The fact that “you’re muted” was uttered only once on Monday is evidence that we’ve come a long way since the Bristol selectboard began meeting virtually last spring.
ADDISON COUNTY — Local school district budgets for the upcoming academic year all passed easily in Australian balloting on Tuesday, with percentage margins ranging from 57% support in the Otter Valley Unified Union School District to 76% backing in the Addison Central School District.
The margin favoring the Patricia Hannaford Career Center spending plan for Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) was even higher. Voters in the three affiliated Addison County school districts backed the roughly $3.53 million PHCC plan by 5,169-910, or at an 85% rate. That budget plan will cut spending by almost 1%.
RIPTON’S CHOICE: A LESSON IN CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
The decision by Addison Central Supervisory Union district voters to allow Ripton to withdraw from the district is a lesson in civic engagement, studious work and diligence on the part of proponents, and trusting the process — even if that process presented high hurdles to surmount.
In the end, after a two-year effort by Ripton residents to “save their school,” district voters decided they had the right to determine their own school’s future; that it was not the district’s role to take that decision from them. Seen in another light district voters...
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Department of Taxes has created an education property tax estimator tool for the 2021-2022 property tax year (FY22).
The tool was created to help taxpayers understand the impact of their budget vote on Town Meeting Day and to help school board members and district officials understand the impact of proposed budgets on taxpayers based on their combination of property value and household income, officials announced in a press release on Monday.
Figures produced by the tool are estimates only and final tax amounts will depend on the “Yield” amount enacted at the end of...
AFTER MANY YEARS holding the Addison town meeting in the nearby elementary school, municipal officials decided to hold this year’s annual gathering in the Addison Town Hall building off Route 22A at the four corners next to the Baptist church. Selectboard members believe the historic building has enough room for meeting participants to safely social distance. Independent photo/Andy Kirkaldy
ADDISON COUNTY — Here's what's on the docket for each of Addison County's town meetings.
Most Vermont towns will hold their annual town meetings online with voting on all issues and candidates via Australian ballot. Addison is the exception to remote meetings. The selectboard set its town informational meeting for Addison Town Hall on Route 22A at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 1. Board members believe the historic building provides enough room for safe social distancing.
Like other towns, all Addison town offices and spending measures will be decided by Australian ballot. Voting will be...