VERGENNES — Facilitated online community conversations held on Oct. 8 and 15 drew a combined total of about 125 Vergennes residents who offered long lists of things they appreciated about their hometown and suggestions to move it forward from what has been an at-times chaotic summer.
Co-organizer Sarah Stroup said the first meeting, attended by about 75, focused on the pluses and minuses, while the second focused on “action ideas” that citizens could take on independently of existing government and nonprofit structures.
Experts Susan Clark, author of “Slow Democracy,” and Delia Clark helped...
VERGENNES COUNCILORS AND Board of Civil Authority members Jill Murray-Killon, left, Lowell Bertrand and Ian Huizenga count ballots for David Small after Tuesday voting in the city’s special council election. Small lost to former City Manager Mel Hawley, 427-379.
Independent photo/Andy Kirkaldy
VERGENNES — Former longtime Vergennes City Manager Mel Hawley defeated former city alderman David Small in Tuesday’s runoff election, 427-379, or 53%-47%, for a council seat that carries a term that runs through this March.
Turnout was about 39%, even higher than the Sept. 22 special election in which Hawley originally defeated Small by one vote, 339-338, for one of four council seats on the ballot that day.
That close vote triggered a Sept. 25 recount that uncovered a Sept. 22 hand-counting error and produced a 339-339 tie. City officials scheduled this Tuesday’s runoff election in the fire...
VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council and Vergennes City Manager have reached a “Separation Agreement,” Mayor Lynn Donnelly announced at the end of a 90-minute closed door council meeting on Wednesday night.
Donnelly told the Independent after the meeting “the attorneys are working” out how long Hofman will stay on, “but we anticipate him to be on for 30 days.”
“But again, that has not been totally confirmed, but I think that’s fair to say that’s the expectation,” Donnelly added before declining to discuss any further details.
At the end of the session, the council shared a document online...
VERGENNES — The Vergennes committee formed to study whether the city should create a permanent citizen board to help oversee the Vergennes Police Department has made a preliminary recommendation in favor of such a panel.
On Tuesday the city council gave the committee until at least Dec. 8 to complete its work.
In a letter to the council signed by committee chairman Bryan Goodkowsky, the committee wrote, “As a Committee, we agree that some form of citizen review/advisory body will be beneficial to the City of Vergennes.
“It is our initial request that once City Council returns to quorum, that...
VERGENNES — Former longtime Vergennes City Manager Mel Hawley defeated former city Alderman David Small in Tuesday’s runoff election, 427-379, for a council seat that carries a term that runs through this March.
Turnout was about 39%, even higher than the Sept. 22 election in which Hawley originally defeated Small by one vote, 339-338, for one of four council seats on the ballot that day. Vergennes City Clerk Britney Aube said a number of voters came in and registered during the course of the day and then cast their ballots.
A recount on Sept. 25 uncovered a Sept. 22 hand-counting error and...
VERGENNES — Meetings scheduled for this week on Monday and Wednesday could resolve the employment status of Vergennes City Manager Daniel Hofman, something that has been up in the air since an Oct. 13 executive session of the Vergennes City Council.
The council also on this past Friday held a special meeting focused on Hofman, again behind closed doors. Mayor Lynn Donnelly told the Independent no decision was made at the meeting, but that she and Councilor Jill Murray-Killon would meet with Hofman on Monday, Oct. 19.
Donnelly said another council special meeting would follow at 6 p.m. on...
VERGENNES — On Friday night the Vergennes City Council held a two-hour closed-door session devoted to the status of City Manager Daniel Hofman, but made no decision.
Hofman’s future in his job remained to be determined after a 40-minute, closed-door city council session on Oct. 13. 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 for Oct. 15.
After that meeting it was decided that the whole council should talk over the topic on Friday night, Oct. 16.
Another meeting among the mayor,...
VERGENNES — Barring another tie, Vergennes residents will pick the seventh member of their city council this coming Tuesday, and it’ll either be former longtime City Manager Mel Hawley or former councilor David Small, a sales and marketing professional.
A recount of Sept. 22 balloting showed the two candidates tied, 339-339, for a term on the council that will expire on Town Meeting Day in March.
Hawley entered the Sept. 25 recount with a one-vote lead, but the Vergennes Board of Civil Authority’s painstaking ballot recheck uncovered a one-vote oversight in ballots that had been hand-...
VERGENNES — Residents of the Addison Northwest School District on Thursday, Oct. 22, will have a chance to learn more about and weigh in on the future of the district.
From 6:30 to 8 p.m. the ANWSD’s Community Engagement Committee (CEC) will host a virtual event titled “Our District, Our Future.”
ANWSD includes the towns of Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Vergennes and Waltham.
The forum will be first in a series of planned community outreach events the CEC will conduct this fall and winter to, in the committee’s words, “begin conversations and dive deeper into discussions, opportunities, and...
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...