February 25th, 2015
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Town Meeting Day ballot will offer two contested races, including a rematch of a 2012 contest decided by one vote, and a petitioned article.
The annual city meeting, at which issues will be discussed, but not decided, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 2, in the Vergennes Opera House. The city’s annual dessert social will begin in the theater an hour earlier.
Voting will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, at the city fire station.
STARKSBORO — Residents in Starksboro will convene on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 9 a.m. for the annual town and school meeting, during which they will consider 12 articles.
Voters will elect town officials and decide school budgets by Australian ballot on March 3. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the elementary school.
SHOREHAM — Shoreham residents at their town meeting next week will be asked if they’d like to sell an unused, 6-acre piece of town-owned land and use the proceeds for future community projects.
SALISBURY — Business at Salisbury’s annual meeting will include some proposed changes to the way in which the town clerk and treasurer are selected, as well as the manner in which they will be expected to perform their respective jobs.
The March 3 Australian ballot in Salisbury will include six separate articles calling for town charter changes relating to the clerk and treasurer positions. If approved (and endorsed by the Legislature), they would allow the town to:
• Appoint (as opposed to elect) the treasurer for a term of one year.
RIPTON — Ripton residents on Tuesday, March 3, will decide a two-person race for a three-year term on the selectboard in what otherwise promises to be a low-key Town Meeting Day for the community.
The race involves incumbent Selectman Ronald Wimett, who faces a challenge from resident Perry Hanson. This is the second year in a row that Hanson will be trying to unseat an incumbent on the board. Last year, Selectwoman Laureen Cox bested Hanson by a 91-40 tally.
PANTON — Panton residents will gather at Town Hall on Tuesday, March 3, to decide a number of financial questions and to choose several new officers, and on the same day weigh in on Vergennes Union High School and Vergennes Union Elementary School spending.
Town meeting itself begins at 10 a.m., while voting will run that day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
ORWELL — Orwell residents will cast ballots on school and municipal budgets, elect town and school officials and decide a number of items at the annual town meeting. Orwell has moved its meeting from the first Tuesday in March to the preceding Monday evening; the meeting starts at 7 p.m. on March 2 at the Orwell Town Hall.
Voters will elect 20 town officers and a couple of school board positions, many of which are running unopposed. Orwell will see two contested elections.
NEW HAVEN — Voters in New Haven will consider 32 articles on Town Meeting Day, March 3. Polls will be open at the New Haven Town Hall from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The annual meeting for both the town and the school will be held on Monday, March 2, at the town hall beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Townspeople will weigh in on a proposed 2015-2016 road fund budget that calls for $1.01 million in spending, which is 9.6 percent less than the sum voters approved last year. It would require raising $635,467 from property taxes.