March 5th, 2015
WHITING — Whiting saw two races go to paper ballots at its annual town meeting on Tuesday evening. After some discussion on the school director’s position, 24 residents present at the meeting cast ballots for Tara Trudo while 19 voted for incumbent Cady White. Trudo will serve a three-year term.
After several of those present left at the end of the school meeting, the 27 voters left got a choice for town moderator between incumbent Ellen Kurrelmeyer and Elizabeth Curran. They favored Curran by a tally of 14-13. Kurrelmeyer kept her position as school moderator.
WEYBRIDGE — Weybridge residents at their town meeting on Monday endorsed some charter changes that will allow the local selectboard to appoint, rather than having voters elect, its town clerk, treasurer, road commissioner and assistant road commissioner. This will allow the selectboard to appoint people to these positions regardless of where they live.
WALTHAM — Waltham residents gathered on Monday night, approved town spending proposals, and picked two selectmen, and then throughout Tuesday cast ballots on school spending.
VERGENNES — While the annual March municipal meeting in Vergennes does not include the typical Town Meeting Day votes on municipal and road budgets — the city council sets those spending plans in June — this week saw a lot of action in the Little City on Town Meeting Day.
STARKSBORO — Residents in Starksboro on Saturday approved all municipal spending items as well as an amended budget for Robinson Elementary School at their annual meeting.
Voters said “yes” to a general fund budget that expends $740,210; after non-tax revenue of $209,050 and a previous surplus of $29,269, a total of $501,891 in taxes will be required. That total spending figure is 1.96 percent less than the budget for the present fiscal year.
SHOREHAM — Shoreham residents at their town meeting agreed to sell an unused, 6-acre piece of town-owned land and use the proceeds for future community projects.
SALISBURY — Salisbury residents at their town meeting Monday endorsed a series of charter changes that pave the way for the community to appoint its treasurer (as opposed to electing that person) and delineate specific responsibilities for the town clerk. Both the treasurer and town clerk positions will have terms of one year, if the charter changes are endorsed by the state Legislature — which is usually a formality.
RIPTON — Ripton residents at their town meeting re-elected Selectman Ronald Wimett in the lone contested race on the ballot and approved all of the money items they were presented.
Wimett won election to a three-year term over challenger Perry Hanson by a 64 to 49 tally.
Residents passed fiscal year 2016 budgets of $294,100 and $282,900, respectively, for highway and general services.
Also endorsed were articles asking that the town clerk and treasurer’s positions be elected on an annual basis, beginning on March 1, 2016.