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February 25th, 2015
WEYBRIDGE — Weybridge residents at their town meeting will be asked to approve some charter changes that would allow the local selectboard to appoint its town clerk, treasurer, road commissioner and assistant road commissioner currently they are elected by residents. This means that the person or people taking these positions would no longer have to reside in the town of Weybridge; they would be appointed and receive an hourly wage.
WALTHAM — Waltham residents will gather on Monday to decide from the floor of town meeting financial and other issues and choose town officers, and then will vote on Tuesday on school spending.
At issue beginning at 6 p.m. in Waltham Town Hall on March 2 will be the selectboard’s proposal for $91,387 of general fund administrative spending and $133,825 of road spending.
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.