You gotta love Town Meeting.
Even if 90 percent of the discussion is about budget numbers that are as dry as a speech by Gov. James Douglas, there’s a certain Kabuki-like quality to the charmingly ornate process of gathering to discuss the town’s business.
And speaking of Gov. Douglas, he was again absent from his role as moderator, out of Vermont on state business. He’s now missed one-third of the town meetings going back to 2005, but Douglas ran again this year for the town moderator spot. It’s apparently the one office to which he knows he can still get re-elected.
On Town Meeting Day 2010, Orwell residents gathered at the town hall to vote on the town and school budgets, a bond for school heating system repairs, several contested elections for town positions and a new town truck.
The Independent was there to capture some shots of the day, and to hear town select board member Carla Ochs and a number of other town residents weigh in on the day's significance.