March 6th, 2014
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh residents in Tuesday balloting at Ferrisburgh Central School said no for the first time in recent memory to a proposed central school budget.
NEW HAVEN — Area lawmakers on Monday explained their latest efforts to deal with an issue on many Addison County residents’ minds during town meeting week: education property taxes, which have been escalating each year while the number of school-age children in the state has been declining.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central Supervisory Union residents on Tuesday voted 1,698 to 1,343 in favor of a $400,000 bond to build a “team rooms” addition onto a new Middlebury recreation center that is to be erected on a 2.5-acre parcel off Creek Road.
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh residents in Town Meeting Day Australian balloting at Ferrisburgh Central School elected a new town clerk and treasurer, one of them a successful write-in candidate.
Write-in candidate Gloria Warden scored a decisive victory in the town clerk race, outpolling David Hawkins, 470-226. Hawkins, an Army National Guard sergeant and United Technology Corp. employee, is the grandson of outgoing clerk Chet Hawkins.
ADDISON COUNTY AND BRANDON — Voters on Town Meeting Day gave their approval to four out of the five local high school spending plans.
While residents of the five Addison Northwest Supervisory Union towns rejected the Vergennes Union High School budget (see story, Page 1A), proposed budgets in the rest of Addison County and northern Rutland County met with approval.
FERRISBURGH — A tie vote at the Ferrisburgh Town Meeting on Tuesday resulted in the death of a selectboard proposal to change the way the town will pay delinquent tax collector Chet Hawkins.
Before a 58-58 paper-ballot vote left Hawkins’ tax collector pay as it has been, debate at the Ferrisburgh Central School gym lasted for about 20 minutes.
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Early in the morning on Feb. 11, either by human error or technical malfunction, a spark at a natural gas well in southwestern Pennsylvania caused a massive explosion. One man living in the area described the sound of the explosion as loud as a jet engine five feet overhead. One worker was injured; state police discovered the remains of another missing man a week later. The well was capped on Feb. 23.
Following 34 school budget defeats across the state on Town Meeting Day, the most since 2003, Gov. Peter Shumlin displayed an uncharacteristically tin ear Wednesday by suggesting school budgets woes rested in the hands of local residents.