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Ferrisburgh moves voting to its former Grange Hall

FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh residents will head to the polls on Tuesday not to Ferrisburgh Central School, the town’s traditional polling place for decades, but instead to Ferrisburgh’s nearby Route 7 town office building.
To be decided on Tuesday in Ferrisburgh is an $850,000 bond to support a new $1.05 million garage, while Ferrisburgh residents will join their counterparts in all Addison Northwest Supervisory Union towns in deciding the fate of a $2.88 million Vergennes Union High School bond proposal. That bond would support major renovations at the school, most notably to its auditorium, kitchen and cafeteria.
Town Clerk Chet Hawkins said he expects hundreds of voters to turn out on Tuesday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. The only other vote held at the town office building, which was formerly the Ferrisburgh Grange Hall, was on a minor issue that drew only a couple dozen residents to the polls.
Ferrisburgh officials are concerned the limited parking at the office building could be a problem.
“This will be more of a test of the capabilities,” Hawkins said.
The Ferrisburgh selectboard agreed to hold votes at the office building after discussion with school board members this summer.
School board members said votes have always disrupted school days, and they have growing concerns about security with many people wandering in and out of the school building.
Andy Kirkaldy may be reached at andyk@addisonindependent.com.

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