Town Meeting Recap 2015: New Haven

NEW HAVEN — Two selectboard seats were up for grabs Tuesday in New Haven. Voters chose Jim Walsh over incumbent Charles Roy, 283 to 222, and Steve Dupoise Sr. over Susan Smiley, by a tally of 278 to 243.
In total, 538 voters showed up at the polls in New Haven. By a vote of 373 to 96, townspeople said “yes” to a 2015-2016 road fund budget that calls for $1.01 million in spending, which is 9.6 percent less than the sum voters approved last year. It will require raising $635,467 from property taxes.
By a tally of 363 to 104, they also approved a municipal spending proposal of $625,311, which is 5.4 percent less than the present budget; $293,649 will be raised by taxes.
Voters also approved spending items that authorize the selectboard to:
•  Spend $40,000 from the Road Equipment Fund to purchase a new front-end loader.
•  Spend up to $40,000 from the Reserve Facilities Fund to replace the flooring on the first level of the town hall.
•  Pay Addison County Transit Resources $4,694 for bus service.
The Beeman Elementary School’s proposed budget of $1.82 million easily passed, 337 to 195. That figure is about 1.5 percent more than the current budget. But the proposed spending plan for Mount Abraham Union High School did not share that fate; ANeSU voters rejected it, 1,241 to 1,088.
Incumbents Brad Bull and Phyllis Smith were re-elected to the Beeman Elementary School board, while incumbent Amanda Bolduc won back her seat on the Mount Abe board.
Other candidates who won without opposition included Sylviasue Ford for delinquent tax collector, Earl Bessette for grand juror and Michaela Granstrom and Katherine Selby for two library trustee positions. No one appeared on the ballot for the posts of town agent, lister and New Haven’s other delegate to the Mount Abe board.
Finally, townspeople approved Article 13, which asks the selectboard to hold a “special meeting/town wide vote” to discuss a contentious proposal to change zoning for a parcel of land near Belden Falls Road and Route 7.

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