ADDISON — In Australian balloting on March 7 Addison residents supported the municipal spending proposal. There were no contested races on Addison’s Town Meeting Day ballot.
Incumbent Selectmen Rob Hunt and Peter Briggs and Water Commissioner Steve Kayhart all won election without opposition, as did two listers and one auditor and a number of other officers.
Three incumbent school directors won as write-in candidates for limited duties on boards that will dissolve at the end of 2017, as the Addison Northwest School District Board takes full control of the newly unified district. Michele Kelly and Eugene Stearns were returned to the Addison Central School board with 13 votes, and Laurie Childers to the Vergennes Union High School board with 17 votes.
Residents backed selectboard proposals for $322,799 in spending for the town’s general fund/administration budget for 2017, down from $325,260 for 2016, and for $742,565 in road spending, up about $10,000 from last year. Included in that support was the use of $37,253 of a surplus from 2016 to offset taxes.
Residents also approved a total of $56,056 in requests from nonprofits that serve the town and county, up by about $4,500 from 2016.
The first-ever ANWSD unified union budget of $21,116,289 to support the four ANWSD schools and its central office, plus the district’s share of the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center budget, won overall backing in the five district towns, 924-699. Addison opposed it, 129-121.
Addison residents joined their peers in other towns in supporting the creation of a $100,000 ANWSD capital improvement fund by an overall margin of 1,008-608. In Addison the margin was 141-110.
On Monday night residents gathered to discuss issues, although no decisions were made.
Town Hall Committee Chairman John Spencer updated residents on the progress of the plan to renovate the historic former Town Hall on Route 22A, not far from the central school and clerk’s office.
Those plans include a proposed communal septic system downslope from the Addison Four Corners area — on which a March 14 public hearing is planned at 7 p.m. at the town clerk’s office — and a land swap between the school district and town near the clerk’s office and school.
Selectboard Chairman Jeff Kauffman also led a discussion of the town’s interim bylaw on alternative energy development.
Also discussed was a potential town website, which residents generally said they favor. Addison abandoned its website a few years ago after Vermont created a law requiring meeting minutes to be posted within a week because the selectboard was concerned the town could not meet that deadline, but the board put some money in the budget this year to fund a website and is considering how to move forward.
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