2018 Cornwall town meeting preview

CORNWALL — For the second year in a row, Cornwall’s town meeting should be a low-key affair.
Cornwall leaders are proposing a 2018-2019 highway budget of $404,975, which represents a slight increase from the $400,950 that was approved for the current fiscal year.
The general fund spending proposal comes in at $473,329, up less than $20,000 from this year’s spending plan of $454,249.
Other articles on the 2018 warning seek:
•  The transfer of $74,400 to help pay operating expenses for the Cornwall Volunteer Fire Department.
•  $15,000 to pay for replacement of a portion of the roof and for painting of the Cornwall Fire Department’s Route 30 Fire Station.
•  $4,000 to support the Cornwall Free Public Library.
•  A combined total of $26,920 to support various Addison County social services agencies.
•  A non-binding resolution asking the Vermont Legislature to commit to developing renewable energy, delay any new expansion of natural gas pipelines unless or until it is determined that it will not cause Vermont to exceed the goal of no more than 10 percent of the state’s energy coming from fossil fuels by the year 2050, and ensure the transition to renewable energy is “fair and equitable for all residents.”
There are no contested elections on the ballot. Those running unopposed this year include Cy Tall, moderator, one year; Susan Johnson, town clerk and treasurer, three years; John Roberts, selectboard, three years; Benjamin Marks, selectboard, two years; and Laura Fetterolf, library trustee, two years.
Cornwall residents are part of the consolidated Addison Central School District that delivers K-12 public education to seven Middlebury-area towns. Those residents will vote on a 2018-2019 ACSD budget of $36,762,479, which reflects a 1.32 percent spending decrease, the elimination of more than 20 full-time-equivalent jobs, and a spending rate of $16,908 per equalized pupil.
The town of Cornwall is among the Addison County communities served by the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center. So residents will vote on a proposed 2018-2019 PHCC budget of $3,498,524, which reflects a spending rate of $21,466 per full-time equivalent student. That FTE student spending rate is 6.47 percent higher than this year’s.
Four candidates are running at-large for the ACSD board. All are unopposed. The candidates are incumbent Peter Conlon of Cornwall, Devina Desmarais and Margaret “Peg” Martin of Middlebury, and Jori Jacobeit of Shoreham.
Cornwall town meeting will be held at the Bingham Memorial School at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 5. Australian ballot voting will take place the next day, also at the school, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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