Bridport town meeting wrap-up 2018

BRIDPORT — Bridport residents at their town meeting elected David Bronson to a three-year term on their selectboard and passed all of the money items on their warning.
Bronson topped Brice Stocker, 127 to 91, in the one contested race.
Residents agreed to spend up to $340,000 to replace the Sunderland Bridge on Crown Point Road. That project is contingent on the town receiving $175,000 in state money to go along with $165,000 in local funds to finance the project.
A proposal to spend $85,812 toward replacing the Basin Harbor culvert located at the west branch of Dead Creek also earned voter approval, by voice vote. Officials plan to use accumulated reserves from a recent storm mitigation grant to cover its $85,812 share of the total $429,160 project.
The proposed 2018-2019 highway budget of $958,736 and general fund spending plan of $280,558 were both green-lighted by local residents. The total amount approved this year is $1,239,294 of which $1,081,259 will be raised by local taxes. That represents an increase of 7 percent over last year’s $1,009,815 raised in local taxes.
Other articles earning voter endorsement included:
• $23,500 to help pay for painting the local salt shed, Hearse House and Masonic/Community Hall, as well as replacing lights at the town garage through the Efficiency Vermont program. The article also called for the purchase of a new stove for the Masonic/Community Hall. Officials plan to tap some accumulated budget surplus funds to apply to the cost of the above projects.
• A combined total of $45,273 for the Bridport Volunteer Fire Department and a variety of Addison County-based social service agencies that help local residents.
Bridport residents are part of the consolidated Addison Central School District that delivers K-12 public education to seven Middlebury-area towns. See separate story, this issue, on how the 2018-2019 ACSD and Patricia Hannaford Career Center budgets fared at the polls.
Running unopposed in local elections this year included Michael Lawton, two years, selectboard; James Walker, three years, water commissioner; and James Craig Sr., one year, as first constable.

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