Monkton town meeting wrap-up 2018

MONKTON — William Martin defeated Tim Earle, 288–236, for a two-year seat on the town selectboard, and Stephen Pilcher, who ran unopposed, was re-elected to a three-year seat on the selectboard.
Sharon Gomez, re-elected to a one-year term as the town/school clerk, and William Joos, re-elected to a one-year term as town/school treasurer, also ran unopposed.
Otto Funke, in another uncontested election, won a three-year term on the Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School District board.
Voters approved, by a 399–178 margin, a Unified Planning Document for the town of Monkton that had been amended to reflect revisions in zoning regulations.
Also on Town Meeting Day, Monkton voters, along with MAUSD voters from four other towns, approved a $28,343,828 budget for the coming school year, 1,734–1231, with all ballots commingled. By nearly the same margin, 1785–1196, those same voters rejected a proposed bond for the renovation of Mt. Abraham Union Middle/High School.
At Saturday’s meeting at the Monkton Central School, voters approved:
•  $832,758 in highway spending
•  $345,979 for salaries and general expenses
•  $201,699 for capital funds and voted appropriations
A nonbinding agreement urging action on renewable energy in accordance with the Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan inspired the most lively discussion of the day, said town clerk Sharon Gomez. The resolution passed without amendment.

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