Salisbury Town Meeting results 2019

SALISBURY — Salisbury residents on Town Meeting Day voted overwhelmingly to join the Addison County Solid Waste Management District (ACSWMD), narrowly passed the Brandon Leicester Salisbury Goshen Pittsford (BLSG) Insect Control District’s request for $5,500 in legal fees, and  OK’d its town and highway budget requests for fiscal year 2020.
Salisbury is closing its landfill. Residents on Tuesday voted 149-30 for the town to join the ACSWMD for its future trash and recycling needs.
The community had already budgeted $20,000 to fund BLSG mosquito abatement operations for the coming year. But voters narrowly passed, by a 98-83 tally, a request for an additional $5,500 for the district’s legal fund. The BLSG is being sued by the Toxics Action Center, which is challenging BLSG’s use of pesticides.
The proposed general fund budget of $294,018 earned support by a 164-15 result. The highway spending plan of $488,478 passed muster by a 158-21 margin.
In other action at their town meeting, Salisbury’s residents voted:
•  170-12 to grant a property tax exemption for the Salisbury Fire Department’s 6.42 acres of property at 2399 Route 7 south, through March 31, 2024.
•  Decisively in favor of a combined total of $82,325 for various non-profit causes benefitting Salisbury residents. Included within that sum was $43,240 for the local fire department and $19,000 for the Lake Dunmore/Fern Lake Association’s milfoil prevention program.
There were no contested local elections on the Salisbury ballot this year. Those elected unopposed were Wayne Smith, one year, as town moderator; Susan Scott, one year, town clerk; Paul Vaczy and Sheila Conroy, three years and two years, respectively, on the selectboard; and Jonathan Blake, the one-year balance of a vacated selectboard post.
AFTER SALISBURY’S TOWN meeting in the school gym Saturday, five-year-old Lucas Bishop shows sincere interest in the cake that Beth Hughes has just unveiled.
Independent photo/John S. McCright
Several positions had no takers, including collector of delinquent taxes, three auditor’s posts, and the job of constable.
Salisbury voters got to weigh in on a five-person race for three Middlebury seats on the Addison Central School District board; ballots cast in all seven ACSD-member towns were co-mingled and counted to decide the winners. Local residents also cast votes on a K-12 public education budget of $37,794,916 to operate ACSD schools, including Salisbury Elementary, for the 2019-2020 academic year.

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