What if? Planning for future town meetings

An ad hoc committee that includes former Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas and current Middlebury Town Moderator Susan Shashok has just furnished the community with a plan that will hopefully keep its town meeting tradition alive through future public health emergencies, natural disasters and other cataclysmic events.

Jan. 24 is the deadline for candidates

Those running for local offices on Town Meeting Day have until Monday, Jan. 24, to file the necessary paperwork with their respective town clerks.

Will town meetings be held in person?

With at least 200 new COVID-19 cases each day in Vermont — and sometimes more than 1,000 a day — municipal officials are again sizing up the prospect of in-person town meetings. It’s a decision they must make by late January in order to meet town meeting … (read more)

Coronaviras may change the face of town meetings

ADDISON COUNTY — Due to a new law, the COVID-19 pandemic looks like it will claim another victim in 2021 — the long-held tradition of residents gathering at annual meetings and discussing business, including in many towns debating and possibly amending to … (read more)

2020 town meeting results

ADDISON COUNTY — Here are the town meeting and election results from each of Addison County’s 23 towns. Click on the towns below to read more. Addison  Brandon  Bridport Bristol  Cornwall Ferrisburgh Goshen Granville Hancock Leicester Lincoln Middlebury M … (read more)

Town Meeting: Middlebury backs spending, bond proposals

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents at their annual gathering on Monday dispatched a fiscal year 2021 municipal budget of $11.5 million with little debate, then spent 40 minutes discussing the merits of a proposed quadrupling of the town’s annual contributi … (read more)

Voters show strong support for all school budgets

ADDISON COUNTY — Voters in Addison County and the Brandon area expressed strong support for 2020-2021 fiscal year school district budgets on Tuesday, including in two districts where in 2019 budgets passed by slender margins. The outlier was the Slate Val … (read more)

Deeply human moments mark Lincoln meeting

LINCOLN — Not quite 30 minutes into Lincoln’s annual town meeting Monday night, Rev. Justin Cox strode up the middle aisle of Burnham Hall and, though he’s by now quite used to projecting his voice across great spaces, graciously accepted the microphone. … (read more)

Middlebury passes infrastructure bonds

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents on March 3 authorized bonding for a combined total of up to $5.35 million for projects aimed at replacing an aging water main in the Court Square area, fortifying the banks of the Middlebury River to avert future flooding … (read more)

Town meeting results: Addison

ADDISON — In Australian balloting on Tuesday, Addison residents favored Amy Kittredge over George Eisenhardt in a race for the Addison Northwest School District Board, supported all town spending measures, and backed Sen. Bernie Sanders and President Dona … (read more)

Town meeting results: Brandon

BRANDON — Incumbents Seth Hopkins and Doug Bailey won re-election to the Brandon selectboard on Town Meeting Day against a solid challenge from newcomer Alison Walter. Board Chair Hopkins was the top vote getter in the race for two one-year seats with 709 … (read more)

Town meeting results: Bridport

BRIDPORT — Bridport residents at their town meeting on Tuesday morning endorsed all the money items on their warning, including a major bridge/culvert project and a new, one-ton truck for the highway department. Article 34 on the town meeting warning aske … (read more)

Town meeting results: Bristol

BRISTOL — Residents of Bristol elected another new member of the selectboard on Town Meeting Day. Darla Senecal defeated Bill Mount, 763 – 487, for a two-year term on the board. “I am so happy to be able to serve my community as a selectboard member,” Sen … (read more)

Town meeting results: Cornwall

CORNWALL — Cornwall residents passed all the money items on their ballot, but defeated two advisory referenda related to how Addison Central School District directors should be elected and the process for closing ACSD schools. Cornwall was one of four Add … (read more)

Town meeting results: Ferrisburgh

FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh residents’ decision-making was focused on financial matters at town meeting on Saturday morning and in voting booths on Tuesday. Town spending measures were decided from the floor of town meeting. Voters backed without amendment … (read more)

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