By Lisa Loomis and Kara Herlihy
Valley voters will gather at local schools to discuss town budgets, special articles and appropriations and elect officers on Town Meeting Day, next Tuesday, March 3. Voters will also discuss and vote on school budgets and queue up for annual Town Meeting lunches. Town officers will be elected along with school board members, moderators and constables at Town Meeting.
Individual town roundups follow:
Residents in the town of Warren will convene at the Warren Elementary School on March 3 at 9 a.m. to vote on 14 articles as well as the 2009 budget expenditure totaling $2,001,262, a 4.42 percent increase from last year.
Warren residents will cast their votes by Australian ballot between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Warren Select Board member Kirstin Reilly is running for re-election to a two-year term, and Matt Groom is running for an open three-year seat on the Select Board left vacant by Department of Public Works Director Barry Simpson.
In Warren. Town Clerk and Delinquent Tax Collector Reta Goss is running unopposed for a one-year term and Elaine Fuller is running unopposed for a one-year term as town treasurer.
Warren's proposed elementary school budget this year is $1,889,811.
Waitsfield residents will gather at the Waitsfield Elementary School at 9 a.m. for Town Meeting. Waitsfield voters will be asked to set aside $97,000 for eight different reserve funds and vote a bottom line budget of $1,218,277.
Three candidates, Russ Bennett, Darryl Forrest and Sal Spinosa, are vying for a two-year seat on the Select Board being vacated by Roy Hadden. Paul Hartshorn is running unopposed for re-election to a three-year seat on the select board.
Scott Kingsbury and Rob Williams are running for a three-year seat on the school board, and Elizabeth Cadwell and Kari Dolan are running for a two-year seat on the school board.
The Waitsfield Elementary School budget is $2,163,294 and will be voted on after lunch. Lunch is held in the basement of the Waitsfield United Church of Christ.
Moretown's annual Town Meeting will be held at the elementary school on March 3 beginning at 9 a.m. There will also be a pre-Town Meeting on Monday evening, March 2, at 7 p.m. to discuss items to be voted on the following day. The polls will open on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (this time has been updated from paper issue)
Moretown voters will be asked to approve a $944,088 town budget and voters will also vote on several special budgetary articles, including $95,800 for bridge repair and upkeep.
There are two open one-year positions on the Moretown Select Board. David Van Deusen, William Houghton and Rob Roberts are all running for the open seats, as well as current select board member Stephanie Venema, who is running for re-election to a three-year term.
Town Constable Ray Munn is running for re-election in a contested race. Charles Abare Jr. is also running for the constable position.
The Town of Fayston will hold their annual Town Meeting at the elementary school on Tuesday, March 3, beginning at 9:30 a.m. to vote on 22 articles including the implementation of full bike lanes and a total town budget of $774,676.
There are no contested races on the Fayston Select Board. Fayston's officers are nominated and elected from the floor. Town Clerk Virginia Vasseur is up for re-election, as is Treasurer Patti Lewis and Moderator David Jones. Select board member Jared Cadwell's term expires, as does second constable Allen Tinker's term. Vasseur also serves as the delinquent tax collector and is up for re-election to that post as well.
Fayston voters will conduct town business in the morning and the school business in the afternoon. Fayston's school budget this year is $1,659,595, representing a 3 percent increase.
Duxbury residents will hold Town Meeting at the Crossett Brook Middle School beginning at 9 a.m. Duxbury's total municipal budget this year is $616,055 and that includes $87,000 for capital reserves and $14,500 for tax stabilization. In Duxbury, all town officers are nominated and voted into office from the floor. Lunch will be served at the school this year, and afterwards voters will be asked to vote on a total Union 45 school district budget of $9,302,621.