Towns ready for Town Meetings
Registered voters in all Valley towns will convene next Tuesday, March 2, for the 2010 annual Town Meeting to elect town officials and vote on special articles. The deadline to file petitions to run for office at Town Meeting this year was Monday, January 25.
In additions to budgets and town officers, many Valley residents will
vote on a resolution calling for legislators to reject Vermont
Entergy's bid for relicensing the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant in
Voters in the town of Waitsfield will gather at the elementary school auditorium for Town Meeting at 10 a.m. followed by the annual school meeting at 1 p.m. Residents will be able to vote on town business, by Australian ballot, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Lunch will be served at the Waitsfield United Church of Christ between Town Meeting and the school meeting.
There is a two-way race for a two-year term on the board of the Waitsfield Elementary School. Helen Kellogg and Scott Kingsbury are both vying for a two-year seat made vacant when former chair Missy Siner-Shea stepped down.
On the select board, board chair Kate Williams is running for re-election to a two-year term and vice-chair Charlie Hosford is running for re-election to a three-year term; Hosford is being challenged by former select board member Elwin Neill Jr., who is running as a write-in candidate.
Voters in the town of Warren will meet in the Warren School gymnasium at 9 a.m.
This year, the annual school meeting will precede regular Town Meeting.
The select board will call the meeting to order at 9 a.m. and immediately adjourn until after the completion of the school meeting. Regular Town Meeting will follow the school district meeting. Voters will be able to vote, by Australian ballot, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at the Warren School. Lunch will be served in the school cafeteria between the two meetings.
There are two contested races in Warren. This year select board chair Burt Bauchner resigned before his three-year term was up in 2011; Charles Snow and Anson Montgomery are both running for the remaining one year of Bauchner's three-year term.
Sandra Brodeur is running for a three-year term as a lister, challenging current lister Priscilla Robinson who is running for re-election.
Ken Frey is seeking a two-year seat on the select board after serving as an interim member following Erin Russell-Story's resignation last fall.
Moretown residents will attend an informational meeting on Monday, March 1, at 7 p.m. at the elementary school. Town Meeting will take place the following morning, March 2, at 9 a.m. at the Town Hall.
Moretown Select Board chair Rae Washburn previously announced that he will not seek re-election in 2010; no petitions were submitted for the three-year term. Current select board member John Hoogenboom (who is not up for re-election until next year) is seeking the vacant three-year seat on a write-in campaign.
Current select board members Rob Roberts and Dave Van Deusen are seeking re-election against Reed F. Korrow for a one-year term on the select board. If Hoogenboom wins the uncontested three-year seat, he will resign his current seat and move to appoint the loser in the contested race for the one-year seat.
Moretown First Constable Ray Munn resigned last fall; Charlie Abare Jr. is seeking election to the open position for a one-year term. There is a contested race for second constable: Mike Demingware and Clarence Wood are both running for the one-year term.
The Moretown School Board of Directors has one contested race: Thomas J. Badowski, Diana Costello and Jennifer Tripp Mead are all running for a one-year term. Kaj Samsom is running uncontested for a three-year term on the school board.
Town Meeting lunch takes place at the Town Hall.
Duxbury voters will convene at 9 a.m. at the Crossett Brook Middle School to vote from the floor on 15 articles. There will be a potluck lunch hosted by the Duxbury Historical Society immediately following Town Meeting.
Voters in the town of Fayston will gather at the elementary school at 9:30 a.m. to conduct town business and vote on 22 special articles. Fayston residents vote from the floor and eat lunch on site.