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03/04/2010

By Lisa Loomis, with reporting from Ann Day

Fayston's Town Meeting got underway with the election of David Jones as moderator and the re-election of Virginia Vasseur as town clerk.

Voters heard and accepted the reports of town officers, re-elected Patti Lewis as treasurer, re-elected Bob Vasseur to a three-year term on the select board, re-elected Tony Egan to a three-year term as lister and re-elected Alan Tinker to a one-year term as second constable.

Voters re-elected Ginny Vasseur to a one-year term as tax collector, Tom Bisbee to a three-year term on the cemetery commission, Debbie Jones to a three-year term as trustee of public money, David Jones to a one-year term as grand juror and Dave Olenick to a one-year term as town agent.

Voters approved the town's proposed municipal budget of $948,906, which included $10,000 towards the Joslin Memorial Library in Waitsfield. Library trustees had asked Fayston to contribute $16,000 this year based on the percentage of patrons who hail from Fayston and based on the 60/40 cost split that the two towns share with their combined volunteer fire department.

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Select board member Jared Cadwell said that the relationship and percentages between the two towns were being studied by a joint committee of library trustees and a select board member from each town.

Voters also okayed up to $50,000 to replace culverts on town roads and decided to appoint a first constable rather than elect one.

Fayston voters opted against ceasing to mail the town report to voters after a lengthy discussion. Resident Ned Kelley brought forth an amendment asking the town to pass a resolution calling for the closure of Vermont Yankee under other business. That passed after another lengthy discussion.

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