Registered voters in all Valley towns will cast ballots on Town Meeting Day, Tuesday, March 1, to elect town officials, approve town budgets and vote on special articles.
The towns of Moretown, Waitsfield and Warren will elect officers by Australian ballot on Town Meeting Day, while Fayston and Duxbury vote from the floor. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Moretown residents will be asked to approve a final 2011 municipal budget totaling $1,061,143 and school budget of $2,033,175.
Voters will convene for an informational meeting on Monday evening, February 28, in the elementary school gymnasium at 7 p.m. Town Meeting will begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.
Select board member Reed Korrow's term is up and he is seeking re-election to a three-year term. Korrow was appointed to fill the remainder of select board member John Hoogenboom's three-year term.
Hoogenboom was elected to a vacant three-year seat on a write-in campaign last year. Hoogenboom's seat was left vacant by Rae Washburn who decided not to run for re-election in 2010.
Both of select board members Rob Roberts and Dave Van Deusen's one-year terms are up in 2011; Van Deusen is not seeking re-election. Clark Amadon and Thomas
Martin are both running for the one-year term.
There is a contested race for town clerk and town treasurer; incumbent Clerk Cherilyn Lamson is running against incumbent Town Treasurer Amy Deutl for the three-year term.
Deutl and Lamson are also both running for a three-year term as town treasurer. Craig Eilers is also seeking re-election to a one-year term as delinquent tax collector.
Thomas Badowski and Diana Costello are both seeking a one-year seat as school director. Tom Allen and Eleanore Hilferty are both running for a five-year term as library trustee.
Warren residents will be asked to approve a 2011 municipal budget of $2,251,062
and a total school budget of $2,137,388.
This year's school meeting will start at 8 a.m. The town agenda will be taken up at the conclusion of the school session, probably around 9:30 a.m.
Select board member Bob Ackland was previously appointed after Ken Frey resigned; Ackland is running to fill the remaining two years of Frey's three-year term. Select board member Kirsten Reilly is seeking re-election to a two-year term and select board member Anson Montgomery is running for a three-year term.
On the Warren Cemetery Commission, John Goss and Marilyn Miller are both running for a five-year term, Cindi Jones is running for a four- or five-year term, and Rudy Elliott is running for a two- or five-year term.
In Warren this year, voters will approve or turn down a motion calling for $375,000 to repave eight-tenths of a mile of the Sugarbush Access Road.
The Warren United Church of Christ will coordinate Town Meeting lunch again this year. Everyone is encouraged to bring an appetite at the very least, but also bring a dish to share (main dishes, salads and pies).
"Too much food is just enough!" said Marilyn Parker, chair of Warren Church's Mission and Stewardship Committee.
This year, proceeds will be split between two local organizations: the Valley Interfaith Council and the Warren Parent Teacher Organization.
Voters in the town of Fayston will vote on a $908,539 municipal budget and a school budget of $1,640,872 for the 2011-2012 school year.
Residents will gather at the Fayston Elementary School at 9:30 a.m. for Town Meeting, followed by a shared potluck lunch at noon and the annual meeting of the board of school directors at 1 p.m.
Select board member Ed Read's three-year term is up. Fayston elects officials from the floor.
Waitsfield voters will convene at the elementary school at 9 a.m. on March 1 to approve a proposed $1,184,926 municipal budget and a final school budget of $2,149,589.
Select board member Bill Parker is running for re-election to a three-year term and select board member Sal Spinosa is running for re-election to a two-year term. Town Clerk Jennifer Peterson is seeking re-election to a three-year term.
The potluck lunch will be held at the Waitsfield United Church of Christ between Town Meeting and the annual meeting of the school board of directors at 1 p.m.
Duxbury voters will gather at 9 a.m. at the Crossett Brook Middle School for Town Meeting. Duxbury voters will be asked to pass a budget of $570,485 plus an $87,000 capital reserve allocation and a $50,750 sand and gravel escrow. Town Meeting lunch takes place at the school in the cafeteria. Duxbury residents elect town officials from the floor. This year, select board chair JoAnn Berno is up for re-election, as is vice chair Todd Liberty and select board member Kym Andrews. Town Lister Jeff Isham's term expires in 2011.
Harwood school director Chris Koliba's term also expires in 2011. Both First Constable Henry Parro's and Second Constable Annette Griffith's terms are up this year.