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Looks like a wrap from Waitsfield Thanks for following

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Waitsfield approves municipal budget

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Oddfellows Club Tax exempt status renewed for 10 year period

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voters approve renewal of tax exempt status of Valley Ambulance Service

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voters pass over Article 14 to borrow $20K for replacement of Fire Dept roof

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select board member Spinosa says $5K to form renewable energy reserve fund will help the town dig deeper. Pun intended

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School Meeting over Select Board renews

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Town votes to reallocate balance of the TIF district reserve fund as a revenue to the general fund.

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Waitsfield School budget passed by unanimous voice vote.

 

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Waitsfield School budget $2,149,589 for coming year

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Waitsfield CLA is 101.5%. which means 1.6% budget increase, results in lower taxes.

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Asbestos removal/mitigation required and represent part of Cap expenditures

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Waitsfield Principal Kaiya Korb reports Asbestos found around window trim

 

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School ends with $34K in bank which will go to Cap improvements

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Capitol improvements result in 1.6% budget increase. While Per-Pupil spending is down
 
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School has increased Special Ed enrollment

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People are full of Lunch, Pie, and Rules.

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School Board Meeting gets under way


LUNCH

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Mike Sharkey says town should praise Jason Gulisano for spending his own money to build a sidewalk on Bridge Street.

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voice vote passes adding $20K to capitol reserve fund for fire station roof and repairs

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motion to pass over muni water

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Those that want to discuss petition outnumbered by those that do not.

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Vote requires 2/3 majority. 194 votes were cast. 131 in favor of passing over, 63 in favor of discussing the petition.

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voters stand to be counted on whether to consider the water petition

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Motion to move water petition article and motion to pass over received simultaneously.


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Beth Phillips tells Greshin cost of prescription drugs&malpractice ins. are elephants in the room in the health care

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next up petition to shift water project costs to all taxpayers, not just users

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Elem School Principal and town resident arrives at Waitsfield

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Greshin says the only thing he personally won't accept as a legislator is health care status quo. Every day cost $1Mmore

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State Rep Adam Greshin addresses. says Health Care is Shumlin's signature issue.

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voters move to end discussion of water project by overwhelming voice vote

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David Dion, realtor&Houston developer, urges recognize Houston discovered the water and negotiate from that perspective

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UPDATE: VR_Marketing VR_Marketing Former Rd Comm Fred Viens says no recollection of Reed Rd being town rd.

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Former Rd Comm Fred Corns says no recollection of Reed Rd being town rd.


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Barry Simpson calls E.Warren Comm Market a good investment


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Houston is one of two landowners at odds with town over land condemnation and wellhead issues.

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Brian Fleisher applauded for saying landowner Virginia Houston has not played fair
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Spinosa explains 2parts to condemnation 1)show necessity 2) establish value

  Residents ask about paving budget. Butch Hartshorn ask SB to explain Energy Efficiency payback on E.Warren Schoolhouse

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SB Chair Williams says agencies will let town put funds toward settlement

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town admin Valerie Caples explains town working closely with funding agencies

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SB Sal Spinosa says if it was just $500K town would already have a line in

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SB member Paul Hartshorn says cost was not $500K as Richards kept asking for more tax abatement

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Corinthian Richards, reping Toby Richards family had accepted town's offer of $500,000 town never sent purchase and sales agreement


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Chris Pierson asks how town could morally proceed with well head on land they didn't own with out an agreement 1st

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Sparse attendace at

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Win Smith asks how plan to pay for paving access rd. if article 7 fails.


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powers of constables discussed. including carrying firearms


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SB Chair Kate Williams explains ruling came to what definition of what constitutes town road


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SB member Spinosa says town attny advises agains appeal
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Michael Sharkey asks about possible appeal to decision that Reed Rd. not town Rd.
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Selectboard questioned by Arno Nowak and Gene Scarpetta
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voters approve 2011-12 school budget of $2,137388 up 1.7percent

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member Sal Spinosa explains that judge determines $ if condemnation. parties decide if negotiation.

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voters ask differnce between condemnation and settling with landowners

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Annual debt for service on water project $3Mill on 40 year $140L loan
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Darryl Forrest explains water project. Est. $850-$895 per ERU
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Brian Shupe invites water project questions Asks people to be brief
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Fire chief Delbert Palmer - 2010 was big year 96 runs. Appx 30 more than previous yr
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moderator explains rules. people will have the chance to comment twice on each item
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RT @: opens with Pledge of Allegiance. Brian Shupe elected new Moderato… (cont)
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opens with Pledge of Allegiance. Brian Shupe elected new Moderator of Waitsfield Town Meeting
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opened 8am with word from State Rep Adam Greshin

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