The place to be for this year’s Town Meeting was Waitsfield where it was standing room only for a discussion of the town’s municipal water project. Waitsfield’s full house did not deter other Valley voters, however.
Voters offered many opinions on the town’s attempts to secure the land where the town drilled a well for a municipal water supply—either by a purchase or via condemnation. Many took advantage of the select board opening the meeting to water project discussion under the article calling for acceptance of reports from town boards, including the select board.
Waitsfield voters passed over an article calling for discussion of a petition that would have shifted water project costs from system users to all town taxpayers.
Voters throughout The Valley were in a “yes” kind of mood at Town Meeting on March 1. Voters passed the Harwood Union budget and also approved a $50,000 bond vote for new water tanks at the local middle/high school.
Warren voters approved $375,000 to repave the Sugarbush Access Road with nary a no vote and likewise approved $10,000 in funds for the town’s Conservation Reserve Fund. For results in the four way race for cemetery commissioner in Warren, see town-by-town reports starting on Page 7.
Waitsfield voters said yes to the school budget and the town budget and added $20,000 to the reserve fund for replacing and repairing the roof on the Waitsfield-Fayston Fire Station.
At a meeting that one attendee characterized as dull, Fayston voters said yes to town and school budgets and approved a motion to make a $13,395 contribution to the Joslin Memorial Library and also okayed up to $30,000 for culvert replacement.
In Moretown, Cherilyn Lamson was elected town clerk and treasurer in a contested race with incumbent Treasurer Amy Deutl. Moretown voters passed their town and school budgets with nary an amendment as well.