Rutland Re-elects Mayor Louras

By Amy Kolb Noyes Voters in Rutland have elected Mayor Christopher Louras to a fourth term. The final vote was 2032 for Louras and 1611 for challenger David Allaire. Louras and Allaire are both Rutland natives and experienced politicians in the city. Rutland’s drug problem and related crime has been the top issue in the [...]

Northfield Town And Village Merge

By Amy Kolb Noyes The Town and Village of Northfield have approved a merger, after decades of debate. The town meeting vote was 655 in favor and 327 against and the Village merger vote was 268 for and 71 against, according to Village Trustee Kevin Beal. Beal also reports Matt Gadbois was elected as a [...]

Newark Appropriates $50k To Fight Wind Project

By Amy Kolb Noyes A year after the Newark Planning Commission learned Eolian Renewable Energy had its eye on the Hawk Rock ridgeline, town meeting voters in the Northeast Kingdom town voted 88 to 12 in favor of appropriating $50,000 to continue legal opposition to a wind testing tower. Newark planning commission chair Kim Fried [...]

Strafford Votes To Petition For Rights Of Nature

By Amy Kolb Noyes Town meeting voters in Strafford have decided to petition the State for a constitutional amendment allowing for “Rights of Nature.” Voters amended the original article, which was authored by Steve Marx, and passed the amended article on a voice vote. The language that appeared on the town meeting warning was shortened in [...]

Towns Passing Anti-Tar Sands Resolution

By Amy Kolb Noyes According to the Vermont chapter of 350.org, about two dozen towns are considering a nonbinding resolution opposing tar sands oil pipelines in Vermont this Town Meeting Day. So far the organization is reporting 14 towns have passed a “Stop Tar Sands” resolution, including: East Montpelier Craftsbury Charlotte Montgomery Warren Waitsfield Moretown [...]

Bradford, Hartland Pass Resolution Calling For Stricter Gun Laws

By Amy Kolb Noyes Bradford is among the towns that has passed a nonbinding resolution calling for more stringent gun laws. The resolution appeared on town meeting warnings in at least seven Vermont towns. The town clerk in Bradford had sent out a fax stating the resolution was defeated with 44 votes for and 45 [...]

Upper Valley Towns Decide Gun Control Resolutions

Two towns in the Upper Valley endorsed stricter gun control measures at their town meetings. Strafford voted 132-47 on Tuesday for a resolution that calls on the Legislature to restrict sales of semi-automatic weapons, among other steps. Over the weekend, voters in Thetford also endorsed the resolution. At least five other towns were also scheduled [...]

Four Cities Elect Mayors Today

Four cities around Vermont elect mayors today. Voters in Winooski and Newport don’t actually have a choice. Winooski’s Mike O’Brien and Newport’s Paul Monette face no opponents, so will be re-elected. But there are tighter contests in Vergennes and Rutland. Vergennes Mayor Michael Daniels decided not to run for another term. William Benton, who currently [...]

Town Meeting Sampler

By Amy Kolb Noyes It’s Town Meeting Day in Vermont! Here’s a sneak peek at some of the stories VPR News will be following throughout the day: ~Rutland voters will be deciding an unexpectedly tight race for mayor today. ~At Monkton’s town meeting, voters will  consider establishing a legal fund to represent the town’s interest [...]