Town Meeting Wrap-up: Part I

By Amy Kolb Noyes Prior to Vermont’s 2013 town meetings, VPR News tweeted some interesting items found in the various warnings. Now we’re busy tracking down the results, starting with the following:   After some discussion, Hartland #townmeeting passes gun control resolution on voice vote. #VPRNews #SoVT #tmdvt #VTPoli #PublicPost — Amy Kolb Noyes (@AmyKolbNoyes) [...]

Shrewsbury Opts For Town Meeting Convenience

By Amy Kolb Noyes The town meeting traditionalists lost out in Shrewsbury this Town Meeting Day. In four separate articles, voters decided to keep the practice of day-long Australian balloting, rather than deciding issues from the floor of town meeting. In addition, voters decided to move both the annual town and school district meetings from [...]

School Budgets Fail In Some Larger Towns

School budgets in some of Vermont’s larger towns went down to defeat in Town Meeting Day votes. Voters in Milton, Williston, Rutland Town and Bennington were among those that turned down spending plans. But at the same time, spending plans in larger communities passed, including Winooski, Rutland City and Burlington. School budgets around the state [...]

Castleton Voters Reject New Town Office Proposal

By Amy Kolb Noyes For the third time in a year, voters in Castleton have rejected a proposal for new town offices. Nearly two years ago, mold and other safety issues forced municipal officials to move out of the town office – a historic red brick building they’d used for over fifty years. Ever since, [...]

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, 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 [...]