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 [...]

Warning Watch Part IV: Town Meeting Day 2013

Town Meeting Day is nearly upon us! VPR has been searching the warnings from towns around Vermont to find important, interesting, and sometimes quirky local issues being discussed at town meetings around the state. Find them on Twitter using #PublicPost from Amy Kolb Noyes on Twitter. And tweet any interesting items coming up at your [...]

Hartford to Get Tough on Guns This Town Meeting?

By Amy Kolb Noyes Some of Vermont’ s Town Meetings will focus on national issues this year. Town Meeting voters in Hartford are being asked to send a unified message to lawmakers regarding tougher gun laws. Hartford holds town meeting balloting throughout the day on Tuesday, March 5, in addition to holding an annual town [...]

Monkton Town Meeting Voters to Consider Natural Gas Pipeline Restrictions

By Amy Kolb Noyes The Monkton Selectboard will be looking to voters on Town Meeting Day for support in standing up against a natural gas  pipeline proposed in Addison County. Vermont Gas is seeking regulatory approval for its Addison Natural Gas Project. The project consists of approximately 43 miles of new transmission pipeline, five miles [...]

Fewer Towns Mailing Annual Reports

By Amy Kolb Noyes Seed catalogs and the annual town report – those are the signs of spring I receive in my mailbox toward the end of every winter. There are others – bathing suit catalogs, Valentines Day cards, and my semi-annual car insurance bill – but it’s the seed catalogs and the town report [...]

Northfield Looks to Jumpstart Commuter Bus Service

By Amy Kolb Noyes Town Meeting Day voters in Northfield will consider footing one-fifth of the cost to re-establish a commuter bus service to and from Montpelier. Article 10 on Northfield’s town meeting warning asks voters to authorize spending up to $21,000 “to fund 20 percent of the cost to re-establish the Northfield-Montpelier GMTA Commuter [...]

Berlin Water Bond Vote Today

By Amy Kolb Noyes Voters in Berlin headed to the polls Wednesday to vote on a $5.5 million bond to build a water system to service the Four Corners area. The town plans to repay the bond through water system user fees. Last summer Berlin inquired about purchasing water from nearby Montpelier and Barre. Montpelier [...]

Warning Watch Part II: Town Meeting Day 2013

Town meeting is only three weeks away, and we’re watching the warnings to find important local issues in Vermont communities. We Tweet them first using #publicpost from Amy Kolb Noyes on Twitter. Tweet @AmyKolbNoyes to let us know about interesting items coming up at your town meeting. Here are some more of the warning items we’ve [...]