All A Matter Of Timing

By Amy Kolb Noyes The Town of Lincoln has scheduled a special town meeting to ratify the results from Town Meeting Day earlier this month. And the following day a special election will be held to follow up on a Town Meeting Day decision. The special town meeting is necessary because Vermont law says the [...]

Town Meeting Wrap-up: Part III

By Amy Kolb Noyes Prior to Vermont’s 2013 town meetings, VPR News tweeted some interesting items found in the various warnings. Since Town Meeting Day we’ve been following up on and tweeting those results. Find them on Twitter using #PublicPost or follow Amy Kolb Noyes on Twitter. Here are the latest, in case you missed [...]

Three Towns Weigh In On Rights Of Nature

By Amy Kolb Noyes Strafford resident Steve Marx thinks nature deserves the same rights afforded to people and, in light of the Citizens United Supreme Court case, corporations. And he aims to change the Vermont Constitution to guarantee those rights. With the help of the Vermont Law Schoolʼs Environmental Law Center, the Earth Law Center [...]

National Designation to Preserve Wild & Scenic Rivers

By Amy Kolb Noyes The National Wild and Scenic Rivers System was created by Congress 45 years ago through the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.The law is intended to protect rivers, or river segments with “outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values in a free-flowing condition for the enjoyment of present and future generations.” In 2009, [...]

Town Meeting Wrap-up: Part II

By Amy Kolb Noyes Prior to Vermont’s 2013 town meetings, VPR News tweeted some interesting items found in the various warnings. Since Town Meeting Day we’ve been following up on and tweeting those results. Find them on Twitter using #PublicPost or follow Amy Kolb Noyes on Twitter. Here are a few, in case you missed [...]

Hartford Defeats Local Option Tax, Passes Cooperative Recreational Spending

By Amy Kolb Noyes Hartford voters get together for their annual town and school district meetings on Saturday, April 6. However a number of questions were decided last Tuesday – Vermont’s traditional Town Meeting Day – via the polls. Hartford ballot voters approved a slate of spending items, but decided against a local option tax [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]