Pipeline Company Disappointed With Town Meeting Votes

By John Dillon The head of a pipeline company targeted by voters at town meeting says he’s disappointed in the results. Twenty-nine towns approved non-binding resolutions against using an existing pipeline to carry tar sands oil across northern Vermont for export via Portland, Maine. Larry Wilson, the chief executive of the Portland Pipe Line Corp., [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Tradition vs. Participation: Towns Struggle to Keep Town Meeting Relevant

When and how does your town hold town meeting? There was a time when the answer to that question was pretty much the same throughout Vermont. Town meeting was held the first Tuesday in March. It started mid-morning, after barn chores, and often ended with a potluck lunch. But that’s not always the case anymore. [...]

What Is A PACE District Anyway?

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By Amy Kolb Noyes Thirty-five Vermont towns are already designated Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) districts, and the question of whether to become a PACE district is on several more warnings for Town Meeting Day. Bristol, Hinesburg and Salisbury are among the towns considering PACE district designation. If you’re not quite clear on what it [...]

Waitsfield Seeks Bond to Build Town Offices

By Amy Kolb Noyes On Town Meeting Day in Waitsfield, voters will decide whether to bond up to $1.6 million to build a town office building. The town offices are currently housed below the town library, on Bridge Street. If the bond passes, the town would purchase a lot on Route 100 where it would [...]