In a letter to the Selectboard earlier this month, the zoning administrator attributed his departure to the mistreatment of town employees by “a very abusive and outspoken group of residents” who have made the town office “an incredibly hostile environment.”
East District residents will vote on Dec. 6 to fill the seat vacated by Jack Hanson. The three candidates vying for the role have sought to draw distinctions based on their own housing experiences.
“These are all issues that could, in part, be addressed at the state and federal levels, but that absolutely have to be tackled at the local level as well if we really want to move the needle,” said Xusana Davis, executive director of the state’s Office of Racial Equity.
The Franklin County state’s attorney also plans to issue a Brady letter against John Grismore, which could complicate things for the county’s top law enforcement official.
The charter change will be the second time that voters take up the question, which seeks to allow all legal residents to vote in city elections. The council also moved forward two other charter changes related to elections that voters will take up on Town Meeting Day.
Vermont Republicans lost all but one statewide contest, did not pick up any state Senate seats and lost ground in the state House.
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“We just applied for a grant for survival gear,” one agency leader told Vermont lawmakers. “I would have never thought in this day and age that we would be applying for survival gear just to keep people alive outside.”
Jason Van Driesche will seek the Democratic nomination for the South District seat held by Joan Shannon during the party’s caucus in December. Shannon said she intends to seek reelection.
The council hopes to put a new electoral map in front of voters for Town Meeting Day next March, but arriving at a consensus has been a struggle.