The state Legislature is set to consider allowing municipalities to replace March 2022 shoulder-to-shoulder decision-making with Covid-safe voting or warm-weather gatherings.
Delayed by the pandemic, one-fifth of the state’s municipalities will decide local leaders, spending and special articles this April, May, June and, in at least one case, July.
Attorney Ben Luna is attempting to void some Town Meeting Day ballot questions out of concern that they were not properly presented to voters.
When thinking about the future of Town Meeting Day, ‘we need to make sure it’s accessible to as many people as possible,’ said Richard Watts, director of the Center for Research on Vermont.
Results are in from VTDigger’s reader feedback survey about our coverage of an unusual Town Meeting Day.
John Atwood and Thomas Franco each won 1,122 votes on Election Day. Atwood condeded, giving Franco the seat.
The 17-vote margin has prompted calls for a recount. Should the election-night count hold up, compromise and new solutions are likely from a new-look selectboard.
The six towns are almost a third of the Vermont communities that voted to allow retail marijuana sales, which advocates believe will be a financial boon.
Brattleboro residents have voted to join Springfield, Williston and Winooski in requesting the ability to adopt local provisions already authorized by the Legislature for other communities.
“With interest rates at historic lows, this should be the era of infrastructure,” said Dominic Cloud, the St. Albans city manager.
Residents also elected five members of the Board of Aldermen; two colleagues in the race finished in a tie for the sixth seat.
“I’m very proud of us for standing up to a bully,” said Jessica Van Oort, who won a seat on the selectboard.
The school budget passed with relative ease after last year’s struggles getting one adopted.
Progressive Perri Freeman and Democrat Joan Shannon win reelection to the Burlington City Council. Independent newcomer Mark Barlow won the North District seat by 156 votes.