Former Weathersfield Selectman Ousts Incumbent; Budget Passes
Weathersfield — In yesterday’s Town Meeting vote, a former selectman ousted an incumbent and the town was given approval to demolish portions of the former Perkinsville Elementary School.
Former Selectman Peter Cole, who ran uncontested for re-election as town and school moderator, defeated incumbent Mike Todd, 304-224, for a three-year term on the Selectboard. In the only other contested race on the warning, Selectman Richard Clattenburg held off challenger Alan Hudson, 321-227, for a two-year seat.
Voters passed all other articles.
The $400,000 appropriation to demolish the 1954 and 1969 portions of the former Perkinsville Elementary School passed, 334-220. Town officials plan to borrow $225,000 and use a grant for the balance. The money will also be used for to get rid of hazardous material and level the site. Once the work is finished, the town will turn its attention to the historic 1879 structure that was also part of the school.
Voters easily passed a $1.1 million town budget, 381-174, and a $5.6 million school budget, 342-214. The $1.2 million highway budget was approved 388-169 and the solid waste budget passed 428-124.
Also approved were: $27,000 for the highway maintenance and repair fund, 388-169; $27,000 for the motorized fire apparatus reserve fund, 359-198; $54,000 for library capital improvement reserve fund, 295-261. Additionally, $500 for Council on Aging, $2,683 for Health Care and Rehabilitation, $750 for Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired and $500 for the Mt. Ascutney Prevention Partnership were all approved.
Beside the school budget, voters passed article 5 to use $90,000 from a reserve fund to buy a new bus, 375-180.
James Wimberg, Nathan McNaughton and Nate McKeen won re-election to the School Board in uncontested races. The fourth seat, with no candidates, had a slew of write-ins with one or two votes except for Steve Snyder who had three.
Turnout was about 25 percent, or 563 voters of the 2,250 registered voters.