Town Meeting 2022

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Article of Note: Article 5: “To hear a report on and discuss how best to spend the American Rescue Plan Act money the town will receive ($425,970)....

NEWPORT — For the second time in four years, voters defeated an appropriation for a new recreation center.Needing a 60% majority, the article...

CROYDON — Nearly 60% of Croydon’s registered voters filled the vast dining hall at Camp Coniston to standing-room-only capacity on Saturday and...

NEWPORT — As voters prepare to decide the fate of a $8.65 million appropriation for a new community center, town officials feel confident they will...

HANOVER — Voters here will head to Town Meeting on Tuesday to tackle zoning amendments along with a 5.5% increase to the municipal budget.The...

ENFIELD — Residents voted to preserve traditional Town Meeting and expand the Selectboard from three to five members during a busy, yet chilly...

ENFIELD — Voters will consider increasing the number of seats on the town’s Selectboard from three to five at this year’s Town Meeting.The...

CROYDON — A supervisor of the town voter checklist said Friday she has resigned from her position after a decision by state officials that could...

School boards missing members

4/4/22

In the wake of Town Meeting season, several Upper Valley communities — including Bethel, Royalton, Strafford, Bridgewater and the Rivendell...

NEWPORT — Voters will have the opportunity to debate and amend the Newport Town Meeting warrant at Tuesday’s deliberative session beginning at 6 p...

ENFIELD — At the end of this month, residents will decide whether to do away with the town’s traditional floor meeting and handle all Town Meeting...

CROYDON — Residents outraged after the 2022-23 school budget was slashed by more than half at Town Meeting earlier this month will get a...

ORFORD — Voters in the towns of Fairlee, Orford and West Fairlee passed all articles on the Rivendell Interstate School District warrant.The $13.32...

It’s not time to turn back the clock. No, we are not weighing in today on the merits of year-round daylight savings time, but rather characterizing...

WOODSTOCK — While there may be cannabis dispensaries and nurseries opening in Woodstock, the highly trafficked village will be off-limits...

Last Sunday in this space, we made the argument that when it comes to democracy, New England Town Meeting is — to adapt a slogan associated with...

CROYDON — The Croydon School Board got an earful Monday evening as about 75 people turned out to oppose what 20 town voters had approved days...

The decline of participation in Town Meeting has been the subject of comment for at least 30 years and probably more. But the widespread adoption...

CROYDON — Croydon debated spending but proceeded steadily through the warrant at its floor meeting, even when the lights flickered as the rain...

MERIDEN — Plainfield voters gave a community power aggregation plan, the municipal budget and green burials their approval at the floor meeting in...

UNITY — At Saturday’s three-hour floor meeting, voters approved a $1.39 million general fund budget, a $370,000 appropriation for the...

PIERMONT — Residents decisively rejected an article that would have established a town manager form of government in a 157 to 18 vote. There were...

ORANGE — Voters passed all articles during the floor meeting Wednesday night.All nine warrant articles, including the $256,704 operating budget...

UNITY — At Saturday’s three-hour floor meeting, voters approved a $1.39 million general fund budget, a $370,000 appropriation for the...

CROYDON — Kevin Morris defeated Amanda Leslie for a three-year term on the School Board in the only contested race on Croydon’s ballot.Morris...

ORFORD — P. Chase Kling won a contested race against Jennifer Carter to serve a three-year term on the Selectboard in a 70-65 vote. In a voice vote...

LYME — Voters decided to keep the positions of tax collector, treasurer and overseer of public welfare as elected roles, instead of changing them...

SPRINGFIELD, N.H. — Poul Heilmann won a contested race against George McCusker for a three-year term on the Selectboard in a 196 to 68 vote.Bernard...

WEST CANAAN — Voters in the five Mascoma Valley towns approved all articles on the Mascoma Valley School District warrant.The $30.4 million...

NEW LONDON — Bill Helm bested Colin Beasley for a three-year term on the Selectboard.Helm received 558 votes to Beasley’s 460. In a six-way race...

HAVERHILL — David Robinson and Michael Thompson won three-year terms on the town’s Selectboard.Anthony Daniels won a two-year seat on the School...

PLAINFIELD — Incumbent Eric Brann, who ran unopposed, was re-elected to a three-year term on the town’s Selectboard.Norm Berman won a two-year seat...

CORNISH — Funding for the police department and the future of the George H. Stowell library sparked hefty debate at Cornish’s 255th Town Meeting on...

LEBANON — The time has come for change at Lebanon schools. Voters approved a $14.34 million bond to renovate Lebanon High School and the Hanover...

GRANTHAM — Constance Jones won a three-year term on the Selectboard in the only contested race in Grantham.Jones defeated Shaundrea Kenyon 111-17...

CORNISH — Voters elected Hillary Ackerman to a three-year term on the Cornish School Board at the school’s annual meeting on Saturday.In voice...

LEBANON — Lebanon voted to approve a $14.34 million bond to renovate Lebanon High School and Hanover Street School. 2022 was the fourth time in...

SUNAPEE — Voters have again defeated a bond vote for renovations and additions to the Central Elementary School.The $11.6 million appropriation...

ENFIELD — Dolores Struckhoff won a three-person race for a three-year term on the Library Board of Trustees.Struckhoff received 216 votes to defeat...

DORCHESTER — Incumbent and Selectboard chairman Craig Veasey defeated challenger O. Joe Demir for a two-year term on the Selectboard.Veasey...

CANAAN — Stephen Freese won the contested race for the three-year term on the Selectboard. He defeated Anthony Bishop in a 349-222 vote. Laura...

CHARLESTOWN — At all-day balloting Tuesday, voters defeated a petition article (250-155) to form a committee that would make a recommendation as to...

GRAFTON — Incumbent Bonnie Haubrich defeated write-in candidate Kami Hammond to remain Grafton’s town clerk.Haubrich received 211 votes to Hammond...

CLAREMONT — Bonnie Miles (593) and write-in candidate Whitney Skillen (464) were elected to three-year seats on the school board over incumbent...

NEWPORT — Voters easily approved a $15.4 million appropriation for renovations and additions to the Sugar River Valley Technical Center, 717-156...

Neither Barnard nor Bridgewater were able to elect a school board representative because there were no candidates. Interested candidates, who must...

Woodstock to recount sales tax ballots

3/7/22

WOODSTOCK — Woodstock officials will hold a recount after residents rejected adding a 1% local option sales tax by a margin of nine votes during...

What Town Meeting gives us

3/6/22

Paul Doton has been moderator in Barnard for 30 years, and his father was moderator before him.When he took up the gavel in the early 1990s, Doton...

GRAFTON — The job of the town clerk is typically a ho-hum affair.With duties such as recording births and deaths, issuing dog licenses and...

GRAFTON — The job of the town clerk is typically a ho-hum affair.With duties such as recording births and deaths, issuing dog licenses and...

Voters in the towns of Windsor and West Windsor passed all articles on the Mount Ascutney School District warning.The $1.45 million budget, which...

GRANTHAM — Grantham voters approved the a $700,000 bond to renovate the playground at the Grantham Village School in a 124 to 24 vote at the annual...

WEST WINDSOR – Voters approved roughly $1.6 million in spending articles. That includes an appropriation of $35,224 to be paid to the town of...

All articles on the ballot, including the annual school district budgets, passed.Voters in Bethel and Royalton approved a budget of $12.5 million...

SHARON — Voters overwhelmingly approved a proposal to change the town treasurer role from an elected position to one appointed by the Selectboard...

CHELSEA — Chelsea rejected an article that would have removed the town from the First Branch Unified School District. 145 voted against the article...

HANOVER – Voters reelected two of three incumbents to terms on the Hanover School Board.Challenger Antonia Barry received 708 votes and incumbent...

Voters in both towns have approved $1.8 million to rebuild the Hanover High School track and improve the district’s baseball field in Norwich.The...

BRADFORD, Vt. — In a four-way race for a three-year term on the board, Jennifer Whitney more than doubled the vote total of her nearest competitor...

WEATHERSFIELD – Voters narrowly elected Wendy Smith to a two-year term on the town’s Selectboard.Smith defeated August Murray for a two-year term...

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