Archive - Mar 5, 2013 - News Article
COVENTRY - Voters by a very tight margin, 89 yes to 86 no, gave the go head for a Coventry Fire Department. Voters also approved the first year budget of $515,000, 85 yes to 72 no, re-elected Cynthia Diaz to the position of town clerk, and approved an appropriation request from IROC.
The annual expense of the fire department will be about $26,000. New England Waste Services of Vermont currently pays the town's municipal taxes so the fire department, at least for now, will cost the taxpayers nothing.
DERBY â€“ Voters of Derby approved a $21,652 appropriation to support IROC by a margin of more than two to one. The appropriation provides membership to all Derby youth up to age 18, access to the padded walking path for all residents, and discounted rates for adult and couple memberships. The vote was 104 in favor to 46 opposed.
When the article was announced, a resident immediately asked for paper ballot voting.
Executive director of IROC Phil White said that town support is needed in the refinancing process. Fourteen towns were asked for appropriations.
ALBANY â€“ Townspeople came from all corners of the town â€“ south, east, the Center, and west for the annual Town Meeting,Â a dying Vermont tradition.Â Attendance was low again this year â€“ miniscule.
There are 652 registered voters; only 91 showed up for the morning and only 59 returned after lunch. This portion of the day included the school budget and the rest of the original town meeting.Â
The school budget of $1,714,384 passed quicker than hot oil through a funnel. But the request for $9,500 for a generator for the Volunteer Fire Department brought hot and heavy discussions.Â