In Tight Times, Glover Votes for Kids’ Program

GLOVER, VT - Glover’s Town Meeting got off to a smooth start. To a background of colorful quilts, community members swiftly voted for town officers and discussed state issues with the Vermont House representatives present. Although there were some hiccups in the budget discussion, the town passed a final budget that was slightly higher than the one warned. The rest of the meeting’s articles and the school board budget were also unanimously approved.This year, Glover Select Board Member Tara Young’s seat was up for re-election. As Young had decided not to run, the town nominated three men for the position: Nick Ecker-Racz, Allen Matthews, and Jack Sumber. Paper ballots were cast and Sumber was elected as the new select board member by 69 out of 108 votes.Although the town warned a budget of $694,286.46, the budget that passed was $2,500 more. After some talk on the floor about why there was no longer a swim program at Shadow Lake in the summers, community member Lazlo Ecker-Racz suggested that the total budget be amended. He said this amount should cover the insurance needed to reinstate the program, or at least get the process of reinstatement started. The electorate approved the amendment and the budget was then passed unanimously.The school budget was passed with little discussion by Glover residents. School Board Member Jason Racine made a quick presentation explaining some of the increases in the budget. These included insurance and health care increases and an increase in special education, all of which he said are not under the control of the school board. There was also a proposed increase in the hot lunch program. Racine explained that while the board had decided that Glover’s principal deserved a raise, as he had not had one in a few years, there were other positions where payroll had decreased because of rehiring. The town passed the budget of $1,934,134, an increase of 3.22 percent.Glover residents also approved $5,000 to start a decommissioning fund for its gravel pit. The pit is expected to last 20 to 25 years with an estimated cost of $100,000 to decommission it. All appropriations, totaling $16,528.00, were passed and the meeting broke up just before 3 p.m.