There were about 65 people present in Town Hall, with a coffee and pastry table provided by the Gem Starz Gymnastics Booster Club, thanks to Heather and Lexi Bedard. Each of the eight articles of the town meeting was approved with unanimous or nearly unanimous voting.
With the witty, kind, and faithfully democratic leadership of Bob Backus as moderator, elected for another term, voters reelected three members of the selectboard: Jamie Knapp (1 year); Kathleen Anderson (3 years); and Mitch Plimpton (1 year). There were 2 paper ballots used for election of selectboard members; all other votes were from the floor by voice vote. Voters elected a new member of the library trustees. Bob Stupp volunteered to serve a 5-year term. Everyone commended and applauded Nancy Perkins (not present) during the meeting for her long years of dedicated service on the library’s board.
Regarding Article 8, a resolution urging the state of Vermont to expand renewable energy and limit fossil fuel infrastructure, Jill Neitlich, who brought the resolution to the selectboard, read a prepared statement about the reasons for the initiative. Many towns throughout the state included this type of resolution in their Town Meetings this year.
Under Article 9 residents other business - residents discussed issues related to snowplowing unpaved roads. Voters learned from the selectboard members that it is not always advisable to plow snow when the surfaces underneath the snow are not frozen, that is, muddy. Vehicles traveling at excessive speed on some of the town’s roads was also discussed. Voters learned that speed limit signs are being posted on Stratton Arlington Road, South Wardsboro Road, and on Main Street.
There was a brief discussion about the methods of voting that residents can use at future school meetings under the new River Valleys Unified School District. Voters learned the pros and cons of Australian ballot versus voting from the floor, which is Wardsboro’s current method of electing school directors.
There was also some discussion about whether or not more people would attend Town Meeting and participate in town government if the annual meeting were to be held either in the evening, instead of 9 am, or on a Saturday, instead of the traditional first Tuesday in March. All those present felt that more participation from townspeople of all ages would make a difference in town affairs. The meeting adjourned just after 11 am.