The legal voters of the Vernon Town and Vernon Town School District are hereby notified and warned to meet at the Vernon Elementary School (cafetorium) at 6:30 PM on Monday, March 06, 2017 in said Town to act upon the following articles not involving voting by Australian Ballot; beginning with School District Article 4 and with Town Meeting Articles 5 through 29.
Voting on Town Meeting Article 1, and School District Articles 2 and 3 will be by Australian Ballot at the Town Office Building (downstairs) on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Polls will be open from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. The annual meeting will recess to meet at the Vernon Elementary School (cafetorium) on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 6:30 PM to consider any remaining Articles, if necessary.
ARTICLE 1: To elect the following Town Officers by AUSTRALIAN BALLOT:
Selectboard – 2 Year Term Jeffrey Dunklee
Selectboard – 3 Year Term Kristina Walker, Jessica Freeman Earp, Jean Carr
Town and School District Treasurer – 3 Year Term Cindy Turnley
Lister – 3 Year Term Jeremiah Sund
Town Moderator – 1 Year Term Timothy Arsenault
Delinquent Tax Collector – 1 Year Term Marylynn Scherlin
1st Constable – 1 Year Term Peter Crossmon
2nd Constable – 1 Year Term Scott Lane
Town Agent – 1 Year Term [no candidate]
Grand Juror – 1 Year Term [no candidate]
ARTICLE 2: To elect all Town School District Officers by law to be elected at the Annual Town School District Meeting. (VOTING BY AUSTRALIAN BALLOT)
School Director – 2 Year Unexpired Term (ends in 2018) Sandy Morrison
School Director – 2 Year Term Kerry Amidon
School Director – 3 Year Term Deborah Hebert
Town School District Moderator – 1 Year Term Timothy Arsenault
ARTICLE 3: Shall the voters of the Vernon Town School District approve the School Board to expend $4,079,300.00, which is the amount the Vernon School Board has determined for the ensuing fiscal year? It is estimated that this proposed budget, if approved, will result in education spending of $16,866.00 per equalized pupil. This projected spending per equalized pupil is 14.6% higher than spending for the current year. (VOTING BY AUSTRALIAN BALLOT)
ARTICLE 4: Shall the voters authorize the total general fund expenditure for operating expenses of $1,928,262.78 of which $1,670,062.78 shall be raised by taxes and $258,200.00 by estimated income?
ARTICLE 5: Shall the voters appropriate a total Library fund expenditure of $70,000.00 for administration of the Vernon Free Library for which $70,000.00 shall be raised by taxes?
ARTICLE 6: Shall the voters raise and appropriate $39,900.00 in addition to the proposed $70,000.00 for the administration of the Vernon Free Library? (BY PETITION)
ARTICLE 7: To elect a Library Trustee to fill the unexpired term of one year through March 2018.
ARTICLE 8: To elect a Library Trustee to fill the term of three years.
ARTICLE 9: To elect a Library Trustee to fill the term of three years.
ARTICLE 10: Shall the voters authorize an amendment to the “Policy on the Administration of the Vernon Capital Plan” deleting all references to the “Finance Committee” and replacing them with the “Capital Plan Committee”?
ARTICLE 11: Shall the voters appropriate $198,591.00 for the funding of items approved in the Capital Plan where $82,580.00 shall be raised by taxes, $496.00 shall be raised by interest and gains and $116,507.00 shall be raised from items previously approved and appropriated but not expended and hereby rescinded from the Capital Plan with the understanding that this money can only be used for items authorized in the Capital Plan?
ARTICLE 12: Shall the voters appropriate $50,000.00 to be raised by taxes to fund the “Town Road Upgrading Fund”?
ARTICLE 13: Shall the voters appropriate the sum of $2,500.00 to be raised by taxes to fund the “Town Parking Lots Maintenance Fund”?
ARTICLE 14: Shall the voters appropriate $35,000.00 to be raised by taxes to fund the “Professional Services Fund”?
ARTICLE 15: Shall the voters appropriate $40,000.00 to be raised by taxes to fund the previously established “The Town of Vernon, James Cusick Scholarship Fund”?
ARTICLE 16: Shall the voters appropriate $25,470.00 for the Windham Solid Waste District Assessment to be raised by taxes to fund the previously established “Solid Waste Fund”?
ARTICLE 17: Shall the voters appropriate $45,000.00 for municipal refuse, recycling and compost disposal to be raised by taxes to fund the previously established “Solid Waste Fund”?
ARTICLE 18: Shall the Town authorize the establishment of a Pay-As-You-Throw Fund into which all Pay-As-You-Throw revenue shall be deposited for management of all fiscal activities associated with the Pay-As-You-Throw program?
ARTICLE 19: Shall the voters remove revenue and expenses of Pay-As-You–Throw accounting from the Solid Waste Fund and move it to the Pay-As-You-Throw fund?
ARTICLE 20: Shall the voters appropriate the sum of $20,000.00 to be raised by taxes to fund the previously established “Elderly Assistance Fund”?
ARTICLE 21: Shall the voters appropriate the sum of $10,000.00 to be raised by taxes to fund the “Reappraisal Fund”?
ARTICLE 22: Shall the voters appropriate the sum of $19,010.00 to be raised by taxes to support the following in the designated amounts? (BY PETITION)
ORGANIZATION — AMOUNT
Southeast Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) $2,100.00
Visiting Nurse and Hospice of VT & NH $6,500.00
Women’s Freedom Center $850.00
The Current $600.00
Health Care and Rehabilitation Services $1,850.00
Green Mountain RSVP $510.00
Southeast Vermont Economic Development Strategies (SeVEDS) $6,600.00
ARTICLE 23: Shall the voters appropriate the sum of $15,000.00 to be raised by taxes for the operation of the Emergency Management Office?
ARTICLE 24: Contingent upon no less than $100,0000.00 in other grant money being secured by the Vermont Land Trust, shall the voters of the Town of Vernon authorize the Selectboard to spend $54,000.00 from the Vernon Farmland Protection Fund to pay a portion of the costs that will permanently conserve 73 acres, more or less, on Pond Road owned by Jeffrey and Kelli Dunklee?
ARTICLE 25: Shall the Town of Vernon authorize the Selectboard to spend $45,300.00 (plus expenses not to exceed $6,000) from the Farmland Protection Fund to buy the development rights to permanently conserve 25 Acres more or less located on 406 Pond Road owned by Jean Carr?
ARTICLE 26: Shall the voters exempt Pond Road Chapel from school district and municipal taxes for the years 2018-2022?
ARTICLE 27: Shall the voters authorize payment of Real and Personal Property taxes to the Town Treasurer in three installments, with the due dates being, September 07, 2017, January 11, 2018 and May 03, 2018?
ARTICLE 28: Shall the voters approve the provision of notice of availability of the “Town Report and Auditor’s Report” by “postcard, mailed to all registered voters” at least 30 days prior to Town Meeting, in lieu of mailing or otherwise distributing the Town Report to the Voters pursuant to 24 V.S.A.Section 1682?
ARTICLE 29: Shall the voters approve the Ordinance Regulating the Outside Storage of Junk and Junk Vehicles as adopted by the Selectboard on December 05, 2016? (BY PETITION)
ARTICLE 30: To discuss any other non-binding business.
Michael Hebert, Chair Christiane Howe, Chair
Sandra Morrison, Vice Chair Sandra Harris, Vice-Chair
Walter Breau, Clerk Stephen Skibniowsky, Clerk
Deborah Hebert Joshua Unruh
Kerry Amidon Emily Vergobbe
Vernon Town School Board Vernon Town Selectboard