Bennington approves town budget, elects new board members
Benningtonelects2 new members
BENNINGTON — Two new members will be joining the Bennington Select Board after voters elected Thomas Jacobs, who received 1,346 votes, and John McFadden, who received 1,021 votes, on Tuesday.
Sharyn Brush, currently the Select Board’s vice chairwoman and the only incumbent in the race, was re-elected with 924 votes.
Jacobs, McFadden and Brush won three-year seats.
Also in the Select Board race were Mike Bethel, who got 587 votes, Peter J. Brady, who got 733 votes, Charles R. “Chuck” Putney, who got 767 votes and Eugene “Gene” Rowley, who got 467 votes.
The town budget of $10,964,750, which is an increase of 5.4 percent, passed easily 1,572-655.
All of the budget appropriations on the ballot were approved.
For the Bennington School Board, incumbent Jacquelin R. Prue, who got 876 votes, was re-elected, and new member Kelly P. Kennedy, who got 1,218 votes, will join the board.
Woodstock defeats economic position
WOODSTOCK — There were three articles of note in Woodstock that were voted by Australian ballot Tuesday. One was defeated and the other two passed.
Voters defeated an article to hire an economic coordinator to promote economic development in Woodstock, 520-361. The article asked for $50,000 to hire the coordinator in conjunction with Green Mountain Economic Development Commission.
Voters overwhelmingly approved an article to ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, 707-186.
The article would instruct state and federal legislatures to require criminal background checks for every gun sold in the United States and make gun trafficking a federal crime.
The $11,322,305 Woodstock Union High School budget also passed, 414-195. The budget represented a decrease of $61,961 from this year’s budget of $11,384,266.
$2 million bond passes in Windsor
WINDSOR — Voters in Windsor approved $2 million in renovations to the town’s wastewater treatment facility. Three-hundred seventy residents voted “yes” and 179 voted “no.”
Town Manager Tom Marsh said the treatment plant is about 20 years old and was in need of a complete overhaul. With the $2 million bond, the town will rebuild the facility’s clarifiers and a digester, the section of the plant that breaks down sewage to generate methane gas.
According to Marsh, taxpayers will see an increase between 3 and 4 percent a year to pay off the bond. Approximately 1,600 sewer customers are responsible for paying the bond, but the entire town voted on the bond question.
— Staff reports