• Town-village merger proposal tabled
    October 05,2013
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    BELLOWS FALLS — A plan to merge the Vermont village of Bellows Falls with the town of Rockingham in 2014 has hit a delay.

    The proposal would eliminate the Bellows Falls Village Corporation and the Board of Trustees, which would be turned over to the Rockingham Select Board.

    Village services, such as police and fire departments, would continue to be supported by village residents through separate fees or taxes.

    But some members of the village trustees and town Select Board said at a joint meeting Thursday that the plan doesn’t include any details on the financial impact of the merger, the Eagle Times reported. It also doesn’t specify any benefits for the town or village.

    Paul Obuchowski and Jim McAuliffe, members of the ad hoc committee that developed the plan, said the details would come out in the public hearings. But some Bellows Falls trustees felt the plan lacked enough information to bring it to a public hearing.

    “I’m in favor of just tabling it until there are some financials,” said Trustee Charlie Hunter.

    Rockingham Select Board Chair Thomas MacPhee agreed to return to village trustees with more information about the merger.
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