Town Meeting Results From Around The Region

03/06/13 6:06AM

AP/Toby Talbot
Town Clerk Sharon Draper, right, and Town Moderator Jon Gailmor preside over town meeting in Elmore.

Yesterday was Town Meeting Day in Vermont. Many towns weighed in on municipal budgets, school budgets and elected new local officials.

In the city of Rutland, Chris Louras was elected to another term as mayor, beating challenger David Allaire by a little more than 400 votes.

In Vergennes, William Benton is the new city mayor, with 459 votes to April Jin's 122. But city voters turned down a proposed bond to build a new police station by 10 votes.

Twenty-eight towns passed non-binding resolutions opposing the shipment of tar sands oil across Vermont.

Five towns voted to urge lawmakers to ban assault weapons and require background checks for all gun purchases.

In Castleton, voters again rejected new town offices.

And some town meeting headlines from newspapers around the region: The Burlington Free Press says the balance of Burlington's city council will shift. Democrats now have seven seats, Progressives gained one seat and now have four and Republicans lost a seat and are down to one. And in South Burlington, voters favored replacing incumbents Sandy Dooley and Paul Engels with Chris Shaw and Pat Nowak.

From the Times Argus, Northfield has voted to merge the village with the town.

From the Rutland Herald, Proctor voters turned out select board chair Rick Anderson in favor or Richard Horner. And voters in Woodstock rejected an economic coordinator.

From the Bennington Banner, the Bennington School District budget was rejected. And voters in Shaftsbury rejected a bond to build a new town garage.

In the Brattleboro Reformer, Guilford has voted to send it's middle school students to Brattleboro Area Middle School. Wilmington voters created a reserve fund for the proceeds of the town's local option tax. 

From the Valley News, Hartford voters approved two bonds, one for upgrades to the municipal building, another that would upgrade recreational facilities. And in Bethel, Carl Russell defeated selectboard Chair Neal Fox.

From the St. Albans Messenger: School district voters authorized the sale of Bakersfield's Brigham Academy to the town for $1.

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