Please join us in celebrating Doug's illustrious career as a Dummerston Lister! Stop by the Town Office between 11am-2pm on Friday, March 22nd. We will have refreshments!
A Resolution Honoring Douglas Hamilton
Whereas Douglas Hamilton has served the people of Dummerston, Vermont with integrity and dedication for the past twenty-five years as an elected official.
Whereas Douglas Hamilton, in carrying out the duties and responsibilities accorded to a Lister, has worked diligently with fairness, compassion and a good sense of humor throughout these twenty-five years.
Now, therefore, be it resolved, that we, the Selectboard of Dummerston, Vermont take this opportunity to express our sincere and grateful appreciation and hereby extend to Doug Hamilton our congratulations on his well-earned retirement from public office and our best wishes for the years to come.
Resolved this day, March 13, 2019
The Dummerston Selectboard
The Evening Star Grange will hold their 2nd annual Sugar-on-Snow Supper on Saturday, March 23rd. Seatings are at 5:00 & 6:30PM. Call 254-2517 for reservations. Tickets are $12 for adults; $6 for ages 12 & under.
Dog licenses are due by Monday, April 1st.
Dummerston Cares is extending the current yoga class for another 8 weeks, restarting April 9th at 9am at the Dummerston Congregational Church. This is a restorative yoga class at the beginner level. There are a few openings for this extension. If you are interested, please contact us by leaving a message at our website dummerstoncares.org or calling our message/helpline 802-257-5800 and we will get back to you.
TOWN OF DUMMERSTON
TOWN MEETING Minutes
MARCH 5, 2019
The legal voters of the Town of Dummerston and School District of the Town of Dummerston, Vermont, met as warned at the Dummerston School on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. The polls were open from 8:00AM to 7:00PM. Moderator Cindy Jerome called the meeting to order at 10:11AM and declared the polls open for voting by Australian ballot on Articles 1 and 2 of the Town Warning and Article 1 of the Town School District. The Moderator led all assembled in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and gave a brief invocation and read the names of town residents who passed away during the last year. A moment of silence followed. She thanked all elected and appointed town officials and reviewed the rules of procedure.
Zeke Goodband moved and Jerelyn Wilson seconded to suspend the rules and change the number of attendees to approve a request for a paper ballot from 7 persons to 25% of voters present. Comments were heard from Michelle Cherrier and John Warren against the proposal. The vote was 50 in favor; 48 opposed. As a 2/3 majority was required to pass the motion, it failed.
ARTICLE 1: Elected all necessary Town Officers for the ensuing year: Town Moderator for one year term; Town Clerk for one year term; Town Treasurer for one year term; Selectboard for two year term; Selectboard for three year term; Selectboard for remaining one year of two year term; Lister for three year term; Town Agent for one year term; Grand Juror for one year term; Auditor for three year term; Trustee of Cemetery Funds for one year term; Library Trustee for remaining one year of five year term; Library Trustee for five year term.
ARTICLE 2: Voted 297-21 to approve the following: General obligation bonds or notes of the Town of Dummerston, in the amount not to exceed $1,000,000.00 bearing interest at a rate not to exceed 4.25% for a term not to exceed 25 years be issued for the purpose of purchase the 32 acre +/- Renaud Gravel Pit in Dummerston, Vermont jointly with the Town of Putney, Vermont.
ARTICLE 3: A motion to authorize the Selectboard to pay the first year repayment on the bond or notes from the Capital Fund, not to exceed $50,000.00 (in the event that Article 2 passes) was made by Hugh Worden and seconded by Zeke Goodband. No discussion followed. The motion was reread and passed by voice vote.
ARTICLE 4: A motion to authorize the Selectboard to enter into an inter-local agreement with the Town of Putney to own and operate the 32 acre +/- gravel pit in the Town of Dummerston, currently known as Renaud Gravel Pit for the purpose of extraction of gravel for the towns’ use in constructing and maintaining their highways and other lawful purposes (in the event that Article 2 passes) was made by Hugh Worden and seconded by Lewis White. Questions were raised by Ruth Barton and Bradford Green regarding the definition of “other lawful purposes” and whether or not an environmental impact study was needed. The motion was reread and passed by voice vote.
ARTICLE 5: A motion to approve the Auditors' report was made by Lewis White and seconded by Jerelyn Wilson. No discussion followed. The motion was reread and passed by voice vote.
ARTICLE 6: A motion to authorize the Selectboard to appoint a receiver of delinquent taxes was made by Lewis White and seconded by Maria Glabach. The motion was reread and passed by voice vote.
ARTICLE 7: A motion to raise the sum of $170,000.00 through taxes and appropriate said amount to the Capital Fund for future capital needs was made by Hugh Worden and seconded by Zeke Goodband. The motion was reread and passed by voice vote.
ARTICLE 8: A motion to authorize expenditures not to exceed $160,000.00 from the Capital Fund for FY2020 was made by Maria Glabach and seconded by Lewis White. The town will purchase a new dump truck and plow. The motion was reread and passed by voice vote.
ARTICLE 9: A motion was made by Jerilyn Wilson to authorize an expenditure not to exceed $5000.00 from the Capital Fund for the painting of the exterior of the Municipal Building. Maria Glabach seconded the motion. With no further discussion, the motion was reread and passed by voice vote.
ARTICLE 10: A motion was made by Jerilyn Wilson to authorize an expenditure not to exceed $10,000.00 from the Capital Fund for the purchase and installation of heat pumps for the Municipal Building. Lewis White seconded the motion. With no further discussion, the motion was reread and passed by voice vote.
ARTICLE 11: A motion was made by Zeke Goodband to approve total general fund expenditures
of $469,506.00 of which $300,801 shall be raised by taxes and $168,705.00 by non-tax revenues for the period of July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020. The motion was seconded by Hugh Worden. Zeke went over the budget and pointed out increases and decreases in various line items.
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With no further discussion, the motion as amended was reread and passed by voice vote.
ARTICLE 12: A motion to approve total highway fund expenditures of $524,992.00 of which $389,132.00 shall be raised by taxes and $135,860.00 by non-tax revenues for the period of July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020 was made by Zeke Goodband and seconded by Hugh Worden. Zeke presented the budget. The motion was passed by voice vote.
The rest of the draft minutes (INCLUDING THE SCHOOL DISTRICT) will be posted to the website early in the week of March 18th. Sorry for the delay!