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Brattleboro Selectboard Chair Ian Goodnow speaks while Town Manager John Potter, center, and Selectboard member Daniel Quipp, right, listen.

Brattleboro Town Meeting will consider $22.9M budget

Members will decide bond for backup Pleasant Valley water tank; only users will repay the debt

Representative Town Meeting here will convene on Saturday, March 23, at 8:30 a.m., in the Brattleboro Union High School gymnasium.

If members do not finish the warrant, the meeting will recess at 5 p.m. and continue on Sunday, March 24, at 8:30 a.m.

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Recount underway for tight WSESD board race

Two votes separate Leavy and Savage for three-year Brattleboro seat

After a very close March 5 race for the two three-year school director seats for Brattleboro representative, a recount has been initiated for votes cast for those two seats. The three candidates, and the number of votes each candidate has unofficially received from the four member towns of the...

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From battles about ballots to decisions about dates

Notes from the floor of Annual Town Meetings from more towns throughout Windham County

Following is a roundup of Town Meeting news that came too late for last week's edition of The Commons. Most towns held their annual meetings on Town Meeting Day on Tuesday, March 5. Athens • One seat for school director that has been open for several years remains open...

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Third appeal denied for housing project in Putney

State Superior Court Judge Thomas S. Durkin has denied a third appeal to stop the Windham & Windsor Housing Trust (WWHT) from proceeding with its Alice Holway Drive community housing project. The development has been planned since 2019 as two new buildings intended to provide 25 mixed-income, energy-efficient, and accessible apartments on the 0.91-acre site in Putney Village next to Putney Community Gardens. In their appeal, neighbors to the site Laura Campbell and Deborah Lazar contended the Trust's lots are...

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WSESD board candidates eye process, priorities

Residents of WSESD member towns will vote on all candidates for the Windham Southeast School District (WSESD) School Board, including those not from their specific towns, on Town Meeting Day next Tuesday, March 5. Most of the candidates in the three races for seats on met Feb. 26 in a candidates' forum. Dummerston Town Moderator Cindy Jerome moderated the exchange, sponsored by The Commons, the Brattleboro Reformer, and Brattleboro Community Television, with questions asked by Jeff Potter, editor of The...

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Candidates have their say in Brattleboro

The five candidates for the three Selectboard seats on the March 5 ballot met on Feb. 22 to discuss the issues in a forum sponsored by The Commons, the Brattleboro Reformer, and Brattleboro Community Television. Melanie Winters, managing editor of the Reformer, and Randolph T. Holhut, deputy editor of The Commons, asked questions of all five, breaking them apart into those vying for a three-year seat and those competing for two one-year seats on the board. Running for the three-year...

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Town Meeting Day is Tuesday

Most voters throughout the county will assemble on Town Meeting Day on Tuesday, March 5. Voters in Athens, Brattleboro, Brookline, Rockingham, Vernon, Windham, and Westminster will convene on their own respective timetables, and Marlboro voters won't meet at all, with voters making all decisions by Australian ballot. That day also marks the presidential primary election throughout the state. According to the Vermont Secretary of State's office, "Vermont law makes town meeting a holiday for employees of the state government." State...

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WSESD board approves its FY25 budget at $65.8 million

The Windham Southeast School District (WSESD) school board has approved a proposed $65,846,891 budget for fiscal year 2025. That represents a 3%, or $1,927,036, increase over this year's budget. A public informational meeting is set for Tuesday, March 12. The warrant article had to be approved by the school board at its Feb. 13 meeting in order to post the warrant in time for the March 19 annual meeting, when voters from Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford, and Putney will cast their...

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