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2007 Annual Town Meeting Results

March 14, 2007

MONDAY, MARCH 5—Evening Meeting
(99 Registered Voters In Attendance)
Town Budget: $278,091—Passed (Voice Vote)
Road Budget: $488,512—Passed (Voice Vote)
Article 11: Voting On Monetary Issues By Australian Ballot—FailedNo: 86 Yes: 6 (Paper Ballot)


TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2007 Australian Voting
(252 Voters Out of 779 Register Voters)

Town Office Election Results:
Moderator: Will Stevens—1 Yr (232)
Town Clerk: Mary Jane James—1 Yr (245)
Treasurer: Barbara Kivlin—1 Yr (234)
Trustee Pub Funds: Barbara Kivlin—1 Yr (232)
Selectboard:

  • Steve Goodrich—3 Yrs (229)
  • Art Remick—1 Yr (162)
  • Paul Saenger—1 Yr (203)

Auditor: Robert Rahner—3 Yrs (214)
Del Tax Collector: Bill Telgen, Jr—1 Yr (231)
School Director:

  • Elizabeth Christensen—3 Yrs (210)
  • Kate Tilton—2 Yrs (215)
  • Mary Cairns—2 Yrs (203)

Constable: David Alexander—1 Yr (214)
Library Trustee:

  • Heather Potter—5 Yrs (213)
  • Cathy Clarke—(Write In) 3 Yrs (48)

Planning Board: To Be Appointed
Lister: Jeep Madison—(Write In) 3yrs (8)
Water Comm: Wilson Macintire—3 Yrs (233)
Grand Juror:

  • Wesley Larrabee—1 Yr (222)
  • To Be Appointed

Town Agent: Wesley Larrabee—1 Yr (222)

School Budget: $1,373,080—Yes: 154 No: 97 1 Blank
Articles 12 Through 29: All Were Passed
Article 12: Addison Co Adult Basic Education—Yes: 206 No: 42—$500
Article 13: Addison Co Community Action—Yes: 201 No: 45—$1,600
Article 14: Addison Co Home Health Care—Yes: 231 No: 17—$1,457
Article 15: Addison Co Hospice—Yes: 237 No: 15—$300
Article 16: Womensafe—Yes: 204 No: 42—$550
Article 17: Champlain Valley Agency On Aging—Yes: 213 No: 39—$1,300
Article 18: Counseling Service Of Addison Co—Yes: 186 No: 44—$2,000
Article 19: Elderly Services—Yes: 222 No: 30—$750
Article 20: John Graham Emergency Shelter—Yes: 203 No: 38—$1,200
Article 21: Retired & Senior Volunteer Program—Yes: 212 No: 28—$275
Article 22: Senior Nutrition Program, Bridport—Yes: 223 No: 19—$300
Article 23: Open Door Clinic—Yes: 210 No: 32—$500
Article 24: Otter Creek Resources Cons. District—Yes: 187 No: 49—$142.89
Article 25:
Addison County Transit Resources—Yes: 197 No: 45—$500
Article 26: Shoreham’s Lakeview Cemetery—Yes: 218 No: 31—$500
Article 27: Shoreham’s Village Cemetery—Yes: 218 No: 31—$500
Article 28: Addison County Teens Program—Yes: 188 No: 54—$1,500
Article 29:
Parent/Child Center—Yes: 196 No: 49—$1,500

[MJ James, Town Clerk]

Public Forum for Newton Academy

February 11, 2007

February 21, 7PM—The Newton Academy Restoration Committee will hold a forum at the Elementary School to discuss plans for future uses for the Academy building. They will have conceptual drawings for viewing, as well. If you have thoughts or feelings about the future of Newton Academy, here’s a good place to let them be known.

Registering to Vote at Town Meeting

February 3, 2007

In order to vote at Town Meeting, March 5, or the March 6 Australian Balloting, you must register to vote by NOON, Monday, February 26, 2007.

You may register to vote by going to the Town Clerk’s Office, or calling the Office at 897-5841, to request a voter registration form. You may also register to vote when you apply for or renew a driver’s license through the Dept. of Motor Vehicles. In addition, voter registration is available through the Dept. of Social Welfare, the Dept. of Health and the Dept. of Aging & Disabilities and Dept. of Mental Health.

If you are registering to vote for the first time in Vermont, you will need to provide a valid photo ID (Driver’s License or Passport), a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement or another government document that shows your current name and address.

If you have questions about getting on the checklist, call the Town Clerk.

[posted: MJ James, Town Clerk]

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING WARNING

February 2, 2007

MARCH 5 & MARCH 6, 2007
1786—2007

The Legal Voters of the Town of Shoreham, Vermont are hereby warned and notified to meet at the School Auditorium in said Shoreham, Vermont on Monday the 5th of March, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. to transact all business not involving voting by Australian Ballot. (Said balloting to be held Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the afternoon at the Donald Treadway Fire House).

Article 1: To elect all necessary Town and Town School Officers as required by Law. (By Australian Ballot)

  • Moderator
  • Town Clerk
  • Treasurer
  • Selectperson-3 year term
  • Selectperson-1 year term (2 openings)
  • Auditor- 3-year term
  • Delinquent Tax Collector
  • Trustee Public Funds
  • Lister- 3-year term, 2-year term
  • School Director-3-year term
  • School Director two 2-year terms
  • School Director-one unexpired 2-year term
  • Library Trustee-5-year term, 3-year unexpired term
  • Planning Board 2 4-year terms
  • Planning Board 1 — 3-year unexpired term
  • Water Commissioner 3-year term
  • Grand Jurors 2 – 1-year terms
  • Town Agent
  • Constable

Article 2: To act upon the reports of the Town Officers.

Article 3: Will the voters of the Town approve the sum of $488,512 for the support of its town roads for the ensuing year and to pay outstanding obligations and orders.

Article 4: Will the voters of the Town approve the sum of $ 278,091 to defray current expenses of the Town for the ensuing year and to pay outstanding obligations and orders.

Article 5: Shall the Town pay its Real Estate Property Taxes to the Treasurer on November 10, 2007 with delinquent taxes having a penalty charge of eight per cent, and interest charges of not more than one percent per month or fraction thereof for the first three months and thereafter one and one-half per cent per month or fraction thereof, and interest of one and one-half per cent per month or fraction also applying to prior year delinquencies.

Article 6: Shall the voters of the Town of Shoreham authorize the Selectboard to accept and spend unanticipated funds? (Such as grants and gifts)

Article 7: Shall the voters of the Town of Shoreham authorize the Selectboard to add an amount of money, not to exceed a penny, to the tax rate to be put into the reserve fund for the Purchase of Fire and Rescue Equipment?

Article 8: Shall the voters of the Town of Shoreham authorize the Selectboard to put $8,849.00 of the General Fund balance into the reserve fund for Newton Academy?

Article 9: Shall the voters of the Town of Shoreham authorize the Selectboard to proceed with planning for the Town Clerk’s Office and spend an amount not to exceed $5,000 to be taken from Town Clerk’s Office Reserve Fund?

Article 10: Shall the voters of the Town of Shoreham authorize the Selectboard to put $10,000 of the General Fund Balance into the reserve fund for the Town Clerk’s Office?

Article 11: Shall the voters of the Town of Shoreham vote on monetary questions by Australian Ballot?

Articles 12 through 29 to be voted on by Australian Ballot March 6, 2007.

Article 12: Shall the Town appropriate by taxation $500 for Addison Co. Adult Basic Education? (Vermont Adult Learning)

Article 13: Shall the Town appropriate by taxation $1,600 for Addison Co. Community Action?

Article 14: Shall the Town appropriate by taxation $1,457 for Addison Co. Home Health Care?

Article 15: Shall the Town appropriate by taxation $300 for Addison Co. Hospice?

Article 16: Shall the Town appropriate by taxation $550 for WomenSafe?

Article 17: Shall the Town appropriate by taxation $1,300 for Champlain Valley Agency on Aging?

Article 18: Shall the Town appropriate by taxation $2,000 for the Counseling Service of Addison Co.?

Article 19: Shall the Town appropriate by taxation $750 for Elderly Services?

Article 20: Shall the Town appropriate by taxation $1,200 for the John Graham Emergency Shelter?

Article 21: Shall the Town appropriate by taxation $275 for the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program?

Article 22: Shall the Town appropriate by taxation $300 for the Senior Nutrition Program, Bridport Site?

Article 23: Shall the Town appropriate by taxation $500 for the Open Door Clinic?

Article 24: Shall the Town appropriate by taxation $142.89 for the Otter Creek Resources Conservation District?

Article 25: Shall the voters of the Town of Shoreham appropriate by taxation $500 for the Addison County Transit Resources?

Article 26: Will the legal voters of the Town of Shoreham appropriate the sum of $500 for Shoreham’s Lakeview Cemetery for mowing and upkeep of cemetery grounds?

Article 27: Will the legal voters of the Town of Shoreham appropriate the sum of $500 for Shoreham’s Village Cemetery for mowing and upkeep of cemetery grounds?

Article 28: Shall the voters of the Town of Shoreham appropriate the sum of $1,500 to support the position of teen coordinator for Addison County Teens Program?

Article 29: Shall the voters of the Town of Shoreham appropriate the sum of $1,500 for the Parent/Child Center?

Total of above Requests (Article12 thru Article 29) is $15,374.89

Article 30: To transact any other business thought proper to be brought before this meeting.

Selectboard: January 29, 2007

Paul Saenger, Chair ___________________________
Walter F. Pyle, ___________________________
Steve Goodrich, ___________________________
Marthe Fisher, ___________________________
Bob Warren ___________________________

Attest: ________________________Town Clerk
Mary Jane James

[posted: MJ James, Town Clerk]

Candidates for Town Offices

February 2, 2007

Here is the list of offices and candidates that will be on the ballot, Tuesday, March 6:

  • Moderator: 1-year term ………………… Will Stevens
  • Town Clerk: 1-year term ……………….. Mary Jane James
  • Treasurer: 1-year term ………………….. Barbara Kivlin
  • Trustee Pub. Funds: 1-year term …….. Barbara Kivlin
  • Selectboard:
    • 3-year term …………………………… Stephen Goodrich
    • Two 1-year terms
      • ………………………………………. Art Remick
      • ………………………………………. Paul Saenger
  • School Directors:
    • 3-year term ………………………….. Elizabeth W. Christensen
    • 2-year term ………………………….. Kate Tilton
    • 2-year unexpired term ……………. Mary M. Cairns
  • Listers: 3-year term …………………….. Open
  • Auditors: 3-year term …………………… Robert W. Rahner
  • Del. Tax Collector: 1-year term ……… William R. Telgen, Jr
  • Planning Comm:
    • Two 4-year terms:
      • ………………………………………. Open
      • ………………………………………. Open
    • 3-year unexpired term …………… Open
  • Water Comm: 3-year term …………….. Wilson MacIntire
  • Library Trustees:
    • 5-year term ………………………….. Heather Potter
    • 3-year unexpired term …………… Open
  • Constable: 1-year term ………………… David Alexander
  • Town Agent: 1-year term ……………… Wesley Larrabee
  • Town Jurors—Two 1-year terms:
    • …………………………………………… Wesley Larrabee
    • …………………………………………… Open

[posted: MJ James, Town Clerk]

Articles for Town Warning

January 15, 2007

Questions or requests for funding to get on the Town Warning & ballot for Town Meeting require a petition signed by at least 5% of the town’s registered voters, filed with the Town Clerk by Jan 25, 2007 at 4 p.m. Forms and details available at the Town Office.

Updated Dog Ordinance Adopted

January 15, 2007

NOTICE
TOWN OF SHOREHAM RESIDENTS

Notice is hereby given of the following ordinance for the Town of Shoreham,
adopted at the Selectboard’s duly warned meeting on December 26, 2006. This notice is published in its entirety. Please contact the Town Constable if you have any questions. You may also review the ordinance at the Town Clerk’s Office. Citizens have the right to petition for a vote on the ordinance at an annual or special meeting as provided in Section 1973 Title 24. Unless a petition is filed for a permissive referendum, this ordinance will become effective February 24, 2007, which is sixty days after the date of its adoption.

ORDINANCE FOR THE CONTROL OF DOGS

At a meeting held in accordance with 24 VSA 1972(a) and pursuant to 24 VSA 2291(10), The Selectmen of the Town of Shoreham Adopted the following ordinance relating to the regulation and keeping of dogs and the providing for their leashing or restraint with the “Town of Shoreham” as defined below:

  1. DEFINITIONS: a dog “running at large” shall mean a dog which is not (a) on a leash, or (b) on or within a vehicle, or (c) on the property of its owner or his agent; or (d) clearly under the verbal command of its owner or his agent or (e) hunting with its owner or his agent.
    The pound and poundkeeper shall be that place and that person specifically designated by the Selectmen of the Town of Shoreham from time to time.
  2. A person shall not allow a dog to run at large within the limits of the Town of Shoreham.
  3. A person shall not permit any female dog in heat to be outside a building or outside a fenced enclosure.
  4. A person shall not permit a dog to bark excessively, or to otherwise become a public nuisance, or to create a disturbance.
  5. The Shoreham Town Constable shall be the chief enforcement officer of this Ordinance.
  6. The Constable and any law enforcement officer may use all reasonable methods for catching and impounding a dog in violation of this Ordinance, including the use of tranquilizing and marking apparatus.
  7. The Constable or any law enforcement officer may impound a dog found in violation of this Ordinance.
  8. The procedure for claiming or releasing a dog from the pound shall be as follows:A. Upon delivery to the pound, the poundkeeper shall notify the dog’s owner if the dog is licensed. The dog shall be held for three (3) days after the owner is notified, unless claimed earlier.

    B. If the dog is unlicensed, the poundkeeper shall notify a local radio station of the dog’s description, and the dog shall be held for three (3) days after the first broadcasting of the dog’s description, unless sooner claimed.

    C. If the owner does not claim the dog within the three-day period, the dog shall be given to whomever pays the poundkeeper’s fees, rabies shots, and necessary licensing fees.

    D. If no person claims the dog, the dog may be humanely destroyed, and the Town shall pay all necessary fees.

    E. No dog shall be released from the pound until it is properly licensed, and all pound and other charges paid.

  9. A person claiming a dog from the pound shall pay to the poundkeeper a reasonable fee for the dog’s board, all fees for licensing, and all other necessary charges and expenses incurred by the poundkeeper. In addition, such person shall pay to the poundkeeper, for the benefit of the Town, a reasonable compensation for expenses incurred for the enforcement of this ordinance.
  10. A person who violates this Ordinance shall be fined not more than One Hundred ($100.00) Dollars.
  11. If any part of this Ordinance is held to be invalid, such holding shall not affect the remaining portions of this Ordinance, which shall remain in full force and effect.
  12. This Ordinance shall be effective on February 24, 2007.

Paul Saenger
Marthe Fisher
Steven Goodrich
Robert Warren
Walter F. Pyle

Selectmen of the Town of Shoreham Dated:December 26, 2006

Attest: Mary Jane James, Town Clerk
297 Main Street
Shoreham, Vermont 05770
Tel. 802-897-5841

By-Laws Info Meeting on the 31st

August 27, 2006

This session, at 7PM at the school, begins with Article 6. This section is the big one, the one dealing with land divisions, district standards, the plan and review process, and so on—in a word, development. The Article sections are listed below. As always, you are urged to get a copy of the draft, if you haven’t, and study the Article under discussion. Please bring written comments/changes to the meeting to assist in the compilation of the final document.

ARTICLE 6. PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENTS (PUDS)

  • Section 6.01 Purpose
  • Section 6.02 Applicability
  • Section 6.03 Coordination with Other Review Processes
  • Section 6.04 Sketch Plan
  • Section 6.05 Final Plan Review
  • Section 6.06 Plan Amendments
  • Section 6.07 General PUD Standards
  • Section 6.08 Agricultural, Conservation, & Flood Hazard District Standards
  • Section 6.09 Agricultural District Density & Set Aside Standards
  • Section 6.10 Village Commercial or Residential & MDR Standards

Copies of the draft are available at the Town Office or as a PDF from the downloads page of the website.

Steve Jackson to Run for State House Seat

August 7, 2006

Steve Jackson has announced plans to run as the Republican candidate for State Representative.

Public Hearing: Aug 3 re: “Green Woods Village”

July 30, 2006

The Planning Board will be holding a Public Hearing, August 3, for “Green Woods Village,” Jeremiah Parker’s housing development plan for the area he owns on the south end of the Green. Access is across from Newton Academy. The Board plans to inspect the site on foot at 7PM prior to holding the actual meeting at 7:30. Interested persons encouraged to attend.