Tuesday February 26, 2013

HALIFAX -- Selectboard member Edee Edwards' term has expired, but there are no challengers this year.

All the other positions up for election are incumbents, who the public can meet at Pre-Town Meeting and Meet the Candidates night on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Halifax School Gymnasium.

Residents will be asked if they'd like to adopt a new official seal, "to be used on town stationary, town vehicles, a town flag or other media wherever an official town seal would be appropriate, without changing the embossing seal used by the Town Clerk."

The new seal was placed on the warning for Town Meeting by petition.

"A lot of people don't like that particular one," said Selectboard Chairman Lewis Sumner. "There's going to be a lot of discussion on that one."

Voters also will be deciding on the possibility of adding two more Selectboard members to the board.

This particular article had been voted on three or four times before, Sumner said.

"It's never passed, so I don't know what's going to happen," he said.

The Halifax School District is asking voters to approve a budget of $1,542,218 for the year beginning July 1, 2013.

Article 12 addresses the Community Club, which is asking for $1,000. It has been voted in by petition, which means 5 percent of the legal voters have signed off on supporting the article.

Article 13 has been voted in by petition, too.


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It addresses support for the Deerfield Valley Community Partnership, "to assist with the cost of providing programming and activities to prevent youth drug and alcohol use."

Article 8 serves to support the Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire, Inc., because Halifax does not have a town nurse. This organization has helped the town's residents for over 20 years, Sumner told the Reformer.

Article 9 will ask voters if they'd like to raise and appropriate $3,000 for the Whitingham Library, which has served Halifax residents.

Article 10 asks voters if they'd like to raise and appropriate $20,500 for the Halifax EMS, Whitingham Ambulance and Rescue Inc.

"These figures have been the same for the last three or four years," said Sumner.

The Wings Community Program, which provides after-school and summer programs for children, will seek another year of approval from voters for $2,500.

Article 15 asks voters to raise and appropriate sums for different programs and services, which have been the same amount every year, said Sumner. The Brattleboro Area Hospice, the Council on Aging for Southern Vermont, the Women's Freedom Center, the Windham Child Care Bookmobile Program, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Windham County, the Health Care and Rehabilitative Services, the Youth Services, Green Up Vermont, American Red Cross and Southeastern Vermont Community Action are all included in the article.

Chris Mays can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or cmays@reformer.com. Follow Chris on Twitter @CMaysReformer.