Town Meeting 2016: Stratton powers through outage
STRATTON >> The town held its annual Town Meeting despite a power outage to the town offices on Tuesday.
According to Town Clerk Kent Young, the power outage meant Town Meeting was held in a cold building this year.
"And we had to use a 200-foot electrical cord to make coffee," he said.
Dealing with a power outage might have been the most eventful thing to happen during the meeting, which ended at noon.
Young said that though the school budget, at $570,759, was passed, there was a lively discussion on the implications that Act 46 will have on Stratton. He said Stratton and the other towns in the region that don't have their own schools will have to create a district to be in compliance with Act 46.
Appropriation requests, originally presented to voters at $32,885, were reduced by $5,600 after line items for the LaMarche Scholarship Fund and the Manchester and the Mountains Regional Chamber of Commerce. Young said the LaMarche Scholarship was eliminated because it hasn't been used in a while and there are funds that need to be expended. He added that the line item for the Chamber of Commerce was eliminated because voters expressed that Stratton Ski Resort already pays to the Chamber so the town didn't need to as well.
After those line items were eliminated, the town budget was approved at $940,890 and the highway budget was approved at $1,048,500. Voters also approved $47,150 for the Stratton Mountain Volunteer Company.
Diana Stugger was re-elected as Town Moderator; Chris Liller was re-elected to a three-year term on the Selectboard and Al Dupell and Kevin Robinson were re-elected to one-year terms; Kent Young and Ray Hawksley were elected to four-year terms on the Planning Commission; Candie Bernard was re-elected as Town Lister; and Helen Fuller Eddy and Stacie Chiodi were elected as Town Listers. Siobhan Eddy Young was re-elected to a three-year term as a School Director.
Bob Audette can be contacted at 802-254-2311, ext. 160.
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