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Derry board recommends cut in police funding, preps for town meeting

Derry board recommends cut in police funding, preps for town meeting

By Bruce Frauman ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Londonderry Select Board on Monday night voted to recommend that this year’s request for police funding be reduced to $50,000 from the current $86,000, when the issue comes before the voters at Town Meeting in March. Town Administrator Robert Nied said State Police Lt. Anthony French can […]

Weston board ponders rising number of funding requests on ballot

Weston board ponders rising number of funding requests on ballot

By Bruce Frauman ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Weston Select Board chair Denis Benson on Jan. 23, set off a long discussion when he proposed adding an article to this year’s Town Meeting warning that, starting next year, would remove organizations that are not based in Weston  from the appropriations list on the warning. Instead, he […]

Sewer, water system for Derry? Town in preliminary mulling stage

Sewer, water system for Derry? Town in preliminary mulling stage

By Bruce Frauman ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Londonderry Select Board has agreed to allow the town to participate in two studies with the aim of possibly creating water and sanitation systems in certain portions of town. Town Administrator Robert Nied, who introduced the studies at the Londonderry Select Board meeting on Jan. 22, said […]

Weston to email, mail tax reminders; board mulls parking ordinance revamp

Weston to email, mail tax reminders; board mulls parking ordinance revamp

By Bruce Frauman ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Weston property taxpayers will receive at least three reminders of the date that their property taxes are due, the Select Board decided at its meeting last week, Jan. 9. Those reminders will be sent out by email as well as through the Post Office. That due date will […]

Seeking petitions, Derry board rejects four funding requests

Seeking petitions, Derry board rejects four funding requests

By Bruce Frauman ©2018-Telegraph Publishing LLC The Londonderry Select Board on Jan. 8 went through the list of appropriation requests to be voted on from the floor as it prepared for the March Town Meeting. Four organizations requesting money from the town were denied a spot on the warning by the Select Board unless they […]

New requests in Derry bring voted articles to $91,000

New requests in Derry bring voted articles to $91,000

By Bruce Frauman ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Fiscal requests to be voted on from the floor at Londonderry’s Town Meeting in March are almost $23,000 above the nearly $68,000 approved in 2017, according to a preliminary list compiled by Treasurer Tina Labeau and presented to the Londonderry Select Board on Dec. 18. At that meeting, […]

Readying to move, Gordon resigns from Derry board; <br>mediator mulls returning Brown case to State's Attorney

Readying to move, Gordon resigns from Derry board;
mediator mulls returning Brown case to State’s Attorney

By Bruce Frauman 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Select Board chair Paul Gordon announced his resignation from the board at its Monday, Dec. 18 meeting, saying that he and his wife will be moving to Virginia after selling their Londonderry home more quickly than expected. For the past nine years, Gordon had served on the Planning […]

Brown counteroffers on mural damage; Derry board hears shed update

Brown counteroffers on mural damage; Derry board hears shed update

By Bruce Frauman ©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Restaurant owner Ed Brown has offered to pay $500 to Flood Brook School as compensation for painting over the mural students designed several years ago, Londonderry Select Board chair Paul Gordon said at Monday’s board meeting. He said that the offer was relayed by Jackie Trepanier, program director […]

Weston's property tax collecting policy under scrutiny

Weston’s property tax collecting policy under scrutiny

By Bruce Frauman ©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Changes to Weston’s property tax-collecting policy could be on the horizon, after one resident caused an uproar recently by paying part of a late fee with four thousand pennies. That resident, David Johnson, now wants to petition to ask town voters to approve establishing a grace period and […]

Derry board to ask for compensation in mural destruction; zoning enforcement to be stepped up

Derry board to ask for compensation in mural destruction; zoning enforcement to be stepped up

By Bruce Frauman ©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Londonderry Select Board on Monday voted to propose to the Brattleboro Community Justice Center that restaurateur Ed Brown make a $3,000 contribution to a fund for the wall that he painted over back in September. Brown had said he painted over a mural, on the Route 11 […]

After late fee hit, Weston resident suggests altering tax payment policy

After late fee hit, Weston resident suggests altering tax payment policy

By Bruce Frauman © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC An $867 late fee for property taxes caused two very different reactions that were aired at the Nov. 14 Weston Select Board meeting. Steve Johnson said he mixed up the deadline to pay his taxes and arrived  at 8 a.m. on the day after they were due. […]

Derry board sets up panels to address speeding, FEMA land, town insurance

Derry board sets up panels to address speeding, FEMA land, town insurance

By Bruce Frauman ©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Londonderry Select Board approved on Monday night the formation of three new committees that it hopes will address public safety, aesthetic and budget issues. The Traffic Safety Committee was recommended by member George Mora after residents asked why the Select Board doesn’t do something about speeding on […]

Derry vandalism case moves to restorative justice center

Derry vandalism case moves to restorative justice center

By Shawn Cunningham and Bruce Frauman ©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC The case of Ed Brown, the Londonderry restaurant owner who was to appear before the court in Brattleboro on Tuesday, Nov. 7, to be arraigned on unlawful mischief charges for painting over a mural on Route 11, has been transferred to the alternative Brattleboro Community […]

Weston board chair: Town's quaint identity imperiled

Weston board chair: Town’s quaint identity imperiled

By Bruce Frauman ©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC At the Weston Select Board meeting on Tuesday Oct. 24, chairman Denis Benson said the town is at a crossroads and gave the board two weeks to consider his thoughts. Benson said Weston is heading down a road to losing its identity as a quaint, rural town. He […]

More Markham Lane residents attend Weston board with runoff problems

More Markham Lane residents attend Weston board with runoff problems

By Bruce Frauman ©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Seven residents of Weston’s Markham Lane showed up at the Weston Select Board meeting on Oct. 10 asking for more action on the excessive water run off on their street. In early September, Markham Lane residents Barbara Lloyd and Jenny Server brought the problem to the attention of […]

Derry Policing Committee asks to disband; Select Board to seek restitution in mural destruction

Derry Policing Committee asks to disband; Select Board to seek restitution in mural destruction

By Bruce Frauman ©2017 Telegraph Publishing In a move that surprised the Londonderry Select Board on Monday night, Oct. 16, the Policing Committee sent a letter announcing that it is seeking board permission to disband instead of taking on the more tasks, including of looking at speed limits, speed ordinances and safety signs in town. […]

Weston Select Board hires new Lister Consultant, tables other actions

Weston Select Board hires new Lister Consultant, tables other actions

By Bruce Frauman ©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC The only action the Weston Select Board took on Tuesday, Sept. 26 was at the end of the meeting after an executive session, when the board voted to give Howie Brosseau, the town’s chief Lister, the authority to hire Linda Sherman as a Lister Consultant. The listers, Weston […]

Derry emergency alert system readied; board adopts Town Plan

Derry emergency alert system readied; board adopts Town Plan

By Bruce Frauman ©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Kevin Beattie, town Emergency Management director, told the Londonderry Select Board at its Monday, Oct. 2 meeting that four people have been trained to use the VT Alert system and are “ready to go.” In case of an emergency, an alert will go out using one or more […]

Walker Farm theater unveiled for large, excited crowd

Walker Farm theater unveiled for large, excited crowd

By Bruce Frauman © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC At noon on Friday the new barn-red building behind the old barns, silos and farmhouse at the intersection of Route 100 and the Andover Road in Weston stood silent and empty. But by noon on Saturday, Sept. 23, the new theater — the Center for the Arts […]

Mural incident spills over as resident asks Mora to resign Derry board

Mural incident spills over as resident asks Mora to resign Derry board

By Bruce Frauman ©2017-Telegraph Publishing LLC The controversy over the Route 10 mural painted over 10 days ago by a local restaurateur spilled over to the Sept. 18 Londonderry Select Board meeting, when resident Chad Stoddard asked Select Board member George Mora to resign from the board or be removed, if she refused. Stoddard was […]