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Derry board OKs new speed limits along Middletown Road

Derry board OKs new speed limits along Middletown Road

By Bruce Frauman ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC At the last meeting with Board chair Jim Ameden and member Bob Forbes before they would step aside for two newly elected board members, the Londonderry Select Board on March 2 approved speed limits on Middletown Road. After consulting online maps, the board voted to place a 40 […]

Annunziata, Fleming elected to Derry Select Board

Annunziata, Fleming elected to Derry Select Board Pro-cannabis resolution passes; 1% options tax defeated

By Bruce Frauman ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The 2020 Londonderry Town Meeting on Tuesday elected two new new members of the Select Board, rejected a 1 percent local options tax, passed a non-binding resolution supporting cannabis related business and left both constable positions vacant. Vincent Annunziata was elected to a three-year term on the Select […]

Derry board indicates support for speed limits along Middletown Road

Derry board indicates support for speed limits along Middletown Road

By Bruce Frauman ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC At their Feb. 17 meeting, Londonderry Select Board members Bob Forbes, George Mora and Tom Cavanagh all expressed support for imposing speed limits on Middletown Road. Based on engineering and traffic studies, Town Administrator Shane O’Keefe proposed a 30 mph speed limit from the intersection of VT Route […]

Weston board ponders updated hazard plan

Weston board ponders updated hazard plan

By Bruce Frauman ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Weston Town Clerk Kim Seymour told the board on Tuesday, Feb. 11 that she has applied for a $7,200 grant from FEMA that requires a $2,500 match from the town to conduct a survey to update the town’s Local Hazard Mitigation Plan. However, she said she doesn’t know […]

Two Derry Select Board veterans won't seek<br> re-election

Two Derry Select Board veterans won’t seek
re-election

By Bruce Frauman © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC During a sparsely attended Candidates’ Night forum held on Monday, Feb. 17, both Londonderry Select Board members who are up for re-election in March said they have chosen not to run again. Bob Forbes said that at this time in his life, he has other things going […]

Dale to Derry Selects: School budget to rise 4%

Dale to Derry Selects: School budget to rise 4%

By Bruce Frauman © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Dick Dale, a board member of the Taconic & Green Regional School District, spent considerable time at the Monday, Feb. 3 meeting of the Londonderry Select Board going over details of the school district’s proposed fiscal 2020-21 budget, which is 4 percent higher than in fiscal 2019-20. […]

Weston board agrees to survey to kick off broadband project

Weston board agrees to survey to kick off broadband project

By Bruce Frauman ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC At its Jan. 28 meeting, the Weston Select Board agreed to participate in the Windham Regional Commission broadband project. Board member Ann Fuji’i said that the town will participate in the survey but can withdraw from further action at any time. The WRC will be surveying landowners in […]

Derry residents get rundown on feasibility study for water/wastewater systems

Derry residents get rundown on feasibility study for water/wastewater systems

By Bruce Frauman ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC On Monday, Jan. 27, about 20 Londonderry residents gathered at the Twitchell Building for the first of three planned public meetings about a study to be conducted on the feasibility of creating town water and wastewater systems. Planning Commission chair Sharon Crossman told the group, “Every time we […]

Derry budget holds slight tax hike; cannabis article at Town Meeting

Derry budget holds slight tax hike; cannabis article at Town Meeting

By Bruce Frauman ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Londonderry Select Board on Monday, Jan. 20, passed a budget for fiscal year 2020/21 that will result in an expected total municipal tax rate of $0.40385 that includes the building reserve fund and all appropriations. This will result in about a $25 hike in taxes for a […]

Weston board discusses future of fiber optic, cannabis marketplace

Weston board discusses future of fiber optic, cannabis marketplace

By Bruce Frauman ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Weston Select Board, minus the absent Ann Fuji’i, on Tuesday, Jan. 14 engaged in extended discussions regarding financial issues over legislation in Montpelier, the fire department and a generator to serve both the Town Office and the Little School building next door. State Rep. Kelly Pajala called […]

State experts urge action on emerald ash borer beetle

State experts urge action on emerald ash borer beetle

By Bruce Frauman ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The primary take-away for individuals attending a community forum about the emerald ash borer beetle is not to move wood during the bug’s “flight season,” which in Vermont is from June 1 to Sept. 30. For communities, the lesson is that the longer one waits to act, the […]

Derry voters to weigh local options tax

Derry voters to weigh local options tax Board tackles 2020-21 budgeting before Town Meeting

By Bruce Frauman ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Londonderry Select Board at its meeting on Monday, Jan. 6 voted to place on the March 3 Town Meeting warning an article for the town to vote on a 1 percent local options tax on sales, rooms, meals and alcohol, in an attempt to reduce the municipal […]

Weston board begins to address state cannabis legislation, regional broadband service

Weston board begins to address state cannabis legislation, regional broadband service

By Bruce Frauman ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC State cannabis legislation and its affects on local jurisdictions, regional broadband service and the rising cost of recycling and solid waste disposal were all discussed at the Dec. 17 Weston Select Board. After several board members admitted confusion over a letter describing cannabis regulation legislation now in a […]

Derry to undertake water/waste system study

Derry to undertake water/waste system study Local option tax, Williams Dam future also discussed

By Bruce Frauman ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Londonderry Select Board has agreed to move forward with a water and wastewater management study. At its Monday, Dec. 16 meeting, the board also agreed to authorize Town Administrator Shane O’Keefe to sign a contract for the study with a consultant recommended by the water/wastewater committee. O’Keefe […]

Little School, Weston office to work on joint backup generator

Little School, Weston office to work on joint backup generator

By Bruce Frauman ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Little School and the Town of Weston are hoping to work together to purchase and install a power backup system that will keep both the school and the Town Office running during outages. The new director of the Little School came to the Weston Select Board on […]

Derry board mulls cannabis sales

Derry board mulls cannabis sales

By Bruce Frauman ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Londonderry Select Board has begun considering allowing a cannabis dispensary within town limits, should the state legislature pass S. 54, which would establish a commercial marketplace for the products in the Vermont. At the board meeting on Monday, Nov. 18, board member George Mora said it might […]

Londonderry to join state's opioid lawsuit

Londonderry to join state’s opioid lawsuit

By Bruce Frauman ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Londonderry Select Board at its meeting Monday night chose to join a Vermont lawsuit that is part of the nationwide multi-district litigation against manufacturers and distributors that created or contributed to the nationwide opioid crisis. Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan said in a letter to all Vermont […]

Weston board continues town worker health insurance, OKs funds for Flood Brook speed sign

Weston board continues town worker health insurance, OKs funds for Flood Brook speed sign

By Bruce Frauman ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC During a short meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 22, the Weston Select Board  voted to continue with health insurance coverage through MVP in spite of a 9 percent increase in premiums. The town insures four full-time staffers. Board member Jim Linville said the risk of exposure without insurance was […]

Derry to mull fund to tackle emerald ash borer

Derry to mull fund to tackle emerald ash borer

By Bruce Frauman ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC After considerable discussion, the Londonderry Select Board agreed on Monday, Oct. 21 to consider both an annual budget allocation and a fund that can accumulate from year to year to cope with the emerald ash borer beetle that was identified in the town in early October. The beetle […]

Speed limits, signage top Derry board discussion

Speed limits, signage top Derry board discussion

By Bruce Frauman ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Responding to a letter from Flood Brook School Principal Neal McIntyre, the Londonderry Select Board on Monday, Oct. 7 agreed to contribute $1,530 toward the cost of new speed limit beacons on Route 11. McIntyre said the total cost will be $10,000 and the state Agency of Transportation […]