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Morrow pulls out of Windsor Senate race

Morrow pulls out of Windsor Senate race Remaining contenders are from northern part of county

By Cynthia Prairie ©2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Just one week after formally announcing his run for the Vermont Senate to represent the Windsor District, Chris Morrow of Weston, former owner of Northshire Books in Manchester, has pulled out of the race. Because of Windsor County’s population — the 4th largest in Vermont with 57,753 residents […]

Green Up Day events throughout the region

Green Up Day events throughout the region Andover, Athens, Cavendish, Chester, Grafton, Londonderry Weston & Winhall

By Stacia Spaulding ©2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Although Green Up Day officially takes place on the first Saturday in May, many area residents have gotten a jumpstart on cleaning up the roadsides in their towns. If you would like to help, there are still plenty of opportunities to take part on Saturday, May 7. This […]

News Analysis: Legislature shuffles the districts in spite of local wishes

News Analysis: Legislature shuffles the districts in spite of local wishes Local towns need to leverage new representation

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC While the text of House Bill 589 said that lawmakers would be seeking public — and municipal — input on their reapportionment plan to determine what State House districts will look like for the next 10 years, for officials in most area towns, they apparently were not […]

Andover elects historic board; Chester voters return Whalen to Select Board after hiatus

Andover elects historic board; Chester voters return Whalen to Select Board after hiatus

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Andover residents, faced with three select board vacancies, created what is likely an historic board with a majority of women as members. With one member resigning his unexpired three-year seat and two members deciding not to run for re-election, Andover residents were voting to put three new […]

Variations on a Town Meeting Day

Variations on a Town Meeting Day Area towns choose formats, new dates for annual votes

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Once again this year the Vermont legislature has taken its cue from the continuing Covid pandemic and is giving municipalities options in how they can manage Town Meeting Day. And area select boards have chosen several variations — from fully remote meetings and Australian ballots for all […]

Area towns shuffled, separated under proposed redistricting plan

Area towns shuffled, separated under proposed redistricting plan

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont House yesterday passed H. 589 to bypass the work done by a tri-partisan board set up to create a legislative redistricting plan. The move substitutes the bill as the design for the “initial district plan.” The text of the legislation says that lawmakers will be […]

Area towns look -- cautiously -- to spend large ARPA allocations

Area towns look — cautiously — to spend large ARPA allocations

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC There’s a lot of extra money in the bank accounts of town governments across the state with more coming next year. But most towns are taking cautious steps in deciding how to spend the funds. That’s because the money comes from the federal government’s American Rescue Plan […]

Weston board mulls zoning enforcement, talks reappraisal

Weston board mulls zoning enforcement, talks reappraisal

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC At its Tuesday, Aug. 24 meeting, the Weston Select Board heard from Zoning Administrator Will Goodwin who spoke about a rewrite of the town’s development bylaws and asked whether the board wanted to move forward on enforcing violations of the zoning regulations. Goodwin told the board that […]

Kinhaven employees test negative for Covid following positive results

Kinhaven employees test negative for Covid following positive results

By Cynthia Prairie ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The five employees of Kinhaven Music School in Weston who tested positive for Covid-19 have all been retested at least two more times with negative results for the contagious coronavirus,  school co-executive director Anthony Mazzocchi told The Telegraph on Tuesday. While expressing disappointment that the school had to […]

Weston board changes planning and zoning structure, sets tax rates

Weston board changes planning and zoning structure, sets tax rates

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Weston Select Board revised the planning and zoning structure of the town at its meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 10, moving from a Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Adjustment to a Planning Commission and Development Review Board. This shifts the responsibility for a number of zoning […]

Weston tax rate still up in the air

Weston tax rate still up in the air Public hearing set for Aug. 10 on switching from Zoning Board to DRB

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Weston Select Board on Monday, July 27, once again passed on approving the town tax rates but did reinstate a 3 percent late fee for property taxes that had been waived last year due to the pandemic. At its July 13 meeting, the board had questions […]

Weston board considers reappraisal, tables municipal tax-rate decision

Weston board considers reappraisal, tables municipal tax-rate decision

By Shawn Cunningham © Telegraph Publishing LLC Last Tuesday evening, the Weston Select Board heard from Listers Greg Carroll and Dan Hanenberg who suggested that the town might want to consider a reappraisal of properties for the grand list. Noting that last appraisal was in 2005 and that the “cost table” and “land value schedules” […]

Weston considers replacing Zoning Board with Development Review Board

Weston considers replacing Zoning Board with Development Review Board

By Mallory Hopkins ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC During the Weston Select Board meeting on Tuesday, June 22, members began discussing replacing the Zoning Board of Adjustment with a Development Review Board, which would allow landowner to have a “one-stop shop” when it comes to seeking decisions on land-use issues. Board vice chair Jim Linville said […]

Weston board continues speed sign discussion; Act 64 compliance road work continues

Weston board continues speed sign discussion; Act 64 compliance road work continues

By Mallory Hopkins © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Weston Select Board met for the first time since the delayed Weston Town Meeting on May 25. Members opted out of their regularly scheduled meeting that would normally have taken place the same day. The town’s annual meeting had been postponed from March, due to Covid-19. […]

Pandemic postponed annual meetings take place under sunny skies

Pandemic postponed annual meetings take place under sunny skies After 3-month delay, Weston, GM school district meet

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC As the Covid-19 pandemic seems to be winding down, a number of municipalities are catching up with meetings (under sunny skies) that could not be held in their traditional March time slots this past winter. By the time the country was shutting down in mid-March 2020, most […]

Weston board confirms outdoor Town Meeting

Weston board confirms outdoor Town Meeting Little School bathroom renovation set, seeks flooring upgrade

By Mallory Hopkins ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Weston’s long-delayed Town Meeting will be held outdoors on Tuesday, May 25, the Weston Select Board confirmed at its May 11 meeting. The meeting will take place in front of the Weston Playhouse on Park Street, the venue for Weston’s Town Meeting although held indoors, and begin at […]

Weston board mulls May 25 Town Meeting

Weston board mulls May 25 Town Meeting

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC While the Weston Select Board decided on Tuesday, May 25  for its annual meeting back in January and voted to warn the meeting for that date back on March 23, there seemed to be a fair amount of confusion around the event at last Tuesday’s regular meeting. […]

Weston board to poll homeowners on flashing speed signs

Weston board to poll homeowners on flashing speed signs

By Cherise Madigan ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Weston Select Board decided at its Tuesday, March 9 meeting that it will be polling nearby homeowners concerning a prospective plan to place radar speed signs on either end of Route 100 entering downtown Weston, where multiple crashes near — or into — the town Green have […]

Helipad letter prompts Weston board to push<br> for updated Town Plan, zoning regulations

Helipad letter prompts Weston board to push
for updated Town Plan, zoning regulations

By Cherise Madigan ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Weston Select Board took the first step toward updating the town’s zoning laws and Town Plan at its Feb. 23 meeting, prompted by a letter from Vermont’s Transportation Board regarding permitting for helipads and airstrips. Transportation board Helipad Letter In the letter, which you can read here, […]

Traffic safety around Green continues to concern Weston board

Traffic safety around Green continues to concern Weston board

By Cherise Madigan ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Weston Select Board, at its Feb. 9 meeting, continued to explore options to improve traffic safety around the Weston Town Green at Vermont Route 100. Although the posted speed limit slows to 30 mph before vehicles enter downtown Weston, the area has seen a number of accidents […]