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Weston Board OKs homestead rate of $2.1879

Weston Board OKs homestead rate of $2.1879

By Bruce Frauman ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Weston Select Board on Tuesday, July 28 voted to approve a homestead tax rate of $2.1879 per $100 of assessed property value and $2.2135 for non-homestead property. To arrive at that rate, Town Treasurer Kim Seymour removed the $250,000 spending item to replace a culvert on Trout […]

Weston board sets homestead rate at $2.17

Weston board sets homestead rate at $2.17 Citing enforcement issues, questions about authority, votes down mask mandate

By Bruce Frauman ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Town Treasurer Kim Seymour at the Weston Select Board meeting on Tuesday, July 14 said the combined homestead tax rate will be $2.17 cents per $100 of property valuation and $2.19 cents for non-residents. Seymour said this is down from last year. According to the minutes for last […]

Dr. Barbeau, founder of Neighborhood Connections, honored with car parade

Dr. Barbeau, founder of Neighborhood Connections, honored with car parade

By Bruce Frauman ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC .Nicole Wengerd, the new executive director of Neighborhood Connections in Londonderry, introduced founding member Delores Barbeau by saying doctors told Barbeau that she should not be alive. Barbeau has Stage 4 cancer and was not expected to live beyond May. Wengerd then joked, “What do doctors know?” The […]

Weston board OKs extending Lawrence Hill paving near Post Office loading dock

Weston board OKs extending Lawrence Hill paving near Post Office loading dock

By Bruce Frauman ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Weston Select Board during its Zoom meeting on Tuesday, June 9 agreed in a 3-1 vote to pave near the loading dock of the Post Office building at Main Street and Lawrence Hill Road, where a puddle forms as deep as 6 inches forms and can turn […]

Despite objection over small no-bid project, Weston board OKs large payout

Despite objection over small no-bid project, Weston board OKs large payout

By Bruce Frauman ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Weston Select Board on Tuesday, May 26 voted 3-2 to pay out $964,922.90, with the bulk — $938,716.74 —  going to the Vermont Education Fund. The education payout, however, was not an issue. Instead, chair Denis Benson questioned a $10,000 downpayment to Ron Prouty for building a […]

Weston Board OKs industrial generator for Town Office, Little School

Weston Board OKs industrial generator for Town Office, Little School

By Bruce Frauman ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Weston Select Board on May 12 voted to purchase a new industrial grade generator to provide electricity during blackouts to the Town Office building and the Annex building next door, which houses the Little School. Board member Jim Linville estimated a cost of $15,000 to $20,000, with […]

Weston Board to seek bridge loan; to seek electric speed signs for Route 100

Weston Board to seek bridge loan; to seek electric speed signs for Route 100

By Bruce Frauman ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Town Clerk/Treasurer Kim Seymour told the Weston Select Board at its Tuesday, April 28 meeting on Zoom that the town needs to borrow $632,500 through a Tax Anticipation Note, with $119,000 coming from a town special fund. The loan would be a “bridge loan” to cover town expenses, […]

Weston board delays decision on special Town Meeting in its first remote session

Weston board delays decision on special Town Meeting in its first remote session

By Bruce Frauman ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC In its first video-conferencing meeting during the Covid-19 shutdown, the Weston Select Board on March 24 delayed action on a proposal by board chair Denis Benson to hold a special Town Meeting to postpone large town expenditures such as a $90,000 bridge replacement and $30,000 for a fire […]

Weston cemetery commish loses seat as non-voter

Weston cemetery commish loses seat as non-voter

By Bruce Frauman © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Resident Donald Hart told the Weston Select Board on Tuesday, March 10 that one of the elections on Town Meeting Day the previous week was illegal. Judy Poissant had been elected to a five-year term on the Cemetery Commission but is not registered to vote in Weston, […]

Few disagreements at Weston Town Meeting

Few disagreements at Weston Town Meeting But 'bathroom talk' dominates Wilder Library discussion

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The post-Town Meeting lunch — prepared by the Little School — was scheduled for noon, but by 10 til 11,  with 24 of 25 articles decided, Weston Town Moderator Wayne Granquist was asking the 80 voters attending to either stay or return for the chili and cornbread […]

Three young local snowboarders to compete in Burton Open Junior Jam

Three young local snowboarders to compete in Burton Open Junior Jam

© 2020 Telegraph Publishing, LLC Snowboarders Sumner Orr of Weston, Connor Cavanagh of Windham and Tommy Okesson of Connecticut will be representing Southern Vermont as they head to Vail, Colo., next week to participate in the Burton U.S. Open Junior Jam. This is the first time the Junior Jam that three riders from Southern Vermont […]

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 […]

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 […]

Take a run: Offices open in local governments

Take a run: Offices open in local governments Petitions to be on the ballot are due Jan. 27

Vermont’s towns are run by community minded folks who step up and serve in local government positions – from town clerks and select board members to Library Trustees, Listers, Constables and more. This is the time of year that residents can take out a petition to get on the ballot for Town Meeting Day elections. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Windstorm knocks out power for days

Windstorm knocks out power for days

By Shawn Cunningham ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC A powerful storm on Thursday night into Friday left thousands of Green Mountain Power customers in the dark with many still powerless on Sunday morning. As of this morning — Monday — GMP was reporting 371 statewide customers without power with more than 25 percent in The Telegraph […]

Emerald ash borer found in Londonderry

Emerald ash borer found in Londonderry Surrounding towns now seen as infected or high risk

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation has announced that the emerald ash borer, a beetle that has been decimating ash trees from Michigan to Maine, now has been found in Londonderry. According to a statement released Thursday, the infested area includes all of Londonderry, Windham, […]

Weston considers buying used grader; OKs HB bid for heating oil

Weston considers buying used grader; OKs HB bid for heating oil

  By Bruce Frauman ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Weston Select Board is considering purchasing a used grader. At the Weston Select Board’s Sept. 10 meeting, board chair Denis Benson said that the board may consider the purchase in early October. Road Foreman Almon Crandall said he has been looking at a used grader that […]