TOWN OF WOODSTOCK, VERMONT
PUBLIC INFORMATIONAL MEETING
ANNUAL TOWN MEETING
February 29, 2020 And March 3, 2020
The legal voters of the Town of Woodstock, County of Windsor, State of Vermont are hereby notified and warned to meet at the Town Hall Theatre in said Town on the 29th day of February, 2020 at 10:00 A.M., for a the Annual Meeting, and on Tuesday the 3rd day of March, 2020 between the hours of 7:00 A.M. until 7:00 P.M to act on the following:
The legal voters of the Town of Woodstock are further notified that voter qualifications, registration, and absentee voting relative to said meeting shall be as provided in Chapters 43, 51 and 55 of Title 17, Vermont Statutes Annotated. You must be registered to vote in the Town of Woodstock in order to vote at Town Meeting.
The legal voters of the Town of Woodstock are further notified that informational hearings will be held on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 6:00pm and on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 9:30am at the Town Hall in the Town of Woodstock for the purpose of explaining the proposed improvements and the financing thereof for the South Woodstock wastewater treatment facility and the Town Emergency Services Building.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2020:
PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING & ANNUAL MEETING 9:30 AM
ARTICLE 1: To see if the Town will receive and act upon reports submitted by the Town officers.
ARTICLE 2: To see if the Town will vote to collect the Town General, Highway, School Taxes and State Education Taxes on real property and all other taxes levied through the Treasurer under the provisions of Title 32 VSA Chapter 133 and fix the dates of payment as November 6, 2020, and May 7, 2021.
ARTICLE 3: To see if the Town will vote to pay the Town Officers in accordance with Title 24 VSA, Section 932 as follows:
Select Board $ 1,000.00 per year
Town Treasurer $ 12,000.00 per year
Listers $25.01 per hour
Constable $25.01 per hour
Town Clerk $31.52 per hour
Moderator $50.00 each time serves
ARTICLE 4: To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Treasurer, with the approval of the Select Board to borrow money, if necessary, in anticipation of taxes for Fiscal Year 2020-2021 to defray current expenses and debts of the Town and Sewer Department.
ARTICLE 5: To see if the Town will vote to appropriate the sum of Five Million Nine Hundred Two Thousand Four Hundred Ninety Eight Dollars ($5,902,498) which includes the specified sums of money to operate each department; and to raise by taxation the amount of Four Million Seventy Five Thousand Five Hundred Eighteen Dollars ($4,075,518) which is the necessary sum to defray operating costs for FY 2020-2021.
Culture and Recreation 455,700
General Government 762,990
Planning and Zoning 115,800
Town Highways 1,927,980
Cemetery Maintenance 20,500
Welcome Center 36,850
Ambulance Department 645,520
Health Officer 7,440
Fire Department 327,550
Emergency Services Bldg. Maintenance 40,400
Communications – Dispatch 358,700
Town Police 404,868
Select Board Contingency 260,500
Capital Reserve Spending 157,000
Irene Bond 57,350
Community Fireworks (4th of July) 10,000
Economic Development Commission 270,000
ARTICLE 6: To see if the Town will vote to appropriate the sum of One Million Seventy Thousand Two Hundred Seventy Five Dollars ($1,070,275), which includes One Million Two Thousand Two Hundred Seventy Five Dollars ($1,002,275) from user fees and Sixty Eight Thousand Dollars ($68,000) from other revenues, to pay the current expenses and debt of the sewer department for FY 2020-2021.
ARTICLE 7: To see if the Town will vote to appropriate the sum of Nine Hundred Dollars ($900) and pay each of the Trustees Three Hundred Dollars ($300) for the purpose of paying the Trustees of Public Funds for services rendered, and approve the expenditure from the income of the Trust Funds for that purpose.
ARTICLE 8: To see if the Town will vote to appropriate the sum of One Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($1,500) for the purpose of having the Public Trust Funds audited and approve the expenditure of One Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($1,500) from income of the Trust Funds to pay for the Annual Audit.
ARTICLE 9: To see if the Town will vote to appropriate the sum of Twenty-Five Thousand Dollars ($25,000) for general improvements to Vail Field.
ARTICLE 10: Shall the Town of Woodstock vote to raise, appropriate and expend the sum of One Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($150,000) for the purpose of paving the town and village roads.
ARTICLE 11: Shall the Town of Woodstock raise $37,000 for a Regional Energy Coordinator?
ARTICLE 12: To entertain the discussion of any other business of interest to the legal voters, such discussion shall not be construed in any manner as binding Municipal action.
TUESDAY, MARCH 3RD, 2020: AUSTRALIAN BALLOT – 7:00 AM TO 7:00 PM
ARTICLE 13: The election of Town Officers for the ensuing year as required by law including:
Select Board (3-year term)
Select Board (2-year term)
Town Clerk (3-year term)
Town Treasurer (1-year term)
Moderator (1-year term)
Lister (3-year term)
Auditor (1-year term)
Auditor (2-year term)
Auditor (3-year term)
Cemetery Commissioner (2-year term)
Cemetery Commissioner (3-year term)
Trustee of Public Funds (2-year term)
Trustee of Public Funds (3-year term)
Grand Juror (1-year term)
First Constable (1-year term)
Town Agent (1-year term)
W.C.M.U.U.S.D. (3-year term)
W.C.M.U.U.S.D. (3-year term)
ARTICLE 14: Shall general obligation bonds or notes of the Town of Woodstock in an amount not to exceed Two Million Eight Hundred Thousand Dollars ($2,800,000), subject to reduction from the receipt of available state and federal grants-in-aid and other financial assistance, be issued for the purpose of financing the cost of constructing upgrades to the South Woodstock wastewater treatment facility, the estimated cost of such improvements being Two Million Eight Hundred Thousand Dollars ($2,800,000).
ARTICLE 15: Shall general obligation bonds or notes of the Town of Woodstock in an amount not to exceed Four Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($4,500,000), subject to reduction from the receipt of available state and federal grants-in-aid and other financial assistance, be issued for the purpose of financing the cost of renovating and reconstructing the Town Emergency Services Building, the estimated cost of such improvements being Four Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($4,500,000).
ARTICLE 16: Shall the Town of Woodstock vote to raise, appropriate and expend the sum of Five Hundred Ninety-Three Thousand ($593,000) for the purpose of providing additional staff and equipment necessary to furnish twenty-four hour municipal ambulance service.
ARTICLE 17: Shall the Town of Woodstock appropriate the sum of Five Hundred Dollars ($500) to Green Mountain RSVP & Volunteer Center of Windsor County to develop opportunities for people age 55 and older to positively impact the quality of life in the community of Woodstock through volunteer service.
ARTICLE 18: Shall the Town appropriate the sum of Three Thousand Two Hundred Forty Seven Dollars ($3,247) to help support outpatient mental health, and substance abuse services by the staff of Health Care and Rehabilitation Services, Inc. (HCRS).
ARTICLE 19: Shall the Town vote to appropriate and raise by property taxes, the sum of Fifty One Thousand Two Hundred and Fifty Dollars ($51,250) for the Norman Williams Public Library to help support the operations and maintenance of the library. These funds are over and above the budgeted support that the Town provides to this library for Fiscal Year 2020-2021.
ARTICLE 20: Shall the Town of Woodstock appropriate the sum of Thirty Thousand Dollars ($30,000) for the Ottauquechee Health Foundation (OHF). OHF is a nonprofit community resource that provides funding and support for individuals with limited financial means to help meet critical health and wellness needs such as medical and dental care, eyeglasses, hearing aids, dentures, prescription co-payments and short term caregiver services.
ARTICLE 21: Shall the Town of Woodstock vote to raise, appropriate and expend the sum of Forty Two Thousand Dollars ($42,000) for the support of Pentangle Arts to provide services to the residents and students of the Town of Woodstock.
ARTICLE 22: Shall the Town raise and appropriate the sum of Two Thousand Dollars ($2,000) for the support of Senior Solutions (formally Council on Aging for Southeastern Vermont) for help to support seniors and their families who are trying to remain at home and not be placed in a nursing home.
ARTICLE 23: Shall the Town appropriate the sum of Three Thousand Dollars ($3,000) to Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) to assist Woodstock in responding to the emergency needs of the community and providing all available and applicable services to families and individuals in need.
ARTICLE 24: Shall the Town appropriate the sum of One Thousand Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($1,250) to support programming of the Spectrum Teen Center. Our objective is to engage teens in healthy activities and make youth feel supported, welcomed and included. There is no charge to attend our program.
ARTICLE 25: Shall the Town raise and appropriate the sum of One Thousand Four Hundred Sixty Six Dollars ($1466) for the support of The Public Health Council of the Upper Valley to help continuing public health coordination for residents in the areas of Substance Misuse, Elder Care, Oral Health, Emergency Preparedness, and Healthy Living.
ARTICLE 26: Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate from the general fund the sum of Twenty Five Thousand Dollars ($25,000) to help support the home health, maternal and child health, and hospice care provided in patients’ homes and in community settings by the Visiting Nurse and Hospice for VT and NH.
ARTICLE 27: Shall the Town of Woodstock appropriate the sum of Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($2,500) for Windsor County Mentors (formerly Windsor County Partners), for youth mentoring services provided to the children in Windsor County.
ARTICLE 28: Shall the Town raise and appropriate the sum of Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($2,500) to support the mission of WISE (Women’s Information Services, Inc.) in providing free crisis intervention and support services to victims of domestic and sexual violence and stalking.
ARTICLE 29: To see if the Town will vote to appropriate the sum of Thirty Five Thousand Dollars ($35,000) to be allocated to the Woodstock Area Chamber of Commerce for operational expenses of the Mechanic Street Welcome Center for FY 2019-20.
ARTICLE 30: Shall the Town of Woodstock vote to appropriate the sum of Forty Thousand Four Hundred Dollars ($40,400) as the Town’s share of service for the Woodstock Area Council on Aging to run the Thompson Senior Center. The Thompson is an important community resource – providing daily meals, medical and area transportation, and an array of health, educational and social services that assist residents to age well.
ARTICLE 31: Shall the Town raise and appropriate the sum of Three Thousand Dollars ($3,000) for the support of the Woodstock Area Job Bank to connect individuals and businesses with members of our community who are seeking work and volunteer opportunities.
ARTICLE 32: Shall the Town of Woodstock appropriate the sum of Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000) for the Woodstock History Center to address and improve the energy efficiency of our building.
ARTICLE 33: Shall the Town of Woodstock vote to appropriate the sum of Eight Thousand Dollars ($8,000) for Woodstock WCTV8 Public Access Television to help support coverage of ongoing events within the Town of Woodstock.
ARTICLE 34: To see if the Town will vote either or both of the exemptions listed below for the land and building known as Edwin J. Thompson Senior Center owned by the Woodstock Area Council on Aging for a period of five years.
- Exemption from all local property taxes including education, highway, and town general.
- Exemption from the educational property taxes and to raise by property taxation a sum of money to pay the exempted amount to the appropriate entity.
Dated at Woodstock, County of Windsor, State of Vermont on this 21st day of January 2020.
By the Select Board members of the TOWN OF WOODSTOCK:
L.D. Sutherland, Chair
Jill M. Davies
- Charles Degener, III
NOTICE TO VOTERS
Woodstock residents not on the voter checklist may register to vote at the Town Clerk’s office in the Town Hall.