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WARNING

VILLAGE OF WOODSTOCK

ANNUAL VILLAGE MEETING

March 17, 2020

 

 

 

The citizens of the Village of Woodstock, who are legal voters in the Village of Woodstock, Vermont, County of Windsor, are hereby warned to meet at the Town Hall on the 17th day of March 2020, at 7:00 A.M., continuing until 7:00 P.M., for the purpose of transacting during that time, voting by Australian ballot.

 

The citizens of the Village of Woodstock, who are legal voters in the Village of Woodstock, County of Windsor, State of Vermont, are hereby warned to meet at the Woodstock Town Hall in said Village on the 17th day of March, 2020 at 7:30 P.M. to act upon the following articles.

 

 

ARTICLE   1:                To elect Village officers for the ensuing year as required by law:

 

Moderator                                            1 year term

Clerk                                                    1 year term

                              Trustee                                                 3 year term (Australian Ballot)

                               Trustee                                                 2 year term (Australian Ballot)

Treasurer                                              1 year term

Trustee of Public Funds                      1 year term

Auditors (2)                                          1 year term

Fire Wardens (3)                                  1 year term

 

ARTICLE 2:                  To receive and act upon the reports of the Village officers.

 

ARTICLE 3:                  To fix the annual compensation for the elected Village officers.

 

Moderator                                             50.00 per meeting

Treasurer                                             1500.00 per year

Clerk                                                     400.00 per year

Trustees                                                750.00 per year

 

ARTICLE 4:                  To see if the Village will vote to collect the Village General taxes on real estate and all other taxes levied through the Treasurer under the provisions of Title 32 VSA, Chapter 133 and fix the date of payment as November 6, 2020 and May 7, 2021.

 

ARTICLE 5:                  To see if the Village will vote to authorize the Treasurer, with the

                                    approval of the Board of Trustees, to borrow money if necessary, in

anticipation of taxes for FY 2020-2021 to defray current expenses and

debt of the Village.

 

ARTICLE 6:                  To see if the Village will vote to appropriate the sum of One Million three

Hundred Twenty-Four Thousand Five Hundred Eighty-Five Dollars

($1,324,585) and raise by taxation the sum of Five Hundred Seventy-Four Thousand Eighty-Seven Dollars ($574,087) to pay the current expenses and debt of the village.

 

 

General Government                             $ 252,280

Boards & Agencies                                     102,300

Fire Department/STR Enforcement                  4,700

  Village Highway                                              45,000

Village Police                                             919,305

Capital Reserve Spending                              1,000

Total                                        $ 1,324,585

 

                                         

ARTICLE VII:               To see if the Village will vote to appropriate and raise by taxation the sum of Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) for the care and planting of trees.

 

ARTICLE VIII:              To see if the Village will vote to raise and appropriate from taxes the sum of Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) for the purpose of Village beautification projects and seasonal decorations. This money to be spent at the discretion of the Board of Village Trustees.

 

ARTICLE IX:                To see if the Village will vote to appropriate the sum of Four Hundred Dollars ($400) for the purpose of paying the Trustee of Public Funds for services rendered, and approve such expenditure from income of the trust funds.

                                   

ARTICLE X:                 To see if the Village will vote to appropriate the sum of Four Hundred Dollars ($400) for the purpose of auditing the Public Trust Funds, and approve such expenditure from income of the trust fund.

 

ARTICLE XI:                To act on any other business that may legally come before the Village Meeting.

 

 

Dated at Woodstock, County of Windsor, State of Vermont this 11th day of February 2020.

 

 

 

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

 

 

Jeffrey Kahn, Chair

Antonina DiNatale

Cary Agin

Keri Cole

 

Donald R. Wheeler

Village Clerk

 

NOTICE TO VOTERS

 

 

 

Woodstock residents not on the voter checklist may register to vote at the Town Clerk’s office in the Town Hall.

 

Absentee ballots are available from the Town Clerk prior to 4:30 P.M. on March 16, 2020.  A voter, who expects to be an early or absentee voter, or an authorized person on behalf of such voter, may apply for an early voter absentee ballot until 4:30 P.M. or the closing of the Town Clerk’s office on the day preceding the election.

 

 

 

 

 

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WARNING

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

Sanitation                                                                      33,550

Welcome Center                                                           36,850

Ambulance Department                                              645,520

Health Officer                                                                 7,440

Fire Department                                                          327,550

Emergency Services Bldg. Maintenance                      40,400

Constable                                                                        9,800

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

Total                                                                      $5,902,498

 

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.

  1. Exemption from all local property taxes including education, highway, and town general.
  2. 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

Mary Riley

John Doten

Jill M. Davies

Ray Bourgeois

 

  1. Charles Degener, III

Town Clerk         

 

 

NOTICE TO VOTERS

 

Woodstock residents not on the voter checklist may register to vote at the Town Clerk’s office in the Town Hall.

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The Town Select-board and Village Trustees announced at Tuesday’s meeting that William H. Kerbin, Jr. has accepted the position of Woodstock’s Town/Village Manager. Mr. Kerbin has been the Town Manager for Onancock, VA. since 2016. He plans to attend the Town Meeting on February 29th. His start date will be March 25th, 2020.

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PUBLIC NOTICE

ATTENTION WOODSTOCK VOTERS

 

Woodstock residents not on the voter checklist may register to vote at the Town Clerk’s office in the Town Hall.

Absentee Ballots are available from the Town Clerk prior to 5:00 PM on Friday, February 28, 2020.  A voter who expects to be an early or an absentee voter, or an authorized person on behalf of such voter, may apply for an early or absentee ballot until 5:00 PM or the closing of the Town Clerk’s office on the Friday before the election.   V.S.A., T. 17, C.51, S.2531.

 

Town Clerk’s Office Hours

Monday – Friday

8:00-12:00 Noon & 1:00 – 4:30 PM

Closed on the day preceding

Australian Ballot Voting

Monday, March 2, 2020

 

 

Absentee Ballot & Election Hours

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The Woodstock Planning & Zoning Office has vacancies on 3 of its Boards:

 

* 2 Vacancies on Village Design Review Board – This Board is the advisory body to the Village Development Review Board, reviewing applications in the Village Design Review District

 

*1 Vacancy on Village Development Review (Zoning) Board – This Board holds hearings and makes decisions on Village land use permits.

*1 Vacancy on Town Development Review (Zoning) Board – This Board holds hearings and makes decisions on Town land use permits.

For more information or to submit a letter of interest, contact Michael E. Brands, AICP, Town/Village Planner by email at mbrands@townofwoodstock.org or by mail at: Town of Woodstock, P.O. Box 488, Woodstock, VT 05091. Office phone is (802) 457-7515.

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Please click the link below for a summary of the newly adopted Dangerous and Vacant Buildings and Property Ordinance.

 

The Ordinance becomes effective August 18, 2019.

 

 

Summary of Dangerous Building and Property Ordinance

 

 

For questions regarding this Ordinance, please contact the Municipal Manager’s Office at (802) 457-3456.

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The Woodstock Economic Development Commission, charged with managing the allocation of funds received from the 1% local options tax, has established a decision making process and specific guidelines for awarding grants for Events and Community Projects.  These guidelines reflect the Commission’s interpretation of the article that was adopted at the Woodstock Town Meeting on March 3, 2015 and is subject to the approval of the Woodstock Selectboard.

For more information, click on the following:

Woodstock EDC Decision Making Guidelines

Woodstock EDC Sponsorship Guidelines

Woodstock EDC Event Sponsorship Program Rubric

Woodstock EDC Special Project Rubric

SELECT BOARD Presentation – Community Meeting (click here to review Powerpoint presentation)