Special Town Meeting-May 7, 2022

TOWN OF WOODBURY, VERMONT

                                                                 WARNING

                                                      SPECIAL TOWN MEETING

                                                     SATURDAY, MAY 7, 2022

 The legal voters of the Town of Woodbury, Vermont are hereby warned and notified to meet at the Woodbury Elementary School on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 10:00 am to take action on the following Articles:

Article 1:  Shall the Town appropriate up to $85,000.00 to the Woodbury Volunteer Fire Department Inc. for the purpose of financing the cost for construction of a new Fire and Emergency Operations center at a total cost of $1,300,000.00?

Article 2:  To adjourn the meeting

Select Board:

Peter Peltz          _____/s/__________________

Chris Koteas       ____/s/___________________

Diana Peduzzi    ____/s/___________________

Signed on           _March 28, 2022____________

Attest:  Robin Durkee, Town Clerk

 

2022 Town Meeting Results

2022 WOODBURY TOWN MEETING RESULTS

Here is a summary of the Town of Woodbury votes on Town Meeting Day, March 1, 2022.

– Voting was by Australian ballot; due to Covid there was no actual in-person town meeting.
– Candidates receiving fewer than 9 votes not listed in this summary.
– Overall, 229 ballots were cast, including those blank or spoiled.
– Full results are available at the Town Office.

Article 1:  To elect all town officers required by law:

Moderator – 1 year: STEPHEN MURPHY 212

Town Clerk – 3 years: ROBIN DURKEE 222

 Select Board Member – 1 year remaining on a 3-year term: PETER PELTZ 135, Jason Thompson 84

Select Board Member – 3 years: DIANA PEDUZZI 134, Monty Shatney 77

Lister – 3 years: MERRY GANGEMI 190

Auditor – 3 years: JOHN REID 203

Auditor – 2 years remaining on a 3-year term: UNFILLED

Auditor – 1 year remaining on a 3-year term: JAYNE NOLD-LAURENDEAU 183

Collector of Delinquent Taxes: RON WELLS 174, Brandy Smith 17

Cemetery Commissioner – 5 years: AMY ELDRED 199

Library Trustee – 3 years: UNFILLED

Library Trustee – 2 years remaining on a 3-year term: UNFILLED

Library Trustee – 1 year remaining on a 3-year term: UNFILLED

UHSD (Hazen) Board Member – 3 years: CHRIS CASEY 198

Article 2:  Shall the Town appropriate a total of $10,294 to the following Central Vermont area service agencies?      YES 191, No 26

$750 to AWARE (Aid to Women, Men and Children in Abuse and Emergencies)
$250 to the American Red Cross of Northern New England                                     $600 to Central Vermont Adult Basic Education
$750 to the Central Vermont Council on Aging
$2,000 to Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice Inc.
$650 to CIRCLE (formerly Battered Women’s Services)
$100 to the Family Center of Washington County
$484 to Green Mountain Transit
$50 to Green Up Vermont
$750 to Hardwick Community Television
$200 to MOSAIC (formerly the Sexual Assault Crisis Team)
$200 to Our House of Central Vermont
$100 to the People’s Health and Wellness Clinic
$500 to Rural Community Transportation
$200 to Salvation Farms (gathers fresh vegs from VT farms, to donate to food pantries)
$1,000 to the Twin Valley Senior Center
$210 to the Vermont Center for Independent Living
$1,000 to Washington County Mental Health Services
$500 to the Washington County Youth Service Bureau

Article 3:. Shall the Town have its taxes paid to the Town Treasurer, as tax receiver, 60 days after tax bills are mailed (estimated due date to be Oct. 27, 2022)?  Taxes would then become delinquent and be turned over to the Collector of Delinquent Taxes for collection with a penalty that increases by ½ % per month of delinquency to a maximum of 6% for one full year or more of delinquency, and interest of 6% per year or ½% per month.

YES 206, No 9

 Article 4:  Shall the Town appropriate $17,850.00 to the Woodbury Volunteer Fire Department, to be  added to the truck replacement fund, paid July 1, 2022?

YES 176, No 44

Article 5: Shall the Town appropriate $78,487.76 to fund the operations of the Woodbury Volunteer Fire Department, for the fiscal year commencing July 1, 2022?

YES 179, No 38

Article 6:  Shall the Town appropriate $31,000 to the Woodbury Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. to be added to the Capital Replacement Fund, paid January 1, 2023?

YES 156, No 63

Article 7:  Shall the Town appropriate $23,000 for an audit of the modified cash basis financial statements of the town for the year ending June 30, 2022?

YES 172, No 40

 Article 8:  Shall the voters appropriate the amount of $13,000 to begin a multi-year program to improve the condition of the town cemeteries by cleaning and repairing monuments, repairing fences, and landscaping?  This amount is in addition to the $7,000 budgeted for mowing and general upkeep.

YES 180, No 37

 Article 9:  Shall the Town appropriate $215,780 to meet the expenses and liabilities of the Town for general purposes for the period from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023?   (This amount does not include the amounts listed in Articles 2 and 4-8 above)

YES 199, No 18

Article 10: Shall the Town appropriate $613,614 to meet the expenses and liabilities of the Town for highway purposes for the period from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023?

YES 197, No 23

Woodbury Town Meeting 2021 Summary

Town Meeting Day this year was different, to say the least.  Out of 743 ballots mailed, 205  were returned before Town Meeting Day and 111 people cast their ballots in person, for a 42.5 percent turnout.  The virtual “Informational Meeting” on Thursday evening prior, was considered a success and may be repeated in future years.   Here is a summary of the results:

Woodbury Town Meeting 2021 Summary Sheet

Moderator

Write-ins

Steve Freihofner 283

Write-ins: Kirk Thompson 1 Phil Demers -1

Clerk

Write-ins

Robin Durkee – 295

Write-ins: Phil Demers 2,

Diana Peduzzi 2, Laura Dailey 1

Selectman

Write-ins

Christopher Koteas 240

Write-ins: Mike McGlynn 2 Phil Demers 1 Tim Appleton 1, Roy Demers 1, Monty Shatney 1, Chuck Batchelder 1

Lister

Write-ins

Bob Martin – 254

Write-ins: Mike McGlynn, 2

Del Tax Coll.

Write-ins

Ronald Wells 268

Write-ins: Mike McGlynn 1 Blake 1

Library 1yr Elizabeth Hansen  269
Library 3yrs Sara VanHof   260
Library 2yrs Stephen Murphy 262
Library 3yrs Michelle Duford 251

 

Auditor 3yrs Several write-ins – none more than 8 needed for election
Auditor 2yrs Several write-ins – none more than 8 needed for election
Cemetery 5yrs Write-ins: Jamie Dutil 11, Susan

Stitely 9, others

Cemetery 2yrs Jamie Dutil 29,

Stephanie Appleton 6, others

Article 2 $10,494 for 21 area service agencies Yes 258 No 45
Article 3 About tax collections –

Yes 276 No 27

Article 4 $17,850 – WVFD Truck Fund

Yes 240   no 73

Article 5 $105,297 – WVFD Operations

Yes 226     No 84

Article 6 $85,000 – WVFD New Station

Yes 139 No 167

Article 7 $205,129 – General Fund

Yes 280                  No 26

Article 8 $571,994 – Highway Budget

Yes 280                   No 29

   

 

Notice to Voters–Annual Town Meeting–March 2, 2021

NOTICE TO VOTERS
ANNUAL TOWN MEETING
Woodbury Town Hall
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
10:00 AM- 7:00 PM

There will be a Town Meeting on March 2 but it won’t look like previous Town Meetings.  There will be no open in-person meeting. Instead, voting on town elections and business will be done by absentee ballots.-Ballots will be mailed to all registered voters, by mid-February. Town Reports will be mailed to each household around the same time. The ballot envelope will include a Town ballot, a Hazen Union ballot and one or two ballots for Orleans Southwest Union Elementary School business. Ballots can be returned either by mail, or left at the Town Office in the mail slot on the porch, or can be returned on March 2 at the Town Hall.

There will be one opportunity to ask questions about the Town budget items. That Informational Meeting will be held virtually, via ZOOM, at 6:30 PM on Thursday, February 25. The meeting will be hosted by HCTV and will be available to view after the meeting, by going to HCTV.us.

To participate in the meeting, you will need to be connected to the internet and have Zoom software on your computer or tablet. If you need assistance on how to hook up to the meeting, call the Town Office at 456-7051 and we will attempt to help.
Topic: Woodbury Town Informational Meeting – February 25, 2021
Time: Feb 25, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.usli/84240159507
Meeting ID: 842 4015 9507
Passcode: 448556

BEFORE TOWN MEETING DAY
The checklist will be posted by February 2, 2020. Make sure your name is on it. If your name is not on it, you should register to vote:
WHEN: Any time up to and including March 2, Town Meeting Day. Same Day Voter Registration is now available in Vermont.
WHERE: Town Clerk’s Office, Route 14 in South Woodbury, M-Th 9-1 and M 6-8 PM
OR ON-LINE – eligible voters can also register to vote through the Secretary of State’s Online Voter Registration System – www.olvr.sec.state.vt.us

Woodbury Awarded a $7,500 State Planning Grant

DATE: January 11, 2021

The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) awarded $7,500.00 to Woodbury in state Municipal Planning Grant funds to re-write Woodbury’s Town Plan. Woodbury successfully competed against 47 municipalities and was one of 32 funded.

The Municipal Planning Grant will aid the Woodbury Planning Commission in creating an inclusive planning process and a Town Plan that meets statutory requirements while providing Woodbury with clear and strategic initiatives.

CONTACT: Thomas Lindsay-Planning Commission Chair
wdbyselctbdtlindsay@comcast.net

Follow the link below to learn more.

http://accd.vermont.gov/community-development/funding-incentives/municipal-planning-grant

 

Woodbury Town Plan Community Survey Update

!ONE WEEK LEFT TO COMPLETE THE SURVEY!

The Planning Commission is in the process of developing a new town plan. We want to hear from you and get your input on Woodbury’s future! The Community Survey is a vital tool used to establish a strong, community-held vision for the Future of Woodbury.  Over 80 surveys have been completed to date!

Please use the following link for the electronic Community Survey, hosted by SurveyMonkey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/79L2SXZ

The survey closes on January 6, 2021.

Thank you,

Town of Woodbury Planning Commission

Town Plan Community Survey Update

Town Plan Community Survey Update

The Planning Commission needs to hear from Woodbury residents and property owners to get your input on Woodbury’s future. The Planning Commission published a link to the Community Survey on November 9, 2020. A sincere thank you to the 49 Survey respondents to date.

Please note that the Community Survey is a vital tool used to establish a strong, community-held vision of Woodbury’s future. The deadline for submitting your input is January 6, 2021, so there is ample time for all Woodbury residents and property owners to take the survey. Here’s the link to the electronic survey:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/79L2SXZ
Please do forward the survey link to two other persons in Woodbury.

Paper copies of the survey are available at the Town Offices. Please call ahead at 802.456.7051 to be sure the Offices are open.

Thank you,

Town of Woodbury Planning Commission
Contact: Thomas Lindsay, Planning Commission Chair
o Email: wdbyselctbdtlindsay@comcast.net
o Phone 802.535.8522
Contact: Michael Gray, Select Board Chair, Planning Commission
o Email: wsbmgray@gmail.com
o Phone: 802.456.1983
Contact: Jim Schweithelm, Planning Commission
o Email: jschweithelm@gmail.com
o Phone 802.578.5114
Contact: Jayne Nold-Laurendeau, Planning Commission
o Phone: 802.456.1534
Contact: Dave Barnowski, Planning Commission
o Phone: 802.456.7094

Overview of Woodbury Town Planning Process

Overview of Woodbury Town Planning Process

November 20, 2020

Why a Town Plan: Every Vermont town is legally required to have an adopted plan, updated every eight years.  The plan articulates resident’s aspirations for the town’s future and describes how to achieve them.  A plan will: 1) help Woodbury make better decisions about how to use its resources and apply its regulatory authority; 2) give the town greater access to state, federal, and private grant funding; and 3) give the town a stronger voice in state infrastructure and land development permitting decisions.

History and Current Status: Woodbury’s most recent plan was adopted in 2003, making it long overdue for revision.  An updated plan was drafted in 2016 but was not finalized.  During Town Meeting 2020, Planning Commission Chairman Skip Lindsay proposed, and residents in attendance agreed to, allocating $10,000 for a comprehensive plan revision.  During the summer, the Planning Commission solicited bids from planning consultants to provide technical assistance during the planning process.  The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission (CVRPC) was the successful bidder.  Planners Clare Rock and Zach Maia are now supporting the planning process and will continue to do so through September 2021 when the plan is scheduled to be submitted for adoption by the Select Board and the CVRPC.

Planning Process and Plan Content

Vermont town planning guidelines call for a five step planning process: 1) Community Assessment; 2) Shared community vision formulation; 3) Goals and policies development; 4) Mapping of desired future land use; and 5) Priority actions identification.  Community assessment includes creating a picture of Woodbury as it is now in terms of history, population, economy, education, infrastructure, housing, communications, transportation, energy use, land use, and natural resources. A core element of the assessment process is engaging residents to understand their perceptions of the town and aspirations for its future.  This information forms the basis for a community discussion about creating a community vision and later to develop goals, policies and actions to achieve the vision.  The CVRPC will gather data and create maps to support the visioning and planning process.   In addition to the above topics, towns are legally mandated to include provisions in the plan to protect large forest blocks and reduce flood impacts.   Towns may include additional topics of local interest.

The Vision

Agreeing on a vision of Woodbury’s future is at the heart of the planning process.  A vision statement typically addresses overall town character, educational and economic opportunities, land and natural resource use, and government services but isn’t limited to these topics.  The vision may include a desire to maintain elements of the town’s character while identifying areas where change is desired.

Where We Are Now

The Planning Commission and consultants have developed a survey to get input from Woodbury full and part-time residents on topics that are critical to developing the vision.  This survey may be completed electronically on Survey Monkey or filled out on a paper form available at the town office until early January.  Members of the Planning Commission will interview selected residents in more depth.

Public Information 

Monthly progress updates will be posted on the town website and on Front Porch Forum.  Survey results will be posted as they are available using an information dashboard that will be developed by a volunteer Woodbury resident.

COVID Considerations

The town planning process usually includes a number of public meetings as the plan is developed to allow community members to interact with each other and with the commissioners. Public meetings are not possible now but the Planning Commission is hopeful that we will be able to hold public meetings next summer.

Planning Schedule

November-December 2020:  Solicit community input as described above.  CVRPC begins data analysis and mapping.

January-February 2021: Summarize interview and survey responses and share them with the community.  Community feedback incorporated into the body of information used to develop the Vision. CVRPC begins updating data and text in the Town Plan.

March-April 2021:  Woodbury Planning Commission and CVRPC develops the vision and goals section of the plan and shares these with the community. CVRPC continues updating the plan.

May-June 2021:  The draft Town Plan is finalized through public meetings, while also seeking comments through electronic media.

July-September 2021:  The Woodbury Town Plan is submitted for town adoption. Public hearings are held by the Planning Commission and then the Select Board. Revisions, if necessary, are made. Upon adoption by the Select Board, the plan will be reviewed by CVRPC for regional approval and legal adoption.