CVPS estimates that power will be restored to the West Hill Road area and North Sherburne tomorrow (9/1) or the day after.
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This morning, there will be a caravan allowed to leave Killington via Route 4 east through Bridgewater to RT 89. The caravan will take place between 8am and 10am and will be assisted by police. The road, although passable, remains dangerous and the trip will be slow and cautious.
Who would have thought that a tropical storm could have created an island town in the center of VT? I never would have believed it if I didn’t see it with my own two eyes. Killington is the newest island. Presently, the only way in, or out of town is via helicopter. RT 4 East is washed away from the intersection of (what used to be) River Road east past Goodro Lumber. RT 4 West is washed away just west of the intersection of Wheelerville Road. RT 100 North is blocked at the intersection of RT 4 due to road and bridge and washouts. East Mountain Road is impassable heading east at the Great Eastern ski bridge. Pictures only tell part of the story. Stay tuned for updates.
The Mountain Times newspaper has been sold. The Barnard family has owned and operated the Killington paper for the past 25 years and the transition will take place during the first week of September. Angelo Lynn has purchased the paper and comes with a great deal of experience as he also owns the Addison Independent, Brandon Reporter and Vertical Ski and Ride Magazine.
In other Killington news, Town Manager, Kathleen Ramsay has submitted her resignation effective October 15th. Kathleen has been the Killington Town Manager since 2008 and will be returning to her former job as assistant Town Manager in Middlebury.
In a Special Town Meeting held on August 1, 2011, Killington voters approved the use of Australian Ballot for deciding on budgets, public questions and electing officials. Approximately 250 people attended the special meeting called to reconsider a vote made in May, 2011. Comments were made by a few residents advocating their positions. The vote was called first for deciding on budget issues. Paper ballot was used for this vote. The result of the vote was approximately 175 (YES) to 70 (NO). The other two questions were voted in approximately the same proportions. Actual results can be viewed on the Killington town website.
A special town meeting is being held tonight, August 1, 2011 at 6:00pm at the Killington Elementary School. The meeting has been called to discuss, once again, the advantages and disadvantages of:
- Electing town officials by Australian Ballot
- Deciding on town budget items by Australian Ballot
- Deciding on public questions by Australian Ballot
You might recall that the towns’ people voted and approved using the Australian Ballot during the last Special Town Meeting held in May. It seems, however, those people who did not agree with the majority vote the last time have petitioned the town to reconsider the vote. Is this an example of, “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again?” Hopefully, we can put this issue to bed once and for all tonight.
If you are a registered voter in the town of Killington, please show up one more time at 6pm this evening and cast your vote. If you hadn’t figured it out already, I am a strong proponent of enabling everyone who has the right to vote, the opportunity to vote.
The town of Killington, VT just completed a reassessment of all property values. The new tax assessments have been posted on the Killington town website and can be viewed immediately. In addition, notices were mailed on May 13, 2011 to all property owners to advise them of the new assessments. If you disagree with your new assessment, you may grieve and/or appeal the new valuation. You must follow the prescribed process in the prescribed timeframes. The first step to the grievance process must be completed by May 27, 2011.
I strongly advise all Killington property owners to check their new tax assessment as soon as possible. If you have questions about the process used to determine the value, you want more details about your assessment, or you want to grieve or appeal your valuation, call the Killington town listers at 802-422-2248.
A Special Town Meeting was held in Killington, VT on Monday evening, May 9, 2011. Close to 300 voters attended. The original purpose of the Special Town Meeting was to review and vote on a revised 2011 budget. The original budget had been voted down at the annual town meeting held in March. The new budget, which is approximately $250,000 lower than the original, passed unaninously. As it turns out, that was the least contentious Article on the agenda.
Two other significant town issues were petitioned to be “warned”, discussed, and voted at the Special meeting. The first Articles that stimulated some “heated debate” concerned the use of Australian ballots for voting on the town budget, public questions, and electing town officials. Australian ballots would allow for voters to vote during designated hours (a minimum of 10am to 7pm) on Town Meeting Day as well as up to two weeks in advance and/or use absentee ballots. The Town Meeting would be an informational meeting only and could be held up to three days in advance of the official Town meeting voting day which is the first Tuesday in March.
Those in favor of maintaing the current process of presenting, discussing, and voting during the annual town meeting based their feelings on the importance of voters being well informed of all arguments prior to making their decision. They felt that voters were less likely to attend an “informational” town meeting if they could vote without attending and they would be less “informed” when casting their vote. Those in favor of using the Australian Ballot system cited work schedules and other commitments that precluded people from being able to attend the Town meeting and hence prevented them from voting. Their argument was that fewer voters’ preferences were able to be represented. A paper ballot was called and the Australian ballot was approved by a vote of approximately 55%.
The second major issue discussed and voted concerned whether or not to increase the size of the Select Board from three members to five members. The primary arguments of those in favor of the increase were that: the workload responsibility was too heavy for a three person board and; a five-person board would represent a broader base of voters. The arguments to maintain the three-person board were that the Select Board had been able to accomplish what was necessary in a short period of time and that the Board that was elected in March should be given an opportunity to do what the voters elected them to do. In my mind, there was a strong undercurrent in the room feeling that the reason to increase the size of the board at this time was to attempt to overturn the direction the voters had decided in March. The Article to increase the size of the board was defeated by a vote of 150 to 133.
The Special Town meeting was adjourned after that vote. For a full account of the Special Town Meeting results visit the Town of Killington website.
On October 10, 2010 a meeting will be held at the Sherburne Elementary School for out of state property owners. Guest speakers will include Chris Nyberg, President, Killington/Pico Resort, Rob Megnin, Director of Marketing, Killington/Pico Resort and Steve Selbo, President, SP Land. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the meeting will start at 10:00 a.m. The purpose of this meetig is to discuss the creation of a Killington/Pico Owners Association.
On January 11, 2009, an informational meeting was held at the Sherburne Elementary school in Killington. Members of the Killington Economic Development and Tourism Commission (EDTC) as well as Select Board members and other town volunteers presented the rationale for purchasing a 37 acre parcel of land located on Killington Road known as the “Fireside” property. Well over 100 people attended the meeting to hear the presentation and voice their support, concerns, and/or questions.
The EDTC contends that the land is necessary to host events critical to building a vibrant four-season economy for the town. The conceptual site plan presented at the meeting indicates proposed event areas, parking, trails, and access points. The land is being offered to the town for $850K. Costs have been estimated at approximately $700K for site development, not including bathroom facilities.
The EDTC and Select Board are proposing that the town voters approve a Municipal Bond in the amount of $1.4 million to cover the outstanding costs. According to the presenters at the meeting, revenues associated with the Options Tax will be sufficient to cover the cost of the bond spread over 20 years. The vote will be held through Australian ballot at the Killington town meeting to be held the first Tuesday of March, 2010. Absentee ballots will be available prior to the meeting.
Although attendees at the meeting were generally supportive of bringing new events and business to the town and many attendees seemed supportive of the land purchase, a number of the attendees requested that revenue projections be presented supporting the expenditures. No revenue models or new visitor projections were developed or presented.
An additional meeting prior to the town meeting in March will be “warned” and held for further comment and discussion. Watch for future announcements.