For the second time this year, Hartford voters will be asked to approve a pair of changes to the town charter on Election Day. Both proposed changes passed on Town Meeting Day but the Legislature refused to ratify the amendments, saying they were inadequately warned. One amendment would allow the town to implement a local option tax. The other would require an Australian ballot vote for all budget items put before town voters.
Voters in three proposed Vermont school districts will cast their unification votes on Nov. 8. Voters in Grand Isle Supervisory Union, Barre City and Town and Addison Northeast Supervisory Union will all cast ballots on forming new school districts to comply with Act 46.
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. In Vermont, the Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities marks the occasion by recognizing employers with its Spirit of the ADA Awards. In Lamoille County, two Sodexo food service employees at Johnson State College are being honored.
Twenty-four hour water service has been reinstated in Dorset. The water system for the Dorset Fire District had been under restricted use due to a dangerously low spring-fed reservoir. While the district says the supply has been restored to safe levels, users are still under the boil water notice imposed a week ago.
The ongoing drought has forced the operators of the municipal water system in Dorset to halt service between midnight and 6 a.m. until further notice. In addition, all customers in the Bennington County town are under a boil water order.
After decades of conservation efforts, East Montpelier is considering refocusing its land use goals to support more affordable housing. The town is kicking off the conversation by holding a Land Conservation Summit.
In fewer than two years, Johnson State College and Lyndon State College will join together as one school with two campuses. Talk of the unification plan has been circling around both campuses since the semester started.
At its board meeting Thursday morning, the Vermont State Colleges System Board of Trustees voted unanimously to unify Johnson and Lyndon State Colleges into one school with "two distinctive campuses," starting in July 2018.