Budget, PACE approved in L'derry

LONDONDERRY - All 25 articles were passed by a vote from the floor at this year's town meeting in Londonderry including the approval the town's $1,576.756.87 budget.

Kelly Pajala was re-elected as Town Clerk and Jim Wilbur was re-elected as town treasurer.

In the two-year seat for select board, Kathy Aragi defeated Wayne Blanchard and Steve Prouty was reelected to a 3-year term.

Londonderry voters also decided to eliminate the position of town auditor. When voters asked why this position was being eliminated, Mark Fontaine said it is because outside, professional auditing firms now take care of the town's audit and the elected auditors simply put together the town report.

Among the articles approved includes establishing a Highway Equipment Reserve Fund and raising the sum of that fund to $47,000, the continued reuse and redesign of five FEMA buyout properties in town and to designate Londonderry a Property Assessed Clean Energy [PACE] District.

Bob Borella, Londonderry energy coordinator, said PACE is a way to finance energy improvements, such as energy efficiency or renewable energy projects.

"Basically, any homeowner can apply for money to do any kind of energy improvements," Borella said. "You do not have to lay out the money up front. The financing is provided through the state PACE program and in essence, you pay the money back in something that is very similar to tax property assessment."

The payments stay with the houses and not the owners, so if when a home is sold, the obligation to the payments end, he said. After some discussion and questions, the article was approved.

Voters also approved $1,000 for the Londonderry Conservation Fund; $3,000 for Memorial Park; $40,000 to be split between Phoenix Fire Company and Champion Fire Company; $26,443 for Mountain Valley Medical Center; $10,000 for the South Londonderry Library Association; $8,000 for the Town Parks Fund, $33,005 for human service organizations; $5,300 for Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies; $1,000 for Friends of teh West River Trail.

Wendell Coleman was elected to replace Mike Bernhardt as Town Moderator.

Other elected positions included Joan Dayton as Delinquent Tax Collector; Roger Sheehan as First Constable; Peter Pagnucco as Town Grand Juror; Coleman as Town Agent; Katherine Mosenthal as Trustee of Public Funds; Dany Cobb and Laurie Mullen to the Cemetery Commission; Charlie Cave and Melissa Brown to the RED Board; and Julie Bacon Snide to the Memorial Park Board.

All articles were approved by a voice vote from the floor, except for positions that by law are required to be voted by paper ballot.

The Brattleboro Reformer contributed to this report.


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