Local elections, ballot issues decided across Vermont at Town Meeting - VT Digger

It wasn’t all about Super Tuesday voting yesterday - across the state Vermonters elected new municipal leaders and decided on ballot and bond issues. Some of that happened on Monday night, too.

PROCTOR — A number of towns around the state held their town meetings Monday night, when work won’t prevent folks from turning out. Voters in Proctor overwhelmingly opposed a $1.5 million private offer for 1,650 acres of watershed this Rutland County community owns in nearby Chittenden. You don’t sell your assets,” resident Justin Carter said during a nearly half-hour string of speeches by taxpayers against the proposal. “Once it’s gone it’s gone.” Florida businessman John Gerlach grew up on a Rutland Town farm and owns nearly 600 acres of Chittenden property abutting the watershed. A frequent Vermont visitor, he made an offer this fall to buy Proctor’s 1,650 acres to add to his view. “We really like the property,” Gerlach said in a recent interview. “Right from the beginning, it was my intent to expand my holdings. That’s why I’m pursuing this piece.”



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