Pownal Election and Town MeetingBy Susan Bush
12:00AM / Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Pownal, Vt. - Two incumbents and one challenger vying for one one-year Selectmen's term comprise the only annual town election contest for the Tuesday, March 7 election.
Challenger Harry "Hap" Percey of Pownal Center is making a bid to return to the select board after losing reelection to a three-year term in 2005. Selectman Steven Kauppi was the victor of that contest.
Town voters elected Francis "Frank" Saunders Jr. of Barber's Pond Road and Ron Bisson of North Pownal to one-year terms last year; the two are seeking reelection as the incumbents.
Voting is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Pownal Valley Volunteer Fire Department fire house of of Route 7.
Town Clerk, Three Years, Karen J. Burrington
Treasurer, Three Years, Ellen Strohmaier
Town Moderator, One year, Timothy Holbrook
Selectman, Three Years, Donald Prouty
Lister, Three Years, Barbara Schlesinger
Auditor, Three Years, [vote for two] Clint Hutchins, Tammy "T.J." Norris
Town Agent, One Year, Charles B. Palmer
Grand Juror, One Year [vote for two] Pamela Bolus, Cindy Brownell
Trustee of Public Monies, Two years [vote for two] Pamela Bolus, Cindy Brownell
There are no contests affecting officers of the Pownal Elementary School. Those seeking a return to office are Timothy Holbrook, one year term as moderator of the annual school meeting. Cindy Brownell, three-year term as a school director, and Gudrun Hutchins and Angie Rawlings, one-year terms as school directors.
There is a contest for election as a representative to the Mount Anthony Union School District board. Lance Matteson of Main Road is challenging Stephen Counter of Route 7.
The MAUSD ballot includes a question asking voters to approve up to $2,245,006 for construction of a wood-fueled boiler facility at the Mount Anthony Union High School. Voters are also being asked to approve a 2006-07 district budget of $21,299,942.
The Pownal town meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 6 at the Pownal Elementary School. There are three warrant articles facing voters: to hear reports of town officials and take action, approval authorizing the town treasruer to receive taxes until they become delinquent, and to approval permitting Selectmen to borrow monies "from time to time, as needed," in anticipation of taxes.
The annual school meeting is schedlued for 7 p.m. Monday March 6 at the elementary school.