John Hammer, Contributing Editor
Town Meeting 2017 Countdown
The following positions for town offices are up for election March 7, 2017. Petitions are available at the Town Clerk’s office. In each case, the name of the incumbent is listed. Those names in Bold have petitions in circulation. Petitions with at least thirty (30) qualified Charlotte voters’ signatures are required and must be returned to the Town Clerk by January 30, 2017. So far, Allen Ash, Susan O’Hanian and Frank Tenney have already completed the petition process and are now in the system.
- Auditor – 3-year term (Jennifer Cole – incumbent) Allen Ash
- Cemetery Commissioner – 3-year term (Vacant)
- Cemetery Commissioner – 2-year term (Victoria Zulkoski incumbent)
- Cemetery Commissioner – 1-year term (Vacant) Susan O’Hanian
- CCS School Director – 3-year term* (Lorna Jimerson –incumbent)
- CCS School Director – 2-year term* (Erik Beal – incumbent)
- CCS School Director – 1-year term* (Sue Thibault – incumbent)
- Library Trustee – 5-year term (Nan Mason – incumbent)
- Delinquent Tax Collector – 1-year term (Mary Mead – incumbent)
- Lister – 3-year term (Vacant)
- Town Moderator – 1-year term (Jerry Schwartz – incumbent**) Ed Stone, Charles Russell
- School Moderator – 1-year term (Jerry Schwartz – incumbent**) Ed Stone, Charles Russell
- Road Commissioner – 1-year term (Hugh Lewis, Jr. – incumbent)
- Selectboard – 2-year term (Jacob Spell – incumbent) Seth Zimmerman, Frank Tenney
- Selectboard- 3-year term (Fritz Tegatz- incumbent) Ed Stone
- Town Agent – 1-year term (Vacant)
- Town Grand Juror – 1-year term (Vacant)
- Trustee of Public Funds -3-year term (Jill Lowry – incumbent)
- Trustee of Public Funds – 2-year term (Vacant)
- * Position may expire around the end of CY 2016 depending on a decision arising from the consolidation of school districts (Act 46).
** Indicates not running.
The positions noted below are appointed by the Selectboard and are not voted in by ballot.
- Planning Commission: One vacancy with a term ending in April 2018
- Recreation Commission: Three vacancies with terms ending in April 2017 (1) and 2019 (2)
- Energy Committee: One vacancy with a term ending in April 2017
- Trails Committee: One vacancy with a term ending in April 2018
- Conservation Commission: One vacancy with a term ending in April 2017
- Charlotte Park & Wildlife Refuge Oversight Committee: Two vacancies
Interested applicants should email, call or stop by the office for more information.
Dean Bloch, town administrator, Charlotte Town Office, P.O. Box 119, Charlotte, VT 05445. E-mail. Phone, (802) 425-3533.
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Mark your calendars now for Town Meeting, Tuesday, March 7, 2017.