Guilford Pre-Town Meeting Tuesday

Broad Brook Grange, in collaboration with the Guilford Selectboard, will hold the annual Pre-Town Meeting on Tuesday, February 27, at 6:30 pm, live. The event will be live-streamed on BCTV, but those interested in participating should attend at Broad Brook Community Center.

Town Meeting Moderator, Rick Zamore, will facilitate the February 27 session.

(Town Meeting itself will convene at 10 am on Tuesday, March 5, at Guilford Central School. Australian ballot will again be used to elect town officers, with polls open at the school 10 am -7 pm.)


Guilford Election Results

Here are the Guilford Town Meeting Australian Ballot unofficial vote totals, from the Board of Civil Authority:

Selectboard 3 Year: Verandah Porche 413; Jason Herron 91. Selectboard 2 Year: Jaime Durham 52, Tara Cheney 379, Jason Herron 75. Town Clerk: Danielle Latulippe 454. Treasurer Ellen (Elly) Majonen 454. Auditor: Lesley C. Malouin 420.

Windham Southeast School District Directors (Note: This is the Guilford Count Only; Votes from All Four Towns Will Be Combined to Determine Those Elected):

WSESD Director – Brattleboro 3 Year: Kimberly Price 234, Jaci Reynolds 111; WSESD Director – Brattleboro 2 Year: Robin Morgan 306; Rikki Risatti 47; WSESD Director – Dummerston 3 Year: Michelle Luetjen Green 178; Eva Nolan 179; WSESD Director – Putney 3 Year: Ruby McAdoo 309.


Guilford Park Project Embraces 60-day Race to Raise $20,000 for 2:1 Match

“On Your Mark, Set, Go!” According to the Guilford Park committee, the “starter pistol” has been fired for a 60-day race to raise $20,000 more dollars for the construction of the Guilford Community Park. The committee has been working for over a year on plans to build a park behind the Guilford Store, alongside the Guilford Community Church, in the center of Guilford’s Algiers Village. The park they envision is complete with a green spaces, a pavilion, a walking labyrinth, children’s play area with a slide and swings, a basketball half-court, net and fire pit.

If community members and businesses donate $20,000 by February 28, the park can qualify for a matching $40,000 Vermont Community Development grant, “Better Places Program” which will allow the park committee to have everything on their wish list, explained Dunham Rowley, one of the organizers.


Guilford Unofficial JP Election Results

Town of Guilford: General Election Nov. 8, 2022 — Justice of the Peace Vote Totals. UNOFFICIAL RESULTS. Per Guilford Board of Civil Authority.

R= Republican, D = Democratic, I = Independent. * = one of 10 elected.

*Roberta Bremmer (D) 561;
Patricia Bullock (R) 217;
Connie Burton (R) 263;
Kathy W Clark (R) 207;
Richard Clark (R) 246;


Guilford Voters: Another New JP Ballot

Guilford voters will be receiving a new ballot in the mail for the Justice of the Peace election. The ballot will be mailed to every registered voter in town by Guilford town clerk, Penny Marine, following meetings this past week of the town’s Board of Civil Authority and Selectboard. Voters should be receiving the new ballots within a few days. All previously submitted JP ballots — only the JP ballot, not the main ballot for all other offices — will not be counted and will be destroyed.

This action is a result of an error in the preparation of the main General Election ballot, which failed to include the Justice of the Peace candidates. With the approval of the Vermont Election Division of the Secretary of State’s office, the town clerk initially remediated the omission by sending new ballots to voters who requested them. A number of townspeople, however, questioned the fairness of this system.


Guilford Voters Need to Request Ballot for Justice of Peace

Registered Guilford Voters,

Due to unexpected circumstances, the Justice of the Peace candidates were not submitted in time to be placed on the original ballot for the November 8, 2022, General Election. You will not automatically receive this ballot, as you did with the original ballot. You must request this ballet if you plan to vote in advance. There are a number of contests for JP this time, so it is important to have full voter participation.


Guilford Pre-Town Tonight Has Room for All

Contrary to earlier info, Guilford Pre-Town Meeting (tonight, Thursday, 7:00 pm) will be able to accommodate up to 500 participants. BCTV, which is managing the Zoom (and also providing live coverage on the station) has changed their zoom setting to ensure that everyone can zoom in. Info on joining by zoom, by phone, or watching on BCTV on cable or live-stream, or watching on YouTube — all that info is on the Town website guilford vt.net


Community Center in Guilford Announces Matching Challenge

Broad Brook Community Center (BBCC) in Guilford has announced a winter fund drive to support the major phase of renovations this spring. Thanks to a matching gift challenge, all donations received by January 31, 2021, will be doubled.

The BBCC purchased the 1896 building from Broad Brook Grange three years ago, began raising funds for a complete renovation, and completed the first phase of work in 2018. The improvements particularly addressed accessibility and safety, and included a new entry ramp, ADA-compliant restrooms, and a fire escape.


Guilford Pre-Town Meeting Feb. 13

Broad Brook Grange will hold its annual Pre-Town Meeting on Thursday, February 13, 7:00 pm at the Broad Brook Community Center.

This is the only opportunity for voters to hear details of the articles which will be presented at Town Meeting, and to meet and discuss issues with the selectboard in advance of Town Meeting.


Run for Town Office in Guilford

The Guilford Board of Civil Authority reminds all Guilford legal residents that you are both eligible and encouraged to run for a Town position, via the Australian Ballot at Town Meeting. Here’s the catch: To be on the ballot, you have just 2 weeks to file a petition. It’s not too hard: Go to the Town Office (Mon-Thurs) and sign up. Get a petition for the office you’d like to seek, and get 18 signatures of registered voters, turn it in by the close of the day on Monday, Jan. 27, and you’re a candidate!

Here are the offices which will be elected on the ballot: Town Clerk, 3-year term; Treasurer, 3 years; Selectboard: One 3-year term, one 2-year, and the remaining year on an unexpired term; Lister, 3-year; Auditor, 3-year, and Town agent, 1-year.


Guilford Welcome Center Construction Update

We are nearly halfway through VTrans’ project to resurface the Guilford Welcome Center parking lot! This seven-week effort includes repaving of entrance and exit ramps. While the car parking area is paved, visitors have been using the truck/bus parking area. Trucks, buses, and RVs are parking at alternate sites for the duration of the project.


Guilford Polling Place & Hours

General Elections — you’ve probably been hearing about this! — are Tuesday, Nov. 6. Guilford polling place is back at Broad Brook Community Center, formerly the Grange, polls open 10 am – 7 pm. (This year’s Phase 1 of renovations will be completed by then, so your trip to the polls can be combined with a first look at the project: New access ramp out front and entry will make wheelchair access better than ever, and restrooms are now fully accessible, among other improvements.)

You will have the opportunity to vote for Congress, Statewide offices such as Governor, County posts such as High Bailiff and State Senator, and your Windham District-1 rep to the legislature. At the town level, there is a contest for Justices of the Peace.


Guilford Resident Begins Service in Peace Corps China

WASHINGTON, May 22nd, 2017 – Anna Pettee, 22, of Guilford, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for China in June to begin training as an English teaching volunteer. Pettee will live and work in a community, teaching spoken and written English at the post-secondary level.


Guilford Pre-Town Meeting

Broad Brook Grange will hold its annual Guilford Pre-Town Meeting on Thursday, February 23, 7:00 pm at the Grange hall.  

This is the only opportunity for voters to hear details of the articles which will be presented at the Town and School District Meetings, and to meet and discuss issues with the selectboard and school board all in one evening, in advance of Town Meeting.   

In addition, candidates for town and school board offices are urged to attend to introduce themselves to the voters.  State law prevents any “campaigning” by candidates at Town Meeting, when an Australian ballot is used, as in this instance.  So this is the only time before the vote for the public to meet and hear the candidates all at once.   


Run for Office in Guilford

GUILFORD TOWN & SCHOOL BOARD OFFICES UP FOR ELECTION

Petitions are now available for those interested in seeking public office to be voted by Australian ballot at Guilford’s March 7th Town Meeting.  The filing deadline is Monday, January 30, at 5 pm, at the Guilford Town Office, where petition forms are now available. The office is open Monday through Thursday, closed Friday.


WRC Secures Funds for Green River Ecosystem Restoration

The Windham Regional Commission (WRC) is pleased to announce that it has secured funding from the State of Vermont, Agency of Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Conservation, Ecosystem Restoration Program, for a floodplain attenuation project along the Green River in Guilford. The project consists of three elements: berm removal, buffer planting, and securing a conservation easement on a field in the floodplain.

Following Tropical Storm Irene, a berm of approximately 300 feet in length and 3-4 feet tall was created from material windrowed onto the left bank of the river. The berm exacerbates a pinch point that is created by road encroachments from Green River Road and a higher historical berm on the opposite bank. The project looks to remove this newer berm which obstructs the river’s flow into the floodplain field, a valuable space for floodwater, sediment, and debris attenuation, during storm events.