GUILFORD TOWN MEETING INCLUDES CHILDCARE, LUNCH & MORE
The Town of Guilford will hold its annual Town Meeting on Tuesday, March 3 at the Guilford Central School gym. The Meeting will be convened at 10:00 am, at which time polls will open for Australian balloting.
This year, balloting will take place both for local offices and for the U.S. Presidential Primary. Polls will close at 7:00 p.m.
Free childcare will be provided starting at 9:30 am, and continuing until 1:30 p.m. So that the providers will know about how many children to expect, it is requested that parents contact Laura Lawson Tucker ahead of time to give an idea of how many will be using the service. Please leave a voicemail at 802-387-0765 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Childcare will be located in the School Library and adjacent After-School-Program room.
Town Meeting will include articles to be discussed and voted upon for the Town budget, as well as appropriation requests from social service agencies. Voters will also hear a report from Sara Coffey, Guilford’s representative to the Vermont House.
Although district consolidation has eliminated the traditional Town School District Meeting on this day, the new Guilford Central School Leadership Advisory Council will give a presentation during Town Meeting, including short videos prepared by each of the classrooms.
Lunch will be on sale, again catered by the Guilford Country Store, during a recess of the Meeting at 11:30 am.
As usual, Guilford non-profits and Town commissions will have tables and displays in the hallway to the gym. Baked goods, coffee and tea will also be available.
Australian balloting for town offices will include the election of three members of the Selectboard, the Town Clerk, Town Treasurer and Town Agent, and possible write-in votes for one vacant position each for Auditor and Lister.
Also on the ballot will be elections for the consolidated Windham Southeast School District board. While neither of the Guilford representatives to this board are up for election this year, all voters in Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford and Putney are eligible to vote for the candidates from all four towns. BCTV recorded the recent candidate forum for this election, which may be viewed at: https://www.brattleborotv.org/windham-southeast-school-district
All Australian voting, for both local and national elections, will be by paper ballot.
Voters may also cast absentee ballot votes in advance for both the Town elections and Presidential Primary, by visiting the Town Office at 236 School Road. Guilford residents age 18 and older, who have not yet signed up to vote, may also register at the Town Office. Recent legislation also allows 17-year-olds who will have turned 18 by General Election Day — November 3 — to vote in the Primaries. The office is open Monday: 7am-6pm; Tuesday through Thursday, 7 am-5 pm, closed Friday, but not closed at lunchtime. The Town Office phone number is 254-6857.
Town of Guilford
Board of Civil Authority
Don McLean, Chair