School-related decisions will dominate Ripton’s town meeting agenda this year.
Those decisions will include votes on two proposed 20-year bond issues — one to finance a new roof for the local elementary school, and the other to fund a series of solar panels that would be placed on the new structure.
The Ripton selectboard is proposing a 2013 highway budget of $294,679, down from the $353,350 approved last year. The decrease is associated with some extraordinary road repair costs that occurred last year as a result of Tropical Storm Irene and a May 29 storm.
The proposed general fund budget comes in at $266,637, down from the $270,711 OK’d last year.
Other articles on the Ripton town meeting warning seek:
• $35,200 to help pay for Ripton fire and rescue services.
• A combined total of $15,880 for various Addison County nonprofits that provide services to Addison County residents.
• Support for a petitioned, advisory item opposing the transport of tar sands oil through Vermont.
There will be no contested local elections in Ripton this year. Incumbent Selectman Richard Collitt is unopposed for a three-year term.
Meanwhile, incumbent Ripton Elementary School board members Willem Jewett and Michael Hussey are not running for re-election. Resident Perry Hanson will run for a two-year term on the school board but the second vacancy will have to be filled through a write-in campaign or by appointment.
The annual meeting will be held on Monday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m. at the Ripton Community House. Australian ballot voting will take place the next day, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the Ripton town office.
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