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The legal voters of the Town of Wallingford are hereby warned to gather for an Informational Meeting on Monday, November 7, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. at Wallingford Town Hall to review a Special Town Meeting article.  The polls will open on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Wallingford Town Hall for the purpose of voting the article by Australian ballot:

ARTICLE I.    Shall the voters of the Town of Wallingford vote to designate TH #56 Florence Avenue as one way west bound from the intersection of U.S. Route 7 for its entire length then terminating at the intersection of Vermont Route 140W aka Depot Street?

ARTICLE II. To conduct such other business as may properly come before the meeting.

The legal voters of the Town of Wallingford, Vermont are further notified that voter qualification, registration and absentee voting shall be as provided in Chapters 43 and 51 of Title 17, Vermont Statutes Annotated.

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Public Hearings on Proposed Rule to Update Vermont Wetland Maps

Montpelier, VT, September 30, 2022 – The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will hold public hearings in October and November on a proposed rule to adopt edits to the state’s wetland maps.

The DEC has a map which identifies the general location of some protected wetlands (Class I and II) called the Vermont Significant Wetlands Inventory (VSWI). From 2020 to 2022, the DEC completed more mapping of wetlands in the northwestern portion of Vermont in the Missisquoi River Basin. The new maps more accurately reflect wetland locations and need to be officially added to the VSWI.

“Wetlands – such as swamps, marshes, and bogs – are found throughout Vermont. They store flood water, protect clean water, and provide homes for wildlife,” said DEC Commissioner John Beling. “By updating these maps, we can help landowners avoid impacts to significant wetlands.” 

From May to July 2022, the DEC received public comments on the updated VSWI. The DEC then reviewed comments and provided a responsiveness summary (bit.ly/3CK5IA0). By late August, the DEC decided to start rulemaking to formally adopt the edits to the VSWI. The Secretary of State placed the rulemaking filing on formal public notice on September 28, 2022.

Members of the public are invited to submit comments by November 12, 2022, to Laura Lapierre at Laura.Lapierre@vermont.gov and attend the upcoming public hearings:

“If the State formally adopts the updated wetland maps, we can better protect these special places and their benefits,” said Beling. “However, even with the updates, we know not all protected wetlands will be mapped. You should still contact your District Wetlands Ecologist if you are proposing construction activities near a wetland, whether the wetland is mapped or not.”

Members of the public can find contact information for their District Wetlands Ecologist online (bit.ly/contactwetlands). They can also use the interactive map (bit.ly/draftwetlandmap) to view the updated VSWI.

Landowners can use the DEC’s Wetland Screening Tool (bit.ly/wetlandscreeningtool) to find out if they might have a wetland on their property. Farmers, realtors, non-profits, and towns are also encouraged to use the screening tool when making land management decisions.

Activities within protected wetlands and their 50-foot buffers often require a permit. Any unauthorized activity or construction in a significant wetland prior to its mapping is still a violation of the Wetland Rules (bit.ly/VTwetlandrules).

To learn more, view the rulemaking webpage (bit.ly/wetlandsrulemaking). If Laura Lapierre is not available, contact Julie Follensbee at Julie.Follensbee@vermont.gov or 802-490-6177.

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As a community service project, the Wallingford Memorial Rotary Club will be sponsoring a Candidate Forum to give voters the opportunity to hear from candidates running for State Representative for Rutland-2, which is the district representing Wallingford, Clarendon, West Rutland and parts of Rutland Town. The four candidates are Rep. Thomas Burditt, Ken Fredette, Rep. Arthur Peterson and David Potter. This will be an in-person forum at Wallingford Town Hall, 75 School Street, Wallingford, on Tuesday, October 4 from 7:00-9:00 PM. For the safety of our community, mask wearing is encouraged. The Forum will also be recorded by PEG-TV for those who are unable to attend. Questions to the candidates must be submitted prior to the Forum via email (townadmin@wallingfordvt.com) or in person to Sandi Switzer at Town Hall. The deadline for submission of questions is 4:00 PM on Tuesday, September 27, one week ahead of the Forum. Similar questions will be combined, and all questions will be asked of the candidates by the Moderator. If you have questions regarding the Forum, please email Erika Berner at erikajb.rotary@gmail.com.

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TOWN OF WALLINGFORD, VERMONT
www.wallingfordvt.com
NOTICE OF AMENDMENT OF REVISED ORDINANCES OF WALLINGFORD
TITLE 2: TOWN HIGHWAYS

On August 15, 2022, the Selectboard of the Town of Wallingford, Vermont, adopted amendments to the existing Revised Ordinances of Wallingford, Title 2: Town Highways. This notice is published pursuant to 24 V.S.A. § 1972 to inform the public of these amendments and of the citizens’ right to petition for a vote to disapprove these amendments.

FULL TEXT OF AMENDMENT

§2111(a). ONE WAY STREETS. The Selectboard is authorized to determine and designate one-way streets where particular hazards exist and shall erect a one-way sign at every such place where a one-way sign is required.

  • The following streets shall be designated as “ONE WAY” and shall be so signed:

TH # 56 Florence Avenue shall be one way west bound from the intersection of U.S. Route 7 for its entire length then terminating at the intersection of Vermont Route 140W, AKA (Depot Street).

The full text of the Ordinance may be examined at Wallingford Town Hall, 75 School Street, Wallingford, Vermont 05773 during regular office hours. Review the full text of the Ordinance with the amendment in red, by clicking here.

Title 24 V.S.A. §1973 grants citizens the right to petition for a vote at a special or annual Town Meeting to disapprove ordinance amendments adopted by the Selectboard. To exercise this right, citizens must present to the Selectboard or Town Clerk a petition for a vote on the question of disapproving the amendments signed by not less than five percent (5%) of the Town’s qualified voters. The petition must be presented within forty-four (44) days following the date of the adoption of the amendments. Unless a petition requesting a vote is filed pursuant to 24 V.S.A. § 1973, the amended Revised Ordinances of Wallingford, Title 2: Town Highways shall become effective sixty (60) days from the date of said adoption.

Additional information pertaining to this Ordinance may be obtained by contacting Town Administrator, Sandi Switzer, 75 School Street, Wallingford, VT 05773 or by calling (802)446-2872 during regular office hours.

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Good News!
The Town of Wallingford just received word the VTrans Bicycle and Pedestrian Program’s Selection Committee approved the Town’s grant application to upgrade School Street sidewalks!!
The Town will receive $435,000 in federal funds for the project. Wallingford’s application was selected from among 20 applications statewide to receive the funding.
The sidewalk committee consisted of Kathy Luzader, Bruce Dobbins, Peg Soule and Town Administrator Sandi Switzer. Rutland Reg. Planning Commission’s Devon Neary assisted with the application and the Wallingford Selectboard supported the application and project.

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Transfer station employees want to remind residents to bring recyclables to the facility in clear bags or clear containers so employees can see what is being deposited into the Zero Sort bin.
Too much garbage is being mixed in with recyclables. By using clear plastic bags or clear containers to haul your recyclables, employees will be able to see what is being deposited before it is dropped in the bin. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Right-of-Way. Wallingford’s Highway Department personnel reminds property owners Vermont Statute, Title 19, Section 702 defines the highway right-of-way as follows: “the right-of-way for each highway and trail shall be three rods wide unless otherwise properly recorded.”  A rod is a unit of measure equaling 16.5 feet, so the assumed minimum width of the right-of-way is 49.5 feet. This total minimum width extends evenly (24.75 feet) on both sides of the highway centerline. Please bear this in mind before building a fence, rock wall or anything with the right-of-way otherwise you may be asked to move it if it interferes with highway maintenance or projects.

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All special articles on the municipal Town Meeting ballot passed, including the budget, Reserve funds, cannabis sale and Revenue Augmentation Trust questions.

Carolyn Behrendt and Justin Jankus were elected to the Selectboard, Liz Filskov and Paul Garland were elected as school directors. For complete Town Meeting results, click here.