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The following candidates filed Consent Forms seeking municipal and school posts: Barb Kaminski and Elaine Warzocha seeking the two auditor posts; Julie Petrossi, Maria French, Theresa Biasuzzi, Erika Berner and Bruce Moreton are all vying for the two Mill River School Director posts; Anthony Petrossi, Kathy Luzader and Pat Pranger are seeking the two-year Selectboard post; Bruce Duchesne is vying for the three-year Selectboard seat; Tammy Heffernan as seeking Town Moderator post; and Dave Ballou is seeking the Trustees of Public Funds seat.

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PER ORDER OF SELECTBOARD The Town of Wallingford TRANSFER STATION IS CLOSED UNTIL SATURDAY, JANUARY 30TH.

AN INDIVIDUAL WHO TESTED POSTIVE FOR COVID-19 VISITED THE FACILITY ON 1/20 AT 2:00 P.M. FOR 45 MINUTES. THE INDIVIDUAL WAS WEARING A MASK AND PRACTICING SAFE DISTANCING.

OUT OF AN ABUNDANCE OF CAUTION AND AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE STATE DEPT. OF HEALTH, THE TRANSFER STATION WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL SATURDAY, JANUARY 30TH. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, YOU CAN CONTACT THE STATE DEPT. OF HEALTH AT 800-464-4343 | 802-863-7200.

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The Wallingford Transfer Station will be closed on Saturday, January 23 per orders of Selectboard Chair Nelson Tift. Town officials were notified someone who visited the transfer station this past Wednesday had a positive rapid Covid test and is now awaiting PCR test results. Out of an abundance of caution, the facility will be closed on Saturday and perhaps on Monday. The Town will share information on the municipal website, the Town’s Facebook page, and on Front Porch Forum as it becomes available.

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Transfer station fees will be revised effective March 1, 2021 with the following changes: A 30-gallon bag will be 4 punches, a maller bag will be 2 punches; a pickup truck with a 4-foot box will be $25; 6-foot box will be $40; 8-foot box will be $50; dump truck will be $90. Tire fees will be: $5 for passenger; $7 for truck no rim; $19 for oversized; and $47 for tractor.

Used oil not accepted at the transfer station effective immediately.

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This year, Wallingford residents will decide all Town Meeting Warning articles by Australian Ballot. Instead of the traditional floor meeting, there will be an informational meeting on Monday, March 1, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. The informational meeting agenda will be included in the annual Town Report along with a handout related to that meeting and the Town Meeting Warning. 

Residents may ask questions during the informational meeting about the proposed FY’22 budget featured in the annual Town Report or any of the other Town Meeting articles. Residents are welcome to submit questions in advance via email to townadmin@wallingfordvt.com or by mail: Wallingford Town Administrator, 75 School Street, Wallingford, VT 05773. 

Note, you may join the Zoom informational meeting by telephone, computer, tablet or other electronic devices. The instructions will be included on the informational meeting agenda.

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Town Hall will close Wednesday, December 23 at 1:00 p.m. and will be closed on Thursday, December 24. Town will close at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 31. The transfer station will operate normal hours.

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In response to the concerns posed by COVID-19, the Vermont Legislature passed Act 162, which allows a legislative body to vote to use Australian ballot for any Town Meeting in 2021 (annual or special town meetings). The temporary law allows municipalities that normally vote from the floor on Town Meeting Day to instead use the Australian ballot by vote of the legislative body. Under current law, only a vote of a municipality’s voters may allow the switch to an Australian ballot system. Although the legislation mainly addresses next year’s Town Meeting, it allows all annual or special meetings to be conducted via Australian ballot for all of 2021. The law also lifts the requirement that a person needs to collect voter signatures to have his or her name placed on a ballot as a candidate for a local election held at a 2021 municipal meeting. The legislation took effect on October 5.

At Town Meeting last March, residents approved Articles to vote the municipal budget and any funding items in addition to the budget by Australian Ballot. On November 16, 2020, the Selectboard unanimously agreed to extend Australian Ballot voting to non-monetary Articles for Town Meeting 2021. There will be an informational hearing with regard to the budget and Articles, but no action can be taken to amend items. It is informational only. The annual Town Report to be distributed in January will feature the Remote Public Informational Hearing Agenda with details to access the hearing, an Informational Handout for the Remote Public Hearing, and the Town Meeting Warning featuring Articles to be voted by Australian Ballot.

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The Town is clearing municipal roads as fast as possible while ensuring the safety of the road crew.  Priority is given to main roads and then side streets and lesser traveled roads. Reminder,  a Winter Parking Ban is in effect November 15 through March 31. No parking allowed on Wallingford roads between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.

Fire District #1 will clear the sidewalks as soon as it is safe to do so. Please be patient as the volume of snow will be a challenge for the sidewalk plow.