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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.

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The Vermont State Transportation Agency has a snow plow finder link so you can see which state (not Town) roads were recently plowed. From the Home page of this website, click on Departments and then Roads to find the link. Or, click here.

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The RCSWD Gleason Transfer Station has implemented an on-line process for obtaining 2021 Permits (1/1/2021 – 12/31/2021). Please visit rcswd.com and select “Purchase a 2021 Permit” at the top of the page to purchase your 2021 Annual Transfer Station Permit. Customers with valid permits receive discounted rates compared to non-permitted customers.

By transitioning to an on-line permitting system, the Rutland County Solid Waste District team can more efficiently manage trends for our area and keep everyone safe from coronavirus. Should you have questions, please do not hesitate to call 802-775-7209 ext. 204.

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The Town of Wallingford will be offering frozen turkeys for holiday meals to area residents struggling to make ends meet during these tough economic times. Please call 446-2336 or email townclerk@wallingfordvt.com by December 17 with your contact information and we will notify you the date and time for pick-up at Town Hall. If you know of someone who could use a little help, please contact us with their information. All inquiries will remain confidential. This offering is made possible through funds donated to the Town by United Way of Rutland County.

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Results of the December 1, 2020 run off election are as follows:

Justice of the Peace

Liz Filskov 85 votes
Nick Houghton 87 votes

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The State of Vermont has chosen a balsam fir tree from Len and Mary Anne Cadwallader’s tree farm in Wallingford to put on the Statehouse lawn this holiday season! The Cadwallader family is thrilled to donate the tree for this purpose. And coincidentally, Dartmouth College has selected one from the Cadwallader farm, too.

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The Town of Wallingford is accepting offers through Monday, December 7 at 4:30 p.m. from anyone interested in purchasing the Town Hall copier:   a Sharp M354N featuring copy/network printing with post script/ color network scanning configured with the duplexing document feeder, electronic offset sorting, two adjustable paper drawers with an original purchase price in 2014 of $3,498.00.  Send offers to: Town Administrator, Town of Wallingford, 75 School Street, Wallingford, VT 05773 or email townadmin@wallingfordvt.com or townclerk@wallingfordvt.com

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Missing winter concerts, caroling, cookie exchanges? Looking for some festivity this winter season? The Gilbert Hart Library and the Wallingford Recreation Committee have joined forces to light up each of the 32-story panels of the Book Path for two Saturday evenings in December! Come to Stone Meadow and take a frosty evening stroll along the Gilbert Hart Library’s Book Path on either December 12 or December 19 to enjoy The Mitten and The Three Snow Bears by illustrator/author Jan Brett! The lights will be up and lit from 4 to 7 PM those two evenings. You should still plan on bringing a flashlight or headlight to navigate the path, but each panel will be lit for your read/viewing enjoyment. If you know these books, you realize what a treat this will be; if you don’t know them please come and enjoy these timeless classics. Bring your family and masks in case you come upon other readers and please remember to keep your distance.