2023 Town Report

Annual Report of the Town Officers of

Arlington, Vermont

For the year ending

December 31, 2023

Arlington, Vermont

P.O. Box 268

3828 Vermont Route 7A

Arlington, VT 05250

Chartered- July 28, 1761

Area- 26,668 Acres

Population: 2,457

2024 Arlington Town Meeting

Town Meeting

Monday, March 4th 2024, 6:30 p.m.

At the Arlington Memorial High School Gymnasium

541 East Arlington Road, Arlington, VT 05250

Hours of Balloting:

Tuesday, March 5th, 2023 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

At the Arlington Memorial High School

541 East Arlington, VT 05250

If you would like and absentee ballot mailed to you, please call the Town Clerk at 802.375.2332

Table of Contents

WARNING                                                                                                          ____________________ 5

TOWN OFFICERS- ELECTED                                                                        ___________________9

TOWN OFFICERS- APPOINTED                                                                    ___________________10

TOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFICERS                                                        __________________ 11


SCHEDULE OF WAGES____________________________________________________________12

TOWN TREASURER’S REPORT WITH CRF___                                                                      ____13

2023 TAX RATE SET- AUGUST 8, 2022                                             ________________                   18

AUDITOR’S REPORT_______________________________________________________________18



TRUSTEES OF PUBLIC FUNDS                                                                                    ___                 60


ARLINGTON SELECT BOARD______________________________________________________61

ARLINGTON CEMETERY COMMISSIONERS                                                       ___                   62

TOWN OF ARLINGTON CAPITAL PLAN                                                                           ___        63

DELINQUENT TAX COLLECTOR’S 2022 REPORT                                                                ___   66

LISTERS ANNUAL REPORT                                                                                                           ___67

TOWN CLERK’S REPORT                                                                                                             ___ 67


ARLINGTON FIRE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT                                                                 68

FIRE WARDEN’S REPORT                                                                                                                    69

HEALTH ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT                                                                                           69

LAND USE ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT                                                                                        70

PLANNING COMMISION REPORT                                                                                                    71

WASTEWATER COMMITTEE______________________________________________________71                                                                                             


SELECT BOARD’S WATER DEPARTMENT REPORT                                                                    72


ARLINGTON AREA CHILDCARE                                                                                                       76

ARLINGTON COMMUNITY HOUSE                                                                                                   61

ARLINGTON COMMUNITY PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING SERVICE                                         78

ARLINGTON ENERGY COMMITTEE                                                                                                79

ARLINGTON LIONS CLUB                                                                                                                   80

ARLINGTON RESCUE SQUAD                                                                                                            83

MARTHA CANFIELD MEMORIAL FREE LIBRARY                                         ___                      84


BENNINGTON AREA HABITAT FOR HUMANITY                                                                     85

BENNINGTON COUNTY COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS        _                                        86

BENNINGTON COUNTY CONSERVATION DISTRICT __________                                         87

BENNINGTON REGIONAL COMMISSION                                                                                   89

BENNINGTON COUNTY SOLID WASTE ALLIANCE                                                                 90

BENNINGTON PROJECT INDEPENDENCE                                                                                 91

BROC COMMUNITY ACTION                                                                                                         92

CENTER FOR RESTORATIVE JUSTICE                                                                                       93

GREATER NORTHERN ACCESS TELEVISION (GNAT)                                                            94

GREEN MOUNTAIN RSVP                                                                                                                95

NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR                                                                                                    _         95

PROJECT AGAINST VIOLENT ENCOUNTERS (PAVE)                                                             96

SOUTHWESTERN VERMONT COUNCIL ON AGING                                                    _           97

STATE REPRESENTATIVES LEGISLATIVE UPDATE                                                               98

SUNRISE FAMILY RESEARCH CENTER                                                                                      99

THE TUTORIAL CENTER                                                                                                                101


THE VERMONT CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING                                                         102


BIRTHS 2023                                                                                                                                          104

DEATH AND BURIAL PERMITS 2023                                                                                              105

MARRIAGE LICENSES 2023                                                                                                              106


MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL TOWN MEETING MARCH 4, 2023                                              107

OFFICIAL BALLOT RESULTS                                                                                                           112

TOWN OF ARLINGTON DIRECTORY                                                                               116



March 4, 2024

The inhabitants of the Town of Arlington, Vermont, qualified to vote in Town Meeting, are hereby warned and notified to meet in the Arlington Memorial High School – Gymnasium in said Arlington on Monday evening, March 4, 2024 at 6:30 p.m. for the purpose of acting upon and deciding the following Articles 1 through 5, specified below. After completion of these articles, the meeting will stand recessed until 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 5, 2024 to act upon Articles 6 through 40. The polls will be open at the Arlington Memorial High School – Gymnasium, on Tuesday, March 5, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. and will close at 7:00 p.m.

Article 1. To hear the reports of the town officers

Article 2. To see if the Town will vote a budget to meet the expenses and liabilities of the Town.

Article 3. To see if the voters authorize the Selectboard to apply any surplus funds from the previous fiscal year to reduce taxes in the current fiscal year unless otherwise approved by balloted item

Article 4. To see if the Town will vote to have all taxes paid to the Town Treasurer, as provided by law, tax bills to be issued by September 4, 2024, and payment to be in the hands of the Treasurer or postmarked, on or before November 4, 2024.

Article 5. To transact any further business found necessary and proper when met. After any further business under Article 5, said meeting will recess until Tuesday, March 5, 2024.

Article 6. To elect the following Town Officers:

Moderator 1 year term

Selectman 2 year term

Selectman 3 year term

Lister 3 year term

Delinquent Tax Collector 1 year term

Cemetery Commissioner 3 year term

Trustee of Public Funds 3 year term

Article 7. To vote by ballot to see if the voters authorize the Selectboard to appoint a town treasurer as provided in 17 V.S.A. § 2651f?

Article 8. To vote by ballot to see if the voters authorize the elimination of the office of Town Lister and hire a professional assessor as provided in 17 V.S.A. § 2651c?

Article 9. To vote by ballot to see if the voters authorize the sum of $65,000.00 from 2023 highway surplus into the Capital Reserve Fund for resurfacing of Town roads.

Article 10. To vote by ballot to see if the voters authorize the sum of $35,000 from 2023 highway surplus into the Capital Reserve Fund for the replacement and/or repairs of the Town of Arlington highway trucks.

Articles 11 through 19 to vote by ballot to see if the voters authorize the funding for the following Capital Reserve Funds.

Article 11 To authorize the sum of $100,000.00 for the replacement, repairs or refurbishing of the Town of Arlington fire trucks.

Article 12 To authorize the sum of $50,000.00 for the replacement, repairs or refurbishing of the Town of Arlington highway trucks.

Article 13 To authorize the sum of $15,000.00 for the replacement, repairs or refurbishing of the Town of Arlington backhoe, excavator, and loader.

Article 14 To authorize the sum of $6,000.00 for the purchase and or repair of sidewalk maintenance equipment.

Article 15 To authorize the sum of $5,000.00 for the maintenance/ removal of diseased and hazardous trees.

Article 16 To authorize the sum of $20,000.00 for the resurfacing of Town roads.

Article 17 To authorize the sum of $30,000.00 for the Town bridges and culverts.

Article 18 To authorize the sum of $3,000.00 for the maintenance of Town owned buildings.

Article 19 To authorize the sum of $2,500.00 for the maintenance of park equipment.

Articles 20 through 40 under the provisions of 24 V.S.A. 2691. Shall the Town vote by ballot to appropriate general funds toward the support of social service agencies.

Article 20 To appropriate the sum of $61,500.00 to the Arlington Rescue Squad Inc.

Article 21 To appropriate the sum of $2,250.00 to the Arlington Area Childcare Inc.

Article 22 To appropriate the sum of $3,000.00 to the Arlington Community House.

Article 23 To appropriate the sum of $4,000.00 to the Arlington Community Health Nursing Service.

Article 24 To appropriate the sum of $21,500.00 to the Martha Canfield Memorial Library Inc.

Article 25 To appropriate the sum of $500.00 to the Bennington Coalition for the Homeless.

Article 26 To appropriate the sum of $360.00 to the Bennington County Conservation District.

Article 27 To appropriate the sum of $1,800.00 to the Bennington Project Independence Adult Daycare.

Article 28 To appropriate the sum of $1,200 to BROC-Community Action in Southwestern Vermont.

Article 29 To appropriate the sum of $540.00 to the Center for Restorative Justice.

Article 30 To appropriate the sum of $450.00 to the Project Against Violent Encounters Inc.- P.A.V.E.

Article 31 To appropriate the sum of $1,500.00 to the Retired Senior Volunteer Program- R.S.V.P.

Article 32 To appropriate the sum of $500.00 to the Sunrise Family Resource Center.

Article 33 To appropriate the sum of $1,530.00 to the Southwestern VT Council on Aging.

Article 34 To appropriate the sum of $450.00 to the Tutorial Center.

Article 35 To appropriate the sum of $500.00 to the VT Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired.

Article 36 To appropriate the sum of $295.00 to the Vermont Center for Independent Living.

Article 37 To appropriate the sum of $750.00 to Neighbor to Neighbor home based care giving program.

Article 38 To appropriate the sum of $779.00 to Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity.

Article 39 To appropriate the sum of $2,000.00 to Greater Northshire Access Television- GNAT to help support & defray costs related to the videotaping and television broadcast of the Arlington Select Board, School Board and other public and municipal meetings.

Article 40. To vote by ballot to see if the Town voters vote to exempt the property of the Arlington Rescue Squad from property taxes for the next five years.


Town Officers – Elected

(Term Expires in Year Shown)

Moderator1 year3/2024John L. Whalen II
Town Clerk3 year3/2025Robin S. Wilcox
Town Treasurer3 year3/2025Tiffany Mays
Selectman2 year3/2024Cynthia Browning
 3 year3/2024Glenn Sherman Jr.
 3 year3/2025James Paustian
 2 year3/2025Daniel Harvey*
 3 year3/2026Todd Wilkins
Listers3 year3/2025Lee Cross
 3 year3/2024Joseph Garger
 3 year3/2026Earl LaBatt
Delinquent Tax Collector1 year3/2024Tiffany Mays
Cemetery Commissioner3 year3/2026Ali Zaiac
 3 year3/2025Nathalie Caler
 3 year3/2024John Wilcox
Trustees of Public Funds3 year3/2025Patricia Williams
 3 year3/2026Paula Shulman
 3 year3/2024Carol Fay
Town Representative2 year11/2024Seth Bongartz
 2 year11/2024Kathleen James
Justice of the Peace2 year2/2025Judy Bryan
   MaryAnn Carlson
   Susan Jennings
   Keith Squires
   Karen Krulikowski
   Susan Wirkki
   Wendy Bucchieri

* Denotes Chairperson


Town Officers – Appointed

(Term expires in year shown)

Health Officer3 year4/2024Dan Harvey
Deputy Health Officer3 year4/2024Nick Zaiac
Tree Warden2 year4/2024Willy Knight
Inspector of Lumber3 year4/2026Matt Bykowski
Fence Viewers3 year4/2026Jamie Paustian, Dan Harvey, Glenn Sherman
Land Use Administrator1 year4/2024Joan Nash
Fire Chief**1 year12/2024Mike King
Asst. Fire Chief**1 year12/2024Brian Hawley
Asst. Fire Chief**1 year12/2024Eric Marko
Fire Warden5 year6/2025Jamie Paustian
Town Planning Commission2 year4/2024Jonathan Murray
 3 year4/2025Elliott Nachwalter
 2 year4/2024Michael Murno
 4 year4/2027Sebastian Massey
 3 year4/2025Tom Williams
 2 year4/2025Sunjit Chawla
 3 year5/2024Garrett Siegel*
Zoning Board of Adjustment2 year4/2024Vacant
 2 year4/2024Ron Weber (Alternate)
 3 year4/2024Caitlyn Hawley
 3 year4/2026Travis Evans
 2 year4/2025Louis Parrot
 3 year4/2024Andrew Rodriguez *
 3 year4/2024Chris Wehrman
 4 year4/2025Cynthia Browning
Emergency Mgt. Director2 year4/2025Nick Zaiac
BCRC Representative3 year4/2025Nick Zaiac
 2 year4/2025Cynthia Browning (Alternate)
Town Energy Coordinator1 year4/2024Nick Zaiac
Sign Administrator3 year4/2025Joan Nash
Animal Control Officer IndefiniteRobert Perry

 * Denotes Chairperson

**Pending confirmation


Town School District Officers

(Term expires in year shown)

Moderator1 year3/2024John L. Whalen II
School District Clerk3 year3/2025Robin S. Wilcox
School District Treasurer3 year3/2025Tiffany Mays
School Directors2 year3/2025Daniel Wood
 2 year3/2024Jessica Bachiochi
 3year3/2026Teresa Wilcox
 3 year3/2025Nicol Whalen
 3 year3/2024  Todd Wilkins *  

  * Denotes Chairperson


Schedule of Salaries, Wages and Allowable Expenses


Town of Arlington



MILEAGECurrent Federal Rate   PER MILE

Town Treasurer’s Report

I am happy to say that because of all the efforts put in by the Town Hall operating staff, the

Town of Arlington annual audit has been completed prior to the Town Report being issued. For

this reason, it was recommended that the reports from the Auditors replace the treasurer’s


In previous years I have mentioned the work that needed to be done when I took office.

Primarily the integration of our finances into the Municipal system that holds it all together and

creates our reports. After a couple of years of very hard work and difficult reporting due to this

transition, we are finally there! We ended 2023 with our systems communicating and reporting

in the manner that they should. Because of this, I was able to start 2024 by consolidating all

necessary accounts so that we are utilizing our fund accounting software as intended and

recommended by the Auditors, this has been the goal from the start.

In 2023 I introduced a new method to pay your taxes as well as your water bill online through

Doxo. We had a few kinks with company limits during tax season, but they have since been

worked out and this has proven to be a very useful tool for the Town. I hope to work with the

Town Clerk this year to make charges for things like dog tags, licenses, and certificates

available to pay through Doxo as well.

There has been much controversy over the 2023 tax rate. For the part that I played in the

miscommunication I apologize and hope that you have a chance to read my post about the tax

increase on Front Porch Forum, in the Manchester Journal and in the Bennington Banner. You

will see in the included Tax Rate Setting letter, that the calculation error added less than

$57,000 to the Municipal tax rate for 2023. This equates to $35.60 per $200,000 of assessed

property. I urge residents to look at their tax bill and call me if they have questions about any

differences from year to year.

It was a very good year in Delinquent tax collection! We had our first Tax Sale in a few years

which was a success. Due to a processing error at one of the large escrow processing

companies, CoreLogic, we had more than usual current year delinquencies. If you are getting a

delinquency notice and your property taxes are escrowed, please call me and I can guide you to

clear things up. I am always willing to help our residents so don’t hesitate don’t reach out to me

with any questions or concerns. Best wishes for the coming year.

Tiffany Mays, Treasurer

Please note that due to account consolidation on 1/1/2024 there are funds due within accounts. These are the shaded values you see. The bold amounts are the Fund ending balances.
12/31/2023 Fund Balance $1,159,438.91
Balance in Account 1/1/2023 $465.90
CRF Checking Interest Received  $747.72
CRF Checking Balance 12/31/2023  $1,213.62
Park Equipment Balance 1/1/2023 $10,208.00
Park Equipment 2023 Voted Appropriation $3,750.00
2023 Park Equipment Donations  $3,000.00
Park Equipment Fund Balance 12/31/2023  $16,958.00
Auction Income Due to Other CRF Funds $52,572.50
2023 Donations held in Fund 11  -$2,000.00
Evidenced by NOW #1405 @ TBOB $68,744.12
Balance in Fund 1/1/2023 $48,205.78
2023 Voted Appropriation $15,000.00
2023 Backhoe & Loader Auction Income  $40,570.00
Interest Received $1,035.05
Balance in Fund 12/31/2023 $104,810.83
Due from CRF Checking  -$40,570.00
Evidenced by NOW #1464 @TBOB $64,240.83
Balance in Fund 1/1/2023 $183,697.54
2023 Voted Appropriation $30,000.00
General Fund Borrowed Money Repay  $50,000.00
Interest Received (includes BM interest) $3,780.91
General Fund Borrowed Money  -$50,000.00
2023 Town Bridges Expenses  -$19,771.54
Balance in Fund 12/31/2023 $197,706.91
Evidenced by NOW #1502 @TBOB $197,706.91
Balance in Fund 1/1/2023 $43,051.09
2023 Voted Appropriation $3,000.00
Interest Received $907.50
Balance in Fund 12/31/2023 $46,958.59
Evidenced by NOW #1510 @ TBOB $46,958.59
Balance in Fund 1/1/2023 $17,401.71
2023 Voted Appropriation $5,000.00
Interest Received $372.97
Balance in Fund 12/31/2023 $22,774.68
Evidenced by NOW #1529 @ TBOB $22,774.68
Fire Truck Fund Balance 1/1/2023  $540,718.71
Extraction Tools Fund Balance 1/1/2023  $10,000.00
Balance in Account 1/1/2023 $550,718.71
2023 Voted Fire Truck Appropriation $85,000.00
2023 Fire Truck Auction Income $3,607.50
2023 Extraction Tools Auction Income  $1,425.00
Interest Received $4,660.71
2023 Fire Truck Expenses -$459,711.52
Balance in Account 12/31/2023 $185,700.40
Fire Truck Fund Balance 12/31/2023 $174,275.40
Extraction Tools Fund Balance 12/31/2023 $11,425.00
Due from CRF checking  -$5,032.50
Evidenced by NOW # 1448 @ TBOB $180,667.90
Balance in Fund 1/1/2023 $5,548.08
Interest Received $116.32
Balance in Fund 12/31/2023 $5,664.40
Evidenced by NOW #2147 @ TBOB $5,664.40
Balance in Fund 1/1/2023 $19,340.66
Interest Received $56.04
Balance in Fund 12/31/2023 $19,396.70
Grader Expense* due from Fund 11  -$16,802.43
Evidenced by NOW #1472 @ TBOB  $2,594.27
*Grader lease payment was expended from wrong Fund   
Balance in Fund 1/1/2023 $15,080.68
2023 Voted Appropriation $5,000.00
Interest Received $324.30
Balance in Fund 12/31/2023 $20,404.98
Evidenced by NOW #7388 @ TBOB $20,404.98
Balance in Fund 1/1/2023 $2,877.95
Land Records Income $768.00
11-7-20-340.00 YE Balance Transfer $1,210.89
Interest Received $76.39
Balance in Fund 12/31/2023 $4,933.23
Evidenced by NOW #7421 @ TBOB $4,933.23
Balance in Fund 1/1/2023 $38,404.43
2023 Voted Appropriation $6,000.00
Interest Received $814.94
Balance in Fund 12/31/2023 $45,219.37
Evidenced by NOW #1499 @ TBOB $45,219.37
Balance in Fund 1/1/2023 $267,392.19
2023 Voted Appropriation $20,000.00
General Fund Borrowed Money Repay  $100,000.00
Interest Received (includes BM interest) $5,631.68
General Fund Borrowed Money  -$100,000.00
Balance in Fund 12/31/2023 $293,023.87
Evidenced by NOW #1480 @ TBOB $293,023.87
Balance in Fund 1/1/2023 $136,068.06
2023 Voted Appropriation $50,000.00
2023 Income from Auction  $6,970.00
General Fund Borrowed Money Repay  $100,000.00
Interest Received (includes BM interest) $2,707.42
General Fund Borrowed Money  -$100,000.00
2023 Truck Fund Expenses  -$17,550.00
Balance in Fund 12/31/2023 $178,195.48
Due from CRF Checking  -$6,970.00
Evidenced by NOW #1456 @ TBOB $171,225.48
Balance in Fund 1/1/2023 $17,205.66
Yellow Barn Misc Income $478.89
Interest Received $171.48
2023 Yellow Barn Expenses -$1,378.18
Balance in Fund 12/31/2023 $16,477.85
Evidenced by NOW #1413 @ TBOB $16,477.85

Tax Rate Set-August 8th 2023

Town of Arlington Auditor’s Report

RHR Smith Letter Dated January 30, 2024

We were engaged by the Town of Arlington and have audited the financial statements of the

Town of Arlington as of and for the year ended December 31, 2023. The following statements

and schedules have been excerpted from the 2023 financial statements, a complete copy of

which, including our opinion thereon, is available for inspection at the Town Office.

These figures represent numbers before finalization, which happened after print time. Only the portion of the full report most relevant to taxpayers was reprinted here. Final figures and full report are available from the Town Administrator on request.

 Town of Arlington Budget and Proposed Expenditures for 2023 and 2024

AccountBudget FY2023Actual FY2023Budget FY2024
Property taxes567307432990.15581746
Taxes, delinquent0476493.270
Taxes, delin., interest800038028.598000
Delinquent Taxes Penalty000
Tax Sale Redemption000
Total Property Taxes575307947512.01589746
Nontax Revenues   
State of Vermont25000025000
 Income from Fines1500247.51500
 State of VT – GT PTA DISB0123950
State of VT – GT LUC DISB000
State of VT Hold Harmless0301990
State of VT – PILOT015043.570
US Treasury10000010000
Town Clerk/Fees000
Town Clerk/Dog Licences100010641000
Town Cl.Liq.& Toba. Licen8098580
Animal Control000
Zoning Fees360030703600
CCB Local Fees01000
Zoning Fines0400
Grant Income000
Misc-property pymt010000
MISC Donations000
AP Reimbursements from WD000
Total General Revenue43180129329.8556180
Total Revenue Administration6184871076841.86645926
Salaries/Chair. Select Bd240024002400
Salaries/Selectmen (4)800080008000
Salaries/Town Clerk2310023100.2223100
Town Clerk Assistant300034723300
Town Elections/Poll Workers650144.98750
Board of Civil Authority1000100
Health Officer300300300
Land Use Labor900010826.1910000
Land Use Permits100001000
Animal Control10006000
Town Administrator6850068500.1268500
Tax Collectors Fees/penat000
Treas.Health Ins400040004000
Assessor Health Ins040004000
Vt. Employee Pension1100010277.7711000
Workmen’s Compensation12091273.021802
Vt. Unemployment25002421.352105
Cellular Stipend001500
Total Payroll and Benefits281335260855.95307633
Repair,Pur.,Train- Equip70007518.817000
Town Clerk/Microf/Restora150015001500
Comm and Wifi Services430049394600
Comm & Data sharing sftwr000
Office Operations Postage20001501.552000
Planning Comm./Notices100014281000
ZBA/Legal Notices10004481000
Auditor/Town report/Print15002722.92000
Zoning by laws5000500
Meetings & Mileage400390.45400
Office Expense30003209.953200
Computer Expense35005460.573500
Listers/office expenses2000926.112000
Office – Software Expense30001297.83000
Total Office Operations3585035648.6636850
Water Service490488.36490
Rubbish Removal23001928.712300
Snow Removal000
Repairs & Services180001541.2218000
Equipment & Supplies600390.74600
Total Town Hall4109825108.4741004
Professional Consulting09684.290
Animal Control600060100
Arlington Green Up600258.58600
Audit by outside firm000
Public Safety150006608.5215000
Landfill/Solid Waste/Recy2000021503.9520000
Land fill/Regional(ISWAP)14001238.881400
Town Plan000
Legal Fees60004922.028000
Tax Sale Expenses05508.343000
Tax Mapping100001000
NEMRC Services110008381.68500
General Other Communicati000
Legal Notices1200783.51200
Town Elections/Ballots280026243500
Emergency Management30002267.073000
General COVID Expenses5000500
Street Lights1500014848.0715000
Fees due to Solar Panels50005259.985000
Forest Fire Warden25001714.862500
Prior Year School Tax000
Town Flags500522.33500
Misc. Refunds000
Memorials and awards000
Total General Expenses158300145904.66147035
Borrowed money300013815.263000
Total Debt Service300013815.263000
Sinking Fund/Computer500050000
Sinking Fund Rest./Pres.000
Total Reserve Funding800080003000
Total Administration527583489333538522
Arlington Area Childcare225022502250
Arl.Community Club, Inc.300030003000
Arlington Community Nursi400040004000
Sunrise Fam. Resource Ctr500500500
Assoc. for the blind500500500
Martha Canfield Library235002350023500
Neighbor to Neighbor750750750
Project Against Violence450450450
Ctr Restorative Justice540540540
Benn. Project Independence180018001800
SWVT Council on Aging153015301530
The Tutorial Center450450450
Rescue Squad450004500061500
Vt. Center Indepen.Living295295295
Habitat For Humanity779779779
Total Appropriations9090490904107404
Total Expenditures Administration618487580237645926
Property Taxes770292518212.29817812
State of Vermont CL23000053120.8330000
State of Vermont CL34000066765.3640000
State of VT HWY Supplmnt000
State of VT GIA.1000027856.6510000
State of Vermont01088.130
ASD Fuel Reimb000
Water Dept.5000500
Hwy Equip. Hours Reimb01861.090
Hwy Materials Reimb.0243.320
Total Highway Revenues850792675951.67898312
Special Labor620014646200
Health Insurance7300054290.29100000
DOT Physicals600555600
Vt. Municipal Pension1050010480.7910500
Workmen’s Compensation12809103019282
Uniforms/T Shirts30004043.125000
Cellular Stipend420402.5660
Total Payroll and Benefits316029251775.57349569
Internet Service10001247.011250
Water Service470488.36470
Oil removal000
Oxygen & Propane1500532.991000
Fuel Oil40002962.794000
Outside Plow Labor000
Grants in Aid Management001500
Total Town Garage2259533590.1228180
Guard rails50000
Tree & Brush70003494.526000
E. Arlington wall2000200
Culverts & bridges100007549.5816000
Permit Fees200001500
Grass seed, etc.400756.861000
Hot mix5000500
Cold patch10001182.51500
Sidewalk maintenance50006005000
Total Class 2 Roads10660063561.14112800
S. Arlington Plowing15000924015000
Tree Removal70007506000
Guard rails50000
Bridges & Culverts45006667.877000
Permits & Fees150011251500
Grass seed, etc.10001231.421000
Hot/cold mix5000500
Total Class 3 Roads164100104976.63165500
Rental equip.65002756000
Safety Equipment600319.97600
WD Equip. Hours Reimb.30000
General Other Communicati33004835.684800
Grader Lease Payment1680316802.4316803
Total Trucks and Equipment115468102781.94116263
Backhoe and Loader150001500015000
Sinking Fund/Grader000
Sinking Fund/Town Trucks500005000050000
Sink Fund Sidewalk/Mainte600060006000
Bridges & Culverts300003000030000
Hazardous Tree Fund500050005000
Total Highway Reserve Funding126000126000126000
Total Highway Expenses850792682685.4898312
Property Taxes154485120637.42170058
Service to Sandgate24521026993
Town of Sunderland662086620872882
Grant Income000
Misc. Don. for Volunteers03200
Total FD Revenue245214188386.71269933
Workmen’s compensation32412703.753241
Comm and Wifi84009950.9310000
Dispatch Services082508250
Training School1000013004000
Fuel for Fire Houses70008977.048000
Rental on Houses200020002000
S.Arl/Cambridge Agreement13501545.561600
VSFA Dues40010341000
Medical equip/supplies000
New Equipment5000057463.8150000
Emergency Contingency8930893
Sinking Fund/New Fire Tr.8500085000100000
Sinking Fund/Extraction Tools000
Total Fire Department Reserve Funding8500085000100000
Total Fire Department Expenditures253964249594.71269933
Perpetual Care000
Property Taxes2037522931.6420825
Sale of Lots100018751000
Cremation Fee000
Total Cemetery Revenue2212527231.6422575
Cemetery Expenses   
Cemetery Salaries1000850850
Office Misc50050
Operating Contract150001450015000
Total Cemetery Expenditures2212527231.6422575
Property Taxes100147156503.5894895
State of Vermont01585.640
Town of Sandgate300030003000
Town of Sunderland500050005000
Arlington School450045004500
Golf Donations30003320.53000
Park Donations1000100
Misc  Income000
Park Revenue Total115747179036.72110495
Health Insurance017973.4525460
VT Municipal Pension2,4003317.622,200
Workmen’s Compensation19981862.821995
VT Unemployment33022222.892083
Cell Phone Stipend480420320
Total Payroll and Benefits5571068401.8264278
Office Supplies2000200
Total Administration497698.91880
Total Park Buildings112409991.3914137
Course Supplies100001000
Total Golf Course2000783.542000
Ice Rink000
Total Fields and Grounds90005390.5314500
Total Equipment3480029738.512200
Park Capital Equipment Fund250025002500
Total Park115747117504.69110495
State of Vermont000
Income from Art & Enr. Pr06707.290
Expenses for Arts & Enr P0-187.50
ASTCHR Interest055.850
BRHR Interest0626.280
Total Misc Accounts 869.63 
State of Vermont012061.50
State Vt. Training014190
Interest Income02004.560
Transfers In000
Total Reappraisal Revenue015485.060
Reappraisal Expenditures   
Lister Wages000
Reappraisal Contract000
Total Reappraisal Expenses000
Total Reappraisal 15485.06 
Interest Income0130.260
Total Discretionary0130.260
Grants Revenue   
State of Vermont01088.130
Ancient Roads000
AQ09-50 000
HSU Grant000
HUD/EDI 11-7 YB000
Yellow barn grt000
VT Struct BC1496000
VTstruct BC1414000
EOC Improvement Project000
Cls2Gt PO1736000
Mun Rds Grts-in-Aid04191.040
Battenkill Dredging00.580
VtStructures BC1216000
VtStruct BC1321000
FED HGWY ER0090000
7A SIDEWALK  CA037401181.580
Mun Rds Grnts-in-aid000
Act 137 COVID Relief Fd000
Total Grants Revenue07216.420
Grant Expenditures   
Ancient Roads000
Battenkill Dredging000
VTStructures BC1216000
HUD/EDI  11-7 YB000
VtStruct BC1321000
VT Struct BC1496000
VT struct BC1414000
EOC Improvement Project000
FED HGWY ER0090000
7A SIDEWALK  CA 037401181.580
Class2Gt PO155305000
Cls 2 road grant PO1736000
Mun Rds Grts-in-Aid04191.040
Grants Gen. Misc. Expense000
Grants Due to other Funds01088.130
Total Grants Expenses 5372.62 
Audit Fund   
Interest Income01610.320
Transfer In000
Total Audit Revenue01610.320
Total Audit Expenses000
Total Audit0-35414.68-16500
ARPA Funds000
Total ARPA Revenues000
Total ARPA Fund000
ARPA – Hwy Expenses0080000
ARPA – Fire Dept Expenses042324.930000
ARPA – Park & Rec Expense0015000
ARPA – Water Dept.00175000
Total ARPA042324.9300000
Capital Reserve Revenues   
Fire Truck Ins.000
Rest./Pres. NEMRC income07680
CRF CKBK0747.720
Yellow Barn0171.480
Fire Truck04660.710
Town Truck02707.420
Backhoe & Loader01035.050
Spec Highway05631.680
Sidewalk & Equip0814.940
Town Bridges03780.910
Hazardous Tree Fund0324.30
Town Buildings0907.50
Old Mill Road Wall000
Yellow Barn000
Fire Truck0850000
Town Truck0500000
Backhoe & Loader0150000
Spec. Highway0200000
Sidewalk & Equip060000
Town Bridges0300000
Hazardous Tree Rev050000
Town Buildings030000
Old Mill Road Wall000
FD Extraction Tools000
Park Equipment037500
Fire Truck03607.50
Town Truck069700
Backhoe & Loader0405700
Special Highway000
Sidewalk & Equip000
Town Bridges000
Hazardous Tree Fund000
Town Buildings GRT monies000
FD Extraction Tools014250
Park Equipment030000
YB – Dog Park000
YB Misc0478.890
Total Capital Revenue0302183.710
YB Community Garden Exp000
Spec. Hwy Cl 3 paving000
Yellow Barn01378.180
Fire Truck0459711.520
Town Truck0175500
Backhoe & Loader000
Spec. Highway000
Sidewalk & Equip000
Town Bridges019771.540
Hazardous Tree Expenses000
Town Buildings000
Old Mill Road Wall000
Capital Expenses0498411.240
Total Capital0-196227.530

Budget Summary Table

 2023 Budget2023 Actual2023 Property Tax2024 Budget2024 Property Tax
General/ Admin$618,487$580,237$567,307$645,926$581,746
Fire Department$253,964$249,594$154,485$269,933$170,058

*excludes special appropriations under Articles 9 and 10

Amount to be raised by taxes to be voted from the floor: $1,346,432

Floor figure=Total Budget minus Nontax Revenues minus all balloted appropriations

Total “Floor Budget” excluding appropriations: $1,608,337

Total appropriations of $438,904

Trustee of Public Funds

During 2023, the Trustees of Public Funds made no changes to the four (4) funds they maintain. 

There were no distributions of money or requests for money from the Edith and Emmett Smith Fund, the Florence Holden Fund, or the Perpetual Care Fund.  Information about the funds and their purpose as well as the role the of the Trustees can be found on the official town website – https://arlingtonvermont.org/trustees-of-public-funds/

If you have any questions or would like to apply for money from the Edith and Emmett Smith Fund or the Florence Holden Fund; arrange for a donation or the potential creation of a new fund; please contact the Trustees by email at arlingtonvtTPF@gmail.com

Thank you!

Carol Fay 

Paula Shulman

Pat Williams

Edith and Emmett Smith Fund$    4,223.54
Holden and Tricentennial Fund$    5,360.02
Perpetual Care Fund$  21,043.22
Equitable Investment for Perpetual Care Fund$122,104.93


Arlington Select Board

For the operations of the Arlington Select Board 2023 was a year of both progress and problems. It was a year in which we sought to raise our game, to address longstanding issues, and to set the stage for future progress.

The Highway Department has made progress in maintaining the roads with a more comprehensive program of grading, despite the challenging rainy conditions for so much of the year. Benedict Hollow Road has had substantial improvements to drainage per state requirements and so did the western end of River Road. We are still waiting for the engineering report on the best way to repair or replace the Benedict Crossing Bridge. As soon as we have that and can decide the best approach, we will move forward with that important project with a combination of state and town funding. Thanks to the Highway crew for all of their work.

The Arlington Recreation Park saw improvements to the baseball fields and successful recovery from two flood events. Playground renovations are next up. The Planning Commission prepared and the Select Board approved a revised version of the Town Zoning Bylaw, the most comprehensive rewrite of zoning rules in 50 years. This new version eliminates duplication and clarifies the regulations in order to make it easier for townspeople to abide by the rules as they develop their properties. Town buildings have been assessed for potential eligibility for state funded insulation and heating systems in 2024-25.

The Arlington Water Department has completed the “lead line” study of the presence of water lines with lead solder in homes served by the Department. This will form the basis for funding any needed repairs or replacements. The AWD is also undertaking a state required evaluation of water sources that is necessary to proceed with expansions of service. Remember that the AWD is solely funded by the ratepayers, with no property tax dollars involved.

In terms of Town finances, our ongoing efforts to operate with more rigor and professionalism have not been without challenges. Calculation errors that crept into previous accounting led to a higher than expected municipal property tax rate last year to correct a funding shortfall. We have now had a complete outside audit and we have instituted procedures that will prevent such an error in the future. As of this writing it appears that we have ended 2023 with sufficient funds to be able to set a lower municipal tax rate in 2024 as well as saving to finance future needs. The surplus is from a mild winter in 2023 and successful collection of delinquent property taxes.

Voters will have the opportunity to consider whether a shift to an appointed Treasurer and hired Assessor will set the town up for future success as town finances and property tax assessments grow more complicated.

The Town continues to develop plans for the best use of the federal ARPA funds. So far, funding has been allocated to special extrication tools for the Arlington Fire Department for rescues from vehicle accidents. Funding has also been allocated to a wastewater study of whether and how the Town might provide small community septic systems in different parts of Town. Other planned uses of the ARPA funds include a larger excavator for highway projects, park improvements, and Water Department projects.

Altogether these activities illustrate our progress towards a sustainable future in which all Town departments operate at a high level of competence and professionalism. We are seeking to make planned investments and improvements that will ensure that we can meet the needs of the community in both the short term and the long run.

Dan Harvey, Chair, Cynthia Browning, Todd Wilkins, Glenn Sherman, Jamie Paustian

Arlington Cemetery Commissioners

The Commissioners are pleased to report a successful year. We continue to address the maintenance needs of the cemeteries at only modest taxpayer subsidy. In 2023 we were please to be able to undertake removal of one tall pine trees in Evergreen Cemetery that threatened to fall and damage stones. We have been very pleased with the first year under care of our groundskeeper, Jay Coonradt,and mourn the loss of previous grounds keeper Ransom Goodell. We encourage all visitors, lot owners,and residents to feel free to make comments and/or suggestions to make our cemeteries better.

Further, we encourage all those who plan to be buried in Arlington public cemeteries to make arrangements early. Each year we are engaged in stone straightening and attempt to make these cemeteries as attractive as possible. If you have an interest in serving as a cemetery commissioner in the future, please reach out to the town office and we’d be happy to give an introduction into how Arlington’s cemeteries are run.

We are thankful for the support of the Select Board, the Town Administrator, the Town Clerk, and the employees of the Town of Arlington.

Nathalie Caler, John Wilcox, Ali Elwell Zaiac

Town of Arlington Capital Plan

PURPOSE: The Arlington Capital Plan provides an outline of future proposed capital expenses and

funding in a way that maintains a level municipal budget.

GOAL: Planning for future projects and equipment purchases that are significant costs – in a way that will

prevent large increases in single year budgets.


1. A Capital Plan will outline projects and equipment purchases in a 5 to 10 year schedule with proposed date and estimated cost for each purchase.

2. A yearly expenditure for each item will be included.

3. The Capital Plan will be updated each year for approval by the Select Board, and included in the annual Town Report.


1. A project that will be a significant loss to the Town if it is not repaired or replaced;

2. A project for which the estimated future cost will be $25,000.00 or more.

3. A project that – if it is not repaired or replaced would cost $25,000.00 or more in the future.

4. A project that would require debt obligation or borrowing.

5. A project that requires purchases of land for future municipal buildings or highways.

6. Construction of new municipal buildings or rehabilitation of existing buildings.

7. A project purchasing major equipment or vehicles with a life expectancy of five years or more and a

cost of $25,000.00 or more.


1. Capital projects and funding requests will be presented as individual articles to be voted by Australian

ballot each year at the annual Town Meeting.


1. Capital funds shall be commingled for investment and expenditure purposes.

2. Capital funds shall only be used for listed capital projects or be used in lieu of short term borrowing by

the Town of Arlington in anticipation of taxes.

3. Capital funds that are used by the Town in lieu of borrowing in anticipation of taxes shall be repaid to

the Capital fund in the same fiscal year that funds are borrowed, and within twenty (20) days after the

due date of collection of taxes. The amount repaid shall include lost interest on the borrowed money.

4. A separate and complete accounting of all capital funds shall be included in the budget.

We acknowledge these tables are very small and challenging to make look good in print in booklet format. Email the Town Administrator at nick.zaiac@arlingtonvermont.org for the spreadsheet version.

Delinquent Tax Collector  Report

Listers Annual Report

In 2022 we completed a general reappraisal of the town, in which all properties were assessed at the then current fair market value.  Soon afterward we experienced an enormous real estate boom, properties were selling for far more than their assessed value. This happened throughout the state, not only here in Arlington. The result was that our CLA for 2024 is 80.16 and our COD is 22.49. These numbers by the current rules demand another reappraisal.

We are waiting to hear how the state legislators resolve this situation, which we stated before is statewide.

As we report annually, the listers office is open Monday to Thursday from 9:00AM to 1:00PM. The phone is 802-375-9022, the e-mail is      Lister@arlingtonvermont.gov.     

Also, the listers will be doing field inspections during March and April to prepare for the updated Grand List. If you have had any change to your property, up or down, please advise us, so we can make the proper adjustment. We appreciate your cooperation.

Each year we remind you to file your HS-122 along with your state tax return. It is mandatory that you do so, and if you have your tax work done by a service, make sure the HS-122 is included.

Earl, Joe and Lee The Arlington Listers

Town Clerk’s Report

There was only one election in 2023 (Annual Town and School Meeting), making it a

relatively quiet year. However, 2024 will certainly be more active with the upcoming

Presidential race. The election dates are as follows:

March 5, 2024, the Annual Town & School Meeting and Presidential Primary

August 13, 2024, the Statewide Primary

November 5, 2024, the General Election

New voters may register to vote at the Town Clerk’s Office, by mail, on the Vermont

Secretary of State website (“My Voter Page”) https://www.sec.state.vt.us, or at the polls

on election day. Absentee ballots are always available prior to election day.

Please note that the November General Election ballots will be mailed from the Secretary

of State’s office to all active voters. You can mark your ballot ahead of time, then either

send it in early by mail, or put it in the Town Office drop box, or bring it with you to the

polls on Election Day.

The 2024 dog licenses and tags are now available. We license over 450 dogs each year (a

State of Vermont requirement); therefore we encourage dog owners to renew as soon as

possible. You can renew by mail or in person at the Town Clerk’s Office.

Please feel free to contact the Town Clerk by visiting Town Hall, calling 802-375-2332,

or by email at Robin.wilcox@arlingtonvermont.org.

Robin S. Wilcox, Town Clerk


Arlington Fire Department

2023 has come and gone. Although the year flew by we still continued to move forward with updating older equipment and training.

In April we received our new Engine/Rescue Truck 75 which replaced our 1999 Spartan Ranger. The new 75 has been in service since April and is serving us well. The new truck is our first due truck for a motor vehicle accident and reported structure fire. It is equipped with new battery powered extrication tools, battery powered positive pressure fan, battery powered chain saw and our equipment to safely fight any structure fire.

We had three members attend the Firefighter I class and one member attended Firefighter II as well. For the southern VT regional fire school we had 10 members take classes over the weekend.

In total we responded to 170 calls for assistance in 2023. Arlington – 91 calls, Sunderland – 49 calls, Sandgate – 10 calls, Manchester – 8 calls, Dorset – 1 call, Shushan NY – 4 calls, Shaftsbury – 5 calls Wilmington VT – 1 call,  Rupert – 1 call. We do have more call information listed on our Facebook page if you would like to take a look.

Our JR firefighter program has been rather successful. In 2023 we had one JR member turn 18 years old and Become a full member. In 2023 we have 4 JR members turning 18 and becoming full members. We hope to keep this trend going forward for years to come.

We always have the need for new members, and will have JR member positions available as well. If you’re looking to volunteer in our community and hang out with a great group of people stop by any Tuesday evening for an application. The hardest part of becoming part of the Fire Department is walking through the door the first time.

Wishing everyone a safe, Happy 2024. Thank you all for your continued support.

Respectfully Submitted,

Chief –  Michael R King

1st Assistant –  Brian J Hawley

2nd Assistant –  Eric Marko

Fire Warden

      The Arlington Fire Wardens issued 92 permits to kindle an open fire in 2023. We had one reportable grass & brush fire in Arlington but responded to 2 controlled burns that were not permitted. Please be attentive of your surroundings when approaching a ground fire with downed trees as power lines are sometimes involved, which can also cause electrocution.

Please remember it is illegal to burn trash or debris all the time and you must have a permit to burn brush, leaves, and clean wood anytime unless there is 3” of snow cover.

Please remember when you receive a Burn Permit you must be present for the entire time the fire is burning. Furthermore, if transporting wood debris from another site, this will require an additional permit from the State Agency of Natural Resources.

Please call for a permit before burning and to see that the State has not issued a “RED FLAG”. This means no outside burning is permitted due to weather conditions. This could result in a fine and potentially a bill for the cost to extinguish a fire.

Fire Warden                James Paustian            802-733-1961

Deputy Warden           Brian Hawley  802-558-2230

Deputy Warden           Mike Wood                 802-681-8230

Respectfully Submitted

Fire Warden 2023-2028

James Paustian

Health Officer

The Town Health Officer is an appointed position by the Department of Health of the State of Vermont and this position is over 100 years old. The Selectboard recommends a candidate to fill the position and the State then make the appointment. In this respect, the position is similar to the Forest Fire Warden in each town in Vermont.

Each Town has a Town Health Officer and a local Board of Health (composed of the Town Health Officer and the Selectboard.) The position originally involved controlling communicable disease. Today however, the Town Health Officers work has shifted toward environmental health issues such as failed septic systems, unsafe drinking water, excess piles of garbage, and related matters. To facilitate this work, the town appointed Nick Zaiac as Deputy Town Health Officer in August 2020.

In this capacity, in conjunction with Deputy Zaiac, I investigated 1 complaint about health and safety issues in 2023. We remind the public that it is unlawful to store such quantities of trash that vermin that carry disease are attracted. Please feel free to contact me with any health-related concerns through Deputy Town Health Officer Zaiac at 802-379-9916 or nick.zaiac@arlingtonvermont.org.

Daniel M. Harvey Town Health Officer, Nick Zaiac, Deputy Town Health Officer

Land Use Administrator

 2023 Land Use Administrator Report
Accessory Buildings7
Accessory Dwelling Unit1
Base of Operations1
Boundary Line Adjustment1
Certificate of compliance41
Customary Home Business2
General Inquiry114
Letter of Compliance14
New Residence6
Violation notices7
Grand Total235

I would like to thank Nick Zaiac, Robin Wilcox, the Arlington Planning Commission, the Zoning Board of Adjustment and the Selectboard of Arlington for their support this past year.  It has been a great year for me, with a lot of learning!  I’ve enjoyed meeting so many Arlington residents and working with them to achieve their projects and goals.  I look forward to serving the good people of Arlington in 2024!  My current office hours are Tuesday 12-3 and Thursday 1:30 – 4:30, but when spring comes, I’ll be increasing my hours through the summer again.

802-375-1008 joan.nash@arlingtonvermont.org Winter hours: Tues  12 – 3 pm, Thurs 1:30 – 4:30

Planning Commission

After over eighteen months of deliberation and with the assistance of the BenningtonCountry Region Commission (BCRC), the Arlington Planning Commission presented a comprehensive revision of the Arlington Town Bylaws to the Select Board in early September of 2023. The new revision was adopted by the Select Board and went into effect at the end of September.

The main goal of the new bylaw was to streamline permitting as well as to make the bylaws clearer to understand. Tables have been added to allow for quick reference regarding permitting needs, and in general, the bylaw is more sequential and direct. We have also made sure to strengthen the protection of our floodways given the increased flooding risk we have seen since Hurricane Irene.

Over the course of 2024 we hope to continue to examine issues that arose from the

revision process. Most importantly, we hope to study ways to promote affordable

housing opportunities within the town of Arlington.

The APC is principally responsible for preparing municipal plans, bylaws, and related reports as well as for conducting public outreach, including public hearings. The commission is also responsible for site plan, subdivision, and planned development review. We meet on the fourth Thursday of every month with the exception of November and December when one meeting is generally held in early December for both of these months. These meetings are open to the public, and community participation is always encouraged and appreciated.

I would like to thank my fellow commission members, including our Land Use

Administrator, Joan Nash, the Town Administrator, Nick Zaiac, and the Select Board for their time, support, and expertise throughout the past year.

Further, the commission would like to honor our former Chairman, John Williams, who stepped down from our ranks in the spring of 2023. His ever-present sagacity as well as his keen understanding of the development of our bylaws over the decades he served on the APC will surely be missed.

Garret Siegel, Chairman

Arlington Planning Commission as of 12/31/23:

Michael Murno, Tom Williams, Sebastian Massey, Sunjit Chawla, Eliot Nachwalter, John Murray

Arlington Wastewater Committee

The Arlington Wastewater Committee is pleased to report progress on studying the prospects of adding municipal wastewater capacity in Arlington’s pair of designated village centers. In 2022 the Town received funding via the Vermont Water Investment Division to complete studies on wastewater solutions that can serve both Arlington Village and East Arlington Village. The project has reached the 30 percent completion threshold and is moving toward 60 percent complete. The Committee completed a mailed survey of both Arlington Village and East Arlington Village residents in 2023 and gathered valuable information on the current state of wastewater systems and future needs in the town. We are pleased that engineers have identified viable wastewater fields that could serve both villages. We expect completion of the full report by the end of 2024 bar additional delays in State review.

Arlington Wastewater Committee

Dan Harvey, Cynthia Browning, Jamie Paustian, Andrew Rodriguez, Andy Curtis, Steve McClafferty, Matt Bykowski


Select Board’s Water Department Report

AccountBudget FY – 2023Actual FY-2023 Pd:12Budget FY – 2024
Metered Water Receipts290000287193.4290000
Project Interest000
Bank Interest05266.653000
Borrowed Money000
WD Equip. Hours Reimb.000
Misc Revenue00103465
Bank Revenue000
EPA Grant Revenue000
Total Revenues294000298594.6400465
System Operator Salary6034260342.160342
Operator Assistant100001000
Water Department Labor01652.851500
Health Insurance1200012072.6413592
VT Municipal Pension42004437.994500
Workmen’s Compensation40002283.223208
VT Unemployment12501190.911186
WD Cellular Stipend420420420
Total Payroll & Benefits9603792031.2698623
Operator Training150156150
Computer Training/Repair2000200
RR Lease929292
Permits & Fees37003864.233700
Office Supplies12002113.862000
Office Equipment1000100
Total Administration1044210475.329571
Vehicle Maintenance12001303.641200
Total Equipment Maintenance25002760.062600
Traffic Control150001500
Engineering Services525036750
Sample Testing260034402650
Snow plowing850372.5850
Grounds Care000
Building  Maintenance200002000
System Equipment – Repair50003478.285000
System Equipment – Rental5000500
Equipment Hours to Hwy2000200
Town Services3000300
Infrastructure Repair/Mai1150014390.8411500
General Other Communicati900474.1900
Internet Services1000791.451000
Chemical Supplies20089.97200
Materials paid to Hwy000
System equipment – new40002354000
Capital Asset Expense000
EPA Grant Expediture000
ARPA-Waste Water Study035961.567504
Total System Operation5380076437.82116104
Bank Payment000
Repay Loan RF3-333135933.2135933.2135933.2
Interest Expense000
Grant Expenses000
Total Other Expenses135933.2135933.2135933.2
Total WD Expenditures298712.2317637.7362831.2


Arlington Area Childcare

As the new Executive Director of Arlington Area Childcare Inc. I am excited to write this Annual Report for you, highlighting all the fantastic accomplishments of the center as well as explaining our areas of need at this time.

In 2023, 68 students from Arlington, Sunderland, Sandgate, and neighboring towns attended our program part-time or full-time. These children (aged six weeks- twelve years old) attended either our Early Education program, our Afterschool program, or our Summer Camp.


  • Maintains our 4 STARS with the State of Vermont
  • Completing SEED AND SEW and becoming accredited through the company.
  • Family Advocacy Program- We have worked hard to expand our program and added a diaper and wipes bank, as well as continuing our food shelf and adding a Christmas wish program that helped to assist three local families with Christmas essentials for their families.
  • Fundraisers- Our center has worked hard in the last year to continue our essential annual fundraisers to help benefit the children within our program, such as Mac and Cheese, Pizza fundraiser, and Cheesecake fundraiser. Our staff, board, and families all come together to make this fundraiser successful.
  • Staff Growth- We currently have 11 teachers enrolled in CCV, in either college courses or the Fundamentals for Early Childhood Professionals course to further their education. We also offer half- and full-day training to help our current staff members earn 30 professional development hours annually. We currently have all qualified staff working in-house. We have been able to offer our staff more competitive pay and time off as well.
  • We launched a new Curriculum (Frog Street). Since 1989 — Serving early childhood educators for over 30 years – make learning joyful and purposeful. Frog Street provides the path to a bright tomorrow with engaging programs and materials.
  • Camp Community Connections- This past Summer, we were excited to have our School Agers for the entire summer time with around 20 campers per day. The campers engaged in many different enrichment programs. To highlight one, the Utica Zoo did an interactive presentation with our campers about three different types of animals. Our camp is the only one in our area for summer with a waiting list (a mile long). This is an essential program for our community. Vermont Afterschool has awarded a 40,000.00 grant to enhance our summer program to meet its full potential.
  • We are currently partnering with many different community and state programs such as First Children Finance, Let’s Grow Kids, VTAEYC, Vermont Afterschool, Building Bright Futures, Directors group of Bennington County, Arlington Area Alliance, NAEYC TEACH, and CCV.

Despite these strengths and accomplishments, Arlington Area Childcare faces severe concerns. Our building, which is 25 years old, needs significant renovations. Some of the most crucial needs relate to our HVAC system, duct work, and updating appliances so they can run more frugally, safely, and efficiently. As a result, we are forced to ask for increased funding from the towns we serve. The contribution from Sunderland has remained the same for many years, but, unfortunately, our expenses (like those of many other businesses) have grown. For Arlington Area Childcare to continue providing a quality setting for Arlington children and families, we seek $2,500.00 from the town of Arlington. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Thank you, again, to the area communities for continuing to support our program, special events, and fundraisers. We couldn’t keep the program running without you!

Arlington Community House

The stately brick house in the center of Arlington has been used as a community center for groups and gatherings for seventy-five years. The house was deeded to the Arlington Community Club by Dorothy Canfield Fisher to be used free of charge as a meeting place for groups from Arlington, Sandgate, and Sunderland.  This past year has seen the house used a total of 183 times by various groups such as The Lions Club, The Garden Club, Sunrise Family Resources, and private gatherings.  The house is overseen by a volunteer board of directors. 

The board continues to use fundraisers as a means of maintaining the house. These include our annual Christmas tree and wreath sale and the spring tag sale.  We also rely on the goodwill of the voters who pass the town appropriation as well as donations from private citizens.  These funds help maintain the house and pay for needed upkeep and repairs.  The Arlington Garden Club has generously helped beautify the grounds around the house for many years. 

In the past few years many projects have been done to ensure that the house remains in its stately form. These projects include a new heating system, new energy efficient windows and storm doors, new shutters, and sidewalk repair to the entrances of Martha’s Used books and the main street entrance.  The board is grateful to all who have donated to these projects. 

As with any old house, renovation work is ongoing. This year we have contracted to have the three rooms in the annex updated with insulation, new flooring, and ceiling repair. When completed the large room will be available for large or smaller groups to meet. 

One wing of the house continues to be the home of Martha’s Used Books, whose proceeds support the Martha Canfield Library. This book sale continues to be a popular spot for local community members and visitors alike.

We urge people to visit our webpage (www.arlingtonsommunityhouse.com) and our Facebook page (Arlington Community House) for further information about the history or usage of the house.

If you or your group is interested in using the house as a place to meet free of charge, contact Lynn Williams at 802 375 6119 or email us at arlingtoncommunityhouse@gmail.com to reserve a time. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Charles Webster, President of the Arlington Community House Board of Directors.  

Arlington Community Public Health Nursing Service

On behalf of the Arlington Community Public Health Nursing Service, I am writing to express our appreciation for the continued financial support of the board and the citizens of Arlington. The Nursing Service is respectfully requesting that the board consider funding for the year 2024 in the amount of $4000 The nursing service continues to provide financial support for those in need of medical assistance, as well as camp scholarships, support for the Red Stocking and summer lunch programs, and JISP/KAP participation for area students. We are proud to sponsor health and wellness related programming at the Arlington Commons, and provide sustaining support to Battenkill Valley Health Center and the Arlington Food Shelf. We also continue to provide four rolling scholarships to graduating students pursuing careers in healthcare. We are excited to increase this scholarship amount in the 2024 academic year. We sincerely hope that you are able to grant our request, so we may continue to provide these important services in the community throughout the year.

On behalf of the thirty community members that comprise our Board of Trustees, thank you for your service to our town and for your continued support of our missions.


Jessica Massey


Arlington Community Public Health Nursing Service, Inc.

P.O. Box 62

Arlington VT 05250



Arlington Energy Committee

2023 was a busy year for the AEC!  It began with the announcement from The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) that Arlington had been selected as a 2023 Climate Economy Resilient Community. With the council’s assistance—and the addition of two new members to the committee with expertise in environmental studies and research and data analysis—the Arlington Energy Committee made great strides in developing a carbon calculating spreadsheet tool. In December, the committee presented its work to the Select Board and included charts and graphs to help illustrate what the data revealed. In essence, the spreadsheet is a comprehensive view of the energy consumption, renewable energy offsets, and carbon sequestration by all known town-owned operations and lands. It provides the Select Board with insight into opportunities for cost savings as well as a mechanism for tracking the results of actions taken. The data showed that the biggest carbon emissions from Town operations come from diesel trucks for maintenance of our public roads and properties. It also showed how important our town forest, Rec. Park, and other green spaces are in offsetting these emissions–especially if we are to achieve and maintain the Town goal of carbon neutrality by the year 2027. It is the hope of the committee that the clarity and transparency the tools provide decision-makers will ultimately be to the benefit of taxpayers and residents. The AEC is adapting the tool so that other towns may use it as a template.

In the fall, the town energy committees of the Northshire came together to host another very successful community window-insert build at Arlington’s Paul LaFountain American Legion Post 69.  The home weatherization project is a collaboration with WindowDressers, a Maine-based group promoting energy conservation through the building of window inserts for installation in private homes and public buildings. Over the course of five days, 68 volunteers and customers worked together to build 187 inserts of which 20% went to customers who qualified to receive inserts for free or at a reduced price. The AEC is grateful to Mack Molding for their generous donation in support of this effort. The committee hopes to reach more residents who could benefit from the program which will happen again in the fall of 2024. For more information and to sign up for inserts, please visit https://WindowDressers.org.

The AEC also received a mini-grant from the Municipal Energy Resilience Program to host an energy and resilience fair which will take place at The Arlington Common on May 11.  Stay tuned for more information!  

The AEC meets on the first Wednesday of every month and as always invites the community to attend the meetings whether remotely or in person at the town hall.  Meeting dates, agendas, as well as all minutes from our past meetings can be found on the town website.  If you are interested in joining us, please feel free to contact us at arlington.energy.committee@gmail.com

Respectfully submitted, on behalf of the AEC,

Stephanie Moffett-Hynds, chair

Arlington Lions Club

The Arlington Lions Club has had another busy year in 2023. 

Four (4) of our major projects are listed below:

  1.  Pool

The pool improvements were completed in February.  The pool area was dredged to its original depth and new sand was added to the beach area.  In late summer we installed two aerating fountains in the deep end of the pool. These not only add to the beauty of the park but it is hoped that it will help with the circulation of the water.

The changing rooms in the back of the pavilion were renovated with each having three individual changing stations complete with curtains for privacy. This renovation was done with the help of the Boys Scouts who constructed the benches.  These areas were available from morning to sundown.

Finally, members of our newly formed Leo Club painted a mural on the back of the pavilion facing the beach which also added to the beauty of the area.

The pool’s grand reopening was held in June.

  •  Leo Club

A Leo Club was established at the Arlington Memorial High School.  Leadership, Experience, Opportunity – that’s what makes a Leo. 

Seventeen (17) students formed this charter along with Leo Club Advisors Lion Susan Toth, Lion Ali Zaiac, Lion Jeanne McDermott and Gayna Cross (school liaison).

Club members have held an Intergenerational Mixer Ice Cream Social, written cards for Battenkill Valley Health Center patients & the Red Stocking program, held a “Socktober” sock drive for the homeless, held a Diabetes Awareness campaign while pedaling a smoothie bike, and created bracelets for pediatric cancer patients.  All of these projects encompass the Lions global causes.

  •  Diaper Drive Collection:

At the VT District 45 September Forum, we were informed that the State budget for diapers for those in need was severely cut and a challenge was put to all Vermont Lions clubs to collect diapers and help reduce the shortfall that was occurring.

We partnered with the Battenkill Valley Health Center and Arlington Area Child Care to get the word out about the need and coordinate collections.  Bins were placed at these locations as well as St James, East Arlington Federated Church and Quadra-Tek.

With the community’s generosity we were able to collect approx. 7,000 diapers and 4,500 wipes.  These donations will be utilized by those in need in the towns of Arlington, Sunderland and Sandgate.

  •  Flood Relief

Efforts for impacted flood areas; July, 2023

      We made a donation of $1,000 to Vermont Lions Charities Flood Relief Fund.  

      These monies were used to quickly assist those that were affected.  This money    

      was used to purchase water, food, cleaning supplies, blankets and clothing.  We

      also assisted the Londonderry Lions Club preparing 90 bag lunches for the workers

      who were fixing washed out roads.


  • Arlington Food Shelf: Donation of $284 and 532 prepacked meals
  • Prepared and Served the May Community Dinner Held at St James.  Proceeds were donated to the Food Shelf.
  • Summer School Lunch Program – Lion Jeanne & Lion Susan picked up & delivered food each week for 8 weeks to Arlington Memorial HS where the food was then packaged for distribution.
  • Remote Area Medical – Bennington August 19/20.  Provided volunteer help in assisting medical professionals who provided residents of Bennington County with medical services.
  • Collection of Eye Glasses
  • Vision Screening (472 Children screened at Fisher and Sunderland Elementary, Arlington Memorial HS and Arlington Area Child Care)
  • Collection of Pull Tabs which are donated to Shriners
  • Pediatric Cancer Campaign: Donation $1,000 during the month of October
  • Three (3) Scholarships were awarded to graduating Arlington Memorial HS seniors
  • Donated STEM kits to Arlington Area Child Care.  Still awaiting request from Fisher and Sunderland Elementary Schools.
  • Christmas Cards – the club wrote 165 cards which were distributed to the Veterans Home, Homebound residents in Arlington and Food Shelf recipients.
  • Wreaths Across America – donated 25 wreaths
  • Sand for Seniors program


  • Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony (including the set up and decoration of trees) at the Village Green.  We expanded the number of trees from fourteen to twenty.
  •  Lighted Vehicle Parade
  • Santa Express – Worked in conjunction with Manchester Lions; setup a Christmas Village and held a refreshment booth
  • Santa Workshop – hosted craft booths for children at the Arlington Area Childcare
  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Peace Poster Contest – held October 16th – 16 Middle school entries.  The winner of the Arlington Lions Club contest was awarded third place in the Vermont District 45 competition.
  • Green Up Day, collect over 20 large bags of trash
  • Memorial Day Parade – Club designed a float & marched
  • Held two free concerts at the Pavilion for area residents; July 29 and August 26.
  • Participated in Norman’s Attic; Setup a coffee bar and baked goods booth
  • Held a Pancake Breakfast for the local community.
  • Held Fish Fry September 30th.


Net proceeds from our Norman’s Attic stand, the pancake breakfast and the fish fry were used for our donation to Vt Lions Charity Pediatric Cancer fund mentioned above. We also donated to the Vt Lions Flood Relief Program and the Town of Arlington.

Volunteer assistance and working with other Arlington nonprofit groups made it possible for us to host the above listed events for the community.  We would like to express our thanks to them.

The Arlington Lions Club is dedicated to our community and serving others.  “Where there is a need there is a Lion”.

If you would like to have fun and take pride in helping others and the community around you, please contact Susan Toth, membership chair at askalion@arlingtonlions.com 

John Toth, President

Arlington Lions Club

Arlington Rescue Squad

More than 50 years ago, a small group of residents dedicated their time, energy, and resources to start the Arlington Rescue Squad (ARS).  ARS is a non-profit organization which provides 24/7 365 days-a-year emergency medical services to your town. The organization now employs a small staff to provide daytime coverage, seven days a week, but we continue to rely on volunteers to provide nighttime coverage.  We are the only agency in the county who still relies on this “hybrid” model of paid staff and volunteers; we are sincerely grateful to all of our highly trained and dedicated providers who respond to 911 emergencies with up to Paramedic level capabilities.  Our staff and volunteers engage in continuing education and training in order to maintain a high level of proficiency at their individual license level.  While we usually respond to nearly 500 calls annually, our call volume continues to increase.  We respond to medical emergencies and automobile accidents; we also assist the Arlington Fire Department with stand-by assistance for structure and brush fires.  We respond to many calls in which we do not transport a patient; however, we incur the same expense for those calls.  Unfortunately, most non-transport calls are not billable to insurance companies.

            In order to cover higher costs of operations—including costs out-of-our-control such as fuel and insurance–we are seeking an increase in appropriations from $45,000 to $61,0000.  This represents an increase from $18 per resident to $25, which is well under the area average of $45.

            We would like to sincerely thank the residents of Arlington, Sunderland, Sandgate and N. Shaftsbury for their continued financial support through the generous Town appropriations.  The financial support of these towns helps ARS remain financially solvent in order to respond to emergencies with a dedicated team.  We are especially thankful to the members of the Arlington Fire department. They are there for us when we need extra help, whether it is driving an ambulance, assisting with a lift assist, or providing CPR support during a critical call. 

Thank you!

            We were very happy to meet and get-to-know many in our community during several community events including Norman’s Attic, Trunk-or-Treat at Arlington Memorial High School, the Lighted Tractor Parade, and several sporting events.  In early November, ARS members participated in a Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) training.  This large-scale training was held in the area of Wilcox Flats on Route 7.  ARS participated and collaborated in this training with Northshire Rescue Squad, and the Arlington and Manchester Fire Departments.  This was an excellent training that provided our members the opportunity to hone their skills and work with other agencies in the area.  Future large-scale training is in the planning phase, which will only serve to develop the collaboration with other agencies in our neighboring towns and assure that our members are trained and ready to respond when needed. 

            As we look to the future, we will be exploring the costs associated with replacing one of our two ambulances; we will continue to have a presence in the community; we will offer training to those who would like to become involved; and we will continue to provide exceptional medical care to those in our community.  It is also our goal to recruit volunteers who might be interested in becoming involved with ARS.  There is nothing more satisfying than helping those in your own community.  If you would like to learn more about ARS, please give us a call.  Our non-emergency number is (802) 375-6589.  We would love to hear from you! 

            Finally, please remember to post your house number clearly so we can find you in an emergency.  We would like to thank you again for your continued support.  We could not do the work we do without you. 

Respectfully submitted,

Arlington Rescue Squad Board of Directors

Martha Canfield Memorial Free Library

The Martha Canfield Library is here to help you expand your horizons in a variety of ways. Last year we learned all about owls, marveled at the talent of our local students in their gallery exhibit, learned about the science of soap bubbles as we stood inside a giant bubble, made Valentine cards for veterans, and made lots of crafts. We also helped people with emergency printing of documents, linked people to audio and e-books, answered reference questions, lent passes for museums, parks and historic sites, gave out free books to children, and much more. All in addition to traditional books, magazines, help with the internet, and summer family programming.

2023 was an active year for local history in the Russell Vermontiana Collection. Genealogy research continues to be important, but we saw an increase in house history questions this past year. Twelve presentations were given this year on Dorothy Canfield Fisher, Introduction to Genealogy, Our Lesser Known Artists, Revolutionary War History Minutes, early New England settlement, and local history for Arlington Middle School student research. There were sixteen donations including a Jack Towsley painting, additional photographs by the late Arlington artist Ellen Lipshutz, early McAuley family deeds and memorabilia dating from 1830, Equinox Hill Climb programs, a framed Dorothy Canfield photograph, booklets on the Carthusian lifestyle, a dinner ticket to an 1863 East Arlington Oyster supper, postcards of local scenes, four 1866 Harper’s Weekly issues sent to a West Arlington subscriber, and a collection of vintage Vermont history books. Preparation is almost complete for the re-publication of the out-of-print Arlington Along the Battenkill in 2024. Finally, planning has started in preparation for the 250th Commemoration of the founding of the United States and the Vermont Republic.

We greatly appreciate your support through the years as we strive to provide services essential to a well-informed community. Let us know how we can help: check our webpage, follow us on Facebook, email with requests and questions, call us. If you would like to sign up for our monthly email newsletter, just let us know.

Respectfully submitted,

Phyllis Skidmore, Director

Laura Crosslin, President, Board of Trustees

Martha Canfield Library, 528 East Arlington Rd., P.O. Box 267, Arlington, VT  05250

802-375-6153, marthacanfieldlibrary.org, martha_canfield_lib@hotmail.com, russell_vermontiana_collection@hotmail.com.


Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity

Bennington County Habitat for Humanity is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, which has helped more than 40 million people achieve strength, stability, and self-reliance through safe, decent, and affordable housing. Our local Habitat affiliate has had the honor of providing affordable homeownership opportunities for 34 families to date, with two more families currently in the homeownership program.

We work in partnership with Bennington County residents who cannot otherwise become homeowners or afford needed home repairs. Applicants must have a need for better housing, the ability to pay, and the willingness to partner with us as we build and work *with* individuals and families, not *for* them. Once accepted into the homeownership program, each adult family member must complete 200 hours of sweat equity, half of which must be completed on the construction site(s). Homebuyers who become homeowners pay an affordable mortgage through monthly payments that include escrow for property taxes, insurance, and Homeowner Association fees, where applicable. Homebuyers’ monthly payments do not exceed more than 30% of their income.

Bennington County Habitat is locally run and funded. With the exception of some contract services such as roofing, electrical, and plumbing, volunteers build Habitat houses. Businesses, subcontractors, and individuals help build, donate materials, and provide financial support. Town appropriations purchase building supplies and materials for our construction programs. With the costs of building a home continuing to rise, support from local towns and governments is more important than ever.

In Fiscal Year 2023 (July 1, 2022- June 30, 2023), Bennington County Habitat welcomed home the Metcalf family in Pownal. So far this Fiscal Year, two more families have moved home. This is 12 more individual people now in safe, adequate housing. Additionally, we absorbed another Habitat affiliate this fiscal year. 5 homeowner partner families from West River Habitat are now a part of our organization, and we will be servicing their mortgages.

After 135 homebuyer applications were sent out in March, two new families were accepted into our homebuyer program. In October of this year we broke ground on our 35th home, which is in Bennington on Greenview Drive, and will be building our 36th home on the same street this coming year as well.

In addition to our homeownership program, our home repair program has been growing as well. In Fiscal Year 2023 we completed three repair projects, while so far in Fiscal Year 2024 we completed one already, have two more starting soon, and plan to do even more before the end of June. Our home repair program continues to accept applications from local income-qualified homeowners who need minor home repairs, including ramps, to safely stay in or return to their homes from health care facilities.

Our Resale Store in Manchester has been rebranded as an official Habitat ReStore this year. Through this we sell, at reasonable prices, new and gently used furniture, building supplies, art, housewares, tools, and home improvement products that have been donated to us. Not only does the Store provide people with quality furnishings they can afford, it also keeps items out of the landfill. The proceeds from the Store provide direct financial support for our construction programs.

Two of our 31 homes are located in East Arlington, providing safe, affordable housing for two East Arlington families. One member of our Board of Directors is an Arlington Resident. Many Arlington residents have volunteered with our construction programs.  We encourage residents of Arlington to apply for homes and home repair projects. We are grateful for the Town of Arlington’s continued support.

None of our projects would be possible without the support we receive from the local community. Together, we make a difference in the lives of hard working people in Bennington County. For more information please visit our website at www.BenningtonCountyHabitat.org

Respectfully submitted by Cindy Luce, Executive Director, Bennington County Habitat for Humanity

Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless

Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless (BCCH) continues to operate 24/7, 365 days a year, to serve the needs of those in Bennington County experiencing homelessness. BCCH is grateful for the town of Shaftsbury’s support for families and individuals experiencing homelessness. 

The winter months are upon us and both locations are most often full, with a waiting list for families. In addition to providing shelter, we serve many others experiencing homelessness through drop-in services for those in need. Our services range from the use of our kitchen, laundry, and bathrooms to providing a safe, warm space for those in need during the day or providing someone in need with toiletries, blankets, clothing, and takeout meals. Those who come in to warm up are also given the opportunity to meet with a case manager, apply for services, and receive housing and employment assistance.

In 2023, we provided shelter and services to almost 250 people between our two locations. In addition, we have served well over 100 adults and children through our day services, donation rooms, and community outreach services.

In the past year we have further strengthened relationships with our community partners, including but not limited to: Shires Housing, Turning Point, Greater Bennington Community Services, Economic Services, Department of Children and Family Services, Sunrise, Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union, Bennington Police Department, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, and United Counseling Services. We were able to enhance safety measures at our congregate shelter location with additional support staff and have three full-time case managers assisting our individuals and families staying at our two locations. These positions are supported by an increased HOP grant through OEO. Furthermore, this grant has afforded us to hire an additional full-time Community Outreach Coordinator/Case Manager for those not sheltered by BCCH. These milestones enable us to increase the success rate of guests’ employment, housing, and so much more.

We are thrilled to be in partnership with Shires Housing. We began filling nine beautiful new family units at Norton House in January 2023. Together with other community partners we have found permanent housing for six of those families and three other families since then.

Revenue from Municipalities:

Shaftsbury – $5,000

Bennington – $25,000

Arlington – $500

Peru – $500

Dorset – $1,000

Rupert – $500

While so much good has been happening at BCCH, we need your continued support due to the many costs not covered under our HOP grant. While BCCH also pursues and obtains other grants and donations, they are just not enough to cover all BCCH’s expenses. Your ongoing support is necessary with all the continued rising costs of food, necessities…. everything!

Please do not hesitate to reach out if I can provide anything else.

Thank you in advance for your ongoing support. 

Roxanne Careli, Interim Executive Director

Bennington County Conservation District

Dear Residents of Arlington,

I hope this letter finds you well and engaged in our community’s well-being. Today, I want to share with you some vital information about the Bennington County Conservation District, as outlined in VSA 10 Chapter 31 and 7 CFR 610.25. Understanding the role and powers of these districts is crucial for all community members, as we work together towards a sustainable & resilient future.

Purpose of the Natural Resource Conservation Districts

The NRCDs are part of a national infrastructure of Locally Led institutions dedicated to the sustainable management and conservation of Vermont’s natural resources, focusing on soil, water, and related resources. Our mission is to ensure these resources are preserved and enhanced for future generations.

Functions of the NRCDs

To achieve this mission, the NRCDs are tasked with several responsibilities:

1. Comprehensive Planning: Developing strategic plans for managing natural resources within our district.

2. Project Implementation: Executing various conservation projects and programs, such as soil erosion control, food system development, and water management.

3. Collaborative Agreements: Forming partnerships with government and private organizations for effective resource management.

4. Property Management: Acquiring and managing properties necessary for conservation efforts.

5. Funding Acquisition: Securing funds through grants, loans, and other means to support our environmental initiatives.

6. Educational Outreach: Promoting public awareness and involvement in conservation through education.

7. Regulatory and Advisory Functions: Providing advice and collaborating with other agencies on natural resource management to ensure the priorities and values of Bennington County residents are considered in the policy making process.

8. Local Ordinance Implementation: While a smaller aspect of our work, we also hold the power to propose and enact local ordinances through referenda, enabling community participation in specific environmental decisions.

Over the past year we have worked diligently to live up to these responsibilities.

We have worked with residents and our agency partners in the Natural Resource Conservation Service, Agency of Natural Resources, and Agency of Agriculture to re-open the Local Working Group process and establish a Local Fund Pool of $175,000 to support conservation work on private lands within the county based on community priorities. As part of this process we initiated a continuous engagement process called the Community Resilience Initiative which includes an annual Community Resilience Forum and monthly Community Resilience Symposiums. This process allows the citizens of Bennington County to have a dedicated space for continuous public participation in the planning and policy making process concerning the management of natural resources.

We worked with our agency partners to ensure the prioritization of Bennington County’s watersheds in the new Water Quality Enhancement Development, Design, and Implementation Block Grant is easily accessible to Bennington County residents. This program provides funding for a wide variety of conservation activities including dam removal, riparian buffers, river corridor easements, stream geomorphic assessments, river corridor plans, stormwater master plans, and Lake Watershed Action Plans.

We worked with the Natural Resource Conservation Service, Vermont Agency of Agriculture and the Vermont Natural Resource Council to provide technical assistance to Bennington County Producers applying to the Vermont Farmers Ecosystem Stewardship Program. This program provides an initial $2,000 incentive for applying for NRCS Conservation Stewardship Program funding and an additional $7,500 upon the execution of a CSP contract. Through this effort we initiated preliminary conservation planning on approximately 6,800 acres of working lands with the goal of compensating our working land stewards for the invaluable work they do in maintaining environmental quality for Bennington County residents.

While this is not a comprehensive overview of our work or programs, it will hopefully highlight the valuable work BCCD does for the community and demonstrate the value residents receive by funding the District through town appropriations.

Thank you for your consideration and commitment to our County’s environmental health and sustainability.


Michael Fernandez

District Manager; Bennington County Conservation District

Email: michael@bccdvt.org

Phone:  (802) 775-8034 ext. 132

Website: www.bccdvt.org

Bennington County Regional Commission

The Bennington County Regional Commission (BCRC) works with and on behalf of its member municipalities to build strong, resilient, and sustainable communities, to foster economic prosperity, and to promote a high quality of life for residents of the region.  The BCRC plays an important role in coordinating work among local governments, state and federal agencies, regional public and nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and private interests. The organization is governed by local appointees from seventeen area municipalities and commissioners who represent interests ranging from public health to economic development. Regular meetings are held on the third Thursday of every other month, with frequent special meetings throughout the year (information at: www.bcrcvt.org).

In addition to its ongoing role in supporting the comprehensive planning work of municipal officials, the BCRC is a regional center for programs in community and economic development, transportation, energy, environmental conservation, water quality, public health, solid waste management, and emergency management.  BCRC staff is available to provide direct assistance in these areas and to serve as a liaison with state and federal agencies.

During the past year, the BCRC has worked to implement its comprehensive plan through a variety of programs and cooperative work with member municipalities.  Economic development planning at the BCRC is conducted by dedicated staff and supported by a committee with representatives appointed by the regional development corporation.  The goal of this BCRC program is to support workforce development and business retention, growth, and recruitment.  Related BCRC planning and community development initiatives support redevelopment initiatives in downtowns and village centers, grant assistance for local businesses, and have produced reuse planning studies for key properties such as the former SVC campus and the recently idled Energizer complex.  Concern over the state’s water quality has led the BCRC to identify and implement local projects that not only reduce stormwater runoff, but also protect roads, bridges, culverts, and private property from damage. Other important activities have included: an assessment of land use regulations affecting housing in each town and village, expanded staff capacity to assist with implementation of local energy plans, village center and neighborhood development area designations, implementation of the regional solid waste management plan and the development of a new permanent hazardous waste facility in the region, and planning for roadway, bicycle and pedestrian, and public transportation improvements.

In the coming year, the BCRC will continue to provide information and resources to assist business and local governments to take advantage of opportunities created through the federal American Rescue Plan and other programs.  We expect to see continued focus on infrastructure (including broadband) improvement projects, housing creation, business support services, and measures to support implementation of the Vermont Climate Action Plan.

While our downtown Bennington offices, located at 210 South Street, have reopened, staff still work remotely at times, so it generally is easiest to contact us via email (see contacts at www.bcrcvt.org).  Fortunately, technology has allowed us to continue work with little interruption in progress on any projects. 

Respectfully submitted,

Bill Colvin, Director

Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance

Arlington, Bennington, Dorset, Glastenbury, Manchester, Pownal, Rupert, Sandgate, Searsburg, Shaftsbury, Stamford, Sunderland, and Woodford

The Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance (BCSWA) represents a partnership of 13 towns working together to reduce the amount of waste disposed in landfills through recycling, reuse, repair, and through other means of resource conservation. Since 2015, BCSWA has followed a solid waste implementation plan to assist residents, schools, businesses, and other organizations meet the requirements of Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law.

In July of 2023 BCSWA opened a new household hazardous waste collection facility at the Bennington Transfer Station. The facility was open one day per week throughout the fall and collected paint, pesticides, cleaning products, flammable liquids, and other landfill banned items from 225 families and small businesses in the area. The facility was built under budget at a cost of $106,739.74. A grant from Vermont DEC financed 60% of the cost with the member towns of the Alliance funding the remainder. The Alliance projects that the facility will reduce annual operations costs when compared to the previous model of hosting disposal events, and that the savings will pay for construction costs in approximately 3 years.

The Alliance hosts a website at www.bcswa.org, and is present on social media at facebook.com/solidwastealliance, instagram.com/bcswa_vt, and youtube.com/@bcswa. Outreach on these channels provide resources and information to residents about:

  • Scheduling a household hazardous waste drop off appointment
    • Battery recycling through the Call2Recycle program
    • Disposal of used motor oil at retail establishments and select transfer stations
    • Recycling of paint through the PaintCare program, including retail stores that accept paint
    • Prescription drug disposal including drop-off locations
    • Recycling of textiles by the Apparel Impact, Goodwill, and others
    • Disposing of fluorescent bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and other mercury items at transfer stations and retail establishments
    • Disposal of E-Waste at area transfer stations, Goodwill, Staples, and retail establishments
    • Diverting food scraps by composting and annual sales of compost bins and kitchen containers
    • Reduced price composting equipment available at the BCSWA online store
    • Waste reduction resources for businesses, schools, events, institutions and residents

During 2023 the Alliance assisted 41 businesses, held composting and Recycling events at local libraries, produced regular content for public access television stations, and hosted tables at several farmers markets.

Visit bcswa.org for updates and details. The Alliance is funded by the thirteen member towns of the alliance proportional to their population, along with grants from the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and the Agency of Agriculture and Markets.

Bennington Project Independence

Bennington Project Independence (BPI) is honored to provide comprehensive and innovative Adult Day Services for older persons, younger adults with disabilities and their families from Arlington for over 45 years.

BPI provides a safe, sensitive and supportive day program for adults age 18 and older. We serve people with delicate or chronic medical conditions who would benefit from our on-site nursing care and health monitoring as well as persons facing end-of-life challenges. We serve people who feel isolated without the support of family and friends and persons dealing with bereavement or other emotional issues such as anxiety or depression. We also serve younger persons with acquired brain injury as well as serving persons in all stages of Alzheimer’s Disease and other cognitive impairments who would benefit from compassionate, specialized assistance. Our Members have the opportunity to receive care and support during the day and then return to the comfort of their own homes or their family’s homes in the evening.

   BPI offers a comprehensive range of services for our members and their family caregivers. We   provide extensive on-site nursing and wellness care, personal care assistance (showers, hair and nail care,    toileting assistance, etc.) and access to the wide range of meaningful and enriching activities that help  members remain as independent as possible. BPI offers 18-20 activities a day that people can pick and  choose from. The Staff, at BPI, engage people with mentally stimulating games, educational opportunities and presentations, physical activities, our nustep and cubii fitness programs and much, much more. They also help people make the human connections so vital to reducing the loneliness and sense of isolation previously felt during the height of the pandemic. Our program is based on the abilities, interests and needs

  of our members and their families.

   BPI is here to help families in Arlington “share the care”. Our comprehensive services help make it    possible for them to be able to care for their loved ones, raise their own families and, in many cases,  continue to be able to work or maintain their career. Knowing that their loved one is safe, well-cared for and enjoying their day, gives the caregiver the break they need to recharge and brings great peace of mind to families. Our “Families Together” monthly caregiver gathering and our full time Social Worker provide families  with extra support and information to make their caregiving journey a little easier. The additional  support can also help families prevent the emotional and financial cost of premature institutionalization of

 their loved one who may be at risk.

BPI’s services support economic growth as well. We can assist family caregivers to continue to work outside the home. Families no longer have to leave their jobs to care for their loved ones. This supports the availability and stability of the potential workforce for employers in the Arlington area. Businesses also have the potential for less replacement and training costs because their employees can remain on the job with less distraction from eldercare issues.

We are extremely grateful for the continued support and look forward to continuing to provide the highest caliber of care and range of Adult Day Services for the residents and families of Arlington well into the future.

BROC Community Action

To the Citizens of the Town of Arlington,

On behalf of BROC Community Action and the thousands of people with low-income or living in poverty that we serve throughout Rutland and Bennington Counties, we want to express our thanks and gratitude for supporting us over the years on Town Meeting Day. BROC Community Action assists families and individuals in crisis and help provide a sustainable path forward.

Over the past year, BROC Community Action assisted 86 residents in the Town of Arlington. Whether they need food at the BROC Community Food Shelf, senior commodities, housing counseling, homelessness assistance, weatherization, heating and utility assistance, forms assistance for benefits such as 3SqVT, budget and credit counseling and resources and referrals; we are here.

People come to us cold, hungry, homeless, jobless or facing major health conditions every day. Your town appropriation helps ease the struggle for nearly 10,000 people who seek assistance from us each year as we meet the basic needs of their families and provide a path forward whenever possible.

Respectfully, our appropriation request for the upcoming fiscal year remains $1,200.00.

We truly value our collaboration with Arlington as we assist those most in need.


Thomas L. Donahue, CEO


Center for Restorative Justice

The Center for Restorative Justice (CRJ) is Bennington’s community justice agency helping both young people as well as adults to take an active role to repair the harm they caused, give back to their community and learn new ways to be a positive, contributing community member. With your town’s support, this past year, over 1,400 individuals went through one of CRJ’s many programs. A few specific examples include:

  • 163 young people and adults participated in CRJ’s Court Diversion Program and had their charges expunged after taking responsibility for their actions and repairing harms caused
    • 91 individuals were assisted to get their driver’s license reinstated and legally back on the road
    • 379 youth were served through one of CRJ’s Juvenile Restorative Programs such as our in-school Restorative Alternative Program, Pre-Charge Program, The Lounge (afterschool program), life skills groups, Summer Youth Empowerment Program and mentoring
    • 62 individuals returning to the community from incarceration were served through one of CRJ’s many Community Reentry Programs
    • 36 individuals were assisted to file court petitions to get their records expunged
    • 204 adults participated in CRJ’s adult restorative programs and support services
    • 416 teens accessed Threads, CRJs free clothing boutique exclusively for teens
    • 56 individuals were supported in CRJ’s Pretrial Services Program connecting them with substance use, mental health and other community support services while awaiting court case resolution

CRJ’s programs are guided by the principles of restorative justice, a philosophy of justice that focuses on the people and communities harmed by crime; it emphasizes bringing together everyone affected by wrongdoing to address needs and responsibilities

Your support is greatly appreciated and is invaluable in helping CRJ continue to expand its programming and to reach as many people as possible. Your continued support has helped individuals to get their lives on the right track, helped empower victims to have a voice in the justice process, and helped restore and strengthen our communities. 

Leitha Cipriano

Executive Director, Center for Restorative Justice

Greater Northshire Access Television (GNAT)

Dear Community Members,                                                                                                                                             We extend our deepest gratitude for your unwavering support of GNAT-TV. Your contributions have been instrumental in our mission to connect the community and empower individuals through local media. As we continue to serve as a vital communication hub, your support has been the cornerstone of our success, especially notable during challenging times.

Our Impact: A Year in Review

GNAT-TV has made significant strides in 2023, underlining our commitment to engaging, informing, and inspiring the public. This year, we ran a total of 817 programs, reflecting our commitment to diverse and engaging community initiatives. Highlights of our efforts include:

  • Enhancing Local Government Transparency: Committed to fostering civic engagement and promoting transparency, we successfully facilitated 214 local government meetings, (insert number here) in Manchester specifically. This initiative strengthened community participation and broadened our reach. By integrating with modern streaming platforms like Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, Youtube, and social media, we’ve made these essential civic meetings more accessible, inviting a broader audience to engage. This move to digital platforms demonstrates our ongoing effort to keep our community informed and actively involved in local governance.
  • Live Streaming Milestones: Successfully broadcasted local school graduation ceremonies, ensuring these significant moments were shared with the entire community.
  • Technical Support and Training: Provided essential technical assistance and training to the faith community for seamless online services.
  • Community Event Coverage: Actively distributed and archived community events, preserving the vibrant spirit of your town.
  • Youth Engagement: Launched the Youth Filmmaker’s Club a platform celebrating and showcasing local children’s talents and creativity.
  • Independent News Segments: Produced 167 segments of local independent news, keeping the community informed and connected.

Your Support: Fueling Our Mission Your ongoing support is crucial for GNAT-TV to continue these impactful efforts. Local media is not just a platform; it is the lifeblood of a vibrant and informed community. Your financial contributions will empower us to further strengthen our communities, aligning with our purpose of providing transparent access to information and supporting local engagement.

Looking Forward: Together, We Can Achieve More As we invite you to continue your support, remember that your contributions are not just donations; they are investments in the heart and soul of our community. Together, we can keep our community connected, informed, and inspired.

Thank you for considering your support for GNAT-TV. We are proud to be a part of this community, and with your help, we will continue to make a significant difference.

With gratitude, Tammie, Executive Director

Green Mountain RSVP

Green Mountain RSVP (GMRSVP) is an AmeriCorps Seniors program that engages people 55 and older in volunteer positions with non-profit programs to improve lives, strengthen communities and foster civic engagement. GMRSVP is focused on addressing social isolation, healthy aging, and food insecurity.

Twelve GMRSVP volunteers live and serve in Arlington. Certified Bone Builder instructors lead 5 balance and strength training classes in person and on line, free of charge and open to all. GMRSVP provides training and supplies to these groups. In addition, GMRSVP volunteers in Arlington give time to the Arlington Food Pantry, Martha Canfield Library, Meals on Wheels, and provide companionship to homebound seniors, AARP Tax support, and work at the Red Cross Blood Drives. Another effort, for volunteers who prefer to work from home, is the Sunshine Project that produces cheerful greeting cards for isolated individuals.

Your town’s funds help us continue supporting and developing programs for older adults who wish to volunteer. Federal funds from the AmeriCorps Seniors Program cover our staff and administrative costs. GMRSVP serves Bennington, Windham, and Windsor Counties.

Contact Program Director Corey Mitchell at 802-674-4547 to learn more about GMRSVP and how you can volunteer in Arlington.

Neighbor to Neighbor

Neighbor to Neighbor’s mission is to assist our neighbors to live independently by providing no-cost, non-medical volunteer services that nurture relationships.

Since 2004, Neighbor to Neighbor and our dedicated team of volunteers has provided vital services to older, disabled and other housebound residents of the Northshire, including those in Manchester, Arlington, Sunderland, Dorset, Pawlet, Rupert, Wells, & Danby. Our services include transportation to appointments and errands, friendly visits and phone calls, friendly handwritten notes, help with home and yard projects, and monthly social events.  We continue to promote our services to potential recipients and volunteers, as well as develop new programs and collaborations that will provide our elder community with more social opportunities.

Currently, there are 18 residents (up from 10 last year) in Arlington who are either Neighbor to Neighbor recipients or volunteers.  This reflects a substantial increase in both caseload and demand for services that we are experiencing across all townships. To enable us to accomplish our mission more efficiently, we have hired an additional part time staffer.  As can be expected, helping more people to do more things naturally drives up administrative and programming costs. Thankfully, Neighbor to Neighbor receives funding through local towns as well as through private, corporate, and foundation donors.

If you haven’t already, please visit our website https://neighbortoneighborvt.org/ and watch our promotional video on the homepage.  It is a great glimpse into the many ways that Neighbor to Neighbor helps this community, and features many current and former volunteers and care recipients! 

On behalf of the Steering Committee, our amazing volunteers, and most importantly the neighbors we serve, Neighbor to Neighbor is most grateful for your continued support.

Respectfully Submitted,

Suzie Eisinger

Program Director

Project Against Violent Encounters (PAVE)

Town of Arlington;

PAVE believes that everyone deserves to experience healthy love. It is a core part of our mission to strive to promote a community and a world, where we all can experience the joy of healthy love.

With over 10 Million Americans affected by Domestic Violence a year, striving for a community where non-violent love is the norm, can be daunting. But we persist, because we believe our goal is not only possible but necessary.

Over the last year, PAVE has been able to help survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence reclaim their lives after fleeing abuse. We have been there at the moment of crisis; fielding over 500 hotline calls and providing 4221 nights of emergency shelter. We have been there as survivors start to stabilize and heal; helping to obtain 16 housing assistance vouchers, and over 50 Protection Orders.

PAVE also has been present before violence takes place, with the hope that through education we can promote healthy forms of love and stop the cycle of Domestic Violence before it even starts. PAVE has provided over 900 youth in Bennington County with preventative education and helped train over 200 community partners on topics related to Domestic & Sexual Violence. Our Advocates have dedicated themselves tirelessly to spreading the message of non-violent love at community events and in their day to day work with survivors.

 We are requesting level funding for the coming year in the amount of $450.00.

PAVE expresses their gratitude for the support and dedication the Town of Arlington has shown to survivors of Domestic & Sexual Violence.

With appreciation,

Lindsay Brillon, M.Ed. LSW, Executive Director, Project Against Violent Encounters

Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging

This report describes the services that the Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging (SVCOA) provided to elders in Arlington during SVCOA’s most recent annual reporting period of 10/1/2022 through 9/30/2023.

Nutrition Support

The Council helped provide 2,535 meals that were delivered to the homes of 21 older Vermonters in your community. This service is often called “Meals on Wheels”. In addition, 52 older Arlington residents came together at a luncheon site in your area to enjoy a nutritious meal and the company of others; 1,497 meals were provided.

Additionally, SVCOA provided 40.25 hours of one-on-one nutrition support, including nutrition assessments and resource connections and referrals, to 23 residents of Arlington.

Case Management Assistance:

SVCOA case management and outreach staff helped 17 older residents in your community for a total of

272.50 hours. Case managers meet with an older Arlington resident privately in their home or at another agreed upon location and assess the resident’s individual situation. They will work with the older resident to identify needs and talk about possible services available to address those needs. If the resident desires, the case manager will link the resident to appropriate services, coordinate and monitor services as necessary, and provide information and assistance to caregivers. Case managers also help older Vermonters connect with in-home assistance programs, including a program called Choices for Care. This program is especially helpful to older Arlington residents facing long term care placement who still wish to remain at home.

Other Services and Support:

  • “Senior Helpline” assistance at 1-800-642-5119. Our Senior Helpline staff provide telephone support to older Vermonters and others who need information on available programs and community resources.
  • Medicare and health benefit counseling information and assistance through our State Health Insurance Program.
  • Legal service assistance through the Vermont Senior Citizens Law Project.
  • Information about issues and opportunities directly related to older Vermonters via various agency articles and publications.
  • Nutrition education and counseling services provided by SVCOA’s Registered Dietician.
  • Senior Companion support for homebound older Vermonters.
  • Outreach services to older Vermonters dealing with mental health issues through our Elder Care Clinician. This service is provided in cooperation with Rutland Mental Health.
  • Transportation assistance.
  • Caregiver support, information and respite to family members and others who are providing much needed help to older Vermonters in need of assistance.
  • Money Management programs that offer either a volunteer bill payer or representative payee services to older Vermonters and younger disabled individuals.

State Representatives Legislative Update

The 2024 legislative session began Wednesday, January 3. It’s the second session of the two-year 2023–2024 biennium, with adjournment expected sometime in May.

During the session, representatives are in Montpelier every Tuesday through Friday and home every Saturday through Monday, with a one-week break over Town Meeting week in March.

The Vermont legislature meets in person at the State House. All floor sessions and committee meetings are live streamed and archived for public viewing on the Vermont General Assembly website: https://legislature.vermont.gov/

Reps. Kathleen James and Seth Bongartz, who together represent the two-seat Bennington-4 district, are holding regular coffee hours during the 2024 session. Residents of this district (Arlington, Manchester, Sandgate and northwest Sunderland) are welcome to join these informal meetings. It’s a great way to ask questions, raise concerns and stay informed about legislation. All meetings are held on Saturdays from 9 to 10:30 am.

James serves as ranking member of the House General and Housing Committee and as an assistant majority leader of the House Democratic Caucus. Bongartz serves as ranking member of the House Environment and Energy Committee and on the Legislature Committee on Administrative Rules.

Constituent Coffee Hours: 2024

January 13: Charlie’s Coffee House
39 Bonnet Street, Manchester Center 
February 10: Wayside Country Store
3307 Vermont Route 313, West Arlington

March 2: Bonnie and Clyde’s
13 Old Mill Road, East Arlington
March 2—5: See you at your annual town and school meetings!
March 23: Charlie’s Coffee House
39 Bonnet Street, Manchester Center 
April 20: Wayside Country Store
3307 Vermont Route 313, West Arlington
May 11: Bonnie and Clyde’s
13 Old Mill Road, East Arlington
June 8: Charlie’s Coffee House

39 Bonnet Street, Manchester Center

Beyond these scheduled constituent meetings, it’s easy to connect with your state legislators. We work hard to represent all residents with transparency, integrity and accountability. Please stay in touch and reach out anytime with questions or concerns. We respond to constituent correspondence as promptly as possible.

Note: To meet printing and mailing deadlines, this report was submitted to town clerks in early January. We provide frequent progress reports on social media and via our e-newsletter, delivered to your inbox throughout the session. Please join our mailing list by signing up at Kath’s website. We also publish a mid-session report that we distribute at Town Meeting and post online, plus an end-of-session report that we post online and distribute to town halls.

Rep. Kathleen James

Assistant Majority Leader

General and Housing Committee, Ranking Member
Facebook: Kathleen James VT State Representative
Web: kathjamesforstaterep.com      
To receive our joint e-newsletters, join our shared mailing list at Kath’s website
Rep. Seth Bongartz

Environment and Energy Committee, Ranking Member
Facebook: Seth Bongartz Vermont State Representative

Sunrise Family Resource Center

 The mission of Sunrise Family Resource Center is to “Strengthen Families” throughout Bennington County. Sunrise works in partnership with individuals, families and community members to provide a variety of supports and services. These services promote the growth and development of individuals and families through encouragement of strengths, expansion of opportunities and support in times of stress.


Sunrise provided services to more than 115 adults and 131 children from Arlington this past fiscal year.

This past year Sunrise focused on housing, transportation, parent leadership and building social capital, ongoing community collaboration and expanding our prevention services. Sunrise is a strong partner in our local system of care addressing housing instabilities and homelessness. We now have 3 housing case managers and a Navigator. Along with our housing team, all staff are knowledgeable and need to deal with a variety of housing situations facing families and youth on a daily basis.  Our services are home based and intensive, allowing for successful outcomes. With DOH Equity Funding, we have been able to help local families and individuals with an array of transportation needs, ranging from car repairs, new tires, driver education, inspections/registrations and anything else that help keep them safely on the road. We have partnered with Green Mountain Transit and offered the Family Shuttle, getting families and individuals to area grocery stores and laundry mats. This next fiscal year we will include the Bike Hub as a partner to purchase bikes for individuals and families looking at biking as another means of transportation.

With programs such as Families and the Center and our Sunrise Advisory Council, we now have families that feel more connected to their community and are more apt to share their lived experience during community forums, summits, etc. Parents speak of the positive effects of sharing their knowledge with friends, families and neighbors. They are proud to be asked to have their voices heard when planning for improving the community in which they live.

Sunrise has become the Fiscal for the Warm the Children Program and is a member of Project Alliance. We work closely with all human service agencies, our supervisory union and local businesses, to name a few.

All parents giving birth at SVHC have access to a Welcome Baby Bag during their stay. Included in the bag is an offer to receive a home visit from our Parent Educator. Other universal programs include playgroups, parent education classes, support groups and family cooking nights.  We offer a community wide Diaper Bank, access to Mattress Covers to help mitigate the spread of Bed Bugs, Menstrual Products and we don’t turn folks away from our food pantry.  Sunrise, in partnership with Vermont Art’s exchange, held our second annual Summer Jam in June at Lower Willow Park open to everyone free of charge.

 Next year, Sunrise will continue to collaborate with community partners to address root causes of violence by addressing housing, transportation, substance misuse and mental health, domestic violence and involvement with police and corrections, involving children, youth and families. We are part of Bennington’s continuum of care, and we will continue to be a welcoming hub for families with a focus on prevention.

Many of our programming and services are not fully funded. For instance, our advisory council comes with no funding, the diaper bank, pantry and food are all without stable funding and we’ve seen an increase in the need to access these services. We continue to not have adequate funding for administrative support expenses. The allocations that were granted from the taxpayers in Arlington will allow us to continue to provide high quality, family-focused services.

The Tutorial Center

The Tutorial Center’s mission is to assist individuals and organizations interested in meeting their educational and vocational needs for both youth and adults. The Center is committed to a philosophy which respects student goals, builds on students’ strengths, and seeks educational approaches most appropriate for each student.

The Tutorial Center continues to instruct and acclimate groups of new refugees, focusing on workforce skills and improving English communication. We continue to focus on increasing our adult education student body, maintaining and forming new community partnerships.

The Tutorial Center works closely with the social service agencies in the area, such as the Department of Labor, Economic Services, DCF, CRJ, and UCS. Though our main mission is education, we know there are many barriers to education for our students. We work closely with our students to help minimize these obstacles. We have a transition counselor to help students overcome these barriers, as well as direct them to the specific services they may need.

Our education services include tutoring for all ages; Adult Education and Literacy (which includes an alternate pathway to a high school diploma-the High School Completion program); English language classes for non-English speakers (ESL); GED preparation and testing; job readiness training; basic technology training for individuals and businesses. We offer any Vermonter 16 or older, without a high school credential, a free path to a high school diploma in Manchester and in Bennington.

Arlington’s town appropriation funds support our tutoring work, enabling us to offer scholarships to students who need assistance. In addition, we work closely with the area schools to be a resource for them.

The Tutorial Center is happy to answer the community’s questions about how we may be able to help you or someone you know earn a high school diploma or receive help in reading or math. Thank you for your previous support, and we look forward to your continued support.

Respectfully submitted by Sean-Marie Oller, Executive Director


802 362-0222

Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired

During the 2023 Fiscal Year, The Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired saw continued success in client services, innovative programs, and community outreach initiatives. Moving forward, it is exciting to imagine the strides we will make in enabling blind and visually impaired Vermonters to be more independent, develop adaptive skills, and improve their quality of life.

SMART Device Training Program: 550 Vermont residents received SMART training in FY23, the highest number in the program’s five-year history. Also during FY23, VABVI secured $100,000 of partial program funding from the State of Vermont. In order to fully fund SMART, whose budget is more than twice that amount, VABVI has recently announced our several-year Second Century Endowment Campaign.

PALS (Peer-Assisted Learning and Support) Group: PALS Groups, held throughout Vermont, are monthly meetings where members share coping strategies and discuss the practical, social and emotional challenges of vision loss. While many clients have been pleased with the reintroduction of in-person meetings in FY23, opportunities to join virtually remain available for maximum flexibility. 42 clients attended PALS meetings in FY23.

HAPI (Helping Adolescents Prepare for Independence): The HAPI program enables Teachers of the Visually Impaired and Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapists to work one-on-one with students to practice daily living skills.

IRLE Summer Camp (Intensive Residential Life Experience): IRLE camp helps VABVI students develop social skills, meet fellow visually impaired peers, learn independent living skills, and improve self-advocacy skills. This June, IRLE brought 13 visually impaired students to Rock Point by Lake Champlain. Activities included outdoor sports, nature walks, and living in cabins. Fun was had by all!

Community Outreach

VABVI continues to innovate new projects which will connect the local community to our services and cause. After more than a year of development, an accessible tactile sign is slated to be installed in Burlington’s Waterfront Park by the end of 2023. Additionally, the New Americans Project will soon offer free vision screenings for local refugee community members.

In Fiscal Year 2023, the agency provided services to a total of 1,083 Vermont residents. This total includes 2 students in Arlington, and 37 adults and 9 students in Bennington County.

For more information about VABVI’s services or volunteer opportunities, please contact Samantha Gougher, Development Associate, at sgougher@vabvi.org. Thank you very much for your support!

Vermont Center for Independent Living

The Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL), a statewide, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities, respectfully requests funding from the Town of Arlington for our FY’24.

Annual support from over 140 cities and towns across the State helps VCIL assist Vermonters with disabilities achieve dignified and self-determined lives.  VCIL works to serve individuals who can benefit from our direct services as well as to educate and inform members of the community about disability related issues and independent living.  Direct services are available to residents of Arlington in a number of ways.  Peer counselors work with residents in their homes or other locations; small grants for adaptive equipment; Meals on Wheels for people with disabilities under the age of 60; Home Access modifications; individual and systems advocacy and programs for youth.  Information, Referral and Assistance is available to all residents by calling VCIL’s I-Line, at 1-800-639-1522 (Voice and TTY).

This past year in Arlington, VCIL spent over $600.00 on meals through our Meals on Wheels (MOW) program and $680.00 on assistive technology (dentures, hearing aids, scooters) through our Sue Williams Freedom Fund for residents. We are requesting $295.00 from the town to continue supporting people with disabilities in the coming year.  Enclosed you will find a summary of VCIL’s programs and services for the town and a copy of our FY’24 budget.  

Thank you for your consideration.  If you have questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to call.

Sarah Launderville, Executive Director



Births 2023

Last NameFirst NameParents 
AugustEvely J.JaredAlair
CoulterMadison C.MarcelSarah
DresslerColt J.DanielBrenna
HankinsWilliam H.SeanChristina
Harrington WilliamMichael
HarrisSophia E.BrendanKali
HayesBraxton E..CalebJulia
Hoag-RowellLiam J.WayneAmber.
KilmartinParker A.JosephAustin
MillerDeaglan R.D.BrentHeather
PaglicciaMarco J.ChristopherMarisa
PaustianWalker P.AlexAvery
PeacockLawson R.AidenDesiree
SquiersLily N. Angela
TronsenFlora J.C..AdamChristina

Burial Permits 2023 and Deaths 2023

BahanPhillip.H. AndrewLeslieE.Jr.
BakerLorraineE. AyersMadison C.Marcel
ClaytonDanielM. BarrowsJonathanS.
ClaytonJerold  BiancoJohnJ.
CoulterJeromeR.Sr. BignonBrigitteL.
CoulterMarjorieH. BrownDaryl.V.
FalkMary.C. DatzThomasM.
FelionConnie  DevitoMichaelJ.
FinneyTimothyG. GargerDavid.J.
FisherDonaldW. GargerJoanneB.Wayne
KesickRuthD. HanrahanEleanorT.
MauriAnthonyJ. HastingsVictorR.
McAllisterAlfredP. HauserHucH.
SearcyEllenL. HoltonBrendaJ.
SearcyRonaldJ. KopelsonHowardS.
SkidmoreDonnaL. LaCroixGedeonA.
TatroRebecca  LewisJoyceM.
TorriPaulineR. MaddaloniKatherineH.
WeakleyBarbaraC. MaginnissLinwoodW.
WeakleyThomasE. MartinDavid        A.Sr.
WolfordWillowH.B. RudnerBetsyL.

Marriage Licenses 2023

Applicant AApplicant BOfficiant
Best Kelly LeeWade Matthew PaulJudy Bryan
Bevin Austin EspitiaKilmartin Joseph JamesJudy Bryan
Burnell Betty JeanWilkinson Mark MarionStephanie Pinsonneault
Burry Matthew ThomasStoliker Haley HansenCynthia A. Kilburn
Buttigieg Caitlyn ToniaBrenckle Ian PatrickMark Van Orden
Bykowski Matthew RichardWilliams Joshua RayAlexandra Elwell Zaiac
Chorman Hannah LynnHebert Lewis WightmanMary Ann Carlson
Crawford Zackary OwenToris Jason ChristopherWhitney Longworth
Duffany Hannah MarieDelaney Ryan WilliamChristina Lorette
Fegley Kayla NicholeSherba Mark Todd Jr.Moriah Hounsell
Ferreira Alexander JohnMcGuigan Alaina ClaireRobyn Farrell
Feustel Jonathan TravisBachmair Johanna KathrineLiza B. Riddick
Forgues Lucus OakleyKroeber Melissa LeeTyson M. Kinney
Giragosian Julie AnnEllison Joshua GelbwaksMary Ann Carlson
Grosshart Cody TylerStephenson Elizabeth MarieMeghan E. Cameron
Hammer Tabetha TrishKanter John DanielCynthia A. Kilburn
Hoyt Kelsey AlyseShores Corey Lee Jr.Stephanie Pinsonneault
Kerfoot Liza AnnSheldon Kevin MichaelSusan M. Jennings
Kluender Nicholas AustinSilvestro ArianaBarbara Powers
Libbey Nicholas BogueCamp Catherine VarleyChris Roberti
Ling Eleanor GraceTangeres Ain CabantugRev. Anthony Stephens
Lorette Stephanie ElizabethWhite Brandon JamesMelia White
McKenna Lilianna MarieSycoff Joshua AaronMichael Garb
Morse Cagney MarieCrawford MichaelMartin J. Price V
Newman Hannah RoseKanefield Nathaniel IssacRabbi Aaron Alexander
Perry Michelle LouiseKoch John CharlesCynthia A. Kilburn
Sargood Jeffrey ArnoldSargood Eileenann MarieRev. Claire Longtin North
Schab Anna IsabelleShank Daniel SethDavid R. Schab
Senecal Rachel MohrPickering Frederick E.Michael Scholz
Wilder Thomas FranklinJones Tonya LynneTimothy S. Snyder
Zeman Heather DanielleLavery Brendan ThomasDavid Persa



March 6, 2023

Those present:

Select Board Members:

Daniel Harvey, Chairman

Todd Wilkins

Cynthia Browning

Glen Sherman

Jamie Paustian

Town Administrator: Nick Zaiac

Moderator, John L. Whalen II

Town Clerk, Robin Wilcox

There were approximately 80 residents present.

Moderator John Whalen called the meeting to order at 6:35 pm

Moderator Whalen introduced the members of the Select Board then asked for a

motion to allow nonresidents Kathleen James and Seth Bongartz, our State Representatives, to speak at Town Meeting.

 Motion by Tim Williams. Seconded by Michael Murno.

Seth Bongartz spoke to the residents about the work going on in Montpelier including the reformed Bottle Bill. Beginning in 2026 the plan will be to include water bottles and wine bottles as returnable. Since wine bottles are completely recyclable, it makes sense to include them in this revision.  The Housing Bill is being worked on in order to relieve the housing crisis, which is affecting every county in the state as well as throughout the country.  He is also working on the Affordable Heating Bill, which is not only a complicated bill, but also very controversial. He expects the Legislature will be working on this bill for the next 2 years, before it goes back to the Senate for approval. Dan Wood questioned Mr. Bongartz about the impact this bill will have on residents who use oil or propane to heat their homes. Representative Bongartz admitted that there is a lot of work to be done before this bill becomes law and recommends everyone be patient through the process since it would not become law until 2026. Kathleen James spoke about the grants that are available to help Vermont residents with housing. These grants include financing for buying a home or upgrading your current home at a reasonable rate. She touched on the work being done to increase the availability of childcare, to make it more affordable, and offering new opportunities with education funding for those who want to become childcare providers. Representative James had information about a new fiber network company that will be rolling through Arlington in 2023 which will bring high speed Internet to homes that currently are excluded from that option. She left a list with Robin Wilcox, town clerk, of all the Arlington addresses that Fidium Fiber will have available and encourages everyone to check it out.

Resolutions 2023 were read aloud by Moderator Whalen.

WHEREAS, Lawrence Molloy, a lifelong resident of Arlington died on July 17, 2022, after serving his community for many years.

WHEREAS, Larry was also dedicated to helping the Town not only as a long time Select Board member, but also as our Representative in the Vermont State Legislature.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the community of Arlington take public note of its loss in the passing of this valuable and esteemed citizen; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this expression of sympathy be extended to the family of Lawrence Molloy and that this RESOLUTION be made a permanent part of the record of this Meeting on this date of March 6, 2023.

WHEREAS, Frederick Hoyt Sr., a lifelong resident of Arlington died on May 14, 2022, after serving his community for many years.

WHEREAS, Frederick was also dedicated to helping the Town as a Lister and by serving on multiple organizations for many years.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the community of Arlington take public note of its loss in the passing of this valuable and esteemed citizen; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this expression of sympathy be extended to the family of Frederick Hoyt Sr. and that this RESOLUTION be made a permanent part of the record of this Meeting on this date of March 6, 2023.

WHEREAS, Donald Brown, a resident of Arlington died on January 14, 2023, after serving his community for many years.

WHEREAS, Donald was also dedicated to serving the Town on the Zoning Board of Adjustment, and as Justice of the Peace for many years.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the community of Arlington take public note of its loss in the passing of this valuable and esteemed citizen; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this expression of sympathy be extended to the family of Donald Brown and that this RESOLUTION be made a permanent part of the record of this Meeting on this date of March 6, 2023.

Dan Harvey made the motion to adopt the Resolutions and Cynthia Browning seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

Motion to dispense with the reading of the 2023 Warning:

Motion by Joe Gervais

Seconded by Michael Murno

Motion Carried

Motion to dispense with the reading of the 2022 Annual Town Meeting Minutes:

Motion by Michael Murno

Seconded by Kate Bryan

Motion Carried

ARTICLE 1: To hear and act upon the reports of the town officers.

Motion to accept reports by Brian Hawley

Seconded by Kate Bryan

Motion Carried

ARTICLE 2: To see if the Town will vote a budget to meet the expenses and liabilities of the Town.

Motion to accept the select board’s budget as proposed by Matt Bykowski

Seconded by Aaron Ashton

Total budget presented by Selectmen was $1,892,565.00.

Appropriations to be voted upon the next day total $313,654.00.

Total figure to be voted on at this time is $1,578,911.00.

Discussion: Nick Zaiac reviewed the total budget projections. He touched on some of the increases in the budget, which is projected to increase the amount to be raised by taxes by approximately 5%. The wage increases of 5% for all staff, as well as equal compensation for the Clerk and Treasurer, plus extra compensation for the highway to account for additional duties, are a few of the personnel increases in the budget. The highway budget has an increase due to wages, extra funding for gravel, Internet service to the town garage, and the grader lease which now becomes part of the overall budget for highway.

Michael Murno commented on the condition of the roads, especially on Ball Mountain Road near his residence. Nick assured him that he has added $20,000 to the budget strictly for extra gravel. Mr. Murno wanted to know if $20,000 is enough to cover the cost of the road work that is needed. Tom Williams let the board know that he has never seen River Road in such poor condition in his 30+ years living here. He suggested the Select Board explore all avenues, whether it be a change in road crew personnel, grading education, or not micromanaging the highway crew and letting them do the job the best way they know how. Nick addressed the concerns over the condition of the roads, which were affected by unavoidable circumstances including the extreme wet weather in the spring and the mechanical problems with the new grader. Cynthia Browning and Dan Harvey let everyone know that they are well aware of the problems and will be improving the situation with a plan already in place. Tim Williams said he was concerned about the funding for public safety and would like to see the Board explore more options, whether with the Vermont State Police or the Bennington County Sheriff’s Office, for more coverage in Arlington. Olavi Wirkki said he was very unhappy with the format of the budget section of the Town Report. He said it was very difficult to read and make sense of. Nick Zaiac said they will be exploring new ways to portray it in the future. Garret Seigel wanted to know if there was any money in the budget for the Benedict Crossing Bridge. Nick told him that the appropriation being voted on the next day will add $30,000 to the Bridge Fund, and that there is a state study going on now, with more progress expected in the next couple of months.

ARTICLE 3: To see if the Town will authorize the Selectboard to apply any surplus funds from the previous fiscal year to reduce taxes in the current year.

Motion to accept by Tim Williams

Seconded by Michael Murno

Motion Carried

ARTICLE 4: To see if the Town will vote to have all taxes paid to the Town Treasurer, as provided by law, tax bills to be issued by September 6, 2023, and payment to be in the hands of the Treasurer, or postmarked on or before November 6, 2023.

Motion to accept by Garret Seigel

Seconded by Jessica Roberts

Motion Carried

ARTICLE 5: To Transact any further business found necessary and proper when met. After any further business under Article 5, said meeting will recess until Tuesday, March 7, 2023.

Motion to recess until tomorrow morning at 10:00 am by Aaron Ashton

Seconded by Josh Williams


Selene Skoug, of the Arlington Rescue Squad thanked the town for their support and also the first responders who are working with the Fire Department. She said they need more volunteers and encouraged everyone who might be interested to reach out to her. She thanked everyone for voting tomorrow in favor of the appropriations for Fire Department and the Rescue Squad.

Energy committee member Jenny Murtagh reported on all the projects going on helping residents with building window inserts and saving energy. She encouraged everyone with an interest to join the Arlington Energy Committee.

Kate Bryan spoke on behalf of GNAT and encouraged everyone to vote for the $2,000 appropriation by ballot tomorrow.

John Toth asked for support of the Arlington Lions to keep them tax exempt. He also gave an update on the work being done at the Lions pool in the park.

Aaron Ashton wanted residents to support the Farmers Market as well as the Yellow Barn Garden. Olavi Wirkki asked for support of the appropriation for the Habitat for Humanity. Don Keelan let the Board know that he would like to see the appropriations be slimmed down on the ballot. He proposed the idea of allowing the Board to make the appropriations below $1,000 included in the budget instead of being voted on by Australian ballot. Dan Harvey says they tried that about 15 years ago, but it was the choice of the voters to remain as voted articles. At that time the voters preferred to make the decisions at their own discretion. Michael Murno likes the transparency of voting on each appropriation. Cynthia Browning talked about reaching a balance between the two ideas and would like to revisit this issue in the near future.

Motion carried.  Meeting recessed at 7:56 pm

                                                       Attest:                    Robin S. Wilcox


                                                                                     John L. Whalen II


Election Results 2023 OFFICIAL TOWN BALLOT

For Moderator for 1 Year Vote for not more than ONE For Trustee of Public Funds for 3 Years Vote for not more than ONE 
For Selectboard for 2 Years Vote for not more than ONE For Trustee of Public Funds for 3 Year term with 2 years remaining. Vote for not more than ONE 
For Selectboard for 3 Years Vote for not more than ONE For Trustee of Public Funds for 3 Year term with 1 years remaining. Vote for not more than ONE 
For Delinquent Tax Collector 1 Year Vote for not more than ONE For Lister for 3 Years Vote for not more than ONE 
For Cemetery Commissioner 3 Years Vote for not more than ONE   

Article 7. To vote by ballot to see if the voters authorize the sum of $85,000.00 into the Capital Reserve Fund for the replacement and/or repairs or refurbishing of the Town of Arlington fire trucks. YES 361  NO 32

Article 8. To vote by ballot to see if the voters authorize the sum of $50,000.00 into the Capital Reserve Fund for the replacement and/or repairs of the Town of Arlington highway trucks. YES 358   NO 37

Article 9. To vote by ballot to see if  the voters authorize the sum of $15,000.00 into the Capital Reserve Fund for the replacement and/or repairs of the Town of Arlington backhoe, excavator, and loader. YES 348  NO 44

Article 10. To vote by ballot to see if  the voters authorize the sum of $6,000.00 into the Capital Reserve Fund for the purchase and/or repair of sidewalk maintenance/equipment. YES 342   NO 50

Article 11. To vote by ballot to see if  the voters authorize the sum of $5,000.00 into a Capital Reserve Fund for the maintenance/removal of diseased and hazardous trees. YES 362   NO 32

Article 12. To vote by ballot to see if  the voters authorize the sum of $20,000.00 into the Capital Reserve Fund for the resurfacing of Town roads. YES 367   NO 20

Article 13. To vote by ballot to see if  the voters authorize the sum of $30,000.00 into the Capital Reserve Fund for Town bridges & culverts. YES 363  NO 24

Article 14. To vote by ballot to see if  the voters authorize the sum of $3,000.00 into the Capital Reserve Fund for the maintenance of Town owned buildings. YES 359   NO 26

Article 15. To vote by ballot to see if  the voters authorize the sum of $5,000.00 into the Capital Reserve Fund for the purchase and/or repair of computers. YES 327  NO 57

Article 16. To vote by ballot to see if the voters authorize the sum of $2,500.00 into the Capital Reserve Fund for the maintenance park equipment. YES 350  NO 37

Article 17. To vote by ballot to see if the voters authorize the Select Board to maintain one or more town credit cards subject to regulation by a credit card policy enacted by the Select Board. YES 274  NO 110

Article 18. To vote by ballot to see if the voters authorize the sum of $1,250 previously authorized by voters in 2020 to Burdett Commons, which closed before receiving the funds, into the Capital Reserve Fund for the maintenance park equipment. YES 348  NO 40

Article 19. To vote by ballot to see if the voters establish a reserve fund to be called the Fire Building Fund to be used for the maintenance and construction of town firehouses in accordance with 24 V.S.A. § 2804  YES 351  NO 35

Article 20. To vote by ballot to see if the voters authorize the sum of $45,000.00 toward the support of the Arlington Rescue Squad. YES 346  NO 42

Article 21. To vote by ballot to see if  the voters authorize the sum of $2,250.00 to the Arlington Area Childcare, Inc. YES 308  NO 78

Article 22. To vote by ballot to see if  the voters authorize the sum of $3,000.00 toward the support of the Arlington Community House.  YES 336  NO 52

Article 23. To vote by ballot to see if  the voters authorize the sum of $4,000.00 toward the operation of the Arlington Community Health Nursing Service for the year ensuing. YES 354  NO 32

Article 24. To vote by ballot to see if  the voters of Arlington authorize to raise, appropriate and expend the sum of $23,500.00 for the support of the Martha Canfield Memorial Library, Inc. to provide services to the residents of the voters. YES 341  NO 43

Article 25. To vote by ballot to see if  the voters authorize the sum of $500.00 toward the support of the Bennington Coalition for the Homeless. YES 319  NO 65

Article 26. To vote by ballot to see if  the voters authorize the sum of $360.00 toward the support of the Bennington County Conservation District.  YES  309  NO 74

Article 27. To vote by ballot to see if  the voters authorize the sum of $1,800.00 toward the support of the Bennington Project Independence Adult Daycare Service. YES 337  NO 48

Article 28. To vote by ballot to see if  the voters authorize the sum of $1,200.00 toward the support of the BROC-Community Action in Southwestern Vermont (formerly ‘Bennington-Rutland Opportunity Council’). YES 305  NO 77

Article 29. To vote by ballot to see if  the voters authorize the sum of $540.00 toward the support of the Center for Restorative Justice. YES 276  NO 107

Article 30. To vote by ballot to see if  the voters authorize the sum of $450.00 toward the support of Project Against Violent Encounters, Inc.  YES 327  NO 56

Article 31. To vote by ballot to see if  the voters authorize the sum of $1,500.00 toward the support of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (R.S.V.P.). YES 337  NO 48

Article 32. To vote by ballot to see if  the voters authorize the sum of $500.00 toward the support of the Sunrise Family Resource Center. YES 291  NO 92

Article 33. To vote by ballot to see if  the voters authorize the sum of $1,530.00 toward the operation of the Southwestern VT Council on Aging. YES 340  NO 51

Article 34. To vote by ballot to see if  the voters authorize the sum of $450.00 toward the support of the Tutorial Center. YES 315  NO 75

Article 35. To vote by ballot to see if the voters authorize the sum of $500.00 toward the support of the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. YES 347  NO 42

Article 36. To vote by ballot to see if the voters authorize the sum of $295.00 toward the support of the Vermont Center for Independent Living. YES 329  NO 61

Article 37. To vote by ballot to see if the voters authorize the sum of $750.00 toward the support of Neighbor to Neighbor, a home based care giving program.  YES 337  NO 52

Article 38. To vote by ballot to see if  the voters authorize the sum of $779.00 toward the support of Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity. YES 321  NO 65

Article 39. To vote by ballot to see if  the voters authorize the sum of $2,000.00 towards the support of Greater Northshire Access Television (GNATTV) to help support & defray costs related to the videotaping and television broadcast of the Arlington Select Board, Arlington School Board and other public and municipal meetings.  YES 319  NO 69

Article 40. To vote by ballot to see if the Town will vote to exempt the property of the Arlington Fire Protection Inc, fka Arlington Fire Company 1 from property taxes for the next five years. YES 366  NO 25

Article 41. To vote by ballot to see if the Town will vote to exempt the property of the Arlington Lions Club Inc. from property taxes for the next five years.  YES 337  NO 54

Article 42. To vote by ballot to see if the Town will vote to exempt the property of the Arlington Community House from property taxes for the next five years. YES 343  NO 47


ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER – Bob Perry  (802) 681-3724

ARLINGTON COMMONS -BEBE BULLOCK- -WatkinsHouse3938@gmail.com (802) 342-9439

ARLINGTON FOOD SHELF (Jack Gunther) (802) 375-6328

                        Hours: 1:30-4:00   1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month

ARLINGTON MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL                 (802) 375-2589

ARLINGTON POST OFFICE            (802) 375-6904


CASELLA LANDFILL       (802) 362-4082

Hours: Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri., 7:00-2:00 Sat., 7:30-11:30 CLOSED WED., SUN., & HOLIDAYS   Buy sticker at site.   Free recycling)

CEMETERY COMMISSIONER – NATHALIE CALER               (802) 375-6135




FIRE DEPARTMENT (OTHER THAN EMERGENCY)               (802) 375-2323




HEALTH OFFICER –          (802) 379-9916

LAND USE ADMINISTRATOR        (802) 375-1008

LISTERS OFFICE               (802) 375-9022



Hours: Tues.& Thurs. 9:00-8:00, Wed. 9:00-5:00 Fri. 2:00-5:00, and Sat. 10:00-3:00

RECREATION & PARK SCHEDULING –     (802) 379-9916



Tuesday only 9:00-5:00, or by appointment with Curator Bill Budde

SELECT BOARD OFFICE  (BILLING)           (802) 375-6474



TOWN CLERK OFFICE    (802) 375-2332

TREASURER OFFICE       (802) 375-1260


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