A Selectboard member in Pownal has gone on Facebook to speak his mind about the thousands of town government emails that were leaked to the public in December.
The five members of the Pownal Sectboard on Friday voted unanimously to approve a nonbinding resolution to declare the town a sanctuary from unconstitutional gun-control laws.
Elizabeth Rowe, vice chairwoman of the Pownal Selectboard, called for Marlena Pellon, Jenny Dewar, Michael Slattery, Syd Smithers, Crystal Gardner and Shannon McLenithan to resign from their positions.
Equal parts concern and support were on display Thursday at a special meeting of the Select Board, as board members heard feedback on a proposed junk ordinance regulating salvage yards, waste disposal and junk and junk vehicles.
“There’s an argument to say if it’s your property, it’s your business,” said Bob Jarvis, a member of the board. “We need to be very mindful of that.”
Voters approved a $1.04 million general budget and a $1.02 million road budget Tuesday, along with multiple ballot articles, including one authorizing the Select Board to acquire, maintain and operate two buses donated by the Pownal School District.
“We have liberty-minded citizens who are afraid to voice their opinions and speak up because they know they will be on the receiving end of some pretty vicious attacks,” Jarvis said.
Voters in Pownal elected Bob Jarvis to a three-year Selectboard term Tuesday following the candidate’s campaign for personal liberty, property rights, local control, government transparency and a job-friendly business climate — a platform he said would serve to “take back Pownal.”
One community has become divided after the Vermont Council on Rural Development visited with its Climate Economy Model Communities Program, and now another is about to embrace the same controversial program.
It came dressed up as a local initiative to spur Vermont’s first “climate change economy,” but some residents say the Climate Economy Model Communities Program originates from Montpelier and is being implemented illegally.