Annual Town Meeting
Including Annual Water & Sewer District Meeting
Tuesday March 3, 2015
The legal voters of the Town of Bradford, Vermont are hereby notified and warned to meet at the Bradford Academy Auditorium in Bradford, Vermont on Tuesday March 3, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. to transact the following business:
Article 1: To elect a Moderator for the ensuing year.
Article 2: To hear and act upon the reports of the town officers for the past year.
Article 3: To elect all town officers as required by law, and to fill all vacancies that may occur at or prior to said meeting.
Selectboard member for a three year term (currently held by Randy Moore).
Selectboard member for a two year term (currently held by Carole Taylor).
Lister for a three year term (currently held by Robert Wing).
Auditor for a three year term (currently held by Erin O’Dell).
Collector of Current Taxes for a one-year term (currently held by Jennifer Rivers).
Collector of Delinquent Taxes for a one-year term (currently held by Jennifer Rivers).
Town Grand Juror for a one-year term (currently held by Gary Moore).
Town Agent for a one-year term (currently held by Gary Moore).
Trustee of Public Funds for a three-year term (currently held by Graham Grove).
Article 4: To see what sum of money the town will vote for General Fund purposes for the year 2015, and to vote to determine the time and manner of collecting monies for General Fund and Town Highway purposes.
Article 5: To see what sum of money the town will vote for Town Highway purposes for the year 2015.
Article 6: Shall the Town of Bradford purchase a new dump truck for the highway department that is due for replacement in the year 2015, at a price not to exceed $190,000 with up to $78,000 to be used from the Town Highway Equipment Capital Fund and the balance from other funding sources?
Article 7: Shall the Town of Bradford appropriate an amount not to exceed $250,000 for the cost of completing the replacement of the slate roof and masonry repairs on the Bradford Public Library, to be financed over a period of five (5) years, said amount subject to reduction with funds raised by the Library from grants, sale of assets or other such means.
Article 8: Shall the Town of Bradford appropriate the sum of $16,000 for repairs to the chimney and replacement of the roof of the Sawyer Chapel in the Upper Plain Cemetery.
Article 9: Shall the Town of Bradford establish an on-going capital fund for technology and appropriate $2,000 to be used to fund technology equipment within the Town Offices?
Article 10: Shall the Voters of the Town of Bradford vote to appropriate $4,120 for Stagecoach Transportation Service, Inc. to be taken from Town funds for the purpose of maintaining and improving transportation services for elders, persons with disabilities and the general public.
Article 11: Shall the Town of Bradford appropriate the sum of $2,000.00 to support the programs of Oxbow Senior Independence Program, Adult Day Services.
Article 12: Shall Bradford Town voters authorize the expenditure of $3,000.00 for Central Vermont Adult Basic Education to provide services to residents of the town?
Article 13: Shall the Town of Bradford, Vermont appropriate the sum of $12,450 for the support of Visiting Nurse and Hospice for VT and NH to provide services to residents of the Town of Bradford.
Article 14: Shall the Voters of the Town of Bradford, exempt the Masonic Hall Lodge in Bradford, Vermont from taxes for a period of five (5) years, starting in the year 2015?
Article 15: Shall the Town of Bradford, Vermont appropriate the sum of $4,413.00 for the support of the Clara Martin Center.
Article 16: To approve an appropriation request for Northeast Slopes in the amount of $5,000. This amount reflects the $2,500 approved by the voters last year which was not awarded because of a filing error and $2,500 for 2015. Northeast Slopes uses these funds to meet the operating costs of this volunteer-run family ski area.
Article 17: Orange East Senior Center $6,000.
Article 18: Shall the Town of Bradford appropriate $5,000 for the Bradford Conservation Fund?
Article 19: Shall the Town appropriate $2,500 to support the Bradford Youth Sports program?
Article 20: To transact any other business that may legally come before Town Meeting.
Article 21: To hear and act upon the reports of the Water and Sewer Commissioners for the past year. (Only resident ratepayers of the Bradford Water and Sewer checklist may vote on this article.)
Article 22: To elect all Water and Sewer Commissioners as required by law, and to fill all vacancies that may occur at or prior to this meeting. (Only resident ratepayers of the Bradford Water and Sewer checklist may vote on this article.)
Water and Sewer Commissioner for a five year term (currently held by Lawrence Drew).
Article 23: To adopt a budget for the Bradford water system for the year 2015. (Only resident ratepayers of the Bradford Water and Sewer checklist may vote on this article.)
Article 24: To adopt a budget for the Bradford wastewater system for the year 2015. (Only resident ratepayers of the Bradford Water and Sewer checklist may vote on this article.)
Article 25: To transact any other business that may legally come before the Water and Sewer meeting. (Only resident ratepayers of the Bradford Water and Sewer checklist may vote on this article.)
Article 26: To adjourn.
/s/ Thomas E. Unkles, Chair
/s/ Carole P. Taylor, Vice Chair
/s/ Randy L. Moore
/s/ Daniel A. Perry III
/s/ Lisa D. Sharp
The first settler was John Hosmer in 1765. Originally called Waits Town or Waits River Town after Joseph Wait, it was changed to Mooretown when 3,000 acres (1200 hectares) were granted on May 3, 1770 by New York patent to Sir Henry Moore, 1st Baronet, who in turn conveyed them to 30 settlers. The remainder of the land was appropriated bysquatters. In 1788, the name was changed by the Vermont General Assembly to Bradford.
Although the chief occupation of the town was farming, mills developed at falls on the Waits River. On October 10, 1848, the Connecticut & Passumpsic Rivers Railroad formally opened to Bradford. By 1859, when the town’s population was 1,723, industries included a foundry and machine shop, two gristmills, three sawmills, a paper mill and whetstone factory. Bradford also manufactured farm implements, wooden ware and tinware.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 29.9 square miles (77.4 km2), of which 29.8 square miles (77.2 km2) is land and 0.1 square mile (0.2 km2) (0.20%) is water. The Waits River flows through Bradford to its confluence with the Connecticut River, which forms the eastern boundary of the town.
The town is crossed by Interstate 91, U.S. Route 5, Vermont Route 25, and Vermont Route 25B. It is bordered by the towns of Newbury to the north, West Fairlee and Fairlee to the south, and Corinth to the west. Piermont, New Hampshire lies across the Connecticut River to the east.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,619 people, 1,028 households, and 692 families residing in the town. The population density was 87.8 people per square mile (33.9/km2). There were 1,217 housing units at an average density of 40.8 per square mile (15.8/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.71% White, 0.46% Black or African American, 0.46% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.15% Pacific Islander, and 0.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.61% of the population.
There were 1,028 households out of which 33.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them. 51.8% were married couplesliving together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.6% were non-families. 25.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.98.
In the town the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 15.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 91.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.3 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $37,270, and the median income for a family was $42,128. Males had a median income of $30,865 versus $28,857 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,452. About 7.9% of families and 11.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.5% of those under age 18 and 8.1% of those age 65 or over
With a total student population of approximately 850, Bradford is home to:
- Bradford Elementary
- Oxbow High School
- River Bend Career & Technical Center
Frozen waterfall in Waits River
- Private Miles DeForrest Andross, killed defending the Alamo
- John Putnam Chapin, mayor of Chicago
- Charles Edgar Clark, captain of the USS Oregon
- Ned O’Gorman, poet and educator
- Herbert Thomas Johnson, Adjutant General of the Vermont National Guard and namesake of Camp Johnson, the state National Guard Headquarters
- Albert Sleeper, 29th governor of Michigan
- James Wilson, first American globe maker
- Jay Wright, poet
- Horace Tabor, American prospector, politician, philanthropist