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MARCH 7, 2017

The legal voters of the Town of Newfane, Vermont, are hereby notified and warned that pursuant to Title 17 V.S.A. Section 2655, they are to meet at the Williamsville Hall in Williamsville, Vermont on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. to act upon the articles below.


Shall the voters of the Town of Newfane elect all Newfane Town Officers as required by law for the ensuing year? (Voting on this article to be by Australian Ballot from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.)

Constable                                            1-year term

Collector of Delinquent Taxes            1-year term

Lister                                                   3-year term

Moderator – Town                              1-year term

Selectboard Member                           3-year term

Selectboard Member                           1-year terms  (Two Positions)

Town Agent                                        1-year term

Town Clerk                                         1-year term

Town Treasurer                                   1-year term


Shall the voters of the Town of Newfane authorize the Treasurer to collect current taxes, pursuant to 32 VSA §4791?


Shall the voters of the Town of Newfane pay taxes for the ensuing year on a quarterly basis, due on the 15th of August, October, January and April; the late charge for interest being at the maximum legal rate of 1% per month for the current fiscal year and 1.5% per month for each month thereafter until paid?


Shall the voters of the Town of Newfane authorize the Selectboard to sell or otherwise convey property acquired through tax sale proceedings?


Shall the voters of the Town of Newfane raise and appropriate the sum of $5,178 for Southern Vermont Economic Development Strategies (SeVEDS)? [Not in the budget]


Shall the voters of the Town of Newfane vote to authorize capital fund expenditures in the amount of  $381,638 as proposed in the Capital Needs Plan for Fiscal Year 2018?


Shall the voters of the Town of Newfane authorize the Selectboard to raise the amount of $206,400 for Fiscal Year 2018 capital needs?


Shall the voters of the Town of Newfane authorize the Selectboard to borrow up to $30,000 for Fiscal Year 2018 capital needs?


Shall the voters of the Town of Newfane vote to raise the amount of $100,000 to be added to the Capital Reserve Fund to be solely dedicated for future capital needs?


Shall the voters of the Town of Newfane authorize Town and Highway operational expenditures in the amount of $1,378,908?


[NON BINDING] Do the voters of the Town of Newfane wish to keep, or look into the possibility of keeping two recycling bins on town property?


To transact any other business that may legally come before the Town.



Todd Lawley, Chair

Gary Delius

Marion Dowling

Michael Fitzpatrick

Carol Hatcher

January 30, 2017


Notice of Bridge Restriction

November 22, 2016

Please note that the weight limits on the following bridge has been changed to:

BRIDGE #38 – River Road Bridge – 16,000 pounds.

This bridge is in critical condition.  The weight limit, set by the State of Vermont, must be strictly followed.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Todd Lawley, Road Foreman at (802) 348‑7949.

August 9 State Primary Ballots Samples and Town Office Building Bond Ballot

The information sheet for the town ballot includes the wording for the ballot, so you can find below both the sample ballot and the information sheet.

The primary elections are on August 9, 2016 at the NewBrook Fire Department between the hours of 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sample ballots are on the Newfane website. (3 ballots in one document) You may vote now in the Newfane Town Clerk’s office between the hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. You may also request ballots to be mailed to you by calling 365-7772 x 0, by email to or by going to your voter page at . You may request a ballot for another person, but you cannot take any ballots other than your own from the office, though you can return the signed and sealed affirmation envelope along with the unused ballot envelope for someone else.

At the same time, there is a separate ballot for the Town Office Bond vote. An informational sheet is available The ballot is ready now, and you may request an early/absentee ballot from the Town Clerk. Voting will take place also at the NewBrook Fire Department on August 9th between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. A sample ballot accompanied by an information sheet is available below.


Sample August Primary Ballots
Town Office Bond Ballot Sample
Town Office Bond Ballot with explanation

Draft Amendment to the Newfane Town Plan

The Town of Newfane supports the development of, and intends to apply for, Village Center Designation for the three villages in the Town of Newfane, Newfane Village, Williamsville and South Newfane.

The Village Center (VC) designation is non-regulatory; it is not a zoning overlay, nor is it a historic district. The VC designation process recognizes and encourages local efforts to revitalize Vermont’s traditional village centers. Designated VCs receive priority consideration for state grants and other resources. Commercial property owners in designated VCs are eligible for tax credits to support building improvements (

Village Center Designation will support, encourage and expand community interaction, enhancing the assets of the three villages of Newfane, such as the Village Green and Union Hall in Newfane Village, Williamsville Hall in Williamsville, and the little schoolhouse in South Newfane.
Village Center Designation will provide the opportunity to improve connectivity and alternative transportation options such as ride sharing, bike paths and traffic calming, thereby improving the quality of life for residents and visitors alike.

Village vitality will be enhanced by being Designated Village Centers. The Village Center program provides opportunities for eligible projects within the designated areas to receive technical assistance and state funding. The program includes a variety of tax credit incentives to help reduce the costs of façade and life-safety/ADA compliance code related improvements, and some data and network installations and related HVAC costs. Eligible projects are given priority consideration for Municipal Planning Grants, grants from the Agency of Transportation, Agency of Natural Resources and the Community Development Program (CDBG.)

In applying for Village Center Designation, the Town will:
a. explain how designation helps implement the relevant goals in this Plan,linking the goals in the Plan to the relevant purposes and benefits of Statedesignation. The plan shall explain previous, current and future revitalization activities.
b. include the designation boundary on at least one map.

Village Centers offer the benefit of economical uses of public facilities, and services; we can preserve more of our forests and open spaces for future generations; our children have easier access to friends and community life inthese small population centers; and, being close to neighbors, citizens are better able to take care of each other.