SHAFTSBURY -- Art Whitman defeated Jared Della Rocca in a race for departing Selectboard Chairwoman Karen Mellinger's two-year seat, and Tony Krulikowski will fill Carl Korman's three-year seat.

Whitman, owner of Whitman's Feed Store, defeated Della Rocca 625-107, while Krulikowski received 554 votes with 12 write-ins. Every other race was uncontested.

Shaftsbury voters also answered the question of whether Shaftsbury should remain a rural town, which requires a town vote for each zoning ordinance the town passes. The planning commission and select board had recommended changing the town's designation to "urban" which would have allowed the select board to sign ordinances into law, after public hearings through both the board and the planning commission. That measure failed 242-493.

Every other article on the ballot passed, save for a $1,700 appropriation to the Bennington-Rutland Opportunity Council, which failed 353-357. Among the passed articles, voters approved changing the towns' constables' terms from one-year to two-year terms, and appropriated $75,000 to the Town Garage fund.

"I've met so many wonderful people in town," said an emotional Mellinger at Monday's town meeting, "This is a town that I love, and the people I love more than anything. It's been a real honor for me."

Derek Carson can be reached for comment at dcarson@benningtonbanner.com. Follow him on Twitter @DerekCarsonBB


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