NORTH BENNINGTON >> The Village Trustees introduced on Tuesday John Lamson, who is running for the seat on the board that will soon be vacated by David Monks.
The election will take place at North Bennington's annual meeting on March 15. Lamson moved to North Bennington in 2010, and had lived in the western part of Shaftsbury for three years prior to that. He is running unopposed for the seat. Lamson is currently the staff attorney for Bennington and Windham Counties for Have Justice Will Travel, a non-profit dedicated assisting victims of domestic abuse in rural communities.
Monks has been involved in the village for many years, serving as a Village Trustee, and on the boards of the Village School of North Bennington, Sage City Symphony, and the Vermont Arts Exchange. He and his partner, Rachel Schumacher, were honored at North Bennington Living History Day in 2013 for the positive impact they have had on the community over the years. Recently, Monks was also a key figure in bringing the historic fountain to Lincoln Square, across from Powers Market, and in getting LED streetlights installed throughout the village.
Mary Rogers, the village's treasurer, gave an update on the status of delinquent taxes. She said 30 properties still owed taxes to the village, but of those, 12 are actively paying and three others have been in contact with Rogers, and she expects to get those soon. She said the grand total owed is about $70,000, which board chairman Matthew Patterson described as, "Way down."
Highway superintendent Norm Leblanc said his crew was keeping busy, despite a winter that hasn't involved much snowfall so far. He said they had recently been clearing brush from the sides of roads, which the board said were looking very good.
The North Bennington Village Trustees meet the first Tuesday after the first Wednesday of every month at the train station on Depot Street. Full recordings of their meetings are available on Catamount Access Television, and on the station's YouTube page.