Sharyn Brush honored by General Assembly at Bennington Town Meeting


BENNINGTON — Long-time Select Board member Sharyn Brush was honored at the Bennington Floor Meeting Monday for her 19 years of service on the board with a Senate Concurrent Resolution.

Brush decided not to seek re-election this year. Voters will chose who fills her seat, along with two others, on Tuesday when polls open at the Bennington Fire Facility at 7 a.m. They close at 7 p.m.

The resolution honoring Brush, which passed in the General Assembly, was read in part by state Sen. Brian Campion, D-Bennington, state Rep. Rachael Fields, D-Bennington, state Rep. Mary Morrissey, R-Bennington, state Rep. Timothy Corcoran II, D-Bennington, and former Bennington state Rep. Anne Mook. It was signed by state Sen. Dick Sears, D-Bennington, and state Rep. Kiah Morris, D-Bennington. Sears and Campion sponsored the resolution.

The resolution, to be brought before the State Senate, is to honor, "Sharyn Brush for her outstanding public service in the town of Bennington. Whereas Sharyn Brush has resided in the town of Bennington for four decades and after many years has served in both appointed and elected positions in municipal government, and whereas her public service career began when she assumed the role of public health officer in which she was responsible for monitoring any health related emergencies," said Campion reading from the resolution.

Brush was on the zoning board for a decade, serving as its chair at one point. She was on the Select Board during a number of local controversies, including the construction of the Route 279 interchange, the lighting of the Bennington Battle Monument, and the zoning debate surrounding the former Johnson Controls site.

A resolution from Governor Peter Shumlin declaring March to be Myeloma Awareness Month was also read. Jan Martin Bopp, founder of the Southern Vermont Myeloma Support Network, encouraged people to get tested for multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer.

Voters at the floor meeting also chose to keep board member compensation at $1,400 per year.

Tuesday, voters will be asked by Australian ballot if they will approve a municipal budget of $12,020,560. This includes $50,000 for fire equipment, $20,000 for parking improvements, $15,000 for regional economic development, $50,000 for bridge replacement, and $344,160 for healthcare reserve and workers compensation insurance.

• The Bennington County Association Against Child abuse is asking for $2,500.

• The Turning Point Center is asking for $2,500.

• Project Against Violent Encounters (PAVE) is asking for $5,000.

• Vermont Center for Independent Living is asking for $7,000.

• Green Mountain Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is asking for $7,200.

• Bennington Free Clinic is asking for $7,500.

• BROC-Community Action in Southern Vermont is asking for $7,500.

• Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging is asking for $7,500.

• Sunrise Family Resource Center is asking for $10,000.

• The Tutorial Center is asking for $10,000.

• Bennington Project Independence is asking for $11,000.

• Bennington Area Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice is asking for $21,600.

• Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless is asking for $25,000.

— Contact Keith Whitcomb Jr. at 802-447-7567 Ext. 115


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