The 2021 Town Meeting was opened on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 10:00AM, and adjourned to a date / time specific of May 4, 2021 at 10:00am. The Annual Stratton School District Meeting met at 11:00AM on March 2, 2021 and adjourned to a date / time specific of 10:30am. These meetings were held at the Stratton Town Hall, 688 Stratton-Arlington Rd. in Stratton. Please see below for the full combined Stratton Town Meeting of March 2 and May 4, 2021 and the Annual Stratton School District Meeting of March 2 and May 4, 2021.
Town Report Cover – an Apology and Explanation
To all of you who have seen the Stratton Town Report cover of this year and found it to be offensive, I offer you my sincerest apology. It was intended to be a bit of shock humor, as explained in its description on the inside of the cover, to promote the preservation of a rural Vermont lifestyle. It was not an intent to offend anyone, but instead to share what I thought to be a cleverly worded letter which, although a bit harsh, was interpreted to say, “This is a great place to live, please don’t try to change it to be something it is not.”
I am originally from Indiana and have lived all around the country before settling here about 25 years ago and I have ever since enjoyed the close and friendly community we found here. I love my Town and I love my State and I cherish the amenities of this State, from the voter participation of the Town Meeting style of government to the picturesque little villages scattered across the mountains.
I also want to apologize to the Town’s residents who believe it has diminished the Town’s reputation as an open and welcoming place to live and work. I hope that anyone who has conducted any business with the Town will confirm that we are, as we have always strived to be, a very friendly and helpful office staff who are willing to go out of our way to be as helpful and accommodating as possible to anyone and everyone. In fact, the community, itself, has always been welcoming to those who have decided to make this their home. The vast majority of Stratton’s residents moved here from other areas of the country and a majority of our residents have always supported the very many friends and neighbors who have decided to keep vacation homes here. We have always supported and accommodated the ski area and the many visitors who come to our Town.
In conclusion, please accept this apology and explanation, as I do understand the criticism of the poor judgment on my part. I wish everyone well.
Kent Young, Stratton Town Clerk
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