Tuesday was town meeting day in Vermont. Residents across the state gathered to vote on routine business, like school budgets and taxes. But hot button issues were also on the agenda in some towns this year. In Monkton, residents are riled up about a proposed natural gas pipeline.
The cafeteria at Monkton Central School was standing room only Tuesday morning. Voters filled the chairs and lined the walls.
They chimed in about additions to the fire station and a new library, but it was the proposed natural gas pipeline that really got them on their feet.
“This pipeline makes use of Monkton only as a convenient corridor,” said resident Ivor Huges, reading a speech he prepared for the day. “So while there will be gas beneath our feet we in Monkton will derive no benefit from this significant cheaper heating fuel.”