Rutland moves to five-person town board

Rutland Town Hall

Starting in April, the Rutland Town Board will increase from four to five members.

The change, approved at the board’s Wednesday, Sept. 8 meeting on a 3-0 vote (Nancy Nedveck was absent), will add a fifth member to the town board.

It is a move championed for the past few years by town chair Deana Zentner, who said it would help the efficiency of town government by eliminating 2-2 ties on the board. It is a move that Zentner has promoted since a town meeting last July.

“Five members lends itself to a broader perspective and representation of all Rutland residents,” she wrote the Observer in an email on Monday. “(There’s) no chance of a tie vote.”

Also, Zentner said two board members communicating outside of a noticed meeting would not constitute a violation of the state’s open meetings law.

“I feel relieved and positive that we are following better management practices,” she wrote. “Rutland is no longer abnormal.”

Any candidate for the new position must fill out nomination papers and submit to town clerk Dawn George to be placed on the April 2022 ballot.

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