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NO. R-16. JOINT RESOLUTION RELATING TO COMMEMORATING THE SESQUICENTENNIAL OF EAST MONTPELIER.

(J.R.S. 4)

Offered by: Senator Doyle of Washington County, Senator Cummings of Washington County, Senator Spaulding of Washington County.

Whereas, the geographic area that is today encompassed within the municipal boundary of East Montpelier was first incorporated in 1770 when the crown colony of New York issued a charter or patent for the town of Kilby in Albany County, and

Whereas, in 1781, the Vermont General Assembly incorporated the town of Montpelier and included within this new municipality's territory the present town of East Montpelier, and

Whereas, in 1805, the Vermont General Assembly designated the town of Montpelier as Vermont's first permanent state capital, and

Whereas, the presence of the state capital spawned the development of a thriving village along the banks of the Onion River which the General Assembly separately incorporated in 1818, and

Whereas, the growing village was still considered a stepchild of the uphill eastern portion of the town of Montpelier which still received the largest proportion of highway taxes and served as the location of Town Meeting, and

Whereas, in 1848, legislation was introduced to divide Montpelier into two towns, Montpelier and East Montpelier, and

Whereas, the residents of the uphill or eastern section of Montpelier objected to this legislatively-mandated municipal split that, contrary to the usual custom, had not been debated and approved at Town Meeting, and

Whereas, with the support of the village residents, the General Assembly, which, pursuant to Chapter II, § 65 of the Vermont Constitution has the express authority, regardless of a town's actions to constitute towns, adopted the measure as Act No. 6 of the 1848 legislative session, and

Whereas, despite the initial complaints, the residents of East Montpelier came to appreciate the advantages of the division, and

Whereas, in commemoration of the town of East Montpelier's sesquicentennial anniversary, Assistant Town Clerk Paulie Coburn and Ann Ormsbee have compiled an attractive, informative sesquicentennial calendar that features old photographs and quotes from historical sources and Jennifer Boyer has designed a handsome sesquicentennial commemorative plate, and

Whereas, most significantly, the proceeds from the sale of these items will be used to restore East Montpelier town records so that they will be accessible for future generations, and

Whereas, this combination of East Montpelier's sesquicentennial anniversary with a renewed effort to preserve the town's documentary history is a very laudable endeavor that can serve as an example for other municipalities, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its congratulations to the town of East Montpelier on its sesquicentennial anniversary and commends the citizens of East Montpelier for using the occasion of this anniversary to better preserve the town's documentary history, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the chair of the East Montpelier Selectboard, to East Montpelier Assistant Town Clerk, Paulie Coburn, to Ann Ormsbee, and to Jennifer Boyer.