Barton Village Trustee’s voted unanimously to recommend the sale of Barton Electric Department (BED) to Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC)

The Barton Village Trustee’s voted unanimously to recommend the sale of Barton Electric Department (BED) to Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC). The vote followed a three-year process of developing a long-term plan for Barton Village and Barton Electric, including almost three years of contracting with VEC for services, following the departure of Barton’s manager and line workers in April 2019. “The Trustees are confident that moving in this direction will provide a clear and responsible path forward to resolve the difficult and complicated history of Barton Village owning and operating an electric utility, especially given the increasing complexity and cost of providing service,” noted Nate Sicard, chair of the village trustees. “The Trustees believe that proceeding with VEC, a locally owned not-for-profit cooperative utility which serves a majority of communities in the Northeast Kingdom, is the right direction to provide a seamless transition.” Sicard stated that proceeds of the sale will resolve long-term debt issues, support environmental cleanup of historically underfunded properties, and bring back to the village the proceeds from 100 years of development work outside of the village.

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