By Josh O'Gorman, Stowe Reporter Staff

Board member Oliver Olsen made the motion to allow Elmore-Morristown and Stowe to remain independent.

“Their current structure allows them to meet the goals of Act 46,” Olsen said. “Of all the proposals, I found this one to be the most compelling. They are working well together.”

Carroll said the board’s deliberations had been “dismissive” of alternative governance proposals, such as the one offered by Elmore-Morristown and Stowe; the proposals did not receive a fair hearing because they differed from the preferred structure described by the law.

“It’s like saying, ‘I don’t like cats because they’re not dogs,’” Carroll said.