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Application


  • Download an Application (PDF format)
  • Applications are also available at the Town Offices and the Colchester High School Main Office.

Eligibility


  • CHS students grades 10-12, who are also Colchester residents, are eligible.
  • One student member per board/commission for a term of one year. Students will work with a board/commission member who will act as a mentor.   
  • Before appointment to a board, the student will attend an introductory meeting with the director or other staff member of the Town department with which the board is associated, with the exception of the Conservation Commission. The Conservation Commission Chair will attend the introductory meeting with student.
  • Except for the elected Library Board of Trustees, student members will have voting rights on volunteer boards/commissions. (Per state statute, a volunteer member may not vote on boards with elected members.)
Town Boards/Commissions
Board of Library Trustees
Kelly McCagg, Library Director
Bob Henneberger, Chair

The library trustees work with the Library Director to determine policies to govern library operations, programs and personnel; recruit, interview, and submit candidates for the position of Library Director to the Town Manager; and maintain an ongoing performance appraisal for the Director. In addition the Library Trustees direct and/or implement:
  • Collection development
  • Long-range library planning  
  • An active marketing program
  • Secure adequate funding; assist in the preparation of the annual budget and presentation at budget hearings; attend Selectboard meetings as necessary
  • Local, state, and federal library laws and stay informed on pending library legislation
  • Accurate record keeping at the library and compliance  with Freedom of Information regulations
  • Meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 4 PM at Burnham Library
Cemetery Advisory Committee
Glen Cuttitta, Director Parks & Recreation
Pam Loranger, Chair

Committee gives strategic advice to the Staff and Selectboard on the proper operation of the Town's five cemeteries including:
  • Modifications of the rules and regulations, costs of interment and plots, and recommendations for expansion and landscaping
  • Recommendations for capital improvements
  • Future demands and long term planning of cemetery services
  • Meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month, 8:30 AM, at the Town Offices, Champlain Room, 2nd floor
Colchester Conservation Commission  
Theresa Carroll, Chair

The Conservation Commission is concerned with the public awareness and preservation of Colchester’s natural areas; water quality of rivers, ponds, and Lake Champlain; wildlife habitats; and beautification of the Town. Annual activities include:
  • Green Up Day Coordination
  • Annual Leaf Drop weekend
  • Colchester Blooms!  raises funds for planting flowerbeds at high-traffic sites around town and hiring a landscape maintenance company  for their seasonal maintenance
  • Annual Rain Barrel Workshop
  • Maintenance of the rain garden on Holy Cross Road
  • Site visits to Town natural areas to plan future projects and assess natural resources for reports to Lake Champlain Land Trust
  • Care of the Urban Forest Project, through the Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Program to assist with master tree plan and tree inventory and provide volunteer training in the maintenance and care of Town trees
  • Advises the Town on matters relating to water quality, stream protection, conservation and related areas and responds to special project requests from Town officials
  • Meets the 3rd Monday of the month, usually in the late afternoon – early evening at the Bayside Activity Center or other sites, depending on activity
Development Review Board
Lisa Riddle, Zoning Administrator
Matthew Gamage, Chair

The Colchester Development Review Board processes and approves:
  • Commercial and Residential site plans
  • Subdivision applications
  • Conditional use and variance applications
  • Appeals of the Zoning Administrator's determinations
  • Meets the 4th Wednesday of the month (additional 2nd Wed. of the month meeting possible, depending on case load) 7:00 PM at the Town Offices, Outer Bay Room,  3rd floor
Planning Commission
Sarah Hadd, Director Planning and Zoning
Pam Loranger, Chair

Currently the Planning Commission is working on Town Plan amendments and will be working on an energy plan in the coming year. In addition the Commission:
  • Oversees Revisions to the Town Zoning Regulations
  • Undertakes planning studies for the long-term growth of Colchester
  • Updates the Town Plan
  • Meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at the Town Offices at 7:00 PM, Outer Bay Room,  3rd floor
Recreation Advisory Board
Glen Cuttitta, Director Parks and Recreation
Adriane Martin, Chair

Members advise the Director of Parks and Recreation on the development and management of recreational facilities and programs to serve the citizens of Colchester. In addition, they help coordinate and volunteer at Parks and Rec events such as:
  • Winter Carnival
  • Touch a Truck
  • Triathlon
  • Causeway Race
  • Fourth of July events
  •  Meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Town Offices at 7 AM