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DRB Public Hearing - Apr. 29

The Development Review Board will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 7 pm at the Meeting House (830 Main Street). You can read the full warning here (PDF format)


Build a Rain Barrel Workshop

A Build-Your-Own Rain Barrel Workshop will be offered on Monday, April 20, from 5:30-7 pm at Bibbens Ace Hardware, 713 West Lakeshore Drive in Colchester. The cost is $30 (payable by cash or check at the workshop), which covers all supplies and instruction to make and install a 55-gallon rain barrel. Although there's a limit of one barrel per household, couples or families may work on the project together. Preregistration is required. If interested, contact Pam Loranger at 846-7313 or If registering by e-mail, please put "Rain Barrel Workshop Registration" in the subject line. Space is limited to the first 15 people to sign up, so early registration is advised.

The workshop is sponsored by the Colchester Conservation Commission in collaboration with the Colchester Department of Public Works. In addition to constructing a rain barrel to take home, participants will learn how capturing rainwater to use in landscapes and gardens will help save money, conserve water and reduce runoff of stormwater into nearby streams and rivers.


Mill Pond Road Bridge Construction

The Vermont Agency of Transportation will be replacing the Mill Pond Road Bridge for the Town this summer. Consequently, Mill Pond Road will be completely closed at the bridge to through traffic beginning April 13 and reopening at the end of October. Detour signs will be erected to direct motorists around the work zone. Questions can be directed to the Town of Colchester Public Works Department at (802) 264-5620 or We thank you for your patience during the completion of this important project.


Firearms Committee Updates

We'd like to share some updates from the Firearms Committee, including the revised Map for Firearms Use and a new draft of the Firearms Ordinance. Both will be presented to the Selectboard at their Tuesday, April 28 meeting (5:30 pm):


DRB Public Hearing - Apr. 22

The Development Review Board will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 7 pm at the Meeting House (830 Main Street). You can read the full warning here (PDF format)


Board and Committe Openings:

The Town has openings for volunteers (no stipends) on the following Boards and Commissions:

  • Recreation Advisory Committee - 1 vacancy, 2 year term. Vacant now and would complete present term that expires June 30, 2015. Next term would begin July 1, 2015 and expire June 30, 2017. (No deadline)
  • Governance Committee - 2+ vacancies, no terms. The Colchester Selectboard and Heritage Project charged the Governance Committee with three primary fields of investigation: 1) Rewriting and/or updating the Town Charter. 2) Examining structural, operational and regional options to optimize the accountability, transparency, effectiveness and cost of Colchester's government and public services. 3) Methods of improving citizen participation and investment in municipal governance. (No deadline)
  • Cemetery Advisory Committee - 1 year term vacant immediately to expire February 28, 2016. (No Deadline)

Applications may be picked up at the Town Offices at 781 Blakely Rd. or on the Town website. For further information call Linda at 264-5509.

How to Stay Informed

Wondering how can you stay informed about your town and schools? Community members can access information about CSD and the Town of Colchester through our regularly updated electronic communications methods, via the Colchester Sun and postings of agendas and hearing notices at the Post Office, Town Clerk's Office, Mazza's General Store, Shaws and the Burnham Library.

The Colchester School Board encourages community participation at their meetings; in fact, the board's agenda solicits comments from the community at every meeting. Join them at Colchester High School on the first and third Tuesday of each month beginning at 7 pm. You can also watch them on Lake Champlain Access Television. Can't make the school board meetings? Click here to submit a question (or e-mail and enter your contact information and question. During the meeting on the third Tuesday of every month, the school board will review the top questions and themes submitted. We also host and encourage participation in numerous community events in all of your schools throughout the year to foster the collaborative spirit that is so essential to academic excellence.

The Colchester Selectboard meets at 6:30 pm on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the Colchester Meeting House on Main Street, and LCATV also airs its meetings. When we're all informed, we make a stronger community! Please encourage your friends and family to subscribe to the Spotlight.



Schedule of Public Meetings

We have a new page that's a central point to list the regular schedule and locations for the town's board and committee meetings. You can see it here.


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