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Firearm Ordinance Hearing

There will be a Public Hearing on the proposed Firearms Ordinance amendments at the July 22, 2014 Selectboard meeting. It takes place at 6:30 pm at the Colchester Meeting House.

Governance Committee

The Colchester Governance Committee has made a progress report to the Selectboard. You can read the report, or find more information about the committee's work.

Recreation Advisory Board

The Town of Colchester has an opening for a member on the Recreation Advisory Board. Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:30 am at the Town Offices on Blakely Rd. Volunteer applications may be downloaded from the Town website (PDF format) or picked up at the Town Offices. For further information contact Mike Lapan at 264-5640 or Linda Kingston at 264-5509.

Proposed Changes to Firearm Ordinance

Last fall, in response to citizen complaints about the use of firearms near residential areas, the Colchester Selectboard formed a task force to review the current town ordinance which has limited shooting areas since 1991. The task force was made up of hunters, landowners, and residents of varying perspectives. Colchester Police Sgt. Jeff Bean facilitated the review and our Planning and Zoning Director, Sarah Hadd provided the group with information about where development has occurred over the last 15 years.

The new proposed ordinance prepared by this task force does not ban hunting. It restricts areas where certain types of firearms may be discharged based on development patterns. The new restricted areas reflect our zoning regulations which establishes the density of structures and people by geographic area. If you would like more information about the ordinance proposal, Sgt. Bean of the Colchester Police Department would be pleased to speak with you in detail, as would members of the Firearms Task Force that generously gave of their time to review the ordinance. A public hearing on the proposed ordinance is tentatively scheduled for July 22 at 6:30 pm; it will be hosted at the Town Meeting House (830 Main St.) by the Selectboard.

Read the proposed changes here (PDF format).

CCTA Bus Service in Colchester

We'd like to share a story on ABC 22/Fox 44 about CCTA service coming to Rt. 2/7 in Colchester. The service begins on Monday, June 16. Click to see the video, or read more.

Town of Colchester Videos

The Economic Development Department is working with CGI Communiciations to produce a series of five videos about the town. These 90-second videos cover a range of themes, and will be used to promote the town across a variety of venues. The videos are at no cost to the town, and are supported by local businesses that advertise within the videos. For more information on the project, please contact Kathi O'Reilly at

Join the Forest Pest First Detectors

Three highly invasive forest pests - the emerald ash borer, Asian longhorned beetle and hemlock woolly adelgid - have the potential to pack a crushing blow to Vermont's woodlands and forest-based industries. We need your help with education and outreach, volunteer recruitment, pest screening and preparing your community for a pest infestation. As a First Detector you will receive online, classroom and field training on pest biology, screening protocol, management options, and more. Continuing education credits are available. There will be two in-person trainings in 2014. Read the brochure for more information (PDF format).


Colchester Draft Energy Plan

The Colchester Energy Task Force has released a Discussion Draft of their Energy Efficiency, Conservation, and Renewable Energy Plan for the Town of Colchester. You can read it here.

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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