Town of Colchester News and Announcements
Selectboard Meeting - Dec. 23
The Colchester Selectboard will hold a meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014 from 5:00 to 5:45 pm in the Champlain Room at the Town Offices, 781 Blakely Rd.
Local Option Tax Proposal
The town needs your thoughts about a possible Local Option Tax in Colchester, which is a funding source used by other communities in the region and statewide. The Selectboard voted to warn the topic of a possible Local Option Tax (LOT) for two public hearings to be held on Jan. 13 and Jan. 27, 2015. The selectboard has until Jan. 27 to decide whether or not to advance the issue to a vote by Australian ballot at the March town meeting. Read the full details here.
Current Town Budget Proposal
We've posted a wide range of detailed information about the proposed Town budget for Fiscal Year 2016, from the initial proposal through changes and updates - please take a look here.
Colchester Rides! Artistic Sculptural Bike Racks
The Town of Colchester, Vermont is seeking designs for permanent, artist-designed outdoor bicycle racks to be located in Colchester. The purpose of the racks is to provide spaces where cyclists can secure their bicycles. The racks will also enhance the visual environment through artistically designed infrastructure and engage the community in the selection process. A total of three designs will be selected and will be placed at prominent locations in the community. Applications must be received by Jan. 16, 2015 at 5 pm at the Town Office. You can read the full details of the RFP here (PDF format).
Budget Proposal - Updated Information
You can find a wide range of information on the current budget proposal for the Town at this page.
Colchester Awarded Municipal Planning Grant
The Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development (DEHCD) awarded $16,300 to Colchester in state Municipal Planning Grant funds to the Malletts Bay Village Project. Annually the Municipal Planning Grant program supports a range of locally identified initiatives to improve the quality of life and promote efficient growth and economic development in Vermont. You can read the full press release here.
Colchester, The Heart of Lake Champlain - Resident and Visitor's Guide
We would like to share the pass along the town's new guide. Here's an introduction by Nadine Scibek, chair of the Colchester Selectboard:
"I am happy to share with you the first edition of 'Colchester, The Heart of Lake Champlain' the guide for residents and visitors to Vermont's fourth largest community. Whether you are a long-time resident or new to town, considering a move to our friendly community or just visiting, we hope that you find this guide informative."
Nadine's introduction continues in the guide. You can read the full guide here (PDF format).
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 SchoolBoardQuestions@csdvt.org) 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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