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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).


Survey Results for Town Budget

You can see the results from the recent survey regarding the Town's Budget. See the results here (PDF format).


CCTA Presentation

We'd like to share the presentation by CCTA at the selectboard meeting on Tuesday, Mar. 11, regarding proposed bus service in Colchester. Read the presentation here (PDF format)


Click here for the official results of the March 4, 2014 Voting (Updated)


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.

Proposal on Town's Contribution to the VNA

There will be a special article up for vote regarding an increase to the Town's contribution to the Visiting Nurse Association. The VNA provides the Town with an annual $18,000 payment in lieu of property taxes, and it has asked the Town for an additional appropriation, noting that unreimbursed care for Colchester residents totaled $122,905 for Fiscal Year 2013. Colchester voters will be asked to decide whether the Town should provide an annual contribution of $36,000 to the VNA rather than the current contribution of $18,000. The $18,000 payment in lieu of taxes would continue. This would increase the tax rate by 0.16 percent. Along with the budget, it would represent an increase of 3.06 percent.

You can read more about it in this Spotlight post, or get some statistics about the VNA in Colchester here.

Proposed Town Budget

We would like to share some information about the draft version of the proposed fiscal year 2015 budget. You can read it here.

Governance Committee

The Governance Committee has submitted their first progress committee to the Select Board. You can read it here (PDF format).

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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