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Selectboard Meeting (8/26) at Town Offices

A Quick Reminder - The Selectboard meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 26 will take place in the Champlain Room at the Town Offices (at 898 Blakely Rd.), rather than the Meeting House, because of voting. The meeting begins at 5:30 pm.

Charter Changes - Public Hearings

The Selectboard has warned two public hearings on September 16 (6:30 p.m. at Town Meeting Hall) and September 23 (6:30 p.m. at Pomerleau Conference Room, St. Michael's College) for public input on charter changes relating to:

  • Appointed versus elected town clerk
  • Appointed versus elected cemetery officials and the transfer of responsibility and oversight for cemeteries to the Town staff
  • Elimination of irrelevant town positions such as Grand Juror, Fence Viewer, etc.
  • Minor changes such as capitalizations, and changes to references to Selectboard and Town Manager
  • Tax payment penalty revisions
  • Ordinance warnings
  • Town meeting time
  • Town Manager requirement for a bond and attendance at every meeting
  • Powers of the Town including sale of land, ordinance penalties, and corporate existence

The full text of the changes are available here (PDF format); these changes have been posted in their entirety on our website, in five public places, and they will appear in the Colchester Sun and are available in the Town Clerk's office and Burnham Library. Your comments regarding these proposed changes are welcome and may be directed to the Town Manager (dfrancis@colchestervt.gov). It is anticipated these charter amendments may be voted upon by Australian ballot at an upcoming special Town Meeting on November 4, 2014, subject to upcoming Selectboard action. For more information about the Town Manager's Office, please visit colchestervt.gov/Manager/index.shtml or call (802) 264-5509.

Sunset Drive-In - Seven Days Web Video

Seven Days Multimedia Producer Eva Sollberger has produced another video in her series "Stuck in Vermont", this time devoted to Colchester's own Sunset Drive-In.

You can also watch Eva's video from last year focused on the return of the causeway bike ferry. The other videos from her series are available here.

Firearms Task Force - Wednesday, September 17, at 6 pm

(Please note - the Task Force is meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 17. Our initial post had an incorrect date. We apologize for any inconvenience). The Colchester Selectboard has asked that the Firearms Task Force be reconvened to review public input to date and provide an opportunity for interested parties to offer additional suggestions. The goal is to address the concerns of those who wish to continue hunting in the more rural areas of Clay Point and Mill Pond Road, those who are concerned about damage to crops from deer and those who are concerned about residents' safety. In addition, some residents requested that target shooting also be allowed to continue. The goal is to reach a balanced and reasonable approach to these issues.

The Firearms Task Force will reconvene on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 6 pm in the Kirker Room at the Colchester Police Department on Blakely Road and all those who expressed interest in contributing to the discussion are invited to attend. We appreciate your interest in participating in this discussion.

Public Hearing on Tree Removal - Monday, Aug 18 at 6:30 pm

Pursuant to Title 24 VSA, Chapter 67, Section 2509, the Colchester Tree Warden will hold a public hearing on Monday, August 18, 2014 at 6:30 pm at the Colchester Town Hall, Champlain Room, 2nd Floor, 781 Blakely Road to hear citizens comments and questions on the proposed removal of trees located in the public right-of-way on Malletts Bay Ave between Hummingbird Dr. to 971 Malletts Bay Ave. for a water line replacement.

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.

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 koreilly@colchestervt.gov.

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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