Get Engaged

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  • CHS students grades 10-12, who are also Colchester residents, are eligible.
  • Student members serve a term of one year. Students will work with a board/commission member who will act as their mentor.   
  • Before appointment to a board, the student will attend an introductory meeting with the Chair or Town staff member associated, with the board. 
More Details about the Town Boards/Commissions:

Board of Library Trustees
Kelly McCagg, Library Director
Bob Henneberger, Chair

The Library Trustees work with the Library Director to determine policies to govern library operations, programs and personnel; recruit, interview, and submit candidates for the position of Library Director to the Town Manager; and maintain an ongoing performance appraisal for the Director. In addition the Library Trustees direct and/or implement:
  • Collection development
  • Long-range library planning  
  • An active marketing program
  • Secure adequate funding; assist in the preparation of the annual budget and presentation at budget hearings; attend Selectboard meetings as necessary
  • Local, state, and federal library laws and stay informed on pending library legislation
  • Accurate record keeping at the library and compliance  with Freedom of Information regulations
  • Meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 4 PM at Burnham Library
Cemetery Advisory Committee
Glen Cuttitta, Director Parks & Recreation
Doug McSweeney, Chair

Committee gives strategic advice to the Staff and Selectboard on the proper operation of the Town's five cemeteries including:
  • Modifications of the rules and regulations, costs of interment and plots, and recommendations for expansion and landscaping
  • Recommendations for capital improvements
  • Future demands and long term planning of cemetery services
  • Meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month, 8:30 AM, at the Town Offices, Champlain Room, 2nd floor
Conservation Commission  
Theresa Carroll, Chair

The Conservation Commission is concerned with the public awareness and preservation of Colchester’s natural areas; water quality of rivers, ponds, and Lake Champlain; wildlife habitats; and beautification of the Town. Annual activities include:
  • Green Up Day Coordination
  • Colchester Blooms!  raises funds for planting flowerbeds at high-traffic sites around town and hiring a landscape maintenance company  for their seasonal maintenance
  • Annual Rain Barrel Workshop
  • Maintenance of the rain garden on Holy Cross Road
  • Site visits to Town natural areas to plan future projects and assess natural resources for reports to Lake Champlain Land Trust
  • Care of the Urban Forest Project, through the Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Program to assist with master tree plan and tree inventory and provide volunteer training in the maintenance and care of Town trees
  • Advises the Town on matters relating to water quality, stream protection, conservation and related areas and responds to special project requests from Town officials
  • Meets the 3rd Monday of the month at the Bayside Activity Center. Other days/times or sites are a possibility depending on activity
Development Review Board
Lisa Riddle, Zoning Administrator
Matthew Gamage, Chair

The Colchester Development Review Board processes and approves:
  • Commercial and Residential site plans
  • Subdivision applications
  • Conditional use and variance applications
  • Appeals of the Zoning Administrator's determinations
  • Meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month  7:00 PM at the Town Offices, Outer Bay Room,  3rd floor
Planning Commission
Sarah Hadd, Director Planning and Zoning
Richard Paquette, Chair

  • Oversees Revisions to the Town Zoning Regulations
  • Undertakes planning studies for the long-term growth of Colchester
  • Updates the Town Plan
  • Meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at the Town Offices at 7:00 PM, Outer Bay Room,  3rd floor
Recreation Advisory Board
Glen Cuttitta, Director Parks and Recreation
Adriane Martin, Chair

Members advise the Director of Parks and Recreation on the development and management of recreational facilities and programs to serve the citizens of Colchester. In addition, they help coordinate and volunteer at Parks and Rec events such as:
  • Winter Carnival
  • Touch a Truck
  • Triathlon
  • Causeway Race
  • Fourth of July events
  •  Meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Town Offices at 7 AM