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Did you miss the East Montpelier Village Planning Open House on October 20, 2016 up at EMES? The Planning Commission is working on a Master Plan that creates a vision for a vibrant Village with homes, shops, restaurants, offices and open space. Currently, the Planning Commission is seeking public input on the general location, types of land uses and relative densities that would guide the development of new Village zoning to implement this vision. Please review the maps along with the other Open House documents in the materials packet below and provide the Planning Commission your opinions on the feedback questionnaire. Comments are requested by October 28, 2016.

Documents of Interest:

EM Village Master Plan October 20th Open House Materials
EM Village Master Plan October 20th Open House Feedback Questionnaire

For more on the EM Village master plan development, please see: East Montpelier Village

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The Town of East Montpelier is seeking applications for its road foreman position, the leader of the highway department. After many years of exemplary service, East Montpelier Road Foreman Mike Garand is aiming to retire, at least from full-time duty, as of July 1, 2017. The town intends to hire a prospective foreman with a start date around January 1, 2017, to allow a six-month probationary period to work/train under Mr. Garand.

EM Road Foreman Position Notice
EM Road Foreman Job Description
EM Personnel Policy
EM CDL Drug & Alcohol Policy

For consideration, submit a cover letter, resume detailing work history, and three references by 5:00 p.m., Friday, November 4, 2016 to:

Town of East Montpelier
Attn: Bruce Johnson
PO Box 157
East Montpelier, VT 05651

East Montpelier is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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The long-awaited general election will be held November 8, 2016. East Montpelier voting will be conducted at the EM Elementary School, 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Early & absentee balloting is underway. For more information on voting and voter registration, please contact EM Town Clerk CJ Flynn, 223-3313×201 or

2016 EM General Election Warning

2016 EM General Election Sample Ballot

EM Voter Checklist as of September 30, 2016

VT Secretary of State Jim Condos has provided the following information:

Our office has worked hard to make it simple and easy to register to vote. Eligible Vermonters can register to vote by mail, at their local town clerk’s office, or online at: Register to Vote Online. Remember, the deadline to register to vote is November 2nd.

We also offer a generous early/absentee voting program. We understand that not everyone can take time away from their jobs or families to vote on November 8th. These busy Vermonters can now go
online to their “My Voter Page” to request an absentee ballot: My Voter Page. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is November 7th and all ballots must be returned to the Town Clerk by 7pm on Election Day.

Our office even produced our first video to help encourage more Vermonters to get involved in this election: Secretary of State YouTube Video on Voter Registration

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On October 3, 2016 the East Montpelier Selectboard adopted a number of amendments to the East Montpelier Traffic Ordinance.

Notice of EM Traffic Ordinance Amendments

EM Traffic Ordinance as Amended October 3, 2016

Current EM Traffic Ordinance

Town of East Montpelier citizens may petition for a town vote on the question of disapproving the amendments. The petition must be signed by not less than 5% of the qualified voters of the Town of East Montpelier and submitted to the Town Clerk at the Municipal Building no later than 5:00 p.m. November 16, 2016. Absent such a petition, the ordinance will take effect December 2, 2016.

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At its August 1, 2016 meeting, the East Montpelier Selectboard set the property tax rates for the period July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 as follows:

  • Resident (homestead) tax rate: 2.5509; down 0.0070 (0.27%) from last year
  • Non-resident tax rate: 2.2198; up 0.0064 (0.29%) from last year

Tax Rate FY2017 Worksheet

Tax bills will be sent out by late August. If you haven’t received your property tax bill by the end of August or have questions about payments, please contact Town Treasurer Don Welch at (802) 223-3313×207 or If you have questions or issues that could more appropriately be handled at the state level, please contact Vermont Taxpayer Services at (802) 828-2865.

The first installment will be due by 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 15, 2016.

The second installment will be due by 5:00 p.m. Monday, May 15, 2017.

Payments must be received (postmark is not sufficient) by 5:00 p.m. at the Municipal Office Building, 40 Kelton Road, on the due date.

The Town of East Montpelier now offers two programs for electronic payment of taxes: our direct debit program and a payment portal for credit & debit cards along with eChecks.

Direct Debit Tax Payments

Noble Pay Portal

2016 Grand List (a search box will appear by typing, at the same time, the “Control” & “F” keys)

2016 East Montpelier Grand List
2016 East Montpelier Tax Exempt Properties
2016 East Montpelier State-owned Properties