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The East Montpelier Planning Commission will hold a regular meeting on March 2, 2017, 7 p.m. at the town office building. As part of this meeting, the PC will hold a joint work session with members of the Selectboard, Energy Committee, and Conservation Fund Advisory Committee to develop a unified town response for the Central VT Regional Planning Commission’s Municipal Energy Survey.

Documents of Interest:

CVRPC Central VT Municipal Energy Survey
CVRPC Energy Plan Known Constraints Map
CVRPC Energy Plan Possible Constraints Map
CVRPC Energy Plan Regional Constraints Map

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The East Montpelier Development Review Board will hold a meeting on March 14, 2017, 7 p.m. at the town office building. The only hearing on the docket is for a 3-lot subdivision of the 10.7-acre Cherry Tree LLC property on the north side of Towne Hill Road between Cherry Tree Hill Road and US Rte. 2.

March 14, 2017 DRB Warning

Documents of Interest for the Cherry Tree LLC Application:

17-004 Cherry Tree LLC Application
Cherry Tree LLC Subdivision Plat
Cherry Tree LLC Site Plan
Cherry Tree LLC Erosion and Drive Details
Cherry Tree LLC General Septic Details
Cherry Tree LLC Mound Details

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This post will be updated on a regular basis through 2017 Town Meeting

The warnings & petitions are in and the ballots are set for 2017 Town Meeting.

2017 Town Meeting Checklist [as of February 6, 2017]
2017 Town Meeting Notice to Voters
2017 EM Town Meeting Warning
2017 EMES Warning
2017 U-32 Warning
Town & EMES Sample Town Meeting Ballot
U-32 Sample Town Meeting Ballot

We have candidates, but no competition, for every major office up for election except for the auditor position. You can always stage a write-in campaign to join our Auditor team of Deb Fillion and Dave Grundy!

More information on 2017 Town Meeting is on the town’s website at: 2017 Town Meeting Posted now are the EM annual report, the EMES and U-32 school reports, the U-32 annual budget report, plus a link to the EM Signpost 2017 Town Meeting issue. We’ll continue to post materials as they become available.

Volunteers are always welcome to help with Town Meeting Day’s potluck lunch. You can see Coordinator Sue Racanelli’s notice here: 2017 Town Meeting Potluck Information

If you have any questions about any election issues, such as absentee ballots, 2017 Town Meeting voting, or voter registration, please contact Town Clerk CJ Flynn at the town office (eastmonttct@comcast.net; 223-3313 x 201).

The VT Secretary of State also offers voter services: “My Voter Page” to, among other things, request an absentee ballot or simply check on your registration; “Vermont Online Voter Registration” to register to vote online.

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On January 16, 2017 the East Montpelier Selectboard held the first of two public hearings on proposed amendments to the East Montpelier Charter recommended by the East Montpelier Charter Committee. After extensive review of the proposed amendments and in light of feedback received at the January 16th hearing, the Selectboard is moving forward with a revised version of the proposed amendments. This revision will be discussed at the board’s January 30, 2017 meeting (6:30 p.m. at the town office building) with the expectation that the final language will be approved in time for inclusion in the 2016 Town Report, which will go to print at the beginning of February. The board will hold a second hearing on the proposed amendments in conjunction with 2017 Town Forum, Saturday, March 4, 2017, 9:30 a.m. in the gymnasium of the East Montpelier Elementary School.

2017 EM Charter Amendment Hearing Notice
2016 EMCC Report
2017 EM Charter Proposal (with tracked changes)
2017 EM Charter Proposal (clean)

There will be two East Montpelier Charter amendment articles on the 2017 Town Meeting Warning that will be voted on by Australian Ballot. The first, Article 5, will deal with the amendments developed by the Charter Committee. The second, Article 6, will deal with the Plan of Merger that was the subject of two public hearings, one on December 19, 2016 and the other on January 2, 2017. The Plan of Merger is designed to merge East Montpelier Fire District #1 with the town. On January 11, 2017, the voters of the fire district approved the plan.

Plan of Merger for EM Fire District with Town

The final step in the charter amendment process will be to submit the amendments approved by town voters at 2017 Town Meeting to the Vermont Legislature for potential enactment into law.

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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 were sent out in late August. If you haven’t received your property tax bill, need another copy, or have questions about payments, please contact Town Treasurer Don Welch at (802) 223-3313×207 or eastmonttr@comcast.net. 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 was 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 [December 27, 2016 Update] (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