Charter Committee

The Charter Committee was originally created by the Selectboard in April 2013 to investigate the feasibility of a governance charter for East Montpelier, potentially develop a draft charter, and report back to the Selectboard by December 1, 2013. The end result of the committee’s 2013 work was the March 2014 adoption by the town and subsequent approval by the VT Legislature of the East Montpelier Charter. It is contained in the Vermont Statutes in Title 24A, Chapter 114E.

Municipal Charter as Enacted

The charter was passed by the VT Legislature and signed by Governor Shumlin on May 2, 2014

Municipal Charter as Voted at 2014 Town Meeting

On August 1, 2016 the Selectboard formally recalled the committee to investigate three items: the appointment of a town clerk; the appointment of a collector of delinquent taxes; and, the inclusion in the charter of a property tax procedure, which currently is included as an article on the Town Meeting Warning.

The Committee’s documents (minutes, agendas, outreach) can be viewed here:

East Montpelier Charter Committee Documents

Committee Members:

Edie Miller, Chair
Richard Brock, Vice-chair
Ed Deegan
Michael Duane
Carl Etnier, Secretary
Karen Gramer
Norman Hill
Rick Mastelli
Jack Pauly
Julie Potter
Kim Watson

 

Old Laperle Farm Property Committee

The East Montpelier Selectboard created the Old Laperle Farm Property Committee in 2016 to develop options for use of the town-owned 48-acre parcel located at 3035 US Rte. 2, essentially at the corner of US Rte. 2 and VT Rte. 14.

The committee is one of a number working on issues in and around East Montpelier Village. You can view a wide variety of documents on Village activities here:

East Montpelier Village

Old Laperle Farm Property Committee agendas:

March 22, 2016 Laperle Farm Comm Agenda
April 4, 2016 Laperle Farm Comm Agenda
May 9, 2016 Laperle Farm Comm Agenda
August 9, 2016 Laperle Farm Comm Agenda
November 10, 2016 Laperle Farm Comm Agenda
November 19, 2016 Laperle Farm Comm Agenda
November 29, 2016 Laperle Farm Comm Agenda
December 13, 2016 Laperle Farm Comm Agenda
January 10, 2017 Laperle Farm Comm Agenda
February 21, 2017 Laperle Farm Comm Agenda
March 28, 2017 Laperle Farm Comm Agenda
April 18, 2017 Laperle Farm Comm Agenda

Committee minutes:

March 22, 2016 Laperle Farm Comm Minutes
April 4, 2016 Laperle Farm Comm Minutes
May 9, 2016 Laperle Farm Comm Minutes
August 9, 2016 Laperle Farm Comm Minutes
November 10, 2016 Laperle Farm Comm Minutes
November 19, 2016 Laperle Farm Comm Minutes
November 29, 2016 Laperle Farm Comm Minutes
December 13, 2016 Laperle Farm Comm Minutes
January 10, 2017 Laperle Farm Comm Minutes
February 21, 2017 Laperle Farm Comm Draft Minutes
March 28, 2017 Laperle Farm Comm Draft Minutes

Documents of interest:

Old Laperle Farm Map
2016 Stone Environmental Report on Additional LaPerle Farm Wastewater Capacity

Committee Members:

Seth Gardner, Chair
Ginny Callan
Louise Frazier
Bob Morey
Andy Shapiro
Ray Stout
Zach Sullivan

 

Village Committee

The East Montpelier Village Committee, a decade-old informal committee working to improve East Montpelier Village, was given official standing as a town committee by the Selectboard in June 2013. The Village Committee recently helped secure a 5-year renewal of the state Village Center Designation for the central area of East Montpelier Village.  The committee is currently working on the Rtes. 2 &14 corridor sidewalk and shoulder improvements project for which the town received a $490,000 VTrans Bicycle & Pedestrian Program grant.

The committee is one of a number working on issues in and around East Montpelier Village. You can view a wide variety of documents on Village activities here:

East Montpelier Village

The Village Committee’s most recent agendas may be viewed here:

VC Agenda December 12, 2013
VC Agenda January 8, 2014
VC Agenda January 15, 2014
VC Agenda January 16, 2014
VC Agenda February 5, 2014
VC Agenda May 7, 2014

Documents of interest:

2011 MPG EM Village Final Report

Committee Members:

Michelle McFadden, Chair
Jean Vissering
Alice Smith
Bob Smith
Bob Morey
Frank Pratt
Casey Northrup

 

Town Forest Committee

The Town Forest Committee oversees the maintenance of the Town Forest and other town-owned forests. It also assists the town with roadside cutting issues and provides guidance to the schools on tree maintenance.

The Committee meets as needed. The Committee’s most recent agendas may be viewed here:

February 9, 2016 Forest Committee Agenda

The Committee’s minutes:

Committee Members:

Paul Cate, Chair
Mark Lane
Colin Blackwell

 

Funding Request Study Committee

The Funding Request Study Committee is a long-standing committee appointed by the Selectboard to review requests for funding support from local non-profit organizations. The Committee then issues a report recommending appropriations to the Selectboard, which then uses the recommendations to craft the funding request article for the Town Meeting Warning.

FY2018 Funding Request Application

FY2018 Social Organization Submissions:

FY2018 Funding Request Summary Worksheet

American Red Cross FY18
Capstone FY18
Central VT Adult Basic Ed FY18
Central VT Council on Aging FY18
Central VT Home Health & Hospice FY18
Central VT Memorial Civic Center FY18
Circle FY18
Downstreet FY18
EM Community Connections FY18
Family Center of Washington County FY18
Friends of the Winooski FY18
Girls & Boyz First Mentoring FY18
Good Beginnings of Central VT FY18
Good Samaritan Haven FY18
Green Mountain Transit FY18
Green Up Vermont FY18
Home Share Now FY18
Montpelier Senior Activity Center FY18
North Branch Nature Center FY18
Onion River Food Shelf FY18
OUR House of Central VT FY18
People’s Health & Wellness Clinic FY18
Prevent Child Abuse VT FY18
Project Independence FY18
Sexual Assault Crisis Team FY18
T W Wood Gallery FY18
Twin Valley Seniors FY18
VT Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired FY18
VT CARES FY18
VT Center for Independent Living FY18
Washington County Diversion Program FY18
Washington County Mental Health Services FY18
Washington County Youth Services FY18

The Committee generally meets as needed in toward the end of each year. The Committee’s most recent agendas may be viewed here:

Funding Committee Agenda November 13, 2014
Funding Committee Agenda November 11, 2015
Funding Committee Agenda November 9, 2016

The Committee’s minutes:

November 13, 2014 Draft Funding Request Study Committee Minutes
Preliminary FY2016 Funding Request Decisions
November 9, 2016 Draft Funding Request Study Committee Minutes

Committee Reports:

FY2018 Funding Request Report
FY2017 Funding Request Report
FY2016 Funding Request Report
FY2015 Funding Request Report
FY2014 Funding Request Report
FY2013 Funding Request Report

Committee Members:

Lindy Johnson, Chair
Sue Racanelli, Vice-chair
Charlie Catlin
Paul Erlbaum
Jeanne Malachowski
Ann Stanton
Sandal Cate

 

Revolving Loan Advisory Committee

The Revolving Loan Advisory Committee was created by the Selectboard in June 2012 to advise the Selectboard on the use of the proceeds from the repayment of the Vermont Community Development Program’s loan to the Vermont Housing Authority (owner of the Sandy Pines Mobile Home Park). Uses of the proceeds are governed by federal and state guidelines with an aim to “principally benefit low and moderate income persons” and are limited to economic development, housing creation and/or improvement, some public facilities, and some types of public assistance.

The Committee meets as needed. The most recent agenda is available here:

RLAC Agenda November 20, 2013
RLAC Agenda January 11, 2017

Committee Members:

Leslie Drown, Chair
Ed Deegan
Ross Hazel
Renee Carpenter
Bruce Bjornlund
Gabrielle Malina

 

Energy Committee

The Selectboard created the Energy Committee in 2008 to help guide the community in areas of energy use and conservation. In particular, the Committee’s directive is to work toward the fulfillment of the energy goals & actions laid out in the Town Plan.

The Committee welcomes inquiries from residents on any energy related issue. Residents interest in joining this effort are welcome to communicate with Carl Etnier (carl@etnier.com; 552-4343), who is currently serving as the contact person for the committee as it reorganizes after the resignation of longtime chair Dave Grundy. The Selectboard gratefully acknowledges Dave’s vital role in the committee’s creation and positive contributions to the community over the committee’s first six years.

On December 5, 2016 the Selectboard appointed Carl Etnier, Cort Richardson, and Lindy Biggs to the no-longer-dormant committee with an initial charge to lead the town’s Act 174 energy planning effort. Additional members were added December 19, 2016.

The PACE Program
The Town of East Montpelier is a participant in the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program. This program, administered by Efficiency Vermont, is designed to provide attractive financing options for residents interested in making their homes more energy efficient. For more details, please visit Efficiency Vermont’s PACE webpage: PACE Overview

East Montpelier PACE Program Documents:
EM PACE Program Guidelines
EM PACE Resolution

Energy Committee Agendas & Minutes:

March 6, 2017 Energy Committee Agenda
March 6, 2017 Energy Committee Draft Minutes

The Energy Committee:

Cort Richardson, Co-chair
Lindy Biggs, Co-chair
Carl Etnier
Dave Grundy
Stephen Knowlton
Bob Morey

 

Treasurer Candidate Recommendation Committee

At 2014 Town Meeting the Town of East Montpelier passed a Town Charter that, among other things, shifts the town treasurer position from elected to appointed. When the Vermont State Legislature approved the charter, a provision was added that allowed the town’s elected treasurer (Don Welch) to serve out the remainder of his term, through 2015 Town Meeting (March 3, 2015). At that time the Selectboard will need to appoint someone to take over the treasurer duties.

The charter states:

(b)(1) Prior to appointing a Town Treasurer and no more than 45 days after the Treasurer position is vacated, the Selectboard shall appoint a committee to review and recommend to the Selectboard qualified candidates for the position of Treasurer.
(b)(2) The committee shall be composed of two residents, a certified public accountant, and the following town officers: two members of the Selectboard, an auditor, and the Town Clerk. All except the certified public accountant shall be residents of the Town of East Montpelier.

East Montpelier Town Charter

On October 20, 2014 the East Montpelier Selectboard created the first Treasurer Candidate Recommendation Committee.  The charge to the committee is to follow the Town Charter requirements and recommend a candidate for the treasurer’s position to take over the treasurer duties after 2015 Town Meeting.

The committee’s agendas:

November 13, 2014 TCR Committee Agenda
November 18, 2014 TCR Committee Agenda

The committee’s minutes:

November 13, 2014 TCR Committee Minutes
November 18, 2014 TCR Committee Draft Minutes

Committee Members:

Seth Gardner, Chair
Carl Etnier
Terri Conti
Dave Grundy
Jane Burroughs
Fred Satink
Ed Deegan