December 15, 2014 Selectboard Meeting

The East Montpelier Selectboard will hold a regular meeting, starting at 6:30 p.m., on Monday, December 15, 2014 at the town office.

December 15, 2014 Selectboard Agenda
December 15, 2014 Selectboard Annotated Agenda

Documents of Interest:

FY2014 Audit
Draft Revised East Montpelier Dog Control Ordinance
Draft Revised East Montpelier Personnel Policy
GMTA 2015 Town Meeting Report
rbTechnologies Contract for Server Replacement
Capital Improvement Plan
For more on the Capital Improvement Committee’s work, please see: East Montpelier Capital Improvement Committee

 

Upcoming Special Selectboard Meetings

On December 4, 2014 the East Montpelier Selectboard will hold a special joint meeting with the Calais Selectboard to hear the East Montpelier Fire Department’s presentation of its proposed FY2016 budget and town appropriation request. This meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the Emergency Services Facility (the new fire station; 54 Village Acres).

December 4, 2014 SB Agenda

On December 8, 2014 the East Montpelier Selectboard will hold a special joint meeting with the Calais Selectboard to discuss the East Montpelier Fire Department’s proposed FY2016 budget and town appropriation request. This meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Calais Town Office (3120 Pekin Brook Road, Calais).

December 8, 2014 SB Agenda
FY2016 Proposed EMFD Budget

 

December 1, 2014 Selectboard Meeting

The East Montpelier Selectboard will hold a regular meeting, starting at 6:30 p.m., on Monday, December 1, 2014 at the town office.

December 1, 2014 SB Agenda
December 1, 2014 SB Annotated Agenda

Documents of interest:

EM Draft Dog Control Ordinance
EM Draft Revised Personnel Policy
November 18, 2014 Draft Treasurer Candidate Recommendation Committee Minutes

 

December 2, 2014 Development Review Board Meeting

On December 2, 2014 the East Montpelier Development Review Board will hold a meeting with two warned hearings.

December 2, 2014 DRB Warning
December 2, 2014 DRB Agenda

Documents of interest:

14-057 Wells Application
14-057 Wells ZA Decision
2011 Wells Env Ct Decision
14-057 Wells Request for ZA Reconsideration
14-057 Wells ZA Reconsideration Decision
14-057 Wells Appeal of ZA Decision

14-066 1368 US Route 2 Application
14-066 1368 US Route 2 Site Plan

 

December 3, 2014 Public Forum on Capital Improvement Plan

In August 2013, the Planning Commission created the Capital Improvement Committee to develop a capital improvement plan for the town.  The purpose of a capital improvement plan is to ensure that capital expenditures are identified and planned in advance so that the associated costs are also planned and budgeted for.  By planning for capital expenditures, the financial impacts on town taxpayers can be stabilized.

The Capital Improvement Committee will hold a public meeting to present and obtain public feedback on the draft FY2016 Capital Improvement Plan. 

WHAT: Public Meeting on the draft FY2016 Capital Improvement Plan

DATE:  Wednesday, December 3, 2014

TIME:  7:00 pm

LOCATION:  Emergency Services Facility, Public Room, 54 Village Acres

You can review documents about the draft Capital Improvement Plan below:

Capital Improvement Plan Executive Summary
Capital Improvement Plan Details
East Montpelier Capital Improvement Planning Process
Capital Improvement Committee Future Needs Summary

For more information on the Capital Improvement Committee please see: East Montpelier Capital Improvement Committee

 

November 17, 2014 Selectboard Meeting

On November 17, 2014 the East Montpelier Selectboard will hold a meeting at the Emergency Services Facility (the new fire station).

November 17, 2014 SB Agenda
November 17, 2014 SB Annotated Agenda

The highlight of the meeting will be a two-hour training session on municipal use of the Vermont Judicial Bureau for enforcement of ordinances and regulations. VLCT’s Sarah Jarvis will run the program.

VLCT Ordinance Enforcement PowerPoint Presentation
Vermont Judicial Bureau (off-site link)
2001 VLCT Judicial Bureau Handbook

Documents of interest:

Draft Revised Personnel Policy
Dorset Property Tax Resolution
VLCT Alternative Dorset Property Tax Resolution
VT State Police Report Aug-Oct 2014

 

November 3, 2014 Selectboard Meeting

The East Montpelier Selectboard will hold a regular meeting, starting at 6:30 p.m., on Monday, November 3, 2014 at the town office.

SB Agenda November 3, 2014
SB Annotated Agenda November 3, 2014

The board will continue work on animal control issues. This meeting will once again focus on potential amendments to, or complete replacement of, the animal control ordinance.

EM Animal Control Ordinance
VLCT Model Dog Control Ordinance
Draft EM Dog Control Ordinance

Other documents of interest:

2014-15 Revised Draft Winter Roads Policy

 

November 4th General Election

Early & absentee voting has started for the November 4, 2014 general election. You can vote early at the town office during normal office hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. M-Th; 9 a.m. to noon F). You can also request an absentee ballot in person, by phone, or by email. For more information, please contact Town Clerk Terri Conti at 223-3313×201 or eastmonttct@comcast.net.

Voting on November 4th will be at the East Montpelier Elementary School, 665 Vincent Flats Road, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

2014 Tax Rates Set

At its August 4, 2014 meeting, the East Montpelier Selectboard set the property tax rates for the period July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015 as follows:

  • Resident (homestead) tax rate: 2.3642; up 0.1368 (6.14%) from last year
  • Non-resident tax rate: 2.0964; up 0.0637 (3.13%) from last year

Tax Rate FY2015 Worksheet

Tax bills will be sent by the end of August. The first installment will be due by 5:00 p.m. Monday, November 17, 2014; the second installment will be due by 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 15, 2015. Payments must be received (postmark is not sufficient) by 5:00 p.m. at the Municipal Office Building, 40 Kelton Road, on the due dates.

2014 Grand List (a search box will appear by typing, at the same time, the “Control” & “F” keys)

2014 East Montpelier Grand List
2014 East Montpelier Tax Exempt Properties
2014 East Montpelier State-owned Properties

 

October 20, 2014 Selectboard Meeting

The East Montpelier Selectboard will hold a regular meeting, starting at 6:30 p.m., on Monday, October 20, 2014 at the town office.

SB Agenda October 20, 2014
SB Annotated Agenda October 20, 2014

The board will continue work on animal control issues. This meeting will focus on potential amendments to the animal control ordinance.

EM Animal Control Ordinance
Draft EM Dog Control Ordinance
VLCT Model Dog Control Ordinance

Other documents of interest:

2014-15 Draft Winter Roads Policy
2015 BCBS Health Plan Options
VLCT Education Funding Reform Resolution

 

October 23, 2014 VTrans Village Bridge Public Forum

On October 23, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. the VT Agency of Transportation will host a public information & input meeting at the U-32 Middle/High School cafeteria.  The purpose of this second public meeting (the first was held June 2, 2014) is to continue discussion on the current plan to replace the East Montpelier Village Bridge and reconstruct the adjoining VT Rtes. 14 & 2 intersection.

VTrans Village Bridge Project October 23, 2014 Meeting Notice

 

Seeking Members for Town Treasurer Appointment 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

Selectboard members Seth Gardner and Carl Etnier, Auditor Dave Grundy, and Town Clerk Terri Conti are the town officers on the committee.

The Town of East Montpelier is looking to fill the two town resident slots and the CPA slot on the appointment committee. If you have interest in serving on this committee, please contact Town Administrator Bruce Johnson at eastmontadmin@comcast.net or 223-3313×204 by October 20th. The Selectboard will consider the candidates at the board meeting that evening.

 

Road Paving Update #2

Updating the previous notice regarding the repaving of Gallison, Quaker, & Vincent Flats Roads: In an effort to take advantage of a weather window, F.W. Whitcomb’s will commence paving Gallison Hill Road this Friday, October 10th. Depending on how fast things move, paving operations will shift to Quaker & Vincent Flats Roads either Saturday or Monday. If the weather holds, paving should be done by the middle of next week with shoulder work following soon thereafter.

If you can avoid the roads during this period, please do so.  Unfortunately, since our schools are on these roads, avoidance will be difficult.  Expect delays and please take care.

 

October 7, 2014 DRB Meeting

On October 7, 2014 the East Montpelier Development Review Board will hold a meeting with one warned hearing.

October 7, 2014 DRB Warning

Documents of interest:

Zoning Administrator Decision on Packard Merger
Packard Notice of Appeal
Packard Supplemental Notice of Appeal

 

October 6, 2014 Selectboard Meeting

The East Montpelier Selectboard will hold a regular meeting, starting at 6:30 p.m., on October 6, 2014 at the town office.

October 6, 2014 SB Agenda
October 6, 2014 Annotated Agenda

Documents of Interest:

Draft Capital Budget Plan

 

Road Paving Update

We now have a confirmed window for our “summer” paving projects: during the week of October 13th F.W. Whitcomb’s will repave Gallison Hill Road (shim and overlay) and then Quaker & Vincent Flats Roads (shim and thick overlay).  We don’t have a true schedule as yet – more information will be provided when available.  As always, weather could wreak havoc on the paving timing.

If you can avoid the roads during this period, please do so.  Unfortunately, since our schools are on these roads, avoidance will be difficult.  Expect delays and please take care.

 

Town Adopts Revised Website Policy

At its meeting on September 8, 2014 the East Montpelier Selectboard adopted a revised “Website Policy and Privacy Statement” that applies to the town’s official website. The major change is the addition of a section entitled “Structure and Operations of the Site” dealing with what will be posted and the standard posting methodology. Another change will allow the posting of links to town businesses upon request.

Website Policy and Privacy Statement

 

September 22, 2014 Selectboard Meeting

The East Montpelier Selectboard will hold a regular meeting, starting at 6:30 p.m., on September 22, 2014 at the town office. Prior to the meeting, at 6:00 p.m. the Selectboard will conduct a site visit at the Sanfacon property (334 Wheeler Road).

September 22, 2014 SB Agenda
September 22, 2014 SB Annotated Agenda

Documents of interest:

2015 VLCT Draft Municipal Policy
July 1, 2014 Pollock Documents
September 9, 2014 Pollock Request for Enforcement
2015 International 7400 Extended Warranty Options
2015 International 7400 Extended Engine Warranty
2015 International 7400 Extended Towing Warranty
2015 International 7400 Extended Vehicle Warranty
2015 International 7400 Standard Warranty

 

Roadwork Update

After a somewhat confusing sequence of events, Quaker Road is now open for normal use.  The “speed bump” zone is gravel and essentially, but not perfectly, at grade, so a little judicious speed control is in order. Please proceed cautiously through the area and obey the traffic signs.

The repaving of Gallison Hill, Quaker, and Vincent Flats Roads is expected to occur sometime in September. We’ll provide more details on the schedule when available. As always, the schedule is at the mercy of the weather.

 

September 18th Public Forum on Flood Hazard Area Regulations

The Planning Commission will host a Public Forum on September 18, 2014 to discuss proposed changes to our Flood Hazard Area Regulations.

In response to costly flood damage over the past several years, the state Legislature recently passed a law offering increased disaster relief funding to towns that adopt new and more restrictive land use regulations in flood plains and river corridors. The East Montpelier Planning Commission has been studying how our current Flood Hazard Area Regulations (Article 9 of the town’s Land Use & Development Regulations) would need to be revised to take advantage of these incentives and to decrease the likelihood of flood damage in the community. The Planning Commission, with assistance from the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission, has drafted changes to the Flood Hazard Area Regulations. An informational public forum on flood hazards and the proposed revisions to the Flood Hazard Area Regulations will be held on September 18th at 7:00 pm at the Emergency Services Facility Public Room (Fire Department). All residents are welcome.

East Montpelier Flood Hazard Information

Letter to Public for September 18, 2014 Public Forum
East Montpelier Flood Hazard Brochure

 

September 8, 2014 Selectboard Meeting Preview

The East Montpelier Selectboard will hold a regular meeting, starting at 6:30 p.m., on September 8, 2014 at the town office.

September 8, 2014 SB Agenda
September 8, 2014 SB Annotated Agenda

Documents of interest:

2015 VLCT Draft Municipal Policy
New Website Policy Draft

 

Septmeber 2, 2014 DRB Meeting

At 7:00 p.m. on September 2, 2014 the East Montpelier Development Review Board will hold a meeting in the public room of the Emergency Services Facility (the new fire station; 54 Village Acres). The meeting will include 5 hearings, including 3 for subdivisions of various components of Lylehaven Farm. The public, as always, is invited to attend.

September 2, 2014 DRB Warning
September 2, 2014 DRB Agenda

The first hearing will be for an addition (to house a chipper) to the currently-under-construction new sawmill building at Fontaine Forestry & Millworks, 628 VT Rte. 14 N:

Zoning Application 14-051 Fontaine
Fontaine Overall Site Plan
Fontaine Narrow View Site Plan
Fontaine Floor Plan

The second hearing will be for a 2-lot subdivision of the Olmsted property located at 219 Brazier Road:

Subdivision Application 14-047 Olmsted
Olmsted Subdivision Plat
Olmsted Septic Site Plans

The last 3 hearings will be for the proposed Lylehaven Farm subdivisions:

Subdivision Applications 14-048, 14-049, 14-050 Rappaport
General Plan for all 3 Rappaport Subdivisions
14-048 Rappaport Plat
14-048 Updated Subdivision Plat
14-049 Rappaport Plat
14-049 Updated Subdivision Plat
14-050 Rappaport Plat
14-050 Updated Subdivision Plat

The Packard family has appealed a decision of the zoning administrator to the Development Review Board. At the September 2nd meeting the DRB will discuss procedural aspects of the appeal — no hearing date has been set.

Zoning Administrator Decision on Packard Merger
Packard Notice of Appeal
Packard Supplemental Notice of Appeal

 

August 26th Primary Election

Early & absentee voting has started for the August 26th primary election. You can vote early at the town office during normal office hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. M-Th; 9 a.m. to noon F). You can also request an absentee ballot in person, by phone, or by email. For more information, please contact Town Clerk Terri Conti at 223-3313×201 or eastmonttct@comcast.net.

Voting on August 26th will be at the town office, 40 Kelton Road, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

Quaker Road Closed Through August 29

Quaker Road is currently closed and will likely remain closed through August 29, 2014. The road crew is continuing its work on the “speed bump” near the Ibey driveway (640 Quaker Road). Unfortunately, it turned out to be impossible to safely maintain one-lane traffic in the project zone, so the road had to be closed to through traffic. Local traffic is able to access most of Quaker Road from US Rte. 2.

 

Upcoming Roadwork

During the week of August 25th the road crew will be working on the “speed bump” on Quaker Road near the Ibey house (640 Quaker Road), just before the Cherry Tree Hill & Vincent Flats Roads intersection. The crew will be removing the pavement and readying the sub-base for the full repaving of Quaker Road. There will be delays, but the road will not be closed.

The repaving of Gallison Hill, Quaker, and Vincent Flats Roads will occur soon after Labor Day (September 1st). We’ll provide more details on the schedule when available. As always, the schedule is at the mercy of the weather.

 

August 18, 2014 Selectboard Meeting Preview

The East Montpelier Selectboard will hold a regular meeting at the town office starting at 6:30 p.m. on August 18, 2014.

August 18, 2014 SB Agenda
August 18, 2014 SB Annotated Agenda

VT State Police Report May-July 2014

The first item on the agenda (listed at 6:40 p.m.) is a review of proposed amendments to the zoning regulations. At the July 7, 2014 Selectboard meeting the Planning Commission passed along proposed amendments to the East Montpelier Land Use and Development Regulations.  At the August 18th meeting the board will conduct a lengthy review of the proposal. The public is invited to participate. At some point after this meeting, but prior to any decision on the amendments, the board will hold at least one public hearing.

Documents of interest:

Planning Commission Report on Proposed Amendments

Report on Groundwater Withdrawal Thresholds

Proposed Amendments (shown in blue):

Article 1

Article 3

Article 4

Article 5

Article 6

Article 7

Article 8

 

Proposed Zoning Regulation Amendments

At the July 7, 2014 Selectboard meeting the Planning Commission passed along proposed amendments to the East Montpelier Land Use and Development Regulations.  After a brief review of the proposed amendments, the Selectboard decided to schedule a lengthy review session for its August 18, 2014 meeting.  The public is invited to participate. After that meeting, but prior to any decision on the amendments, the board will hold at least one public hearing.

Documents of interest:

Planning Commission Report on Proposed Amendments

Proposed Amendments (shown in blue):

Article 1

Article 3

Article 4

Article 5

Article 6

Article 7

Article 8

The Planning Commission will continue work on additional zoning regulation amendments, including a proposed river corridor protection zone. The public is always invited to take part in the PC meetings. The PC regularly meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month, 7:00 p.m. at the town office building. The first July meeting will be moved to July 10th (same time & place) to avoid conflicts with July 4th celebrations.

 

Dodge Road Closure August 4th – 8th

Starting Monday, August 4th at 8:00 a.m., Dodge Road will be closed at the Bennett Brook crossing to allow Dubois Construction to repair the big culvert. This site is located a little over a mile from the Four Corners Schoolhouse (the Vincent Flats, Dodge, Snow Hill, and Putnam Roads intersection) and about half a mile from Center Road. There will be no traffic through the project zone for the entire week. Weather permitting, the project should be completed by Friday, August 8th at 6:00 p.m. Please use alternate routes.

 

August 4, 2014 Selectboard Meeting Preview

The East Montpelier Selectboard will hold a regular meeting at the town office starting at 6:30 p.m. on August 4, 2014.

August 4, 2014 SB Agenda
August 4, 2014 SB Annotated Agenda

The first item on the agenda (listed at 6:40 p.m.) is an information session on the dog complaint process. Dogs are a a perennial town issue. Many times, the issue is simply wandering dogs that want to be reunited with their humans. Unfortunately, sometimes dogs threaten or attack people or pets or livestock, or simply bark incessantly. East Montpelier created an animal control ordinance in 2010 to address these more unfortunate cases. Violations of the ordinance can result in increasing fines.

Another process is available under state statute, and violations can lead to a much greater variety and creativity of responses than under the town ordinance. The town is still the primary authority under the state statute. The Selectboard has reviewed new guidance on the process, The Big Book of Woof, a new VT League of Cities & Towns handbook on Vermont municipal dog law. This meeting will go over what is needed to file a complaint, how to do so, how the hearing process works, what range of penalties may be assessed, and related issues. The Selectboard and VLCT’s senior staff attorney Garrett Baxter will take questions on the process.

Documents of interest for the information session on the dog complaint process:

East Montpelier Animal Control Ordinance

2014 VLCT Big Book of Woof

East Montpelier Vicious Dog Hearing Rules of Procedure
East Montpelier Vicious Dog Complaint Form

EM Vicious Dog Complaint Hearing Denied Template
EM Vicious Dog Complaint Hearing Granted Template
EM Vicious Dog Hearing Decision Template
EM Vicious Dog Hearing Notice to Owner Template
EM Vicious Dog Hearing Notice Template
EM Stray Dog Impoundment Notice Template

Central VT Humane Society 2014-2015 Contract

Another major item on the agenda is the setting of the 2014/15 property tax rates. The proposed rates are: Resident (homestead) 2.3642, up 6.14% from last year; and, Non-resident 2.0964, up 3.13% from last year.

Proposed 2014/15 Property Tax Rates Worksheet
Lister Grand List 411 Form

Other documents of interest for the August 4th Selectboard meeting:

Treasurer’s Internal Controls Checklists
Canon 2014 Copier Proposal
FW Whitcomb 2014 Paving Project Agreement
CAI 2014 GIS Service Agreement
VTrans 2014 Better Backroads Grant Agreement GR0393
Website Policy Discussion Document

 

Preliminary 2014/15 Property Tax Rates

At its July 7th meeting the Selectboard reviewed the preliminary 2014/15 property tax rates. The total rates are not final — that decision will likely be made at the August 4th board meeting after the Grand List is lodged with the Town Clerk. The education rates, however, are final.  The homestead education rate came in more than 3 cents below expectations due to changes made to the proposed state rates during the 2014 session of the VT Legislature.

Preliminary 2014/15 Tax Rate Worksheet

 

July 21, 2014 Selectboard Meeting Preview

At 6:30 p.m. on July 21st the East Montpelier Selectboard will hold a second public hearing on the proposed reclassification of three Class 4 town highways:

  1. Reclassify the Class 4 segment of Foster Road to Legal Trail
  2. Discontinue TH #9, the Barstow driveway off of Sodom Pond Road
  3. Discontinue TH #10, the Johnson driveway off of Sodom Pond Road

Prior to the hearing, starting at 6:00 p.m. the board will conduct site inspections of the road segments.

July 21, 2014 Road Reclassification Hearing Notice

 

The Selectboard’s regular meeting will begin Immediately following the hearing or at 6:45 p.m., whichever comes later.

July 21, 2014 SB Agenda
July 21, 2014 SB Annotated Agenda

Documents of interest up for consideration at the meeting:

Tax Anticipation Line of Credit

Stray Dog Impoundment Notice
Vicious Dog Complaint Form
Vicious Dog Complaint Hearing Denied
Vicious Dog Complaint Hearing Granted
Vicious Dog Hearing Decision Template
Vicious Dog Hearing Notice to Owner
Vicious Dog Hearing Notice
Vicious Dog Hearing Rules of Procedure

Proposed 2014 Barstow Driveway Discontinuance Decision
Proposed 2014 Foster Road Legal Trail Decision
Proposed 2014 Johnson Driveway Discontinuance Decision

2014 Paving Bids
2014 Structures Bids

2014 Warrant to Impound

 

Town Seeking Construction and Paving Bids

The Town of East Montpelier is seeking bids on construction services in 2014:

2014 Structures Bid Specifications
VT DEC River Management Program Permit

 

The Town is also seeking bids on paving services in 2014:

2014 Paving Bid Specifications for Gallison Hill Road Project
2014 Paving Bid Specifications for Quaker & Vincent Flats Roads Project

 

The deadline for bids on all projects is July 21, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.

 

July 21, 2014 Selectboard Hearing on Proposed Road Reclassifications

At 6:30 p.m. on July 21st the East Montpelier Selectboard will hold a second public hearing on the proposed reclassification of three Class 4 town highways:

  1. Reclassify the Class 4 segment of Foster Road to Legal Trail
  2. Discontinue TH #9, the Barstow driveway off of Sodom Pond Road
  3. Discontinue TH #10, the Johnson driveway off of Sodom Pond Road

Prior to the hearing, starting at 6:00 p.m. the board will conduct site inspections of the road segments.

July 21, 2014 Road Reclassification Hearing Notice

 

Special Town School District Meeting Result

On June 16, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the U-32 Middle/High School auditorium some 200 East Montpelier voters met to consider the question of voting the East Montpelier Elementary School budget by Australian Ballot. After a short but spirited discussion, a voice vote was taken and Moderator Michael Duane declared the article passed — as things stand now, we will be voting the FY2016 school budget (at 2015 Town Meeting next March) by Australian Ballot.

 

2014 Town Meeting Election Results

2014 Town & School Meeting Election Results

2014 Town Meeting Day U-32 School District Election Results

Thanks to all who attended for keeping alive & relevant the wonderful Vermont town meeting tradition.  Special thanks to U-32 for allowing us the use of the facility.

 

July 7, 2014 Selectboard Meeting Preview

At the July 7, 2014 Selectboard Meeting (Agenda) the Planning Commission will pass along proposed amendments to the East Montpelier Land Use and Development Regulations.  The Selectboard will review the documents and decide on a plan of action.  The board will hold at least one public hearing prior to any decision on the amendments.

Documents of interest:

Planning Commission Report on Proposed Amendments

Proposed Amendments (shown in blue):

Article 1

Article 3

Article 4

Article 5

Article 6

Article 7

Article 8

The Planning Commission will continue work on additional zoning regulation amendments, including a proposed river corridor protection zone. The public is always invited to take part in the PC meetings. The PC regularly meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month, 7:00 p.m. at the town office building. The first July meeting will be moved to July 10th (same time & place) to avoid conflicts with July 4th celebrations.

Another item on the agenda for the July 7th Selectboard meeting is a preliminary review of the 2014/15 property tax rates. The total rates are not final — that decision will likely be made at the August 4th board meeting after the Grand List is lodged with the Town Clerk. The education rates, however, are final.  The homestead education rate came in more than 3 cents below expectations due to changes made to the proposed state rates during the 2014 session of the VT Legislature.

Preliminary 2014/15 Tax Rate Worksheet

 

Planning Commission Continues Work on Proposed Zoning Regulation Amendments

The East Montpelier Planning Commission held a public hearing for proposed amendments to the East Montpelier Land Use & Development Regulations on June 5, 2014. A number of people provided feedback to the PC on the amendments. The PC will continue work on the proposed amendments at its regular meetings. The public is always invited to take part in these meetings. The PC regularly meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month, 7:00 p.m. at the town office building. The first July meeting will be moved to July 10th (same time & place) to avoid conflicts with July 4th celebrations.

Documents of interest:

Hearing Notice for Proposed Amendments

Planning Commission Report on Proposed Amendments

Current Land Use & Development Regulations

Proposed Amendments (shown in blue):

Article 1

Article 3

Article 4

Article 5

Article 6

Article 7

Article 8

 

June 16, 2014 Special East Montpelier School District Meeting

On June 16, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the U-32 Middle/High School auditorium (930 Gallison Hill Road) there will be a special East Montpelier Town School District meeting to consider the question of voting the East Montpelier Elementary School budget by Australian Ballot as well as to transact any other business that legally comes before the meeting.

June 16, 2014 School District Special Meeting Warning

 

June 5th Planning Commission Public Hearing

The East Montpelier Planning Commission will hold a public hearing for proposed amendments to the East Montpelier Land Use & Development Regulations on June 5, 2014, 7 p.m. at the East Montpelier Municipal Office Building.

Documents of interest:

Hearing Notice for Proposed Amendments

Planning Commission Report on Proposed Amendments

Current Land Use & Development Regulations

Proposed Amendments (shown in blue):

Article 1

Article 3

Article 4

Article 5

Article 6

Article 7

Article 8

 

June 2nd VTrans Village Bridge Public Forum

On June 2, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. the VT Agency of Transportation will host a public information & input meeting at the U-32 Middle/High School cafeteria.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss plan to replace the East Montpelier Village Bridge and reconstruct the adjoining VT Rtes. 14 & 2 intersection.

VTrans Village Bridge Project June 2, 2014 Meeting Notice

 

Property Tax Payment Due May 15, 2014

Please remember that the second installment of your 2013/14 property tax is due to the East Montpelier Town Treasurer by 5:00 p.m. on May 15, 2014.  The payment must be received (postmark is not sufficient) by 5 p.m. at the Municipal Office Building, 40 Kelton Road.

 

East Montpelier Request for Bids

The Town of East Montpelier is now accepting Sealed Bids for the following:

Bid specifications are available at http://eastmontpeliervt.org or at the East Montpelier Town Offices, 40 Kelton Road. For more information contact: C. Bruce Johnson, Town Administrator, (802) 223-3313×204, eastmontadmin@comcast.net.

Bids are due by Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 3 p.m.

 

Request for Qualifications for Engineering & Design Services

The Town of East Montpelier is requesting Statements of Qualifications (SOQ)s from engineering firms for engineering & design services for the construction of sidewalk systems along US Route 2 in East Montpelier Village. The Town is seeking a Consultant with expertise in designing, engineering and permitting a project through the Vermont Agency of Transportation Local Transportation Facilities development process. The procurement process for selection of the Consultant will be a Qualifications Based Selection. We are not seeking a detailed scope of work or cost proposal at this time. The successful Consultant will be selected based upon their demonstrated ability to provide the highest qualified team to achieve the goals of the project through the SOQ and possible interview with the selection committee. The SOQ deadline is 4:00 p.m., April 21, 2014. For more information, please contact: C. Bruce Johnson, East Montpelier Town Administrator, 40 Kelton Road, PO Box 157, East Montpelier, VT 05651; (802) 223-3313 x 204; eastmontadmin@comcast.net

East Montpelier STP BIKE (63) Village Safety Improvement Project

Request for Qualifications for Engineering & Design Services

2012 Scoping Study for East Montpelier Village Safety Improvement Project

2012 East Montpelier VTrans Bicycle & Pedestrian Program Grant Application

 

13th Annual East Montpelier Easter Egg Hunt

Sponsored by the East Montpelier Recreation Board

When: Saturday, April 12th at 10:00 a.m. sharp

Where: Due to the construction, this year we will meet at the softball field. The Easter Egg hunt will take place on the recreation field as well as in the back of the school.

There will be age appropriate groups for children up through the 6th grade. We hope to see you there. This is an all-weather event — please dress accordingly.

We are also looking for volunteers to help hide the eggs and set up for the event. If interested, please arrive at the school at 9:00 AM on the April 12th.

For more information, please contact Jan Aldrich (days: 229-7077; evenings: 229-0406)

 

East Montpelier Planning Commission Vacancy

There is a vacancy on the Planning Commission. This nine-member elected board handles, along with other planning activities, the development and maintenance of the town plan, zoning regulations, hazard mitigation plan, and capital budget. PC members also serve as alternates to the Development Review Board when needed. The PC meets twice a month (except August), every first and third Thursday, 7:00 p.m. at the town office building. There is a small annual stipend.

If you would like to be considered for this position or simply want more information, please contact or send a letter of interest to:
Bruce Johnson
East Montpelier Town Administrator
PO Box 157
East Montpelier, VT 05651
(802) 223-3313 x 204
eastmontadmin@comcast.net

The Selectboard will consider the applicants at its March 17, 2014 meeting. Any appointment will be for the remainder of the first year of the normal 3-year term, through 2015 Town Meeting Day.

 

Annual Rabies Clinic for Cats & Dogs

East Montpelier’s Annual Rabies Clinic is coming soon:

Thursday, March 13, 2014 at the EM Village Fire Station, 54 Village Acres
6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
$12.00 Rabies shot for each cat or dog

Veterinarian Thomas Stuwe is generously providing this service
All proceeds benefit the East Montpelier Fire Auxiliary

Town Clerk Terri Conti will be on hand to register canines
Registration fees:

  • Neutered/Spayed            $ 8.00/dog
  • Unneutered/Unspayed   $12.00/dog

Please remember that all dogs must be registered annually by April 1st. Proof of rabies vaccination is required.

Please stop by the town office or call Town Clerk Terri Conti (223-3313 x 201) for more information.

 

2014 Town Meeting Election Update

Early and absentee voting is now open for 2014 Town Meeting (March 4, 2014) Australian Ballot items, which include elected town & school officer positions and the town & U-32 budget requests (the EMES budget is voted on the floor at Town Meeting).

For more information on early voting, to request an absentee ballot, or to discuss any other election issue, please contact Town Clerk Terri Conti at 223-3313 x 201.  If you haven’t registered to vote yet, you have until February 26th at 5:00 p.m. in order to be eligible to vote at Town Meeting.

 

2014 Town Meeting

Updated information on 2014 Town Meeting, including the Town Meeting Warning and 2013 Annual Report, is available here:
2014 Town Meeting

Town Forum is March 1, 2014; Town Meeting is March 4, 2014; both start at 9:30 a.m. Due to the ongoing construction at East Montpelier Elementary School, both Town Meeting and Town Forum will be held at U-32 Middle/High School located at 930 Gallison Hill Road. The school district is first on the agenda at both Town Meeting and Town Forum, with the town following.

 

Second Hearing on Proposed Town Charter March 1, 2014

The proposed town charter is set as Article 6 on the 2014 Town Meeting Warning; vote on this article will be by Australian Ballot. The Selectboard held its first hearing on the proposed charter January 13, 2014. The board will hold its second hearing on the proposed charter in conjunction with Town Forum, March 1, 2014, 9:30 a.m. in the U-32 cafeteria.

The proposed conflict of interest ordinance is set as Article 9 on the Warning; vote on this article will be on the floor at Town Meeting. As with the charter, the Selectboard held its first hearing on the ordinance on January 13th. Also like the town charter, there will be a second opportunity to discuss the ordinance at the Town Forum.

Documents of Interest

2014 Charter Proposal for Town Meeting

Charter Committee’s Letter to East Montpelier Citizens

2014 Conflict of Interest Ordinance Proposal for Town Meeting

Current EM Conflict of Interest Policy

Notice of Town Charter & Conflict of Interest Ordinance Public Hearings

 

Public Hearing on Town Charter & Conflict of Interest Ordinance January 13, 2014

The Selectboard is holding a public hearing on a proposed town charter January 13, 2014, 6 p.m. in the public room of the Emergency Services Facility (54 Village Acres; the new fire station).  The East Montpelier Charter Committee worked for the past 8 months on both the general concept of and proposed language for a prospective town charter.  The committee submitted its report with the proposed charter to the Selectboard December 2, 2013.  The Selectboard decided to warn the proposed charter as presented by the committee. This is the first of two hearings on the charter. The second hearing will be held in conjunction with Town Forum, March 1, 2014, 9:30 a.m. in the U-32 cafeteria.  The vote on the proposed charter will be held by Australian Ballot on Town Meeting Day, March 4, 2014.

Also on January 13th, immediately after the conclusion of the public hearing on the proposed charter, the Selectboard will hold a public hearing on a proposed Conflict of Interest Ordinance.  This ordinance was also developed by the Charter Committee.  The town already has a Selectboard-adopted Conflict of Interest Policy (EM Conflict of Interest Policy), but a policy is not as effective or enforceable as a voter-approved ordinance.  If the Selectboard decides to move forward with the ordinance, it will be included as a separate article on the 2014 Town Meeting Warning and will be decided by floor vote at Town Meeting.  Like the town charter, there will be a second opportunity to discuss the ordinance at the Town Forum.

Documents of Interest

Proposed East Montpelier Town Charter

Charter Committee’s Letter to East Montpelier Citizens

Proposed East Montpelier Conflict of Interest Ordinance

Notice of Town Charter & Conflict of Interest Ordinance Public Hearings

 

Selectboard Meeting November 18, 2013

As part of its November 18th meeting, the East Montpelier Selectboard will be hosting a discussion with Bill Fraser, Montpelier’s City Manager, and Abby Friedman, the director of the Municipal Assistance Center for the VT League of Cities & Towns, on the similarities and differences between the Selectboard/Town Administrator, Selectboard/Town Administrator with delegated powers, and Selectboard/Town Manager forms of town governance. This will be an opportunity for Selectboard members, Charter Committee members, and town residents to gain insight into what the options are, what other towns are doing, and why towns shift from one style to another.

The Selectboard meeting will be held in the public room of the Emergency Services Facility (the new fire station; 54 Village Acres). The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. and the discussion should commence soon thereafter (scheduled on the meeting agenda for 6:40 to 8:00). Meeting agenda here: November 18, 2013 SB Agenda

 

Property Tax Payment Due November 15, 2013

Please remember that the first installment of your 2013/14 property tax is due to the East Montpelier Town Treasurer by 5:00 p.m. on November 15, 2013.  The payment must be received (postmark is not sufficient) by 5 p.m. at the Municipal Office Building, 40 Kelton Road.

 

East Montpelier Launches New Website

The Town of East Montpelier is happy to announce the launch of a new Municipal Website. The site boasts an intuitive navigation, mobile friendly design, and detailed government information. In addition to these features, information regarding departments, a meeting minutes section, and an area for the most requested items have been included to make it easy for site visitors to find information and contacts quickly.