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The East Montpelier Funding Request Study Committee will hold a meeting on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. to receive presentations from organizations requesting town appropriations for the FY2022 budget cycle and to then determine recommended appropriations. The meeting will be held utilizing Zoom conference services (details below). The meeting will be hosted at the town office building with most committee members and all public participating remotely.

November 10, 2020 Funding Request Study Committee Agenda

 

To participate in the meeting:

To join the meeting through your browser, click this link:

November 10, 2020 EM Funding Request Study Committee Meeting

Meeting ID: 862 4386 7748

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Meeting ID: 862 4386 7748
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Documents of Interest:

FY2022 Funding Request Worksheet Preliminary
FY2021 East Montpelier Funding Report
November 13, 2019 Draft EM Funding Request Study Committee Minutes
FY2022 Funding Request Application

The individual organization funding requests can be seen here:

Funding Request Study Committee

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The 2020 General Election will be held November 3, 2020. East Montpelier voting will be conducted at the EM Elementary School, 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. For the health and safety of all, masks/face coverings are REQUIRED at this polling place. You are encouraged to leave non-voting members of your household and children at home due to social distancing protocols.

2020 General Election Warning

2020 General Election Sample Ballot

2020 General Election Checklist (as of September 30, 2020)

General Election Ballots have been, as of September 30, 2020, mailed by the VT Secretary of State’s office to all active, as of September 2, 2020, East Montpelier voters. The town will handle the mailing of absentee ballots for those who register or alter their registration after September 2, 2020.

You can return your voted ballot three ways:

  • Mail by USPS (please do not mail ballots after October 24, 2020)
  • Deliver the ballot directly to the town office and deposit it in the new secure drop box next to the handicap ramp or, if you would prefer, during business hours (9-5 M-Th; 9-noon F) you can hand the ballot to the clerk (the office remains closed to the public, so you will need to call when you arrive so that the clerk can either meet you at the door or in the parking lot)
  • On Election Day, you must bring the ballot to the polling location at EMES

If you receive an absentee ballot but still wish to vote in person on November 3, 2020 at EMES, please bring your ballot with you. If you have lost your ballot, a replacement will be provided.

Election officials will feed ballots from early voters into the tabulator on a weekly basis starting on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. and continuing on the following two Thursdays, also at 4:00 p.m. You can see this process, conducted by Board of Civil Authority members, live streamed on Zoom by clicking on the following link at the appropriate time:

Live Stream of Early Ballot Tabulation

Notice to Voters: Early Tabulation of Ballots

 

For more information on voting and voter registration, please contact Town Clerk Rosie Laquerre (223-3313×201; clerk@eastmontpeliervt.org) or Municipal Assistant Denise Sparrow (223-3313×202; office@eastmontpeliervt.org).

 

The League of Women Voters of Vermont has provided some handy absentee ballot voting tips:

1. Mark your ballot oval with a blue or black pen. Do not use any other color pen or magic marker.

2. Your ballot comes with two envelopes. Place your marked ballot in the Voted Ballot Envelope and seal it.

3. Complete the requested information on the Certificate

– Your full formal name. No nicknames.
– Your town or city of residence
– Your signature (super important!) and date

If you forget to do this or you do not complete all of the required information, your ballot will be disqualified and not counted. And, we do not want this to happen – EVER!

4. Place the voted ballot envelope in the outer envelope and mail it or drop it off at your Town/City Clerk’s office. To ensure that your ballot gets to the Clerk’s office in time, mail it before October 24. Otherwise, you can personally drop your ballot off at the Town/City Clerk’s office before the close of business on November 2nd or you can take your ballot to the polls before 7 p.m. on Election Day.

5. Track your ballot — visit your “My Voter Page” (see below) – it will show the date your ballot was received by your Town/City Clerk.

 

Click on the pictures below to visit the VT Secretary of State’s pages to register to vote or access your personalized voter page where you can, among other things, check on your registration status or track your absentee ballot.

 

 

 

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Town Clerk Rosie Laquerre conducted the Mallory Brook Property hunting permit lottery on Wednesday, October 7, 2020. The lucky fifteen are revealed below:

Mallory Brook Property Hunting Permit Lottery Results

 

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The annual Mallory Brook Property in East Montpelier, VT Hunting and Trapping Permit Lottery is coming soon!

Permit applications are available August 28, 2020 to September 25, 2020 at the East Montpelier Town Clerk’s Office. Permit Fee of $10.00 due when request is submitted. Applicant must have valid VERMONT Hunting License when applying for Permit.

2020 Mallory Brook Lottery Notice
2020 Mallory Brook Permit Application

DRAWING DATE: Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at Town Clerk’s Office at 11:00 a.m. Further information available from Town Clerk’s Office, 223-3313. M-Th 9-5; F 9-Noon.

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At its August 3, 2020 meeting, the East Montpelier Selectboard set the property tax rates for the period July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. The rates are as follows:

  • Resident (homestead) tax rate: 2.5381; up 0.0817 (3.3%) from last year
  • Non-resident (nonhomestead) tax rate: 2.3804; up 0.0899 (3.9%) from last year

FY2021 Property Tax Rate Worksheet

Tax bills were sent out on September 17, 2020. 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 x 207 or treasurer@eastmontpeliervt.org. 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. Monday, November 16, 2020.

The second installment will be due by 5:00 p.m. Monday, May 17, 2021.

The Town of East Montpelier 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

Pay Portal

2020 Grand List (a search box will appear by typing, at the same time, the “Control” & “F” keys)

2020 East Montplier Grand List
2020 East Montpelier Tax Exempt Properties
2020 East Montpelier State-owned Properties

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VERMONT REMAINS UNDER A STATE OF EMERGENCY ORDER THROUGH NOVEMBER 15, 2020

From the VT Department of Health:

Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Please visit the Department of Health’s Covid-19 webpage for current guidance, information and helpful links.

 

Town of East Montpelier Information

The East Montpelier town office building is closed to the public. Staff is on duty and services will continue. See:

Town Office Building Closed

 

Washington Central Unified Union School District Information

Information on the school district’s response to COVID-19 is available at the links listed below. The specific materials, including detailed meal delivery info, from the WCUUSD site are accessed by clicking on the relevant topic from the menu at the upper left side of the home page.

WCUUSD Covid-19 Information
U-32 Covid-19 Information
U-32 Covid-19 Student Services
WCUUSD Elementary Schools Covid-19 Student Services

 

Governor Scott’s Emergency Declaration and Addendums & Directives Dealing with COVID-19:

Declaration of State of Emergency in Response to COVID-19
June 15, 2020 Amendment to Declaration of State of Emergency in Response to COVID-19
July 15, 2020 Addendum to Amendment to Declaration of State of Emergency in Response to COVID-19
July 24, 2020 Addendum to Amendment to Declaration of State of Emergency in Response to COVID-19
August 14, 2020 Addendum to Amendment to Declaration of State of Emergency in Response to COVID-19
August 18, 2020 Addendum to Amendment to Declaration of State of Emergency in Response to COVID-19
September 11, 2020 Addendum to Amendment to Declaration of State of Emergency in Response to COVID-19
October 15, 2020 Addendum to Amendment to Declaration of State of Emergency in Response to COVID-19

Addendum 1 Issued March 15, 2020
Addendum 2 Issued March 16, 2020
Addendum 3 Issued March 20, 2020
Amendment to Addendum 3 Issued May 4, 2020
Addendum 4 Issued March 21, 2020
Addendum 5 Issued March 23, 2020
Addendum 6 Issued March 24, 2020
Amendment to Addendum 6 Issued May 13, 2020
Addendum 7 Issued March 30, 2020
Addendum 8 Issued April 3, 2020
Addendum 9 Issued April 10, 2020
Addendum 10 Issued April 17, 2020
Addendum 11 Issued April 24, 2020
Addendum 12 Issued May 1, 2020
Addendum 13 Issued May 6, 2020
Addendum 14 Issued May 15, 2020
Addendum 15 Issued May 22, 2020
Addendum 16 Issued May 29, 2020
Addendum 17 Issued June 5, 2020
Directive 1 – Continuity of Education Planning
Directive 2 – Childcare For Essential Service Providers
Directive 3 – Department of Motor Vehicles Suspension of In-Person Transactions
Amendment to Directive 3 Issued June 1, 2020
Directive 4 – Delivery and Take-Out of Beverage Alcohol
Directive 5 – Continuity of Learning Planning
Directive 6 – Uniform School Reopening

 

For the most up-to-date information you should check out the Covid-19 webpages maintained by the state Department of Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control:

VT Department of Health Covid-19

Centers for Disease Control Covid-19

 

This post will be updated as new information becomes available.

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As of Tuesday, March 17th, the East Montpelier Town Office Building is closed to the public until further notice. The office staff is still on duty and ready to provide service on your behalf, just with very limited in-person options at this point. Please contact us by phone or email at the options listed below. Regular office hours will remain the same: M-Th 9-5; F 9-noon.

People needing access to the town records will be required to make appointments. Access will be controlled by Town Clerk Rosie Laquerre. No more than one person will be allowed access at a time. Due to Governor Scott’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order direct access to the town records is currently limited. Please contact Town Clerk Rosie Laquerre for further information.

Non-essential, indoor, in-person town committee/board meetings & events are also canceled until further notice. The Selectboard will meet as necessary. The public will be encouraged to attend those meetings remotely — options for doing that will be provided on the town’s website and on the posted meeting notices. Note: On March 30th the Selectboard altered the committee meeting restriction to allow for remote-only (with participation options for the public) meetings. On June 1st the board added the option to hold meetings outdoors. You can see the updated Selectboard order here:

EM Selectboard Order Regarding Municipal Operations During Covid-19 Pandemic

Town Health Officer Ginny Burley (vburleyvt@gmail.com) and Town Service Officer Rachael Grossman (garlicmountain@gmail.com) are coordinating the town’s volunteer support efforts. Please contact them directly (or contact us and we’ll pass messages along) with offers of support or to request assistance.

The state health department is maintaining an excellent information page on Covid-19:

VT Department of Health Covid-19

Call 2-1-1 (the Vermont 211 database) for additional information on Covid-19 and assistance options.

Town Office contact options:

Town Clerk Rosie Laquerre: 223-3313×201; clerk@eastmontpeliervt.org
Municipal Assistant Denise Sparrow: 223-3313×202; office@eastmontpeliervt.org
Town Treasurer Don Welch: 223-3313×207; treasurer@eastmontpeliervt.org
Listers (Ross, Chris, Rob): 223-3313×206; listers@eastmontpeliervt.org
Town & Zoning Administrator Bruce Johnson: 223-3313×204; manager@eastmontpeliervt.org