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The East Montpelier Planning Commission will hold a meeting Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be held utilizing Zoom conference services (details below).

January 21, 2021 PC Agenda

To participate in the meeting:

To join the meeting through your browser, click this link:
January 21, 2021 EM Planning Commission Meeting
Meeting ID: 892 7857 6321

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Documents of Interest:

EM Planning Commission Remote Meeting Guidelines
EM Planning Commission Remote Meeting Statement

2018 Town Plan Chapter 6, Section E. Energy & Energy Conservation
LUDR Section 4.14 Telecommunications Facilities
Proposed Jacobs Road AT&T Cell Tower

2017 EM Village Master Plan
2015 EM Land Use & Development Regulations
Medium Density Village Residential District 121720
Draft Medium Density Village Residential District Map
Village Mixed Use District 121720
Draft Village Mixed Use District Map
Village Residential District 121720
Draft Village Residential District Map
January 18, 2021 ZA Report
February 2, 2021 DRB Warning
January 7, 2021 Draft Planning Commission Minutes
Zoning For Great Neighborhoods Virtual Training

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The East Montpelier Development Review Board will hold a regular meeting Tuesday, February 2, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be held utilizing Zoom conference services (details below). The meeting will be hosted at the town office building with most board members and all public participating remotely.

February 2, 2021 DRB Warning

 

To participate in the meeting:

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February 2, 2021 EM DRB Meeting
Meeting ID: 878 1294 2127

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Documents of Interest:

21-004 Messier 440 East Hill Road Application
21-004 Messier Subdivision Plat
21-004 Messier Site Plan
21-005 Morrison 1678 US Rte. 2 Application
21-005 Morrison VTrans Letter of Intent
21-007 Leonard & Walrafen 170 Cherry Tree Hill Road Application
19-022 170 Cherry Tree Hill Road
January 5, 2021 Draft EM DRB Minutes

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This post will be updated on a regular basis through 2021 Town Meeting

2021 Town Meeting Day is still the first Tuesday in March — Tuesday, March 2, 2021. And that pretty much sums up all that is normal for this year’s town meeting as we continue to do what’s necessary in the interests of public safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Selectboard has approved, as authorized by Act 162, a one-time shift in methodology so that 2021 Town Meeting will be an all-Australian Ballot event with the polls open at EMES from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. The public informational meeting for the town meeting warning articles will be held by Zoom remote conferencing services on Monday, March 1, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. Participation options will be listed below when available.

2021 EM Town Meeting Warning (approved but unsigned)

Documents of Interest:

FY2022 EM Tax Rate Worksheet for Town Meeting
FY2022 Final EM Selectboard Budget

Voting for the Washington Central Unified Union School District warning articles will also be held on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at EMES from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. We’ll post information on the WCUUSD warning when available. The public informational meeting for the WCUUSD warning articles will be held by remote conferencing services on Monday, March 1, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. Participation options will be listed when available.

2021 WCUUSD School Meeting Warning

The town officer slots up for election this year are:

Town Moderator, 1-year term
Selectboard Member, 3-year term
Selectboard Member, 2-year term
Selectboard Member, 2 of 3-year term
Lister, 3-year term
Auditor, 3-year term
First Constable, 1-year term
Planning Commissioner, 3-year term
Planning Commissioner, 3-year term
Planning Commissioner, 3-year term

There will also be one WCUUSD school board seat (with a 3-year term) available for residents of East Montpelier.

Petitions for elected office are not required this year. If you are interested in running, please contact Town Clerk Rosie Laquerre (clerk@eastmontpeliervt.org; 223-3313 x 201). You still have to submit a consent form (authorizing your name to appear on the ballot) to Rosie by 5 p.m. on Monday, January 25th.

Petitions for proposed articles on the 2021 Town Meeting Warning, with a minimum of 5% valid signatures, were due to Rosie by 5 p.m. on Thursday, January 14th; Rosie recommended 130 signatures for these petitions.

More information on 2021 Town Meeting is on the town’s website at: 2021 Town Meeting
We’ll continue to post materials as they become available.

 

2021 Town Meeting Voting

If you have any questions about 2021 Town Meeting voting, including voter registration, please contact Town Clerk Rosie Laquerre at the town office (clerk@eastmontpeliervt.org; 223-3313 x 201). We do not yet know how absentee ballot distribution will occur for town meeting, but will post information as it becomes available.

Election officials will feed ballots from early voters into the tabulator on a weekly basis starting on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. and continuing on the following Thursday, February 25, 2021 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 Tabulation of 2021 Town Meeting Ballots

Notice to Voters: Early Tabulation of 2021 Town Meeting Ballots

 

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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This post will be updated as additional information becomes available.

 

AT&T was (see January 7, 2021 update below) exploring the viability of constructing a new communications support structure and wireless communications facility on property located at 750 Jacobs Road in East Montpelier on land owned by Robert and Diane Fusco.

 

January 7, 2021 Update

AT&T has withdrawn its advance notice filing and is not moving forward with the facility.

AT&T Withdrawal of Advance Notice Filing for Cell Tower at 750 Jacobs Road

 

December 8, 2020 Update

AT&T has notified the town that the company is investigating an alternative location for a cell tower to provide similar coverage expansion as offered by the proposed tower at 750 Jacobs Road. This alternative location is not located in East Montpelier or near the town boundaries. To allow AT&T time to pursue this new location, the public informational meeting originally scheduled for December 14, 2020 has been postponed to Thursday, January 14, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. As part of the arrangement to reschedule the meeting, AT&T has agreed to a minimum advance notice period of 120 days from the November 12, 2020 filing date.

AT&T Advance Notice Supplement (December 14, 2020)

 

Town Documents:

PUC Case #20-3447-AN East Montpelier Advance Notice Extension Request
The PUC set the filing of this extension request as a separate but related case. 20-3731-PET is the new case number. The original AT&T filing is 20-3447-AN.
PUC Approval of EM Extension Request for AT&T 248a Advance Notice

The 60-Day Advance Notice documents filed with the Vermont Public Utility Commission by New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC d/b/a AT&T on November 12, 2020:

248a Advance Notice – Proposed AT&T Facility on Jacobs Road
Exhibit A – Statement of Rights and Opportunities
Exhibit B – Plots of Current and Proposed Coverage
Exhibit C – Jacobs Road Site Plans
Exhibit D – Photo Simulations Part 1
Exhibit D – Photo Simulations Part 2
Exhibit E – RF Safety Report
Exhibit F – TOWAIR Report
Exhibit G – Predictive Viewshed Analysis
Exhibit H – ANR Natural Resources Information

Direct link to the Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC webpage with the 60-Day Advance Notice documents:

AT&T Advance Notice: Jacobs Road, East Montpelier, VT

Links to relevant state websites:

Vermont Public Utility Commission
PUC Portal for the AT&T Cell Tower Advance Notice Case
PUC Portal for the Advance Notice Extension Filed by East Montpelier
Information on Public Participation in PUC Cases
Vermont Department of Public Service

General Documents on the Public Utility Commission’s 248a Process:

PUC 248a CPG Process for Wireless Communication Facilities
PUC 248a CPG Standards and Procedures Order for Wireless Communication Facilities
PUC 248a CPG Process Public Guide
PUC 248a CPG Process Advice from CVRPC

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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 was 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 FEBRUARY 15, 2021

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
October 16, 2020 Addendum to Amendment to Declaration of State of Emergency in Response to COVID-19
November 13, 2020 Addendum to Amendment to Declaration of State of Emergency in Response to COVID-19
November 20, 2020 Addendum to Amendment to Declaration of State of Emergency in Response to COVID-19
December 15, 2020 Addendum to Amendment to Declaration of State of Emergency in Response to COVID-19
January 15, 2021 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