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The East Montpelier Selectboard will hold a regular meeting Monday, August 24, 2020, starting at 6:30 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.

August 24, 2020 SB Agenda
August 24, 2020 SB Annotated Agenda

SB June-Sept 2020 Meeting Schedule Notice

 

To participate in the meeting:

To join the meeting through your browser, click this link:
August 24, 2020 EM Selectboard Meeting
Meeting ID: 889 1664 7434

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Meeting ID: 889 1664 7434
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Documents of Interest:

August 3, 2020 Draft Selectboard Minutes
Fiscal Year 2020 Financial Report
FY2021 Current Budget Status Report
August 17, 2020 Delinquent Tax Report
VTrans US Rte. 2 Reduced Speed Limit Recommendation
2020 EMFD Capital Reserve New Cot Request
August 24, 2020 Selectboard Expense Warrant
August 20, 2020 Zoning Activity Report

Covid-19 Information
Town Office Building Closed

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The East Montpelier Development Review Board will hold a regular meeting Monday, September 1, 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.

September 1, 2020 DRB Warning

 

To participate in the meeting:

To join the meeting through your browser, click this link:
September 1, 2020 EM DRB Meeting
Meeting ID: 870 6347 1892

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+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
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Meeting ID: 870 6347 1892

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Documents of Interest:

20-034 Henderson 219 Brazier Road Application
20-034 Henderson Site Plan

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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 will be sent out in early September. If you haven’t received your property tax bill by the end of September, 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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The results, both for East Montpelier and statewide, for the August 11, 2020 Primary Election can be seen at the following VT Secretary of State webpage:

2020 Primary Election Results

 

For more information on the primary results, general election voting and voter registration, please contact Town Clerk Rosie Laquerre at 223-3313 x 201 or clerk@eastmontpeliervt.org.

Election Documents of Interest:

2020 EM Primary Election Warning
Current (as of July 13, 2020) East Montpelier Checklist

Democratic Ballot Sample – 2020 Statewide Primary
Progressive Ballot Sample -2020 Statewide Primary
Republican Ballot Sample -2020 Statewide Primary

 

November General Election Ballots will be automatically mailed to all active voters beginning in late September. No request is needed.

 

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 request an absentee ballot.

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After nearly a decade of planning and essentially waiting our turn, construction on the main component of the East Montpelier Village sidewalk project is underway. JP Sicard is the contractor with Stantec providing construction inspection services. The town-owned Old LaPerle Farmhouse site at the north end of the village will serve as the project’s staging area. The schedule targets September 4, 2020 as the completion date.

Much of the work will be along the sides of the US Rte. 2/VT Rte. 14 corridor, but there will a significant amount of work intruding at least partially into a travel lane, so there will be traffic disruptions off-and-on throughout the next three months. This should be a weekday, daytime issue — there is no weekend or night work planned at this point.

For the week of August 24 – 28: Monday through Wednesday [Added 08/25: Due to the weather, paving will also occur on Thursday] will have continued paving and associated preparatory work for the paving. On Friday the necessary line striping will be done. Throughout the week you’ll see pouring of the final sidewalk sections as well as finish work on the lawn areas. You should expect to see delays due to one-way traffic. As always, please drive with caution through the work zone. When necessary, flaggers will be on site to assist motorists. There may also be a uniformed traffic officer directing traffic at the northern intersection.

The work is being funded largely by a series of Vermont Agency of Transportation Bicycle & Pedestrian Program grants. This project marks the culmination of 12 years of VTrans-led improvements to the corridor area, including the two intersection projects, the replacement of the Village Bridge, and the construction of the park ‘n ride facility.

Questions/concerns may be directed to Town Administrator Bruce Johnson, at (802) 223-3313×207 or manager@eastmontpeliervt.org.

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VERMONT REMAINS UNDER A STATE OF EMERGENCY ORDER THROUGH SEPTEMBER 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

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