Town Meeting Information
Town Meeting Information for Registered Voters of Vershire, VT
In response to the concerns posed by COVID-19, the Vermont Legislature passed Act 162. Act 162 allows a legislative body to vote to use Australian ballot for Town Meeting in 2021.
STAY TUNED! The decision whether to hold a floor meeting in Vershire this year has not yet been made but will be announced in the next week or so. Date and time of any Informational Meeting(s) will also be announced.
Polls will be open on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 from 7 AM – 7 PM at the Vershire Town Center Building @ 27 Vershire Center Road, Vershire VT.
Absentee/Early Ballots can be requested by contacting the Town Clerk at 802-685-2227 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Ballots will be mailed as soon as they are available.
Voted ballots can be returned by mail or in the drop box in front of the Town Office to be received no later than when the polls close at 7 PM on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
To file a petition for articles to be included in the Town Meeting Warning, please submit no later than 5 PM on Thursday, January 14, 2021. Petitions require voter signatures from 5% of Vershire’s voter checklist.
To run for a Town Office on the ballot, please return the Consent of Candidate form by 5 PM on Monday, January 25, 2021. Act 162 waives the signature requirement for nominating petitions.
TOWN OFFICES UP FOR ELECTION
- Moderator, one year term
- Selectboard Member, three year term
- Town Clerk, three year term
- Town Treasurer, three year term
- Lister, three year term
- Planning Commission Member, four year term
- Cemetery Trustee, three year term
Town Reports will be mailed 10 days prior to the Town Meeting vote.
Need some animal control? (But seriously) if you have a stray dog or cat issue, page ACO Erica Thurston, at 802 240-0402
FY21 Property Tax Deadline
Final Property Tax payment deadline for the current FY21 year is Thursday, February 4, 2021.
Newsletter – Early Summer
Newsletter – May Update
DURGIN HILL RECYCLING Face masks and/or facial coverings are required when entering the Durgin Hill for recycling and trash drop off. There is also a limit of 3 vehicles at a time on site.
Throughout this website there are photographs of places in the Town of Vershire from days long past. The photographs are available here as a courtesy of the Vershire Historical Society
Vershire Town Garage Update
“Individual commitment to a group effort- that is what makes them work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” — Vince Lombardi.
2020 has proven very challenging for all of us. But we are charging forward and doing the best we can. We have a very talented garage committee comprising of builders, engineers and motivated individuals all volunteering their skills. We want the town garage to be a project our town is happy and proud of. I encourage all towns people who would like to be involved to get involved. I suggest if you are interested or have an idea PLEASE write a proposal and submit it to the town or join us via zoom in our biweekly select board meetings. You can find these meeting dates, here, on this website. We want your INPUT!
Sarah McRae Thrasher, Selectboard Member
Holding Down the Curve in Vershire and in Vermont
On Wearing a Mask – On July 24, Governor Phil Scott signed an Order that requires all Vermonters to wear masks or cloth facial coverings any time it is not possible to maintain a physical distance of at least six feet with others from outside their household. FOR THE LATEST update on new work safe additions to the Stay Home, Stay Safe Order guidance from the State of Vermont, follow this link.
For more information about Covid-19 and wearing face coverings go to: https://www.healthvermont.gov/response/infectious-disease/2019-novel-coronavirus
COVID-19 can spread before a person has any symptoms and face coverings are not a substitute for physical distancing and other prevention measures.
The town office remains closed to unscheduled foot traffic but the clerk and office staff are available by both phone and email. The office phone number is (802) 685-2227. Email addresses for Clerk and Listers are as follows:
Clerk/Treasurer – email@example.com
Listers – firstname.lastname@example.org
Currently, the town office is experiencing an avalanche of phone calls and appointments. If you call during our scheduled “open” hours and get our message, we are taking other calls. Please DO NOT LEAVE A VOICEMAIL and expect a quick return call. Instead we ask that you call again later.
Vermonters (you) have done a good job so far in keeping a downward pressure on the curve of transmission and, so far, numbers in Vermont remain low. However, numbers both in Vermont and nationwide are climbing upward. Let’s continue to limit the possibility of exposure to this virus and restrict its spread in our communities, providing our healthcare system and professionals the time they need to care for everyone who needs it. To do this we must continue social distancing and wearing face coverings/masks when we go out into public. Whenever possible, stay home and stay safe!
Practical Tips to Reduce Your Possible Exposure to Covid-19:
Continue to practice everyday preventive actions. Remind everyone in your household of the importance of practicing everyday preventive actions that can help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles) using a regular household detergent and water.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
- Remember that the virus can live for up to four hours on copper surfaces, up to 24 hours on cardboard, and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel! So cleaning those surfaces in your house (including your cell phone or computer) on a regular basis is a good idea, but washing your hands with hand cleanser after touching any surface outside of your house, or whenever you think of it, is an even better one! https://www.nih.gov/health-information/coronavirus/.
- Take additional precautions for those at highest risk, particularly older adults and those who have severe underlying health conditions.
Meals and Local Food Security
FOOD SECURITY – TUESDAY NOON GROCERY GROUP for Vershire and West Fairlee residents. The Noon Grocery Group provides a combination of Willing Hands produce with dry goods provided by the West Fairlee Food Shelf. We also will have a prepared meal provided by the Mountain School on occasion. Grocery bags can be picked up by driving though the bus loop at Westshire Elementary School in West Fairlee each Tuesday from 12:00pm to 1:00pm. Please call 333-9937 and ask for Jen or email email@example.com by the Friday before the Tuesday you need a food delivery, if possible.
VERSHIRE FOOD SHELF IS OPEN – 10:00 – 12:00 on Fridays at the Town Center Building, 27 Vershire Center Rd. All are welcome! Please remain in your car and somebody will be out to help you. Helping Hands is accepting non-perishable food donations (peanut butter, soups with meat, cheese, canned fruit, pasta sauce suggested), money (checks to VerShare, P.O. Box 112, Vershire, VT 05079), and masks. You can also donate financially online through the VerShare webpage. The drop off for these items is currently the home of the Gunn family, on the corner of Eagle Hollow Road and Route 113, (white Cape with farm animals). Inside the open garage door there is a box labeled, “Food Shelf”. Please contact Zanni at 685-4448 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to be notified when the food shelf is open, for emergency requests, or for other questions.
MEALS ON WHEELS UPDATE- Due to the Coronavirus, there are no monthly Community Lunches scheduled at the Town Center Building. The Chelsea Senior Center is also not offering its community meal at this time but is offering a Meals on Wheels program and take-out meals. You are able to get up to 5 meals per week per Senior. The Chelsea Senior Center (802-685-2290) or email email@example.com. Located at the United Church on the North Common, Chelsea Vermont.
West Fairlee: Orange East Senior Center 802-222-4782 and firstname.lastname@example.org. Meals served Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 176 Waits Road Bradford.
UPPER VALLEY HAVEN: 802-295-6500. Monday – Friday 9;00am to 3:00pm. Currently, you can receive 1 box of food each month. You can stop by out front under the tent for bags of produce and bread any day they are open.
If you have children in the Rivendell School District: Enroll in the free Breakfast and Lunch Program. Here is the contact list: For Rivendell Academy: Angel Parkin 603-353-2170 ext. 1225 or email@example.com. For Samuel Morey Elementary: Jane Prescott 802-333-9755 ext. 3135, or firstname.lastname@example.org. For Westshire Elementary: Karen Ward 802-333-4668 Ex. 4101 email@example.com.
For help with errands like getting groceries from the store, or medications from the pharmacy: Vershire Helping Hands, contact Zanni at 685-4448 or firstname.lastname@example.org, West Fairlee Community Club: Linda Baccei (802) 333-9341 or email@example.com. See the Vershire Mutual Aid list of volunteers.
We are all working together and these are indeed extraordinary times so, please, don’t be afraid to ask for help!
Vershire Mutual Aid Volunteers
If you are at higher risk, have symptoms, or are quarantining: The following folks have agreed to be available by phone during daytime and early evening hours. They can link people up with volunteers who are available to pick up essential groceries, medications, and possibly assist with outside pet care.
- Mike and Tonya Gunn – 685-0063
- Laura Craft – 685-4640
- Gene Craft, Town Clerk – 685-2227
- Eileen Murphy – 685-3203
- Aaron Hoopes and Susanne Lacey – 685-4448
- Liz Thames – 685-1001
- Rita French – 333-9296
- Dale Ricker 685-4745
Home Heating, Utility and Housing Assistance
Women's Health Resources
For diapers, sanitary products, formula, breast pump rentals go to the DHMC Women’s Health Resource Center
Mental Health Resources
Domestic violence, sexual assault support: Safeline – 1-800-NEW-SAFE (1-800-639-7233)
Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255)
VT Crisis Text Line: Text “VT” to 741741 Crisis Text Line is FREE – 24/7 support
Mental health support: Clara Martin Center www.claramartin.org
in Bradford (802) 222-4477. In Randolph (802) 728-4466. In Wilder (802) 295-1311
Emergency (800) 639-6360
Dogs and Licensing (2021 Tags available now)
Dogs are still required to be registered. Registration can be facilitated through the U.S. Postal Service and we can get rabies vaccinations via email or fax from your veterinary.
If you have questions about rabies clinics and rabies vaccinations, please call 685-2227 or email.
Cost to license is $9.00 for spayed/neutered animal, $12.00 for intact animal. After April 1, 2021, $13.00 for spayed/neutered and $18.00 for intact.
Face Masks, Recycling and Solid Waste Disposal
If you need trash bags, call and let us know how many you need. You can drop the check in the mail and we will make sure Mike and Sande have them ready for you when you arrive at Durgin Hill Recycling on Saturday morning or we can accept payment and make arrangements for you to pick them up. You must call ahead to let us know when you will be coming. Please respect a six foot social distance between us and others.
Individual face coverings are mandatory at recycling Saturdays at the Durgin Hill Recycling Center in Vershire. This requirement will remain in effect until Vermont Governor Phil Scott changes or lifts his order instituting social distancing and the wearing of face coverings in public places. Wearing a face mask or other covering substantially increases our own level of protection and the protection from exposure to the novel coronavirus and the disease called COVID-19. For more information on the use of facial coverings and masks, see more at https://www.healthvermont.gov/response/coronavirus-covid-19.
There is a limit of 3 vehicles at a time allowed inside the gate. Because of this limitation, please do not linger longer than it takes to unload your trash and recycling into the packer and recycling bins. This is still not the time to clean out your basement! Please be respectful of others and be quick and efficient and wear a mask!
If you are someone at higher risk, call Helping Hands or a member of the Vershire Mutual Aid Volunteers for assistance. If you know someone at higher risk, volunteer to pick up their recycling and trash and take it on Trash and Recycling Saturday. Call ahead and have them them put it outside so you can pick it up without potential exposure to either party.
Reducing the Risk of Wildfires
Call the Fire Warden, Steve Ward, at 685-2238 to request a burn permit if you are planning to burn.