Town Meeting 2021 – March 2nd, 2021 (official warning, budget, and voting information)

Town Meeting 2021 will be held on Tuesday, March 2nd, with an informational meeting scheduled for Monday, March 1st at 6:30 p.m.

The official warning can be found by clicking here.

The informational meeting warning can be found by clicking here.

For a primer on the articles and what voters are being asked, please read the document found by clicking here.

The FY22 budget and FY22-FY26 Capital Improvement Program (CIP), along with other supporting documents (such as debt service and reserves tables) can be found by clicking here.

Information on Town Meeting 2021, including how to vote by Australian ballot, can be found by clicking here. The Town, due to COVID-19, is switching for one-year only to Australian – or paper – ballots. The switch is enabled by Act 162 of 2020, and it is seen as the safest, most accessible way to hold Town Meeting in 2021.

To see if you are registered to vote in Waitsfield, you can click here to view the voter checklist, or visit the, Vermont Secretary of State’s “My Voter Page” site by clicking here.

In addition to the formal public informational meeting on March 1st, the Board may host other opportunities to discuss the budget and warning articles at other meetings in February. Please check this website for updates and information.

A copy of the Harwood Unified Union School District warning for 2021 can be found by clicking here.


2020 Annual Reports Are Available!

The 2020 Annual Report is available. A digital copy can be accessed by clicking this link.

Physical copies can be picked up from marked containers in the following locations:

  • The Waitsfield Town Offices (the “back” door, by the parking lot).
  • The Waitsfield Elementary School (outside the main entrance).
  • The Joslin Memorial Library (outside the main entrance).
  • Mehuron’s.
  • Shaw’s.

You can also request a copy to be sent to you, either digitally or by mail. To have a copy sent to you, please contact the Town Clerk by email ([email protected]) or phone (802-496-2218, x3).


WAITSFIELD TOWN OFFICES – CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC THROUGH 04/15/21

*The closure was extended 3/16/21, in accordance with Addendum 12 to Amended and Restated Executive Order 01-20.

Due to the continued prevalence of COVID-19 in Vermont, and in an effort to fully comply with Governor Scott’s recently issued Addendum 12 to Amended and Restated Executive Order 01-20, the Waitsfield Town Offices will remain closed to the public.

The extended closure is anticipated to last through April 15th, 2021, though it may be extended again at that time if there is a public health need. 

Waitsfield residents can request appointments for time-sensitive business, such as obtaining a marriage license. Existing research appointments will remain in place, and the Town will continue to schedule time in the vault for researchers (still only one at a time). Whenever possible, researchers may request copies of land records, tax bills, etc., sent via fax or email when the book and page can be provided. Town staff will determine to what extent assistance can be offered to researchers, based on request and general availability. 

Town employees will continue to work and be available to assist whenever and however possible (while maintaining strict adherence to all public health measures and recommendations). Please check the website for information, call (496-2218), or email with questions or concerns.

The Town Garage remains closed to the general public.

The Vermont Department of Health’s (VDH) website remains one of the best, most comprehensive, places to get information on COVID-19 in Vermont. Click the link here (https://www.healthvermont.gov/covid-19) to visit VDH’s page. 

For additional information, such as an updated look as to how Vermont’s doing, visit the Vermont Dashboard (https://www.healthvermont.gov/covid-19/current-activity/vermont-dashboard). 


REMINDER — Appointments needed for access to land records, vault, for research

Anyone wishing to conduct land records research, which includes access to the Town’s vault, must make an appointment.

The appointments are required as part of the Town’s COVID-19 opening and operation protocols.

To book a time, please contact either Town Clerk Jennifer Peterson (496-2218, x3; [email protected]) or Town Treasurer Sandy Gallup (496-2218, x2; [email protected]).


FY20 Audit is Available

The FY20 audit features a second consecutive “unqualified” opinion from the auditors – the best audit outcome the Town can achieve. Improving audit outcomes was one of the key goals in the Town’s overall effort towards improving its fiscal well-being.

The Town’s audit was performed by Montpelier-based Sullivan, Powers and Co., P.C.

To view the audit, letters, and a summary by Town Treasurer Sandy Gallup, please click here.


Openings on Town Boards, Committees, and Commissions

Interested in volunteering for or serving in the community? The Town of Waitsfield has the following board, committee, and commission opportunities:

Conservation Commission – two vacancies; one two-year term expiring March 2021, and one two-year term expiring March 2022.

Planning Commission – one four-year term (expiring March 2024)

Water Commission – one two-year term (expiring March 2022)

Dog Warden – one one-year term (expiring March 2021)

If you are interested in applying, please submit an email stating your interest and applicable professional or personal experiences to [email protected].

Please contact Town Administrator Trevor Lashua with any questions at [email protected] or (802) 496-2218, x5.


Statewide Mask Mandate – Effective 8/1/20.

On Friday, 7/24, Governor Phil Scott announced a statewide mask mandate, effective 8/1/20.

The addendum to the executive order may be found by clicking here.

The public will be required to wear masks in any public place (businesses, municipal buildings, retail establishments, and so on) and outdoors when social distancing standards cannot be met.

The statewide mandate will effectively replace the resolution passed by the Selectboard on 07/20/20 that highly encourages all members of the public to wear a mask or other facial covering inside businesses and public buildings, and when appropriate social distancing requirements cannot be met.

The latest addendum to the governor’s executive order supersedes any local authority related to masks that was previously enabled. Because of this, the local resolution passed on 7/20 is nullified.

[Published 7/28/20; 3:03 p.m.]


Draft amendment to Scrag Mountain Town Forest management plan

A draft amendment to the 2012 Scrag Mountain Town Forest management plan, incorporating the 110-acre “Scrag Gateway Parcel” is available for review and comment.

Waitsfield Scrag Forest Management Plan – Amendment #2 (July 2020)

The Town of Waitsfield acquired the 110-acre addition to the Scrag Mountain Town Forest in 2017.

Since then, the Waitsfield Conservation Commission (WCC) has been gathering information to inform the long-term stewardship of the property. With outside help, the WCC has completed several important baseline assessments:

  • An inventory of “natural communities” (i.e., combinations of native plants and animals that are commonly found together in particular ecological settings on the landscape);
  • An assessment of habitat conditions for native forest birds;
  • An inventory of forest stands; and
  • A forest stewardship plan that provides recommendations for future forest management and timber harvests.

Using the inventories, and with help from the Vermont Land Trust, the WCC prepared the draft amendment.

The draft amendment is available for public review using the link above or in hard copies (“to go” — please call or email ahead) at the Town Offices. The public is invited to submit comments and questions about the draft amendment through Friday, July 17th by emailing Commission Chair Phil Huffman at [email protected] and Vice Chair Leo Laferriere at [email protected], or by submitting comments at the Town Office using either the exterior drop boxes (by the doors on either side) or the mail.

The draft amendment is not a stand-alone document; changes needed to the 2012 Management Plan in light of the addition of the Gateway Parcel and other things that have happened on the Town Forest over the past eight years are described.

The 2012 plan is available on the Town’s website (please click here) or in hard copies (“to go” — please call or email ahead) at the Town Office.

The WCC will consider public input on the management plan amendment at its July 20th meeting, and will finalize the amendment for submittal to the Selectboard for final review and approval.

Once an amendment is approved, expanding the trail network on the Gateway Parcel and other parts of the Scrag Mountain Town Forest will be next. This will include engaging a trail consultant to provide a professional assessment of the best opportunities for new trails that fit with the natural resources and character of the lands, as well as work to improve trail-based opportunities.


Route 100B Bridge Closure/Replacement Project Begins 8/17

The replacement of the Route 100B bridge in Moretown (just south of the village) is scheduled to begin on August 17th.

The project is now expected to be completed by October 17th. The project’s primary detour is Route 100; the local bypass/detour is North Road (Pony Farm Road in Moretown).

If you are using the local bypass, please drive with consideration and caution. The Town received State funds for maintenance and dust control, as well as for increased speed enforcement.

Please contact Town Administrator Trevor Lashua at [email protected] or (802) 496-2218, x5, with questions.


Town Offices – Partial Re-Opening. [UPDATED; 6/2]

The Town of Waitsfield is open to the public, beginning June 3rd.

Capacity at the Town Offices is limited to better ensure the safety of visitors and Town staff. No more than three individuals may be in the offices, in addition to Town staff (four total), and one researcher.

Please note the following guidelines that are in place:

1). Masks are required for all visitors. Social distancing standards are in effect, as well, so please keep at least six feet between you and anyone else in the building.

2.) No more than 3 visitors may be in the offices at one time. If the doors are locked or staff is standing outside, the office’s capacity has been reached. Please be patient while waiting for a space to open up.

3.) Access is limited to individuals only, with two notable exceptions: those traveling with children and couples seeking marriage licenses.

4). The doors, floors, and walls are marked, indicating where folks can stand. Please stand where indicated.

5.) Records research remains by appointment only and subject to the research protocol in place. For more information, please see the full re-opening plan below.

6.) Planning and Zoning permits should be obtained electronically or by appointment.

7.) Entrance is not permitted to anyone who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, respiratory illness, or fever. Please use available electronic (phone, email) or other methods if you need assistance from Town staff.

8.) Restrooms are closed to the public.

While building access may be limited, Town staff is available. If you require assistance, please let us know, and we will work to find ways to help (if possible).

For assistance, or to make an appointment, please call or email the following people:

In accordance with State and Federal guidelines, there is no admittance allowed to anyone exhibiting symptoms of a respiratory illness.

The Wait House remains closed to the public.

To see the entire re-opening plan, as adopted by the Selectboard on 5/18, please click here.