Chester is a quaint New England town with a population of 3,144, centrally located, and in close proximity to several ski areas including Okemo, Stratton, and Killington. Chester offers a community of great restaurants, comfortable B & Bs, and interesting shops, including authentic antique stores and lovely art galleries. Whether you are looking for a quiet respite, or just adventuring off the beaten path.... Here, youcan enjoy a tranquil and charming atmosphere. Chester is also a wonderful place to live!
Pay by Credit/Debit Card Now Available
The Town of Chester has added the option to pay by credit/debit card. This option can be accessed at the Town Office, by clicking on the flag icon below, or calling the Town Office at 875-2173. Also, the Mobile App can be downloaded to your phone or tablet as a convenient way to keep track of an account. If you choose to download the Mobile App, please use number 37105 in the field provided to access the Town of Chester's account. There will be a $1 convenience fee applied to all charges under $33, and a 3% fee for anything over that amount.
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The Chester Vermont Volleyball League is having a tournament Saturday, August 26 8:00 am at Mackenzie Field. The organizers are looking for adult referees. All proceeds from the tournament will benefit area parks and schools. For more information and to volunteer, please contact Wendy Schultz at 875-8731 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Household Hazardous Waste Collections Saturday, September 9 at the Springfield Transfer Station 9am-1 pm and Saturday, September 16 at the Goodyear building in Windsor 9am-1pm. Call 674-9235 for more information or visit www.vtsolidwastedistrict.org. Only residents and small businesses from Andover, Athens, Baltimore, Cavendish, Chester, Grafton, Ludlow, Plymouth, Reading, Rockingham, Springfield, Weathersfield, West Windsor, and Windsor may participate.
The Town of Chester's latest efforts in building the Master Plan for the Village Center has been updated. Please explore the plan and everyone's efforts by clicking here: Rediscovering Chester
The Town of Chester is advertising for the position of Zoning Administrator. Please see here for the description of this position: Zoning Administrator
The Steering Committee meeting from February 28, 2017 discussed many aspects of the Master Plan for Chester Village Center. The most important feature of any community plan is its Draft Vision Framework. This part of the plan influences the policies and approaches towards future land use and community design, and acknowledges what is important to the community. Please see here to get the information from the meeting and to view the Draft Vision Framework: Rediscovering Chester
On March 21, 2017, the Vermont State Board of Education accepted the report and Articles of Agreement to form a Unified School District, which is to be called the Green Mountain Unified District. The Town of Chester held avote on May 2, 2017 on the Articles that were presented. At the same time, the board members for the new board were also elected. The Town of Chester voted YES on this article. See here for the full results of this election: GMUD Results
The Town of Chester would like to extend an invitation to get involved in your community. There are two volunteer positions open for appointment. This is a great opportunity to serve your community and get involved.
Development Review Board - Unexpired 1 year term
Development Review Board – Unexpired 1 year term
All interested parties should submit a letter of interest to: Town Manager's Office PO Box 370 Chester, Vermont 05143
AARP has rated Chester as one of the top ten places in the world for a fabulous fall vacation. The article was written by author Kitty Bean Yancey in AARP of July 28, 2016. AARP has named Chester number 10 among some of the most beautiful places in the world. View the full article here: Fabulous Fall Vacations for 2016
The Town of Chester iscurrently looking for one person that would be interested in serving on the Planning Commission, and six people that would be interested in serving on the Budget Committee. Please contact the Town Office at 875-2173 to inquire about these opportunities.
The Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance (SeVWA) began its water monitoring program for the summer of 2017 on Wednesday, June 21st. One of the parameters they test the water that has been collected is for Escherichia coli, more commonly known as E. coli. The SeVWA would like people to be aware that because heavy rains can cause spikes in bacteria, it is generally recommended to wait 24-48 hours after a significant rainfall to resume swimming in lakes and streams. For more information on the SeVWA's efforts, and to view the results of their testing, please see here:
On Sunday, March 12, 2017 the Town of Chester held a workshop in regards to the project Rediscovering Chester. This proved to be a very successful meeting with a great turnout and lots of input from the community. The presentation and public meeting boards can be viewed here by following these two links: Community Open House and Public Meeting Boards. We would also appreciate any input you may have. If you would like to comment on this presentation please submit your feedback here: Comment Form
The Town of Chester held the annual Town Meeting on Monday, March 6, 2017 and the annual election for the Town and the Town School District on March 7, 2017. If you would like to view the minutes from the meeting and know the results of this election please see here: Meeting Minutes and Results
In the development of the Chester Village Center Master Plan having good photographs (current or vintage) of Chester Village Center is a must. Upload your favorite image of a building, event or activity in Chester Village! All images used will be captioned. Follow the link below to start the process and thank you! Photo Submission Form
In 2016, the Chester Planning Commission started updating the Chester Town Plan with a particular focus on economic development and flood resiliency. View the plan and updates here: Town Plan Update
The Summer edition of the Town Newsletter has been released. Copies of the Newsletter can be found at various places around town. If you would like to receive the Newsletter by mail or have it emailed to you, please call the office at 875-2173, or send an email to email@example.com. Please see here to view this edition: Newsletter
The Chester Economic Development Committee has started a brochure website as a new way to promote Chester. Please view the site by clicking here: Meet Chester Vermont
Election Day voter registration law went into effect January 1, 2017. You may register to vote on Election Day at the polls and vote on that day. You may also register to vote at the Town Clerk's Office or online at mvp.sec.state.vt.us.