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 newly created Green Mountain Unified School District Board has a vacancy. Residents of Chester interested in serving on the Board should send a letter of interest to the Green Mountain Unified School District Board no later than February 28, 2018. Mail to: GMUSD c/o TRSU 609 VT Rte. 103, Ludlow, VT 05149 or Email: email@example.com. If you have any questions, you may call the SU Office at 802-875-3365 or Deb Aldrich at the Town Clerk’s Office 802-875-2173. The GMUSD Board, in consultation with the Chester Selectboard, will review the applications and select a qualified person to fill the vacancy at its March meeting on March 13, 2018.
Free tax help is available to eligible Vermonters and is offered through several organizations including Vermont Free File, MyFreeTaxes, VITA/TCE, the AARP Foundation, and the IRS Agent Virtual Delivery Service. Please see here for more information on this free tax help:
The Town of Chester would like to extend an invitation to get involved in your community. The following volunteer positions are open for reappointment:
Planning Commission Member - 3 year term
Development Review Board Member – 3 year term
Agent to Defend Suits
Town Grand Juror
All interested parties should send a letter of interest to Town of Chester, P.O. Box 370, Chester, Vermont 05143, or contact the Chester Town Office at 875-2173.
Wayfinding signage is one of the concepts being considered as part of the Chester Village Master Plan. The Town of Chester would like your input on the design options being presented, which are intended to reflect the character of the community. Check out the options below and then indicate your preference on the voting ballot. You can choose from one poster or mix and match from each. Comments are also encouraged. Ballots can be printed here, or found at the Town Hall. Please see the options below and submit your ballot to the Town Office: 6L12K7 8JEBallot
On Saturday October 28 at 3 PM the Hearse House Museum in Chester, VT, opened to the public. The opening celebration took place at the white, clapboarded Hearse House, located at the entrance to Brookside Cemetery across from the Chester Village Green. Attendees had a chance to see Chester’s handsome horse-drawn hearse, its historic “house” that was saved from demolition and recently rehabilitated, and the new mini museum created inside that building which features information about the hearse, nearby Public Tomb, Brookside Cemetery, funeral customs of the times, and the renovation project itself. The Hearse House Museum will be open on a seasonal basis from this point on.
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
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
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
Executive Assistant and Grants Administrator, Julie Hance, from the Town of Chester announced that the town has received a grant totaling $800,000. The project will be the first major project stemming from the Town's new Master Plan. This grant will be used to upgrade the sidewalk along Depot Street, beginning at Town Hall and ending at Bargefrede Road. The work will include widening the existing sidewalk and replacing it with concrete, installation of granite curbing and adding a grass strip with pedestrian scale lighting. This project will eliminate gaps in the sidewalk system, provide a pedestrian crossing at the railroad and re configure the intersection at Coach Road as well as the infamous "triangle". This project is expected to take a minimum of 2 years to complete and is not anticipated to start until summer, 2019. For additional information please contact Julie Hance at 875-2173 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Town Meeting will be Monday, March 5, 2018 starting at 6pm, and the Election will be March 6, 2018 from 9am-7pm, both at the Town Hall (upstairs). The Notice to Voters can be found here: Warning
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 May 2017, the Vermont Legislature passed a bill that will change the laws pertaining to how people can obtain vital records, which include death and birth certificates. Act 46 was passed to help ensure the safety of Vermonter's information, and to help protect against identity theft. These changes will go into effect July 1, 2018. To see how these changes will affect you, please see here: New Vital Records Law
The Winter 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.
The Town of Chester iscurrently looking for 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.
Chester has teamed up with our neighbors in Springfield, local nonprofit Vital Communities, Efficiency Vermont, and local energy efficiency contractors to help residents save money and stay warm this winter through a program called Weatherize VT. The program will offer free professional home visits and quotes between January and March 2017. Please see the information below on how to participate in this program: