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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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 is now hiring a full-time Police Officer. Please see here for more details pertaining to this position- Police Officer
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
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
Volunteers are needed for an upcoming Weatherize campaign in Chester this winter. Chester is teaming 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. The program will offer free professional home visits and quotes between January and March 2017. Volunteers needed to help with outreach efforts and provide encouragement for participants. More information at VitalCommunities.org/Weatherize.
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.
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
The following Elective Offices are open for 2018:
Town Moderator – one year term
Selectmen – two – one year term, one - three year term
Town Grand Juror – one year term
Agent to Defend Suits – one year term
Trustee of Public Funds – one - three year term
Trustees of the Whiting Library – three - three year terms
CTSD Director –two terms until June 30, 2018
CAES Director – Union #29 – one term until June 30, 2018
GMUHS Director – Union #35- one term until June 30, 2018
Budget Committee – six - three year terms
Petition forms for the above positions are available at the Town Clerk’s Office between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you have any questions you can call the Town Clerk’s Office at 875-2173. Petitions must have 25 – 30 signatures and they are due back in the Town Clerk’s Office by January 29, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. (Petitions to have an article on the town meeting warning must have 120 – 130 signatures and are due back in the Town Clerk’s Office by January 18, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.)
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.