On Wednesday, September 18, from 5-7 PM, the Chester Andover Family Center invites the community to join us for an Open House event. While you may have stopped into the Thrift Shop or Food Shelf to drop off donations or shop, have you ever wondered how these programs work to serve the community? While you may have heard that we provide Financial Assistance to help struggling families make ends meet, have you ever wondered about how that program works and how it is connected to our Thrift Shop and Food Shelf?
By Representative Tom Bock of Andover, Baltimore, Chester, and North Springfield
By the closing of the 2019 session in mid-May, the House and Senate legislators had passed 93 bills, only two of which were vetoed by Governor Scott. The rest became law on July 1, 2019 ,including the FY2020 $6.1 billion budget.
There will be a household hazardous waste collection on WEDNESDAY, September 18 at the Springfield Transfer Station, 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. for residents of Andover, Athens, Baltimore, Cavendish, Chester, Grafton, Ludlow, Plymouth, Reading, Rockingham, Springfield, Weathersfield, West Windsor, and Windsor. Sponsored by the Southern Windsor/Windham Counties Solid Waste Management District and the host town. Call 674-9235 for more information or visit www.vtsolidwastedistrict.orgfor a list of what to bring and what not to bring.
Representative Tom Bock of Andover, Baltimore, Chester, and North Springfield
We are now well into the 2nd half of the 2019 legislative session. Since January over 500 bills have been introduced. The 2 week “crossover” period when bills need to pass out of committee and onto the Floor in order to be considered for passage in the remaining weeks of the session, has come and gone. Of the 500 bills introduced this session, most never made it out of committee. But this is the first year of a 2-year biennium, so bills that do not make crossover can still be considered next year.
Four chapters of the Chester Town Plan are being amended to meet a variety of requirements from the Town of Chester and the State of Vermont. The amendments are working their way through the adoption process. As of May, 2019 they are being reviewed one chapter at a time during Select Board meetings. The chapters being amended include:
Chapter 3, Utilities and Facilities has bee updated to include more current information about many of town services and facilities.
Chapter 5, Education, has been updated to include more current information about enrollments and Act 248 compliance
Chapter 6, Energy has been completely re-written to address the state requirements for an energy plan.
Chapter 10, Economic Development has had information about the Village Center designation added.
The Pictorial History of Chester, Andover, Weston, & Londonderry is a 6X9” softbound with 142 pages containing 280 high-quality vintage photographs. Drawing on the Society’s large original glass plate negative collection as well as those from other local archives and personal collections, Society President Ron Patch has compiled a selection that will please and educate all those who are interested in local history. Scanning, design and layout has been accomplished by Society member Tom Hildreth, who, along with Patch feels they have successfully captured the sights, activities, and spirit of this area as experienced a century ago.
AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING AREA LOCATIONS for $20/Ea.:
BELLOWS FALLS-Lisai’s Market CHESTER- Chester Hardware; Erskine’s Feed Store; Framery of Vermont; Lisai’s Market; Stone House Antique Center. LONDONDERRY- Mike and Tammy’s; and the Garden Market. WESTON-Weston Market Place. AVAILABLE THROUGH USPS FOR $25 Ea.:
Mail check to: Chester Historical Society PO Box 118 Chester, Vermont 05143
An Alternatives Presentation Meeting for the project listed below will be held on Thursday, August 29th, 2019 beginning at 6:30 PM at the NewsBank Conference Center, located at 352 Main Street, in Chester, VT.
Bridge Replacement Project:
Chester BO 1442(39) – Town Highway 18, Bridge 62 over Williams River
The recommended alternative includes removal of Bridge 62, 72, and 28 and replacement with a new bridge off-alignment. The intent of the meeting is to provide an overview of the project to Town Officials, local residents and businesses, emergency services and other interested parties. There will be a review of the existing site conditions, proposed work, and overall schedule followed by a question and answer period. Representatives from both VTrans and the Town of Chester will be available at the meeting to address public concerns about the project.
A Regional Concerns Meeting for the projects listed below will be held on Thursday, August 29th, 2019 beginning at 6:30 PM at the NewsBank Conference Center, located at 352 Main Street, in Chester, VT.
Bridge Replacement Project:
Chester BF 025-1(45) – VT Route 103, Bridge 14 over Williams River and The Green Mountain Railroad
Bridge Rehabilitation Project:
Chester BF 025-1(46) – VT Route 103, Bridge 16 over Williams River
The selected alternatives include a deck replacement and a full bridge replacement with traffic maintained on temporary bridges during construction. The intent of the meeting is to provide an overview of these two projects to Town Officials, local residents and businesses, emergency services and other interested parties. There will be a review of the existing site conditions, proposed work, and overall schedule followed by a question and answer period. Representatives from both VTrans and the Town of Chester will be available at the meeting to address public concerns about the project. A copy of the Scoping Reports for these projects may be seen at the office of the Town Clerk in Chester, VT or at the Structures Section of the Agency of Transportation’s office in Montpelier, VT. Electronic copies are also available online at:
The 2019 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please see here to view this edition: Newsletter
The Town of Chester was featured in an article in the Boston Globe on April 17, 2019. The article highlights the many reasons why people should visit Chester, like places to stay, places to eat, and things to do. Please see here to view the article- The word is out: Tiny Chester is worth a visit
At their May 16, 2018 Select Board meeting, the Select Board approved changes to the Chester Development Fund Policy. The new Policy allows for assistance to property owners located in the Village Center Designated Area with improvements to their properties. Property owners who live in this area may apply for either a mini loan, grant or combination thereof for assistance in conducting a variety of improvements to their property. These can include, but are not limited to, facade improvements, painting or tree planting and maintenance. Grants will be considered for up to $500.00 each and loans are available for up to $1,000.00 each. Total funds available are limited and applications will be reviewed upon receipt. More information and the application is available at the Town Hall or by downloading it here-Mini Grant Loan Application
On July 3, 2018, the Selectboard for the Town of Chester adopted an Ordinance for Regulating Outdoor Storage of Junk and Junk Vehicles. To view a complete copy of the adopted Ordinance for Regulating Outdoor Storage of June and Junk Vehicles please see here- Salvage Yard Ordinance
Claudio Veliz Architect, PLLC was commissioned in 2017 by the Town of Chester, Vermont to conduct a Feasibility Study to assist the Town in addressing the issues impacting possible new facility designs for the four Town services: EMS, Fire, Police and Public Works.
The State of Vermont Treasurer's Office Unclaimed Property Division holds unclaimed property from forgotten bank accounts, mutual funds, uncashed checks, contents of safe deposit boxes, and more. This property is waiting to be claimed by its rightful owners. The list of unclaimed property for Chester can be found here- Unclaimed Property. The Unclaimed Property Division can be contacted by calling (800) 642-6200, or by visiting www.vermonttreasurer.gov.
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. The goals are to eliminate gaps in the sidewalk system, provide a pedestrian crossing at the railroad, and reconfigure the intersection at Coach Road as well as the infamous "triangle." These developments will be the first of the major projects stemming from the Town's new Master Plan. For additional information, please contact Julie Hance at 875-2173 or email email@example.com.
The Town of Chester's latest efforts in building the Master Plan for the Village Center can be viewed by clicking here: Rediscovering Chester
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
"Located in the scenic Green Mountains, Chester, Vermont is a thriving town with a strong sense of history and place. Easily accessible from I-91, we are a picturesque, engaged community providing a wide range of four-season activities making for a uniquely rich quality of life for our residents and visitors alike. Chester's Stone Village Historic District and its sweet main street and green claim spots on National Register of Historical Places. New England Travel Today recently named Chester one of the ten best antique towns in all of New England.
Enjoying the outdoors comes second nature to us; we're active in our own backyards and we take advantage of our proximity to Bromley, Stratton, Magic Mountain, Mount Snow, Okemo Mountain Resort, and Killington.
Lately, the buzz has revolved around our blazing fast, reasonably-priced internet speed. Lucky us, we're at the center of one of the U.S.'s fastest fiber optic cable networks in the United States making us one of the best connected communities in the nation. Whether you're visiting Chester, Vermont for the weekend or considering a move here, we're happy to show you around and give you a taste of what makes being here so special."
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 went into effect on July 1, 2019.