The Town of Chester is searching to fill the position of Town Health Officer. The primary roles of a Town Health Officer include:
Investigating when information is received about a condition that may be a public health hazard.
Enforcing the provisions of Title 18 and the rules and permits issued by the Health Department.
Preventing, removing or destroying any public health hazard, or mitigating any significant public health risk in accordance with provisions of Title 18.
Taking necessary steps, in consultation with the Health Department, to enforce all orders issued pursuant to 18 V.S.A. Ch. 3.
The full text of Chapter 3 of Title 18 is available online at legislature.vermont.gov/statutes/chapter/18/003. Please submit a Resume and Letter of Interest no later than3:00 p.m. onDecember 30, 2019 to the Chester Town Manager’s Office, 556 Elm Street, P.O. Box 370, Chester, Vt, 05143.
The Town of Chester has a full time employment opportunity available in its Public Works Department. This job is specific to the position of Truck Driver/Equipment Operator/Laborer and includes work involving heavy equipment operation, dump truck operation and snow plowing. In addition, this position performs a variety of unskilled and semi-skilled maintenance work, and operates a variety of equipment in the construction, operation, repair, maintenance and replacement of town roads and storm drain facilities and systems.
A CDL is required for all applicants. Two years of experience is preferred.
Please submit Employment Application and Resume to the Chester Town Manager’s Office, 556 Elm Street, P.O. Box 370, Chester, Vt, 05143 no later than 3:00 p.m. on December 13, 2019.
Town Moderator – one-year term Town Clerk – three-year term Town Treasurer – three-year term Selectmen – two – one-year terms 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 – two - three-year terms GMUSD Director – two – 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 27, 2020 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 16, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
The Town of Chester, Vermont, seeks an engaging, collaborative, and experienced town manager. Chester is a charming and vibrant New England community located in southern Vermont near several ski areas, including Okemo, Bromley, Killington and Stratton. The town has a thriving tourist economy as well as a strong tradition of community engagement.
The town manager reports to the town’s five-member selectboard and is responsible for the town’s daily operations. The manager directly supervises approximately 25 full- and 85 part-time/seasonal employees, administers a budget of $3 million, and oversees all financial, public works, public safety, personnel, economic development, recreation, and community relations matters for the town.
Vote YES on November 5th for a new Emergency Services Building for Fire, Police, and Ambulance services, and a completely renovated Town Garage
The New Emergency Services Building
It will be a modern, efficient building that will house all three emergency services under one roof; Fire, Police, and Ambulance
A new EMS Building has been needed for years due to overcrowding at current Town Highway garage and Town Hall
It will serve Chester residents for generations to come
Renovating the Town Highway Garage
The existing Town Garage is overcrowded; it currently houses Fire, Ambulance, and Public Works; you can see all the equipment that must be kept outside and in all types of weather. This is not a good way to maintain these valuable items
The existing Town Garage has been cited by State building officials as being deficient and in need of upgrading to the latest building codes; it needs major renovation, or the state could move to close it
Renovating the existing Town Garage will add decades to its life and can be done for a fraction of what a new structure would cost
There will be two Public Meetings on this topic; one onSeptember 25thand another onOctober 23rd These meetings willstart at 6:30 PM and be held at Town Hall There will also be an informational meeting on November 4th at 6:00 pm; a day before the bond vote
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:
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:
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.