To: Chester Residents
In response to Governor Scott’s call to Stay Home, Stay Safe, the following is an update on the Town of Chester’s compliance efforts. Local government is critical infrastructure and we take seriously the need to maintain local government operations for our citizens. However, we are making efforts to further comply with the Governor’s order. This response will remain in effect through April 15, 2020, at which time we will reassess. Please read this information thoroughly so that you can be well informed.
Town Office: The Town Office Building will be closed to the public effective Thursday, March 26, 2020. There will be only one front office employee working at one time. The office is available by phone or email to assist you. Visitations can be made for essential purposes only. You must call the office first to make an appointment. All payments can be made via the drop box located at the right hand side door on front porch, online or mailed to P.O. Box 370, Chester, VT, 05143. Mail will continue to be picked up and processed daily. We are also able to direct debit checking/savings accounts with no additional fee. If interested, please contact the town office at (802) 875-2173 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Deborah.email@example.com.
The Zoning Office will be available via telephone or email. Michael Normyle can be reached at 875-2173 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lister’s Office will be available via telephone or email. The Listers can be reached at (802) 875-2173 or email@example.com.
The Police Department will be available via telephone or email. The office can be reached at (802) 875-2035 or firstname.lastname@example.org. In case of emergency please call 911 or dispatch at (802) 875-2233.
The Recreation Department is still following the State of Vermont Principals Association guidelines and we will not have any formal practices or games at least until April 15th. You can still sign up your child online at https://www.chestervt.gov/recreation.html. The recreation facilities to include tennis courts, basketball courts, soccer fields, baseball fields, frisbee golf course and hiking trails will remain open. We encourage getting outside for fresh air, but please be mindful of social distancing (maintaining a distance of 6 feet from each other). Matthew McCarthy can be reached at 875-3603 or email@example.com.
Water & Sewer Department:
The Water & Sewer Departments will remain in operation. However, there will be no interior visitations to any homes. The water/Sewer employees are moving to staggered shifts which allows two employees working at one time while still maintaining the functions of the water/sewer departments. For emergencies please contact (802) 875-4325 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Highway Department will remain in operation. However, due to the number of employees in one location, there will be staggered shifts. We will do our best to ensure that roads are maintained at current standards. We do ask that you be patient as we make these transitions. Kirby Putnam can be reached at (802) 875-2237 or email@example.com.
The Ambulance services will still be responding to 911 calls, but public access to our building will be denied. EMS will be responding with protective gear on, we may only initially have one provider enter a residence to gain patient access and assess the situation for decision of further action. This will be in effect until April 15, 2020, but subject to re-evaluation and possible extension at that time. We apologize for any inconvenience, but we need to protect the well being of our responders. The Ambulance Office can be reached at (802) 875-2160 or Dan Cook, Coordinator (802) 289-7216.
The Fire Department will follow all recommendations being handed down by Vermont Emergency Management, Department of Health, Vermont Fire Academy, President Trump and Governor Scott that do not inhibit our ability to provide emergency service to the citizens. All bi-weekly training's are being moved to online courses. Fire Department will be closed to the public and limited access to the Firefighters as a As Needed Entry Only. The Fire Department will continue to respond to emergencies in full capacity as it has been. Our response will be a little different and as follows:
- All Personnel in contact will wear Full Protective Gear to Include Full Face Mask with supplied Air.
- Initial contact will be one person to conduct the CDC response survey
- After survey completed full crew will attend to the call wearing full protective gear to include Full Face Mask with supplied Air.
- Once back at station Gear and Vehicle will be decontaminated outside
There will be an exception to this response. For all life threatening emergencies the CDC Survey will be forgone and life safety efforts will be conducted immediately utilizing full gear and full face mask with supplied air.
As we move closer into separation from each other, please reach out to those people that you know who live alone. Most of us have families to keep us company in our homes, but there are many who are by themselves. I also encourage us all to remember our local businesses during this time, and especially when we are on the other side of this virus. Please shop local as much as possible. The survival of many of our businesses will depend on your support.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. I will be working between the office and my home but am available any time that I am needed.
Julie S. Hance
(802) 289-2825 (cell)