Board of Trustees

The Essex Junction Trustees is the governing, legislative body for the Municipality of the Village of Essex Junction. The five-member board is elected at large within the Village. After each Annual Meeting, one of the Trustees is elected by the other Trustees to the office of Village President.  The Village President is the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees and presides at the Trustee meetings. The three-year terms of the Trustees are staggered to provide continuity.

Board Members & Contact Information

George A. Tyler, Village President gtyler@ 802-310-8215
Daniel S. Kerin, Vice President dkerin@ 802-879-8343
Elaine H. Sopchak esopchak@ 802-324-2546
Lori A. Houghton lhoughton@ 802-879-6701
Andrew P. Brown abrown@ 802-876-7555

The Village Trustees welcome your questions, concerns and suggestions.  Please feel free to contact any Trustee at the email or phone number listed on this page.

Please be aware that the Trustees are not able to respond to emails as a group.  If you send an email to all five Trustees, it is mostly likely you will receive a response from only one Trustee.  This is because there are laws that prevent elected officials from conducting business outside of a public meeting.  Responding to a group email is an example of this.

If you wish to discuss a concern with the entire Board of Trustees, the best way to do this is either to contact the Village Manager to have your concern placed on an upcoming meeting agenda, or to attend a Board of Trustees meeting and address the Board at the beginning of the meeting.

To put an item on a Board agenda, call the Village office at 878-6944 and speak to either Patty Benoit or Village Manager Pat Scheidel.  To speak to the Board of Trustees at a meeting, be there when the meeting starts (usually at 6:30 p.m.)  Immediately after the Pledge of Allegiance, the Village President will ask the audience if anyone wants to speak about something that isn't on the agenda.  That's when you can bring up your concern.

Summary of Last Meeting

The Village Trustees had a regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, January 26th.  Highlights from the meeting are as follows:

·         A Public Hearing on the FYE 17 proposed budgets and capital programs was held, and all were accepted.

·         The Trustees heard a presentation on the Train Station Access and Circulation Study, and endorsed Alternative #4.  This alternative includes converting Railroad Avenue into a one way street, and preserving the green space around that station.

·         The Trustees voted to dedicate the 2015 Annual Report to Municipal Manager Patrick C. Scheidel.

·         Real estate opportunities were discussed during executive session.  No action was taken.

·         The Trustees reviewed an e-mail request for Swanton Wind Opposition, encouraging them to request increased municipal influence on the Public Service Board.  Village representatives Paul Dame and Tim Jerman will be invited to a future meeting to further discuss this topic.

·         A memo on the Ad Hoc Governance Committee, which was created to evaluate how we vote on approving budgets and other items during Town Meeting, was discussed.

·         A memo from the Winooski Fire Chief regarding Winooski’s Minimum Housing Code was discussed.  This item is in response to issues discussed during the Trustee’s recent trip to St. Albans.  The Board will be discussing items brought up on their trip once per month.

The meeting can be viewed in full here: 

Archive of Minutes

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