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.

Meeting Agenda and Items

    Summary of Last Meeting

    The Trustees held a regular meeting on June 23rd.  The highlights are as follows:

    -There was a public hearing regarding the FYE 16 Water/Sewer/Sanitation rates.

    -The Trustees set the FYE 16 Water/Sewer/Sanitation rates.  The cost to the average Village water/sewer/sanitation user increased by 1% from the FYE 15 cost.

    -The Trustees waived the requirement to interview candidates for reappointments to Boards and reappointed the following individuals for terms expiring 6/30/18:  David Nistico, Planning Commission; Amber Thibeault, Planning Commission; Thomas Weaver, Zoning Board of Adjustment; Jud Lawrie, Bike/Walk Advisory Committee; Warren Spinner, Tree Advisory Committee.

    -The consent agenda was approved as presented.

    -The joint meeting with the Essex Selectboard was convened.

    -Further action regarding the EGG (Essex Governance Group) Report was discussed.

    -Both Boards supported formation of an ad hoc committee by the Selectboard to analyze present voting processes including legal and legislative constraints and provide a comparative review of how those voting processes could be restructured within existing and potential new models of local municipal and school governance.

    -Both Boards accepted the process presented in the Handbook for the Evaluation of the Municipal Manager as a resource for the annual evaluation of the Municipal Manager.

    Archive of Minutes

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