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
Elaine H. Sopchak, Vice President esopchak@ 802-324-2546
Daniel S. Kerin dkerin@ 802-879-8343
Lori A. Houghton lhoughton@ 802-879-6701
Andrew P. Brown abrown@ 802-598-8162

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.

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Meeting Agenda and Items

    Summary of Last Meeting

    The Village Trustees met on Tuesday, February 27. Highlights from the meeting include:

    -Julie Miller-Johnson updated the Trustees on the 2018 Five Corners Farmers Market and Pop Up Marketplace, formally the Five Corners Farmers Market.  The market will be held on Wednesday nights beginning in May in the lot behind Road Res Q.  Market staff and volunteers will meet with police and public works to work on logistics and develop a safety plan for the new location.
    -The Trustees approved a PACIF grant application for the purchase of safety equipment, as well as a cash match of $1,528.12.
    -The Trustees approved a tax stabilization request for 11 Park Street.  This requires property owner Gabe Handy to do 10% of improvements to the property and submit evidence of such by December 2018.  The tax stabilization will begin in FYE20 and go for four years at staggered amounts.
    -The Trustees appointed new Municipal Manager Evan Teich as the authorized agent for the Village to sign legal and other operational documents.
    -The Trustees approved the Annual Financial Plan for Town Highways and Certificate of Compliance for Town Road and Bridge Standards and Network Inventory.  Both apply to roads and bridges in Essex Junction.
    -The Trustees signed the Annual Meeting Warning.

    The official meeting minutes can be found below.

    Archive of Minutes

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