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@ 802-876-7555

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 Village Trustees met on October 11th.  Highlights from the meeting include:

-Charlie Baker, Executive Director of the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC), gave a presentation on the CCRPC’s annual report and activities.

-The Trustees authorized staff to schedule a joint meeting with the Essex Selectboard to review and approve a timeline for potentially transitioning to a joint planning commission and two development review boards. 

-The Trustees discussed the joint work session held on October 10th on the Recreation Governance Study Committee recommendations. 

-The Trustees approved the addition of an RSS feed for all Village boards and committees to the Village website. 

-The Trustees set budget goals for the FYE18 budget.

The meeting can be viewed in full here:

Archive of Minutes

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