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 esopchak@ 802-324-2546
Daniel S. Kerin dkerin@ 802-879-8343
Lori A. Houghton lhoughton@ 802-879-6701
Andrew P. Brown, Vice President 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 Evan Teich.  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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Summary of Last Meeting

The Village Trustees met on Tuesday, October 9.  Highlights from the meeting include:

-Charlie Baker, Executive Director of the Chittenden Country Regional Planning Commission, reviewed the organization’s FYE 2018 Annual Report with the Trustees.
-The Trustees discussed Senior Center operations and future needs with Ally Vile, Director of Parks and Recreation, and Lou Ann Pioli, Senior Activities Director.
-The Trustees voted to authorize George Tyler, Village President, to sign a letter to Amtrak regarding ADA upgrades at the Essex Junction Train Station.
-The Trustees voted to modify the FYE 2019 Wastewater Facility Capital Plan to include $30,000 for the sole source purchase of a Hydroflow unit.
-The Trustees reviewed and discussed the draft purchasing policy and draft records retention plan.
-The Trustees revised the Village Personnel Guidelines to include the Assistant to the Manager Position.
-The Trustees discussed the FYE 2020 budget.

The draft official meeting minutes can be found below.

Archive of Minutes

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