News Archive

EJRP is proud to bring you the Essex Junction Fourth of July Celebration on Sunday, July 4th.  Food, live music, funa dn games begin at 6:00 pm with a fireworks display at 9:30 pm. Festivities will take place at Champlain Valley Fairgrounds on the midway lawn.

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Starting tomorrow June 29, 2021, and continuing through July 23, 2021 Engineers Construction, Inc. (ECI) will be doing periodic lane closures on Park Street to facilitate the installation on streetscape features in front of the new building. 

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On June 22, the Trustees held a work session on Essex Junction Independence. The following is what was discussed. 

The Trustees reviewed and updated the draft Charter for the city of Essex Junction.  They considered comments and suggestions from legal counsel.  They discussed the first draft of the transitional provisions in the charter.

The Trustees discussed the draft organizational chart based on their last work session.  Previously, the Trustees were interested in short-term sharing clerk/treasurer, finance, and information technology, and long-term sharing police and recreation & parks with the Town of Essex.  The Selectboard indicated they would be willing to discuss all of those things, but recreation & parks only in the short-term, and they wanted to add assessing to the list of considerations.  

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On June 8, the Trustees held a work session on Essex Junction Independence. The following is what was discussed.

The Trustees set some goals related to developing city services, the departments, and the organization:

  • Efficiency
  • Clear Village oversight of policies and budget
  • Objective analysis of intermunicipal agreements with the Town
  • Focus on what is best for the Village
  • Continue efforts towards downtown re-development
  • Prepared to deal with climate change
  • Structure that we can adjust and is nimble
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The Committee on Equity for Essex is dedicated to redistributing decision-making, resources, and power into our community to ensure the voices of those who have been historically marginalized are centered. This is an ongoing effort and we continue to seek feedback as we progress. Contact Marguerite Ladd at mladd@ essex.org

The committee has highlighted a few stories and updates from our work over the past couple of months.

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On June 19, 2021, Essex will stage its 1st Juneteenth celebration. Our event will be held from 11am to 1pm at the pavilion of the Brownell Library at 5 Corners, celebrating the contributions of African Americans to life as we know it in the United States. People from the African continent who were brought here in chains and their descendants have shaped our culture in profound and wonderful ways.

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Buildings reopening – Online service continues

The Town of Essex and Village of Essex Junction buildings are now open to the public with in-person services, with the exception of the Village Office at 2 Lincoln Street, where services remain by appointment.  The municipalities are requiring residents to adhere to certain guidelines when visiting municipal facilities.

Masks are required and visitors and employees must observe social distancing while in municipal buildings, to the extent possible. Please stay home if you are sick.

All municipal buildings will be held to a capacity limit of one person per 50 sq. ft. up to a maximum of 300 total people. All conference rooms continue to be closed to the public unless otherwise approved by the Unified Manager for special circumstances.  Most boards and committees continue to offer remote access to meetings.

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Join Unified Manager Evan Teich with special guest, Chief Ron Hoague of the Essex Police Department for a virtual chat over a cup of morning java.

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