Village News

Following two failed merger votes in March and April of this year, the Town of Essex Selectboard and the Village of Essex Junction Board of Trustees have worked cooperatively on certain details of Village separation from the Town. During this time, the Village Trustees have been clear that, regardless of the outcome of Village separation, the Village plans to hire its own municipal manager.

 

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The Essex Junction High School (homecoming) will hold a fireworks display at 7:00 pm on October 22, 2021.

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In late September, the Village of Essex Junction welcomed Lt. Governor Molly Gray as she walked around Five Corners as part of her Recover Stronger tour in Chittenden County.

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Densmore Drive, which has been closed since the infamous Halloween storm in November 2019 was upgraded over the summer and is now open.

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The Village Trustees revised the Charter after public hearings held on September 28, 2021 and October 12, 2021.

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On October 12, the Trustees held a Public Hearing on the Charter for the City of Essex Junction and had a work session and business item on the agenda related to Essex Junction Independence. The following is what was discussed.   

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The Essex Junction Water Department will be flushing fire hydrants from October 25 to November 5 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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On September 28, the Trustees held a Public Hearing on the Charter for the City of Essex Junction and had several business items on the agenda related to Essex Junction Independence. The following is what was discussed.   

The Trustees held a Public Hearing on the proposed Charter for the City of Essex Junction.  You can watch the presentation here:  https://youtu.be/wUFkfZ0pRz0?t=180 (starting at 3:00 and ending at 19:05) or find a copy of the presentation here:  https://www.essexjunction.org/fileadmin/files/Board_of_Trustees/Public_Hearing_Presentation.pdf

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The legal voters of the Village of Essex Junction are hereby notified and warned of a special election to take place on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, between the hours of 7:00a.m. and 7:00p.m. to vote on the following article by Australian ballot. The polling place is at Essex High School, 2 Educational Drive, Essex Junction, VT. The purpose of the special election is to consider whether or not to adopt a new municipal charter that would transform the Village into an independent city, and no longer be a part of the Town of Essex.

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After the first Public Hearing on the Charter for the City of Essex Junction on September 28, 2021, the Village Trustees revised the Charter.

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On September 14, the Trustees held a work session on Essex Junction Independence. The following is what was discussed.   

The Trustees reviewed the four draft contracts for consideration with the Town of Essex.  The first was a Memorandum of Understanding, acknowledging that if the city charter passes the legislature, then the Selectboard and City Council agree to formally ratify the contracts that are currently being negotiated.  The second is a contract for police services from the Town of Essex.  The third is a right of first refusal for the city to be able to purchase 81 Main Street in the event that the Town of Essex decides to sell it in the future.  The last is an agreement for the Town of Essex to conduct the reappraisal for both the Town and city, whenever it is necessary per state law. 

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Essex Junction Village residents have two opportunities to attend a public hearing on the charter for the city of Essex Junction. 

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Get Out & About in Essex on Saturday, Oct. 2 and Sunday, Oct. 3 to enjoy all that a fall weekend in Vermont can offer.  Local shops and restaurants will be participating as well as local artists and musicians. Want to find some great deals?  Essex is the place!  

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On August 24, the Trustees held a work session on Essex Junction Independence. The following is what was discussed. 

The Trustee’s reviewed the current draft charter.  At their next meeting on September 14, they will officially approve the charter.

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The Essex Junction Village Trustees are holding a public hearing on the charter for the city of Essex Junction on Tuesday, September 28, at 6:30p.m. at 2 Lincoln Street, Essex Junction, VT  05452.

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On August 10, the Trustees held a work session on Essex Junction Independence. The following is what was discussed.   

The Trustees reviewed a list of intergovernmental relationships and committees for the city. 

The Trustees discussed what community educational materials they would like to go out to residents and the timing of such.  There was consensus to mail something to all residents right around the time that ballots will be mailed in early October.  The Trustees want to put together something with a cohesive message and easy to understand graphics, that is brief and has important facts so people can make an informed decision.  The Trustees would like more detailed information available on the website if people want to learn more or dig deeper.   

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Essex Junction Recreation & Parks (EJRP) has reopened the bid posting for a new 42 to 48 passenger bus. This could be a school bus or a multi-function school activity bus (MFSAB). The GVWR shall be under 26,000lbs. The bus should be not more than 32’ in length. The bus shall have heat. Desired, but not necessary, options include air conditioning, luggage racks, and under storage boxes.

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UPDATED Boards, Committees, and Commissions ad poster as of October 8, 2021

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The due date for Town of Essex and Village of Essex Junction water bills has been extended to August 17, 2021 to allow for the municipal offices being closed to observe Bennington Battle Day.

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The Essex Selectboard is hosting three facilitated, public forums in August to hear from residents throughout the entire community about how the Town of Essex can prepare for the Village of Essex Junction's coming separation vote and subsequent Vermont Legislative decision on the creation of an independent City of Essex Junction.

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The Town Public Forum on August 4th that was previously planned for Memorial Hall is now going to be a hybrid meeting that will be held at the Town Offices at 81 Main Street and remotely.

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Village water bills are in the mail and due August 17th, 2021

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On July 27, the Trustees held a work session on Essex Junction Independence. The following is what was discussed. 

The Trustees examined a list of current Village committees and potential future city committees and commissions.  The potential list of new city committees included arts, climate & energy, racial equity & inclusion, Downtown District, economic development, housing commission, recreation & parks advisory, and police advisory.

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Street paving will occur on the following streets in Essex Junction July 26th through July 30th, weather permitting:

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The Essex Police Department will be hosting National Night Out ‪on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 from 5:00PM to 7:00PM‬ at the Essex High School.

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Essex PD officers will be at the Starbucks on July 30th, followed by Coffee Chat with the Chief.

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On July 13, the Trustees held a work session on Essex Junction Independence. The following is what was discussed.   

The Trustees reviewed the three statutory options for contracting services with another municipality, which include an interlocal contract, forming a union municipal district, or through an intermunicipal police services agreement.  The specific statutes are:  24 V.S.A. § 4801-4933 and 24 V.S.A. § 1938.   

There was consensus to use interlocal contracts for any contracting of services or other agreements with the Town of Essex. 

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With the restoration of Amtrak service, the Essex Junction Trustees are highlighting the need for an expanded and enhanced structure to serve Amtrak passengers at Vermont’s busiest train station.   To make the point, Village Trustees and friends of passenger rail will gather at the Station on Railroad Avenue in Essex Junction July 19– the first stop of the Vermonter as it heads to New York City - to review the current status of the station, to highlight the 2015 planning initiative that proposed a major redesign and renovation of the existing structure and to see how the project fits into the Village’s economic development plans.

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The Vermont Agency of Transportation has announced celebratory events at all Amtrak stations in Vermont as Amtrak resumes service on Monday, July 19.  The Village of Essex Junction is home to Vermont’s busiest Amtrak station and is pleased to host a celebration of the arrival of the Vermonter as it pulls into the station. 

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