Village News

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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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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Essex Junction Recreation & Parks (EJRP) is in the market to purchase one 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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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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Village water bills are in the mail and due 08-16-2021

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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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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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On May 25, the Trustees held a work session on Essex Junction Independence. The following is what was discussed.  

The Trustees reviewed a draft of the charter for the city of Essex Junction.  The Trustees agreed to keep the charter very similar to the current Village charter.  They agreed to a council-manager form of government with five City Councilors elected at-large, serving three-year terms. 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Bernie Fleury, Assistant Chief Operator of the Essex Junction wastewater facility has been nominated by his peers and recognized with the 2021 GMEA Vermont Operator Excellence – Wastewater Award for his service in 2020.  This award was unanimous approved by the GMWEA board and will be virtually presented at their Online conference May 21, 2021.

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The Essex/Westford Community Bike Fix & Swap is an event hosted by Essex CHIPS and supported by the Essex Junction Bike/Walk Advisory Committee and Essex Junction Recreation and Parks. This event offers an opportunity for youth and their families to donate, swap, or fix their bikes before the ideal summer bike-riding weather hits.

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Tuesday, May 25th will mark the one-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd. 

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The safety and reliability of Vermont’s electric transmission system depends on effective maintenance of VELCO’s electric transmission structures to ensure they can continue to serve Vermont’s energy needs.

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S.D. Ireland will begin installation of the replacement culvert on Densmore Drive near Main St starting Monday April 26, 2021.

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

The Trustees will be using approximately the first hour of each of their regularly scheduled meetings to have a work session to discuss Essex Junction Independence.  The public will be given the opportunity to speak at the start of each work session. 

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Join the Manager for an evening coffee chat on Thursday evening, May 6th at 6:30 pm

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The Village President and Unified Manager were notified this week that Congressman Peter Welch has nominated the Crescent Connector Project connecting Routes 2A and 117 for member designation in the 2021 surface transportation reauthorization bill.

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Come see a variety of vehicles up close and in person! This adapted version of our beloved annual event will include some interactive experiences.

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The Essex Junction Water Department will be flushing fire hydrants from April 25 to May 7 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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The Clerk has provided final vote results for the Village Annual Meeting and the Town Special Town Meeting.

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With warmer temps, residents may be starting some yard cleanup and outdoor activities. The Essex Junction Fire Department is reminding you of the Open Burning Ordinance for the Village and that the fire danger is currently moderate with abnormally dry conditions.

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