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Warning-Annual Town Meeting-March 2, 2021

TOWN OF WOODBURY, VERMONT
WARNING
ANNUAL TOWN MEETING
TUESDAY, MARCH 2, 2021
The legal voters of the Town of Woodbury, Vermont are hereby warned and notified to cast ballots by mail or hand delivery, or come to the Woodbury Town Hall on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 between 10:00 A.M. and 7 P.M. to vote by Australian Ballot on the following Articles:

Article 1: To elect all town officers required by law:
Moderator – 1 year
Town Clerk – 1 year remaining of a 3-year term
Select Board Member – 3 years
Lister – 3 years
Auditor – 3 years
Auditor – 2 years of a 3-year term
Collector of Delinquent Taxes – 1 year
Cemetery Commissioner – 5 years
Cemetery Commissioner – 2 years of a 5-year term
Library Trustee – 1 year
Library Trustee – 2 years
Library Trustee – 3 Years
Library Trustee – 3 Years

Article 2: Shall the Town appropriate a total of $10,494 to the following Central Vermont area service agencies?

$750 to AWARE (Aid to Women, Men and Children in Abuse and Rape Emergencies)?
$250 to the American Red Cross of NH/VT?
$600 to Central Vermont Adult Basic Education
$750 to the Central Vermont Council on Aging
$300 to the Central Vermont Economic Development Corporation
$2,000 to Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice Inc.
$650 to CIRCLE (Battered Women’s Services)
$100 to the Family Center of Washington County
$484 to Green Mountain Transit
$50 to Green Up Vermont
$750 to Hardwick Community Television
$200 to Our House of Central Vermont
$100 to the People’s Health and Wellness Clinic
$500 to Rural Community Transportation
$200 to MOSAIC (formerly the Sexual Assault Crisis Team)
$200 to Salvation Farms (provides fresh vegetables from VT farms, to food pantries)
$1,000 to the Twin Valley Senior Center
$210 to the Vermont Center for Independent Living
$100 to the VT Rural Fire Protection Task Force for the Dry Hydrant Program
$1,000 to Washington County Mental Health Services
$500 to the Washington County Youth Service Bureau

Article 3: Shall the Town have its taxes paid to the Town Treasurer, as tax receiver, 60 days after tax bills are mailed (estimated due date to be Oct. 28, 2021)? Taxes would then become delinquent and be turned over to the Collector of Delinquent Taxes for collection with a penalty that increases by ½ % per month of delinquency to a maximum of 6% for one full year or more of delinquency, and interest of 6% per year or ½% per month.

Article 4: Shall the Town appropriate $17,850.00 to the Woodbury Volunteer Fire Department, to be added to the truck replacement fund?

Article 5: Shall the Town appropriate $105,297 to fund the operations of the Woodbury Volunteer Fire Department, including the Capital Replacement Fund, for the fiscal year commencing July 1, 2021?

Article 6: Shall the Town appropriate up to $85,000 to the Woodbury Volunteer Fire Department Inc. for the purpose of financing the cost for construction of a new Fire and Emergency Operations center for a total cost of $1,200,000?

Article 7: Shall the Town appropriate $205,129 to meet the expenses and liabilities of the Town for general purposes for the period from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022? (This amount does not include the Fire Department requests or the Service Agency requests.)

Article 8: Shall the Town appropriate $571,994 to meet the expenses and liabilities of the Town for highway purposes for the period from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022?

Dated at Woodbury, Vermont this 25th day of January, 2021.
Select Board:

/s/ Michael Gray; Select Board Chair
/s/ Brian Shatney; Select Board Member
/s/ Paul Cerutti; Select Board Member

Received for filing on January 26, 2021
Attest: /s/ Diana Peduzzi, Town Clerk

Notice to Voters–Annual Town Meeting–March 2, 2021

NOTICE TO VOTERS
ANNUAL TOWN MEETING
Woodbury Town Hall
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
10:00 AM- 7:00 PM

There will be a Town Meeting on March 2 but it won’t look like previous Town Meetings.  There will be no open in-person meeting. Instead, voting on town elections and business will be done by absentee ballots.-Ballots will be mailed to all registered voters, by mid-February. Town Reports will be mailed to each household around the same time. The ballot envelope will include a Town ballot, a Hazen Union ballot and one or two ballots for Orleans Southwest Union Elementary School business. Ballots can be returned either by mail, or left at the Town Office in the mail slot on the porch, or can be returned on March 2 at the Town Hall.

There will be one opportunity to ask questions about the Town budget items. That Informational Meeting will be held virtually, via ZOOM, at 6:30 PM on Thursday, February 25. The meeting will be hosted by HCTV and will be available to view after the meeting, by going to HCTV.us.

To participate in the meeting, you will need to be connected to the internet and have Zoom software on your computer or tablet. If you need assistance on how to hook up to the meeting, call the Town Office at 456-7051 and we will attempt to help.
Topic: Woodbury Town Informational Meeting – February 25, 2021
Time: Feb 25, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.usli/84240159507
Meeting ID: 842 4015 9507
Passcode: 448556

BEFORE TOWN MEETING DAY
The checklist will be posted by February 2, 2020. Make sure your name is on it. If your name is not on it, you should register to vote:
WHEN: Any time up to and including March 2, Town Meeting Day. Same Day Voter Registration is now available in Vermont.
WHERE: Town Clerk’s Office, Route 14 in South Woodbury, M-Th 9-1 and M 6-8 PM
OR ON-LINE – eligible voters can also register to vote through the Secretary of State’s Online Voter Registration System – www.olvr.sec.state.vt.us

Woodbury Awarded a $7,500 State Planning Grant

DATE: January 11, 2021

The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) awarded $7,500.00 to Woodbury in state Municipal Planning Grant funds to re-write Woodbury’s Town Plan. Woodbury successfully competed against 47 municipalities and was one of 32 funded.

The Municipal Planning Grant will aid the Woodbury Planning Commission in creating an inclusive planning process and a Town Plan that meets statutory requirements while providing Woodbury with clear and strategic initiatives.

CONTACT: Thomas Lindsay-Planning Commission Chair
wdbyselctbdtlindsay@comcast.net

Follow the link below to learn more.

http://accd.vermont.gov/community-development/funding-incentives/municipal-planning-grant

 

Woodbury Town Plan Community Survey Update

!ONE WEEK LEFT TO COMPLETE THE SURVEY!

The Planning Commission is in the process of developing a new town plan. We want to hear from you and get your input on Woodbury’s future! The Community Survey is a vital tool used to establish a strong, community-held vision for the Future of Woodbury.  Over 80 surveys have been completed to date!

Please use the following link for the electronic Community Survey, hosted by SurveyMonkey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/79L2SXZ

The survey closes on January 6, 2021.

Thank you,

Town of Woodbury Planning Commission

Town Plan Community Survey Update

Town Plan Community Survey Update

The Planning Commission needs to hear from Woodbury residents and property owners to get your input on Woodbury’s future. The Planning Commission published a link to the Community Survey on November 9, 2020. A sincere thank you to the 49 Survey respondents to date.

Please note that the Community Survey is a vital tool used to establish a strong, community-held vision of Woodbury’s future. The deadline for submitting your input is January 6, 2021, so there is ample time for all Woodbury residents and property owners to take the survey. Here’s the link to the electronic survey:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/79L2SXZ
Please do forward the survey link to two other persons in Woodbury.

Paper copies of the survey are available at the Town Offices. Please call ahead at 802.456.7051 to be sure the Offices are open.

Thank you,

Town of Woodbury Planning Commission
Contact: Thomas Lindsay, Planning Commission Chair
o Email: wdbyselctbdtlindsay@comcast.net
o Phone 802.535.8522
Contact: Michael Gray, Select Board Chair, Planning Commission
o Email: wsbmgray@gmail.com
o Phone: 802.456.1983
Contact: Jim Schweithelm, Planning Commission
o Email: jschweithelm@gmail.com
o Phone 802.578.5114
Contact: Jayne Nold-Laurendeau, Planning Commission
o Phone: 802.456.1534
Contact: Dave Barnowski, Planning Commission
o Phone: 802.456.7094

Overview of Woodbury Town Planning Process

Overview of Woodbury Town Planning Process

November 20, 2020

Why a Town Plan: Every Vermont town is legally required to have an adopted plan, updated every eight years.  The plan articulates resident’s aspirations for the town’s future and describes how to achieve them.  A plan will: 1) help Woodbury make better decisions about how to use its resources and apply its regulatory authority; 2) give the town greater access to state, federal, and private grant funding; and 3) give the town a stronger voice in state infrastructure and land development permitting decisions.

History and Current Status: Woodbury’s most recent plan was adopted in 2003, making it long overdue for revision.  An updated plan was drafted in 2016 but was not finalized.  During Town Meeting 2020, Planning Commission Chairman Skip Lindsay proposed, and residents in attendance agreed to, allocating $10,000 for a comprehensive plan revision.  During the summer, the Planning Commission solicited bids from planning consultants to provide technical assistance during the planning process.  The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission (CVRPC) was the successful bidder.  Planners Clare Rock and Zach Maia are now supporting the planning process and will continue to do so through September 2021 when the plan is scheduled to be submitted for adoption by the Select Board and the CVRPC.

Planning Process and Plan Content

Vermont town planning guidelines call for a five step planning process: 1) Community Assessment; 2) Shared community vision formulation; 3) Goals and policies development; 4) Mapping of desired future land use; and 5) Priority actions identification.  Community assessment includes creating a picture of Woodbury as it is now in terms of history, population, economy, education, infrastructure, housing, communications, transportation, energy use, land use, and natural resources. A core element of the assessment process is engaging residents to understand their perceptions of the town and aspirations for its future.  This information forms the basis for a community discussion about creating a community vision and later to develop goals, policies and actions to achieve the vision.  The CVRPC will gather data and create maps to support the visioning and planning process.   In addition to the above topics, towns are legally mandated to include provisions in the plan to protect large forest blocks and reduce flood impacts.   Towns may include additional topics of local interest.

The Vision

Agreeing on a vision of Woodbury’s future is at the heart of the planning process.  A vision statement typically addresses overall town character, educational and economic opportunities, land and natural resource use, and government services but isn’t limited to these topics.  The vision may include a desire to maintain elements of the town’s character while identifying areas where change is desired.

Where We Are Now

The Planning Commission and consultants have developed a survey to get input from Woodbury full and part-time residents on topics that are critical to developing the vision.  This survey may be completed electronically on Survey Monkey or filled out on a paper form available at the town office until early January.  Members of the Planning Commission will interview selected residents in more depth.

Public Information 

Monthly progress updates will be posted on the town website and on Front Porch Forum.  Survey results will be posted as they are available using an information dashboard that will be developed by a volunteer Woodbury resident.

COVID Considerations

The town planning process usually includes a number of public meetings as the plan is developed to allow community members to interact with each other and with the commissioners. Public meetings are not possible now but the Planning Commission is hopeful that we will be able to hold public meetings next summer.

Planning Schedule

November-December 2020:  Solicit community input as described above.  CVRPC begins data analysis and mapping.

January-February 2021: Summarize interview and survey responses and share them with the community.  Community feedback incorporated into the body of information used to develop the Vision. CVRPC begins updating data and text in the Town Plan.

March-April 2021:  Woodbury Planning Commission and CVRPC develops the vision and goals section of the plan and shares these with the community. CVRPC continues updating the plan.

May-June 2021:  The draft Town Plan is finalized through public meetings, while also seeking comments through electronic media.

July-September 2021:  The Woodbury Town Plan is submitted for town adoption. Public hearings are held by the Planning Commission and then the Select Board. Revisions, if necessary, are made. Upon adoption by the Select Board, the plan will be reviewed by CVRPC for regional approval and legal adoption.

Town-Wide Community Survey Now Available

The Town-Wide Community Survey is a vital tool for establishing a strong, community-held vision for the future of Woodbury.

Please use the following link for the electronic survey, hosted by SurveyMonkey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/79L2SXZ.

A paper copy of the survey is available at the Woodbury Town Offices, 1672 Vermont Route 14, Woodbury, VT.

The Planning Commission request that the survey be filled out online or on paper and returned to us by January 6, 2021. The survey seeks opinions on commercial and residential land use, residential and commercial growth, employment opportunities, broadband expansion, zoning ordinance updates,  shoreland and village district’s growth opportunities, forest conservation, recreational opportunities, etc.

Town Plan Press Release


TOWN OF WOODBURY
PLANNING COMMISSION
1672 VT RT 14
P.O. BOX 10
WOODBURY, VERMONT 05681
E-mail: wdbyselctbdtlindsay@comcast.net
Phone: 802.535.8522

November 4, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Town of Woodbury Planning Commission announce the kick-off of the project to re-write the 2003 Town Plan, which expired several years ago. The planning process is expected to be completed in fall 2021 following a period of extensive community consultation. Interactions with community members will initially be by telephone or email due to COVID restrictions. The Planning Commission hopes public meetings will be possible next spring.

Vermont towns are expected to have up-to-date plans, which have a number of benefits, including helping Woodbury invest town resources wisely, access grant funding, and have a greater voice in guiding development.

In order to share information and gather input on the development of the new plan, the Planning Commission will reach out to community members, groups and organizations who can provide objective information and help the Planning Commission in understanding opportunities, problems, alternatives and solutions to improve Woodbury as a place to live.  The aim is to work directly with these organizations and Woodbury citizens throughout the planning process to ensure their concerns and aspirations are understood and thoughtfully considered.

A town-wide survey will be released on November 6, 2020. The Planning Commission request that the survey be filled out online or on paper and returned to us by January 6, 2021. The survey will seek opinions on commercial and residential land use, residential and commercial growth, employment opportunities, broadband expansion, zoning ordinance updates, future Woodbury Graded School uses, shoreland and village district’s growth opportunities, forest conservation, recreational opportunities, etc.

Look for the survey link on the Woodbury Town web site. Links to the survey will be published in Front Porch Forum and the Hardwick Gazette as well. Paper copies of the survey may be picked-up and returned to the Town Offices, attention: Woodbury Planning Commissioner.

Planning Commissioners:
Skip Lindsay-email: wdbyselctbdtlindsay@comcast.net
Michael Gray-email: grhayes1956@comcast.net
Dave Barnowski-Phone: 802.456.7094
Jayne Nold-Laurendeau-Phone:802.456.1534
Jim Schweithelm-email: jschweithelm@gmail.com

WES Pumpkin Walk

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WOODBURY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
JOIN US FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30 at 6 PM
50+ Jack-o-Lanterns on Display Along the Nature Trails
HELP WITH THIS EVENT
Contact Friends of WES: Elizabeth Stratton at et4string@yahoo.com
Masks required Costumes encouraged
Following Covid guidelines No restrooms available
Trunk-or-treat at 6 feet Individually-wrapped food
Outdoors only; no campfires All ages welcome!