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RFP - TOWN COMMON AREA SITE SPECIFIC COMMUNITY WASTEWATER CAPACITY SOIL STUDY
The Town of Westford has issued an RFP seeking the services of a professional in order to conduct soil tests on up to three properties in the vicinity of the Town Common to determine whether said properties contain suitable soils for construction of community wastewater system(s) and, if so, determine the maximum potential wastewater capacity for said system. For more information and/or a copy of the RFP, please contact Melissa Manka, Westford Planning Coordinator, at 878-4587 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ORDER YOUR 2014 WESTFORD CALENDAR TODAY!
Yes, we have another amazing calendar for the coming year so don’t miss out and order one…or five now! Calendars are made for you, by you (thank you for all the wonderful photo submissions) and they make GREAT GIFTS for family, friends or former Westford/Vermont residents!
Calendars picked up at Town Office = $15.99 each (includes sales tax)
Calendars mailed to address of your choosing = $17.99 each (includes sales tax)
Please send check made payable to the Town of Westford and order form to:
Town of Westford
1713 VT Rte 128
Westford, VT 05494
All orders must be submitted by December 9th so you can receive your calendar before the holidays!
Please feel free to contact Melissa Manka, Planning Coordinator, with any questions (878-4587 or email@example.com)
TOWN CHARTER PROPOSAL
The Selectboard is putting a Town Charter proposal in front of voters at the March 2014 Town Meeting. Wait a minute, didn't we already vote on this? Yes. At Town Meeting in March 2012, voters rejected a Town Charter proposal by a vote of 262-253. Greater accountability for Town officials was the focus of the Town Charter. Major elements included changing some elected positions to appointed positions, and creating a voter recall provision for all elected provisions. The Selectboard feels these are still necessary changes that would address accountability and improve the Town's ability to fill important positions.
An informational meeting was held on October 17th. For those who were unable to attend, you will have the opportunity to view the meeting on Cable Channel 16 or on Lake Champlain Access Television’s website (http://www.lcatv.org/welcome).
The Selectboard will be discussing the Charter at their December (12 & 19) meetings.
Click here to view the Charter proposal. This version includes explanations in purple text for the different sections in the Charter.
SELECTBOARD FY'15 BUDGET WORKSHOPS
The Selectboard began working on the FY'15 budget in October. Workshops will be held on:
The Board encourages residents to attend these meetings to provide feedback to assist the Board in developing a budget to be voted on in March 2014. A joint informational meeting with the School Board will be held in January to present the proposed town and school budgets before finalizing them for the vote in March.
TOWN CENTER REVITALIZATION PROJECT & VISUAL PREFERENCE SURVEY RESULTS
The Westford Planning Commission along with consultant, Brandy Saxton of Place Sense, recently began work on the Town Center Revitalization Project. This project involves gathering public input in order to develop regulations that will incorporate the principles of form based code, smart growth and smart parking into the Town Center Area. These concepts are being explored in hopes of giving the Town a tool to guide future nonresidential development in a way that maintains its historic layout and design.
For more information on the Westford Town Ceneter Revitalization Project and/or visual prefence survey results go to: www.placesense.com/westford.
Learn more about Form Based Codes by visiting: http://www.formbasedcodes.org/what-are-form-based-codes-0
The Westford Planning Commission meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7 pm in the downstairs floor of the Town Office.
Public participation is encouraged and appreciated!
The above project is supported/funded by a Municipal Planning Grant awarded by the Department of Economic, Housing & Community Development.
A current rabies certificate is required. If you are unsure if the current certificate is on file, please call the Town Office. For your convenience you may mail or drop off the fee and rabies certificate along with a self-addressed stamped envelope and we will mail the license to you. The fee is $16.00 unless your dog is spayed or neutered, in which case the fee is $13.00.
VACANT TOWN POSITIONS
Please contact the town office (878-4587 or firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in serving the community in one of these positions:
Planning Commission - The Planning Commission is a five member board whose duties include writing the town plan, writing the zoning and subdivision regulations and conducting other studies as necessary. The Planning Commission meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month with a special meeting date of the 1st Wednesday of the month, if necessary due to workload.
FINANCIAL INTERNAL CONTROLS REPORT
In 2011 the Selectboard contracted with Cota, CPA to review the town's financial controls and conduct a sampling of the Town's financial accounts. Based on meetings with town officials and town office employees, Cota, CPA has issued an "Independent Accountant's Report on Applying Agreed-Upon Procedures - Internal Control Project" report. The report has been posted to the Town's website. Click here to view the report. Future reports from Cota, CPA will be added to the website as they become available.
Cota, CPA performed a sampling of the Towns financial activity for July 1, 2008 June 30, 2009. Click here to view their report.
For more information please contact the Selectboard (email@example.com) or attend one of their meetings.
Property tax bills are mailed a minimum of 30 days prior to the first installment due date. Annual taxes are divided into four equal payments and are due August 15, November 15, March 15 and May 15. Late payments are charged interest of 1% per month for the first 3 months and 1 1/2% per month thereafter. An 8% penalty is assessed on any taxes not paid by May 15. Postmarks (US, FedEX and UPS) are accepted as timely payments.
VILLAGE CENTER DESIGNATION: HOW YOU MAY BENEFIT!
On September 27, 2010, the Town of Westford was granted Village Center Designation by the Vermont Downtown Board. The purpose of this designation is to help encourage and preserve the structures and character of historic Vermont town centers. The designation area in Westford encompasses the structures surrounding the Town Common area. To view a map of the Designated Village Center click here.
Go to http://www.historicvermont.org/programs/2006%20downtown%20owner%20lessor%20benifits%20.pdf to view a summary of how individuals who own property in the designation area can directly benefit from this program. *Please note tax credits apply to structures constructed prior to 1983 that are commercial or multi-family rental properties.
WESTFORD ENERGY COMMITTEE NEWS
For the last two years, the Westford Energy Committee has been working to raise awareness of important energy issues that affect our town. Now, the Committee is recommending that Westford join a state-wide initiative that can directly benefit individual home owners. To learn more about this residential energy improvement loan program, visit the Westford Energy Committee ( click here.).
TOWN NEWSLETTERS AVAILABLE ON THIS WEBSITE
Use the navigation button to the left marked Documents and Forms and then click on Town Newsletters to access PDF files of recent newsletters.
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If you would like to receive a copy of the Town Newsletter by email versus snail mail, click here to subscribe. It's fast, it's simple and it's green.
VIEW WESTFORD PARCEL DATA USING GOOGLE EARTH!
Click the attachment below to view Westford parcel data using Google Earth! This program will allow you to view property boundaries overlaid onto Google Earth images. Click a parcel on the map and view the property's identification number and approximate acreage. Please note you must download Google Earth to your computer to view the file.
Click this link to the parcel file and select Google Earth as the program to open it with.
If you have questions please contact Melissa Manka, Westford
Planning Coordinator, at the Town Office (878-4587) or by email (
You may contact the Town Office for approximate acreages based on the Grand List.
Date: Thursday, December 12th, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM
Event: Selectboard Meeting
Date: Thursday, December 19th, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM
Event: Town Office Closed
Date: Monday, December 23rd, 2013
Event: Town Office Closed
Date: Tuesday, December 24th, 2013
See the full calendar for additional events.
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