Mission

The Town of Essex has a five member selectboard who are elected by the voters and, appoint all other members of the Town's boards/committees. The Selectboard meetings are held on the first and third Mondays of every month beginning at 7 p.m. in the  conference room at 81 Main Street.

Perspective

  1. General supervision of town affairs, working through the Town Manager.
  2. Ensure fair and credible planning and zoning process.
  3. Provide direction.
  4. Encourage communication among all entities.
  5. Provide financial and staff support through the preparation of the town budget.
  6. Insure appointees are qualified.

Functions

  1. Adopt ordinances, town plan and bylaws.
  2. Authorize permit issuance under interim zoning or during bylaw amendment hearings.
  3. Approve performance bonds for required public improvements.
  4. Approve application and hearing fees.
  5. Accept streets.
  6. Adopt impact fees and ordinances.
  7. Appoint and remove the Town Manager and supervise, create, change, and abolish offices, commissions or departments other than the offices, commissions or departments established by charter.
  8. Appoint the members of all boards, commissions, committees, or similar bodies unless specifically provided otherwise by charter.
  9. Provide for an independent audit by a registered or certified public accountant.
  10. Inquire into the conduct of any officer, commission or department and investigate any and all municipal affairs.
  11. Exercise other power which is granted to the Selectboard by the Statutes of the State of Vermont.
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