Selectboard

Meetings

*NOTICE* Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all meetings of the Town Selectboard are held remotely via Microsoft Teams.  Meeting links can be found at the top of each agenda or by clicking on the calendar event from the Home Page.  For further instruction on how to access meetings, please view our tip sheet.

  • Begin at 6:30 PM
  • Typically the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month
  • Town Offices
    81 Main Street
    Main Conference Room
    Essex Junction, VT 05452

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas, meeting minutes, and Selectboard meeting packets are available by following the links below. The documents are also kept on file at the Town Offices at 81 Main St., and may be viewed upon request.

Selectboard meetings are aired on CCTV Town Meeting TV on Friday following the Monday meeting at 8:00 PM, then repeated on Saturday at 1:00 AM and 7:00 AM.  Meetings are also live streamed on CCTV Town Meeting TV's YouTube Channel.

Audio recordings of the meeting are available through the Town Offices. To request an audio recording, please contact the Unified Manager’s Office at 802-878-1341 or Greg Duggan at gduggan@essex.org.

View Most Recent Agendas / Packets and Minutes

Information Packets

View meeting information packets from 2018-2019

SUBMISSIONS FOR PACKETS: If you have items for the Selectboard meeting packets or a request to be placed on an agenda, please send your request to Linda Mahns at lmahns@essex.org or Greg Duggan at gduggan@essex.org.  To be considered, all submissions and requests must be received by noon on Wednesday before the date of the next scheduled Selectboard meeting. 

Members

NameTerm ExpiresPhone ContactEmail Contact
Elaine Haney, Chair2021
(802) 324-2546
ehaney@essex.org
Patrick Murray, Vice Chair
2022

pmurray@essex.org
Vince Franco, Clerk
2023

vfranco@essex.org
Andy Watts
2023
(802) 872-8927
awatts@essex.org
Dawn Hill-Fleury
2021
(802) 878-7622
dhillfleury@essex.org
hillfleury@gmail.com


To ask questions or contact Selectboard members, you may also contact the Unified Manager, Evan Teich at eteich@essex.org or by calling (802) 878-1341.

Merger with Village of Essex Junction

The Town of Essex Selectboard approved a Plan of Merger and Charter for the merged municipalities.  The merger question will now go before all Town of Essex voters in March 2021. For more information, visit our Merger 2021 page or www.GreaterEssex2020.org.

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Charter Change

The March 3, 2020 ballot included a question that was posed by a voter-backed petition, asking if the Town charter should be changed to create a six-member Selectboard with three members elected from the Village of Essex Junction and three from outside the Village.  Voters passed the proposed change, 4,032 - 2,614. The charter change was sent to the Vermont Secretary of State, Attorney General, and Legislature for consideration.

Read the letter from leadership of House Government Operations relating to the proposed Essex charter change.

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.