COVID-19 Information

Last updated May 19, 2020

The Town of Essex and the Village of Essex Junction are committed to sharing information and providing leadership throughout the evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  Decisions are guided by three priorities:  slowing the transmission of the virus within our community, continuing essential municipal services, and ensuring the safety and health of all municipal employees and Essex residents.

On April 14, 2020, the Town Selectboard and Village Board of Trustees passed resolutions in response to COVID-19.

Resolution passed by the Village of Essex Junction Trustees
Resolution passed by the Town of Essex Selectboard

For mental health crisis support:  Please call 802-488-7777 to speak with the trained, professional staff at First Call for Chittenden County 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.  

  • Visit the Disaster Distress Helpline, call 1-800-985-5990, or text TalkWithUs to 66746
  • Text MHA to 741741 to be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor.  Crisis Text Line provides free, text-based support 24/7.
  • Visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline or call 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224
  • Call 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678678 for a national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth.

Please remember that during a medical emergency call 9-1-1 immediately.

First Call for Chittenden County 802-488-7777

Watch for symptoms:  If you are experiencing fever, cough or shortness of breath, stay at home and contact your health care provider online or by phone.  

When to seek medical attention:  If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately.  Emergency warning signs include*:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please visit the Vermont Department of Health website for more information about what to do if you are sick.

Symptoms of Coronavirus are fever, shortness of breath, cough
In an Emergency call 9-1-1

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Unified Manager’s Office

The Unified Manager, Deputy Manager and HR Director will be working remotely through at least May 15, 2020. Assistance is available during regular business hours by calling 802-878-1341 or emailing manager@essex.org.  

The Town of Essex and Village of Essex Junction have canceled all non-essential meetings. Further information on future meetings will be posted on the Town and Village websites.  To read more about recent State changes for boards and commissions, the Vermont League of Cities and Towns has provided a summary as of April 9, 2020:  Open Meeting Law during COVID-19 State of Emergency.

The Village Trustees have warned an Informational Meeting for June 1 and the Village Annual Meeting for June 2.  For more information, please visit the Village website.

Police and Fire Departments

Emergency services (police, fire & rescue) continue to deliver all emergency services to our community.
For general non-emergency questions, you can call 802-878-8331 or send an email to epd.info@essex.org. (This email is NOT monitored 24/7).

Clerk/Treasurer

The Town of Essex and Village of Essex Junction Clerk’s Office at 81 Main Street is open for land record searches by appointment Monday through Friday, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.  Only one member of the public at a time is allowed in the Clerk’s Office.  All visitors must wear face masks, must pass a screening test, and will be given gloves before entering the building.

All other services will be offered remotely by phone, email, website, or drop box:

  • By phone or email:
    • Copies of tax bills
    • Printouts of taxes paid
    • Requests for early/absentee ballots
    • Voter registration can be completed online through Sec of State
    • Cemetery
    • Liquor licenses
  • Payments that can be made in drop box, by mail, or online:
    • Dog licenses – renewals and new –
    • Property taxes
      • Please be aware of due dates and methods of paying property taxes. The Town is required by Essex Town Charter Ch. 8, Sec. 802 to charge penalty and interest on balances unpaid by the date due. Delinquent balances are charged an 8% one-time penalty immediately after the due date and 1% interest monthly thereafter, until paid in full. Pursuant to 24 V.S.A. §1535, taxpayers have the right to seek relief from the Board of Abatement for the reasons outlined in statute. 
        Town of Essex Abatement Request Form
    • Utility bills (water/sewer)
    • Zoning Fees
    • Other accounts receivables
  • For Village of Essex Junction Voters:
    • Warning for June 1 Informational Meeting and June 2 Village Annual Meeting
    • Voter Information
      • Due to an emergency amendment to the election laws, the boards (Trustees and School Directors) are permitted to warn all annual meeting items to be voted on by ballot.
      • All voters are encouraged to vote by mail by requesting an early/absentee ballot now. Here’s how ballots can be requested now:
        • Call 857-0069 and leave your name, phone number, address, mailing address (if different), and which election(s) you are requesting the ballots for (i.e., all local elections, August primary, November general); or
        • Email clerk@essex.org with the information requested in (a) above; or
        • Request online through my voter page at https://mvp.vermont.gov/
      • The Clerk’s Office will mail you your requested ballot(s) as soon as they are ready for the upcoming elections.
      • Important:  You will not receive ballots automatically, you must request them.  Requests must be renewed each calendar year.  You can request now for all elections through December 31, 2020.

Village website page / Town website page

Assessor

Town of Essex and Village of Essex Junction Assessor will be working remotely and the offices will be closed to the public through at least May 15, 2020. Assistance is available during regular business hours by calling 802-878-1345 or emailing assessor@essex.org. We ask that all business with the Assessor’s office be conducted remotely via phone, email, through our online property card system, or through our online tax maps.  Residents and customers are asked to conduct all municipal business electronically, by phone, or by mail. For any business that cannot be conducted remotely, staff will be available by appointment only.  When entering municipal buildings, the public must wear masks and gloves. Staff will also ask screening questions before allowing visitors to enter. 

Essex Free and Brownell Libraries

Beginning May 4, our Libraries will offer curb side service for materials loaning.  The service is available Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM at Brownell Library and 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Essex Free Library.  Our Libraries also have a large variety of online resources that can be accessed with your library card. We continue to work on remote programming for all of our patrons. For more information on any of these services, please visit our library website links below or contact:

Essex Free Library staff can be contacted at 802-879-0313 or ToE.Library@essex.org

Brownell Library staff can be contacted at 802-878-6955 or frontdesk@brownelllibrary.org

Community Development

The Community Development Departments will be working remotely and the offices will be closed to the public through at least May 15, 2020. Staff will be monitoring voice mail and email and will respond to inquiries within 1-2 business days. The Planning Commissions and Development Review Boards will meet as needed to process applications.  

Residents and customers are asked to conduct all municipal business electronically, by phone, or by mail. For any business that cannot be conducted remotely, staff will be available by appointment only.  When entering municipal buildings, the public must wear masks and gloves. Staff will also ask screening questions before allowing visitors to enter. 

Town of Essex Community Development staff can be contacted at 802-878-1343 or community-development@essex.org

Village of Essex Junction Community Development staff can be contacted at 802-878-6950 or Village_CommDev@essex.org

Parks and Recreation

Offices/Programs:  The EJRP and EPR offices at 75 Maple Street will be closed through at least May 3, 2020. All programs scheduled to occur before this date have been postponed or rescheduled. 

Park amenities: (May 14, 2020 update) In response to the Governor’s update to outdoor recreation, Essex Parks have allowed the following updates to park amenities in accordance to CDC guidelines and municipal approval. This is subject to change at any time.

  • Arrive, Play and Leave - Groups may not congregate before or after activities. Please park in designated lots/areas only.
  • Fields, courts and disc golf are allowed as long as there are less than ten (10) in a group and there is no physical contact. Physical distancing guidelines still remain in place and organized teams/league play is prohibited.
  • Indian Brook Reservoir is open for pass holders only and dogs must be leashed at ALL times while on the property. All other amenities remain closed, including playground structures.
  • Park amenities include, but are not limited to, playground structures, skate parks, tennis/pickleball courts, pavilions, basketball courts, baseball fields and the designated dog park.
  • Remember, what you may be comfortable with doesn’t mean that others feel the same. Be respectful of one another.
    Play Smart and Play Safe - Failure to comply with these rules may result in re-closure of parks or amenities and/or individual penalties/restrictions.

Parks, trails, and open spaces:  These remain open as an important resource for health and wellness, as long as they are used in a safe manner. We encourage users to only be in groups with members of their household and to keep a six foot physical distance from other individuals at all times. If you are exhibiting symptoms, please refrain from visiting. While on trails, warn other users if you need to pass, and only pass when you can maintain a six foot physical distance away.  At this time, and until further notice, all pets are required to be on a leash at all times while at Indian Brook.  This pertains to being on leash while exiting your vehicle, in the parking lots, while enjoying the trails, and all other areas of Indian Brook Park.  Violations may result in the suspension or termination of passes.  As always, Indian Brook users must have a valid pass.

Childcare:  We are leveraging our long-standing relationship with EWSD to provide childcare for our healthcare workers and other Vermonters essential to the COVID-19 response at the direction of Governor Scott. 

Inquiries should be directed to 802-878-1376, recreation@ejrp.org  or recmail@essex.org. More information can be found on the Parks and Recreation Website.

Public Works and Water-Sewer 

As of Wednesday, April 29, Public Works field staff has returned to regular work schedules (start times of shifts may be staggered to minimize contact between teams of employees).  This includes all Highway and Water-Sewer employees.  Employees are practicing social distancing and wearing face masks if they need to share vehicles or if they are working in close proximity to other employees and the public.  

Requests for Service can be submitted via the See-Click-Fix app.  All Public Works Buildings remain closed to the public at the present time.  To contact staff:

Town of Essex Public Works staff can be contacted at 802-878-1344 or to public-works@essex.org

Village of Essex Junction Public Works can be contacted at 802-878-6944 or pw@essexjunction.org.

Senior Services

The Essex Area Senior Center and Senior Van Service are closed until further notice. 

Letter to senior members and van riders April 3, 2020