Community News

COVID PRECAUTIONS RENEWED

Due to the recent surge in Covid-19 and Delta Variant cases, the town offices of Middlesex will require researchers and visitors to wear masks beginning
Monday, Aug. 23.
In addition, all researchers are required to contact the town offices for an appointment to avoid having more than one researcher in our limited office space at a time.
To make an appointment, contact us at 223-5915 or [email protected]

The office will remain open for business 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

 


TOWN OF MIDDLESEX: PUBLIC NOTICE

LISTER & COLLECTOR OF DELINQUENT TAXES

Due to the September 20, 2021, resignation of David Smith from the positions of Lister and Collector of Delinquent Taxes, the Middlesex Select Board actively seeks nominations to fill those positions until the March 2022 Town Meeting. These are paid, part-time, elected positions and excellent ways to be more involved in your community. Candidates must be registered voters in the Town of Middlesex and should mail letters of interest to [email protected] or to 5 Church Street, Middlesex, Vermont.

Sarah Merriman, Town Clerk/Select Board Assistant
September 22, 2021


MIDDLESEX PLANNING COMMISSION
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

The Middlesex Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at 6:00 PM, on Thursday, October 28, 2021, at Middlesex Town Hall to seek comments on the Commission’s September 15, 2021, draft of the proposed Enhanced Energy Plan which will be included as an appendix to and update the Middlesex Town Plan adopted in 2019.  This notice is issued pursuant to 24 VSA §§ 4384 (d) and 4444 for the addition of the appendix enhanced energy plan to meet the criteria in 24 VSA 117 §4352

Participation via Zoom is available using the link below

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85107793516

Meeting ID: 851 0779 3516

Join by phone: (646) 558-8656 with above Meeting ID

 

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:

This Town Plan is an update of Middlesex’s current Town Plan which Town voters approved in 2019.  The only proposed change is the addition of the Enhanced Energy Plan as an appendix. The proposal covers all lands within the Town of Middlesex. Full copies of the draft Town Plan and proposed draft Enhanced Energy Plan are available from the Middlesex Town Clerk at 5 Church Street, Middlesex and online on the Planning Commission page of the What’s Next Middlesex website – http://www.whatsnextmiddlesex.org/planningcommission.html  

Topic areas of discussion include:

Chapter 1: A Community that Works for All

Chapter 2: A Landscape that Lasts

Chapter 3: A Place to Gather

Chapter 4: A Strong Foundation

Chapter 5: Achieving the Vision

Chapter 6: Maps and Appendices — (Including Enhanced Energy Plan)

For further information, please contact Planning Commission Chair Sandy Levine at 223-1192 or Town Clerk Sarah Merriman at 223-5915.

Dated: September 27, 2021 in Middlesex, Vermont

 THE MIDDLESEX PLANNING COMMISSION


TOWN OF MIDDLESEX: PUBLIC NOTICE
SITE VISITS AND PUBLIC HEARING
NOVEMBER 2, 2021

Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the provisions of Title 19 Vermont Statutes Annotated, Chapter 7, as amended, that the Middlesex Select Board, on its own Motion passed at the September 7, 2021 Select Board Meeting, will consider downgrading to Legal Trail an 832-foot Class 4 section of Dolan Road that is 195 feet from the intersection of Bolduc and Tangletown roads.

The aforementioned road section proposed to be downgraded is outlined and highlighted on a map posted at the Middlesex Town Clerk’s Office, 5 Church Street, Middlesex, Vermont. Further reference may be had to said map. All abutters and interested persons will be notified in accordance with 19 V.S.A §709.

THEREFORE, the Select Board will meet at Dolan Road at 4:00 P.M. on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, to visit the section under consideration. The Board will then reconvene at Town Hall, 5 Church Street, Middlesex, and via Zoom* to conduct a public hearing on downgrading the 832-foot section of Dolan Road. The Select Board will then determine whether the public good, necessity and convenience of the inhabitants of Middlesex require this change, per the procedure specified in 19 V.S.A. §711. The public and interested parties are invited to attend and participate at this public hearing.

Dated at Middlesex, Vermont, this 23rd day of September, 2021.

SELECT BOARD, TOWN OF MIDDLESEX


 *ZOOM INSTRUCTIONS

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7393380675

 Meeting ID: 739 338 0675

One tap mobile

+13017158592,,7393380675# US (Washington D.C)

 Dial by your location

       +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington D.C)

 


TOWN OF MIDDLESEX

Highway Department Employment Opportunity

The Town of Middlesex is seeking a reliable, qualified, drug-free and team-oriented candidate to join its road crew in a full-time position. Minimum Class B CDL required. Experience operating heavy machinery used by municipal highway departments, such as a tandem axle dump truck with plows and sanders, a bucket loader, grader, excavators along with knowledge of how to maintain such equipment is a plus. Benefits include: health insurance, paid vacations, holidays, VMERS pension eligibility and other perks. Competitive salary based on experience.

To request a copy of the Middlesex town employee policy, call (802) 223-5915. Please send a resume and cover letter to: Town of Middlesex, 5 Church Street, Middlesex, Vermont 05602. Or email [email protected].

Sarah Merriman
Town Clerk/Select Board Assistant


 

FOOD SHELF DISCONTINUES SERVICE

As of June 1, the Middlesex Food Shelf has closed its doors and transferred functions to the Middlesex Community Fund, where Middlesex residents are encouraged to explore assistance for food purchases and other needs (middlesexcommunityfund.org).

Also, two nearby food pantries are open to Middlesex residents: the Waterbury Food Shelf (https://waterburycast.org/waterbury-area-food-shelf or call 802-244-1561) and the Montpelier Food Pantry (https://justbasicsvt.org/food-pantry, or call 802-375-5369).


LEARN ABOUT ONGOING PLANNING PROJECTS

The Planning Commission has set up a cloud-based folder of documents related to projects such as the Enhanced Energy Plan, the Village Redesign, the Zoning Update and the Walkable Middlesex project. Commission members will continue to add to and update this cache of information. The public can access these documents HERE.


No change. The Board of Civil Authority conducted a recount of Article 16 on March 15th and confirmed the March 2, 2021 results. The vote ended in a tie: 338 yes to 338 no with 22 blank votes. This means the article fails, per 17 VSA 2688.


Click here for the March 2, 2021 Town Meeting (by Australian ballot) results.

Click here to see how the candidates fared and read the Official Record of Vote that includes write-ins.


CLICK HERE FOR
THE MIDDLESEX OFFICIAL RECORD OF VOTE
FOR THE NOVEMBER 3RD GENERAL ELECTION


A LETTER TO THE MIDDLESEX COMMUNITY
FROM ROAD COMMISSIONER STEVE MARTIN AND THE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT

Road Commissioner letter 101920


STATEWIDE PRIMARY
8.11.20
Middlesex Election Night Results


Thanks to David Crowell and Charlie Merriman for building a counter and installing a polycarbonate shield to make the Town Clerk’s Office safe!

 


MIDDLESEX FOOD SHELF

In light of the Covid-19 crisis, the Middlesex Food Shelf has suspended its regular Saturday food distribution and instead is making $200 grants available to Middlesex households to help them pay for groceries and other essential needs. No application or itemization is necessary. For information about the program, call David Carkeet at 802.229.9496 or email him at [email protected] Donations to this cause should be sent to Middlesex Food Shelf, c/o David Carkeet, 418 Macey Road, N. Middlesex, VT  05682. Please make checks payable to “Middlesex Food Shelf.” 


MIDDLESEX EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT RESPONDS TO COVID-19
Here are some helpful resources

  • If you NEED ASSISTANCE for any reason, please click here to fill out this form:
  • If you would like to OFFER ASSISTANCE , please click here to fill out this form:
  • Instacart https://www.instacart.com/ is an online ordering service that will pick up groceries you order from Price Chopper and Shaw’s as well as pet supplies from Petco. Those picking up prescriptions from CVS through this service will need the scrip-holder’s name and date of birth. If it’s a controlled substance, they will need to produce ID. Note there is a $3.99 – $7.99 charge for each delivery.
  • Meals on Wheels in Waterbury is accepting orders. Please call (802) 244-1234 to be added to their list.
  • Village Market in Waterbury is swamped and they are unable to fulfill online orders and curbside pickup at this time. Check back for more info.
  • CVS on US302 in Barre (at the old Friendly’s site) has a drive-thru window where you can easily pick up prescriptions without getting out of your car. For more info, this is their #: (802) 476-2550

Here are guidelines about how to protect yourself from COVID-19  from the Centers of Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html
If you are suffering from a fever and cough and are concerned about whether you are infected, please call your primary care provider. For more information, you can call the State of Vermont’s COVID-19 Hotline at 2-1-1. Here is another online resource from the State Health Department. https://www.healthvermont.gov/

Finally, if you don’t know where to turn call the Town Clerk’s Office at 223-5915 or email [email protected] We will do our best to help you.

Additional resources

VT Health Dept website: www.healthvermont.gov/response/infectious-disease/2019-novel-coronavirus
CDC website: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
FEMA website: www.fema.gov/
Federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: www.consumerfinance.gov/coronavirus/

Direct assistance:
The Middlesex Neighbor to Neighbor network is forming to support neighbors in need. Neighborhood captains will be contacting their neighbors. To request assistance online, go to www.middlesexvermont.org.
Senior centers: Waterbury Senior Center offers Meals on Wheels and pickup of meals. Call 802-244-1234.
Vermont Foodbank: www.vtfoodbank.org lists several services for individuals
Call 2-1-1 for referral to various social services, such as unemployment, tax preparation, and housing assistance
How to help:
Practice personal hygiene and personal distancing to safeguard your health and the health of those you interact with.
Volunteering safely: Follow guidelines set by the group you are volunteering with. These should cover safe handling of items you may handle; personal distancing; considerations for vulnerable populations; self quarantine requirements.
Volunteer opportunities: In Middlesex: www.middlesexvermont.org. Regionally: www.oncallforvt.org.
Make a donation to an area service agency, such as the Vermont Foodbank or Capstone Community Action

 


MARCH 3, 2020
MIDDLESEX PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY RESULTS CLICK HERE!
&
TOWN VOTE RESULTS CLICK HERE

READ THE DRAFT MINUTES OF THE MARCH 3, 2020 TOWN MEETING HERE! (Thanks, Sorsha!)


Hot off the Presses! Read the 2019 Middlesex Town Report here….


 


RESULTS OF NOVEMBER 5, 2019 WCUUSD SPECIAL SCHOOL MEETING

WCUUSD Vote Results
             
November 5, 2019
             
               
 
Berlin
Calais
Emont
Midd
Worc
TOTAL
 
Article 1: Shall the voters change the date
             
   of the 2020 Annual Meeting
             
Yes
67
73
100
55
48
343
 
No
11
10
11
6
5
43
 
Blank
0
3
1
0
0
4
 
Damaged
0
0
0
0
0
0
 
Total
78
86
112
61
53
390
 
               
               
Article 2 Shall the voters elect Moderator, Clerk and
             
   Treasurer by Australian ballot
             
Yes
70
72
105
55
50
352
 
No
8
12
7
6
3
36
 
Blank
0
2
0
0
0
2
 
Damaged
0
0
0
0
0
0
 
Total
78
86
112
61
53
390
 
               
Article 3 Shall the voters require that the ballots   be comingled
           
   for all Australian ballot elections
             
Yes
50
53
94
47
42
286
 
No
28
33
17
14
11
103
 
Blank
0
0
1
0
0
1
 
Damaged
0
0
0
0
0
0
 
Total
78
86
112
61
53
390
 
               
               

 


 


CLICK here to read the 2019-2027 Approved Middlesex Town Plan.

 


Vermont recording fees will increase effective July 1, 2019.

SUMMARY OF VERMONT RECORDING FEE CHANGES
32 V.S.A. §1671

  PREVIOUS FEE NEW FEE
Document Recording $10/page $15/page
PTTR (property transfer tax return) $10/document $15/document
Survey plat recording fees $15/sheet $25/sheet
Certified copy of records (no change) $10/page $10/page
Vault time $2/hour $4/hour

 

*Documents include all items recorded in the land records (deeds, mortgages, assignments, liens, releases, permits).

*Multiple assignments or releases included on one document are charged $15/assignment or release

 


Watch  Middlesex Select Board Meetings on ORCA HERE !!

  • Town Clerk’s Office Hours & Contact Info.

    OFFICE HOURS: The Middlesex Town Clerk’s Office is open to the public from 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Thursday. The office is closed on Fridays. As of August 23, anyone entering the office, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask. In addition, all researchers will need to make appointments to use the vault. Please call 802-223-5915.

    Town Clerk: Sarah Merriman
    Assistant Town Clerk: Vacant
    Address: 5 Church Street, Middlesex, VT 05602
    Phone: 802-223-5915
    Fax: 802-223-1298
    Email: [email protected]