Upcoming Meetings and Events for April/May 2021
(scroll to the end for details)

April 20: Public Hearing regarding Town of Pawlet zoning regulations
April 20: Select Board Meeting
April 24: Fair Haven Police Department Drug Take Back Day
April 26: Planning Commission Meeting
April 27: Board of Civil Authority Meeting
April 27: Board of Tax Abatement Meeting
April 29: Pawlet Public Library and Pawlet Community Church Book Club Discussion
May 4: Select Board Meeting
May 4: Library Monthly Board Meeting
May 13: Pawlett Historical Society Board Meeting
May 18: Select Board Meeting
May 24: Planning Commission Meeting

Pawlet Public LibrarySpring Reading and Art Program for Children
The Pawlet Public Library offers a free Spring Reading and Art program for children grades 1-6 on Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., from April 14 through May 19. Reading Specialist Catherine Hunter explores renowned children’s authors and their picture books.

Sessions include open-ended art projects following book illustrator techniques. Art activities include color wheel and pattern exploration, watercolor and acrylic painting, clay modeling, sketching, and collage making. All materials are included. For more details and the book list, visit https://pawletpubliclibrary.wordpress.com/childrens-programs/

Registration is required because class size for this in-person program is limited. Following COVID-19 safety protocols, health checks and masks are required. To register, call the Library at 325-3123.

 

Vermont Department of Public Services telecommunications plan survey
The Vermont Department of Public Service is conducting this survey to evaluate your usage of telecommunications services to help inform the state’s 10 year telecommunications plan. The data collected by this survey will be used to help the State develop strategies to close gaps in broadband availability and capacity.

 

Mettawee School District Community Engagement Survey
The Mettawee Community School educates the children of Pawlet and Rupert from Pre-kindergarten through 6th grade.
Your feedback to the following questions would be greatly appreciated. Find the survey HERE.

 

Did you know?
The Pawlett Historical Society utilizes two T’s on the end of the town name. This is an intentional idiosyncrasy used by the Society’s founders starting back in the 1970s.  There are various reasons given for this use: that an early spelling for the town of Pawlet used two T’s and/or because there is a town in England spelled “Pawlett.”  Dorothy Offensend, one of the founders of the Society, visited Pawlett, England, and wrote about it in one of her books.  She always used that spelling in her series of newsletters, “Pages from my Pawlett Scrapbook.”  It was common for settlers from England who immigrated to America to name new towns for the towns they left behind.  “Dorset” and “Manchester” are two other local examples.

 – From Martha Schoenemann, PHS Historian

Town Office
The Town Office continues to be closed to walk-in traffic, but we are making appointments.  Please call ahead and be aware masks are required to enter the building. For more information see the Town Clerk’s page. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

The Town of Pawlet Highway Department requests that citizens do not come to the town garage to contact them. Please call them by phone and leave a message: 802-325-3467.

Pawlet Community Church Update: Our food pantry has been coordinating our “Helping Hands” meals program, which continues providing meals to those in need. We expect this program continue for quite some time. Mach’s Market and The Barn Restaurant have been preparing the meals that are being paid for by many donations from members of our community. Our supportive community and their donations also allow us to offer healthy meals through our food pantry and emergency fuel assistance. Information on these programs can be found below. We invite you to help support the programs if you’re able. Thank you so much!

A Helping Hand in Pawlet: A Helping Hand in Pawlet: FREE meals are available for those struggling to make ends meet. Wednesday’s meal is prepared by Mach’s Market; meals on Friday and Sunday are prepared by The Barn Restaurant.

Menus are posted each week on Front Porch Forum and on facebook/McChesneyRealEstateInc.

To reserve a meal, call Nancy Bryant at 802-325-3172 from 10 am to 12 pm THE DAY BEFORE (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) for pick up from 5 to 5:30 pm the next day.

Those who can are asked to make a tax-deductible donation to support this valuable outreach to our neighbors. Send checks payable to Pawlet Community Church Food Pantry, c/o Timothy Bryant, 337 Milaura Lane, Pawlet, Vermont 05761.

Healthy Meals at the Pawlet Food Pantry: Frozen prepared meals, healthy and free, are available at the food pantry for those in need every fourth Friday of each month (third Friday in December), 9 AM-12 PM, at the Pawlet Community Church, junction of Routes 30 & 133 in Pawlet Village. Know someone in need who can’t make it to the pick up? We can help! Call: 802-867-2409. Meals are provided by The Grateful Hearts non-profit food program.

Pawlet Emergency Management COVID-19 Updates: For regular updates  please watch and like the Pawlet Emergency Management Facebook page. We are focusing on local and State information. For ongoing Executive Order Measures issued by Governor Phil Scott in response to COVID-19, see Executive Orders. To sign up for daily updates on the coronavirus situation in Washington County, NY, click here. We hope you are all well and safe.

Information resource offered by Pawlet Library: Community Connector Sara Young has compiled an information resource that includes updates from the Vermont Department of Health and Town of Pawlet Emergency Management. It also lists local services in the Pawlet area, and State regulations and resources. For more information see Pawlet Area COVID-19 Information and Resources.

SVCOA Offers Shopping Service for Older Vermonters: Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging has started a new grocery and supply shopping service to support older Vermonters in Bennington and Rutland counties during the COVID-19 issue. The shopping service, which is supported by vetted SVCOA volunteers, is available to anyone age 60 or over, as well as eligible younger disabled individuals. If you or someone you know is interested in accessing the shopping service, or if you’re interested in volunteering, please call SVCOA at 802-786-5990 and ask to speak with Ellen Green. For more information about SVCOA, visit www.svcoa.org.

Update from Community Health Centers of the Rutland Region: Don’t hesitate to call 888-989-8707 for appointments and for any questions you have regarding your health. Check their website for more details, hours and locations https://www.chcrr.org/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CommunityHealthVT/

Upcoming Meetings and Events Details

– April 20, 7:00 PM: Public Hearing regarding Town of Pawlet zoning regulations
There will be a hearing on April 20th to amend the Town of Pawlet zoning regulations. Information about how to access the meeting can be found HERE.

– April 20, 7:00 PM: Pawlet Select Board Meeting
Meetings are held online; the agenda, which includes information on how to participate via Zoom, is available here: Agenda 4.20.2021. The Board meets every other Tuesday at 7:00 PM. Meetings are held according to the rules of procedure established by the Vermont League of Cities and Towns.

– April 24, 10 AM – 2 PM: Fair Haven Police Department Drug Take Back Day
Fair Haven Police department is participating in the April 24th drug take back day. It runs from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. You do not need to be a resident of Fair Haven or even VT. They will take them no matter where they come from. All over-the-counter meds of any kind, animal medications, and anything that anyone can think of that might be drug related are accepted.

– April 26, 7:30 PM: Pawlet Planning Commission Meeting
The Planning Commission usually meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 7:30 PM; meetings are currently being held online. The agenda for the next monthly meeting, which includes information on how to participate virtually, is available here: PPC Agenda April 26, 2021. Meetings are held according to the rules of procedure established by the Vermont League of Cities and Towns.

– April 27, 7:40 PM Board of Civil Authority Meeting
The members of the Board of Civil Authority include members of the Select Board, the elected Justices of the Peace, and the Town Clerk. The BCA has the following responsibilities:

  • reviewing and approving applications for addition to the voter checklist;
  • purging the checklist every two years;
  • to provide help with running elections (such as assistance during voting hours, tallying ballots at the close of the election); and
  • hearing grievances from taxpayers (if the taxpayer disagrees with the Board of Listers decision on the property assessment).

Board of Civil Authority – upcoming meeting via Zoom on April 27, 2021


– April 27, 7 PM Board of Tax Abatement Meeting

The Board of Tax Abatement has the authority to abate all or a portion of a resident’s property taxes, collection fees, and interest assessed by the Town according to specific criteria established by Vermont State Statutes. The Board meets as required to hear requests for tax abatement, and is comprised of the town clerk, the town treasurer, the Select Board, and the elected justices of the peace.

Board for the Abatement of Taxes – upcoming meeting via Zoom April 27, 2021

– April 29: Pawlet Public Library and Pawlet Community Church Book Club Discussion
The Pawlet Public Library and the Pawlet Community Church will jointly offer the second and final  Pawlet Community Book Discussion via Zoom on Thursday, April 29, 7-8pm for the book, “Waking up White, Finding Myself in the Story of Race,” by Debby Irving. The discussion will be facilitated by Rev. Tracy Weatherhogg. Join others from the Pawlet community in reading and discussing Irving’s story of self-discovery and insight about the issues of racism in her life.

A limited number of books will be available to borrow from the Pawlet Public Library. To reserve a book and receive the Zoom link, contact the Library at 325-3123 or pawletpub@gmail.com.

– May 4, 7:00 PM: Pawlet Select Board Meeting
Meetings are held online; the agenda, which includes information on how to participate via Zoom, will be posted on the website on the select board page HERE in the coming weeks. The Board meets every other Tuesday at 7:00 PM. Meetings are held according to the rules of procedure established by the Vermont League of Cities and Towns.

– May 4: Pawlet Public Library Monthly Board Meeting
The Library Board meets the first Tuesday of every month at 6:00 PM. The meetings are open to the public and are being held online; please contact the library for more information on how to join the meeting (802-325-3123).

– May 13: Pawlett Historical Society Monthly Board Meeting

– May 18, 7:00 PM: Pawlet Select Board Meeting
Meetings are held online; the agenda, which includes information on how to participate via Zoom, will be posted on the website on the select board page HERE in the coming weeks. The Board meets every other Tuesday at 7:00 PM. Meetings are held according to the rules of procedure established by the Vermont League of Cities and Towns.

– May 24, 7:30 PM: Pawlet Planning Commission Meeting
The Planning Commission usually meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 7:30 PM; meetings are currently being held online. The agenda for the next monthly meeting, which includes information on how to participate virtually, will be available HERE in the coming weeks. Meetings are held according to the rules of procedure established by the Vermont League of Cities and Towns.

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