In this Newsletter (Scroll down for details).
Important Election Information
Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department Welcomes Trick-or-Treaters
Pawlet Public Library Humanities Reading and Discussion Series
Pawlet Emergency Team emergency shelter announcement
Town clerk office hours
Library Hours
Did you know?
Highway Department — contact information

Upcoming Events & Important Dates
(scroll down toward the end of the newsletter for details)
October 31: Select Board Meeting
November 7: Public Library Monthly Board Meeting
November 8: Historical Society’s monthly meeting
November 13: Mettawee School Board Meeting
November 14: Pawlet Public Library Humanities Reading and Discussion Series
November 14: Select Board Meeting
October 27: Planning Commission Meeting
November 28: Select Board Meeting

Important Election Information
2024 Annual Town & School Meeting
To coincide with 2024 Presidential Primary

March 5, 2024

Important Information

  • The State of Vermont does not have a General Election in odd numbered years even though other states do
  • Town & School Annual Meeting is March 5, 2024 (the same day as Vermont’s Presidential Primary)
  • For the Presidential Primary ONLY, as in the past, you will be asked to choose a ballot
  • Deadline to submit petitions for articles to appear on the ballot is 1/18/2024.  Must have signatures of at least 5% of the registered voters.  17 V.S.A. §2642 (a)(3)(A)
  • Deadline to submit nominating petitions is 1/29/2024 by 5:00 PM.  Must have signatures of at least 1% of the registered voters.  17 V.S.A. § 2681 (a)
  • At the start of every year, requests for early voting ballots must be made for that calendar year.  Ballots are not automatically going to be mailed for these two elections (Town/School & Pres. Prim).
  • Early voting ballots may be requested in person, by phone or online at https://mvp.vermont.gov/
  • Register to vote in person or online at https://olvr.vermont.gov/
  • General Election Ballots (November 5, 2024) WILL automatically be mailed to every eligible registered voter in the state of Vermont.  You do not need to request them.
  • Town of Pawlet Offices with terms expiring 3/5/2024
    • Moderator (1 year term)
    • Selectboard (3 year term)
    • Selectboard (1 year term)
    • Selectboard (1 year term)
    • 2nd Constable (2 year term)
    • Delinquent Tax Collector (1 year term)
    • Library Trustee (3 year term)
    • Mettawee School District Director (3 year term)
    • Mettawee School District Director (3 year term)
  • Mettawee School District Officers will be offered at a later date

Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department Welcomes Trick-or-Treaters
The Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department station will be manned and stocked with lots of candy from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on October 31. Come by and say hello!

Pawlet Public Library Vermont Humanities Reading and Discussion
The Pawlet Library will host a discussion about Nancy Gallagher’s book, “Breeding Better Vermonters: The Eugenics Project in the Green Mountain State. To register for the even, email pawletpub@gmail.com or call 802-325-3125. Limited copies of the book are available at the library.

Pawlet Emergency Team emergency shelter announcement
The Pawlet Emergency Team is bringing renewed focus to strengthening our program around local emergency sheltering so that we are ready to support our community should the need arise. Both the Mettowee Community School and the West Pawlet Firehouse are identified as options for local shelters that can offer support to those displaced due to property or infrastructure damage, or to those who are not able to meet their basic needs due to a disaster situation.

In the event of a need to open a shelter locally, we would function as a partner shelter with the American Red Cross (ARC), which could provide material support. Communities are responsible for developing their own team of volunteers to staff the shelters and the American Red Cross will provide training for these teams.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a shelter volunteer, please contact Jacki Becker at jackiebbecker@gmail.com, or Bob Morlino at robertm850@aol.com.

Town Clerk Office hours**
Monday:  9:30-3:30
Tuesday: 9:00-3:00
Wednesday:  9:30-3:30
Thursday:  Closed
Friday:  Closed

** Please note: Appointments need to be made ahead of time for land record and genealogical research.

The Pawlet Public Library will be closed on Saturday, November 11, 2023 in honor of Veteran’s Day.

Pawlet Public Library hours of operation
Sunday – Closed
Monday – Closed
Tuesday – 11:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday – 11:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday – 11:00am – 5:00pm
Friday – 10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday – 10:00am – 2:00pm

Curbside service is available by appointment on the days the Library is open. Contact the Library staff at 802-325-3123 or pawletpub@gmail.com.

Did you know?
Halloween means big business with Americans spending more than $6 Billion annually. Still, it lags far behind the spending for other non-federal holidays like Father’s and Mother’s Day and Valentine’s. Federally recognized holidays Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas also top it for spending.

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

Upcoming Events Details

— October 31, 7:00 p.m. — Pawlet Select Board Meeting
The agenda for the next meeting will be available HERE. 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.

— November 7, starting at 6:00 p.m. — Pawlet Public Library Monthly Board Meeting
The Library Board typically meets the first Tuesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. The May meeting is an exception. The meetings are open to the public; please contact the library for more information on how to join the meeting at 325-3123.

— November 8, 7:00 — Pawlett Historical Society’s Monthly Meeting
The meeting will be held at the Pawlet Library. Contact Rose Smith at 802-645-0306 if you’d like to attend virtually via Zoom.

— November 13, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. — Mettawee School Board Meeting
Taking place at the Town Hall.  

— November 14, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. — Pawlet Public Library Vermont Humanities Reading and Discussion
The Pawlet Library will host a discussion about Nancy Gallagher’s book, “Breeding Better Vermonters: The Eugenics Project in the Green Mountain State. To register for the even, email pawletpub@gmail.com or call 802-325-3125. Limited copies of the book are available at the library.

— November 14, 7:00 p.m. — Pawlet Select Board Meeting
The agenda for the next meeting will be available HERE. 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.

— November 27, 7:30 p.m. — Pawlet Planning Commission Meeting
The Planning Commission usually meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 7:30 PM; meetings have returned to being held in-person. The agenda for the next monthly meeting will be available on the town website HERE. Meetings are held according to the rules of procedure established by the Vermont League of Cities and Towns.

— November 28, 7:00 p.m. — Pawlet Select Board Meeting
The agenda for the next meeting will be available HERE. 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.

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