♦ Welcome ♦ Westfield Town Announcements ♦


♦ BUDGET MEETINGS: The Selectboard will hold their budget planning sessions on Tuesday, December 7th and Tuesday, December 21st at
8 a.m. at the Westfield Town Office, 38 School Street.

♦ SPECIAL SELECTBOARD ELECTION:
INFORMATIONAL MEETING FOR WESTFIELD VOTERS

Meet the Candidates for Selectboard
Wednesday, December 8, 2021
6 p.m. at the Westfield Community Center
59 North Hill Road (at School Street)

Due to the passing of long-time Selectboard member, Yves Daigle, there will be a special Australian ballot election on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, to fill Yves’ unexpired term on the Selectboard.

Candidates Richard Degre and Shelley Martin will introduce themselves at the December 8th, Meet the Candidates Informational Meeting. They will explain why they wish to serve on the Westfield Selectboard. Bring your questions for the candidates.

Polls will be open for Australian ballot voting on December 15th at the Westfield Community Center from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Absentee/Early voting is available now at the Westfield Town Clerks office (Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.). Please wear a mask when coming to vote.

For more information contact LaDonna Dunn, Town Clerk at 802-744-2484.


♦ RECYCLING UPDATE:

  • Holiday hours: Closed Christmas Day 12/25; Open Sunday, 12/26 8 a.m. – Noon; Open Saturday, 1/1/22 8 a.m. – Noon 
  • Effective immediately, we no longer accept tires from commercial businesses.

♦ IN MEMORY OF SELECTMAN YVES DAIGLE
& TREASURER MARY LOU JACOBS: 

The Town of Westfield is saddened by the loss of our special friend, devoted community leader and mentor, Yves Daigle, who passed away on September 7, 2021. We’ll all remember that twinkle in his eye and his infectious laugh when he was telling a story at recycling or a Selectboard meeting. He had a fierce love for his family and an undeniable love for humanity. When you were speaking with Yves, you knew you had his undivided attention. This special man will be greatly missed. Rest in Peace dear Yves. Click on this link for the obituary written by his family: Yves Avila Daigle
 
Sadly, we also lost our Treasurer, Mary Lou Jacobs on November 11th. Mary Lou shared her heart, passion for life, and love with so many who were fortunate enough to be her friend. There is no better example of strength and courage than how she faced her illness with grace and dignity each day. Our thoughts and strength are sent to her family as they, and all of us, mourn the loss of this special woman. She will be greatly missed. Rest in Peace Mary Lou. To read Mary Lou’s obituary visit: https://www.curtis-britch.com/obituary/mary-lou-jacobs

♦ HELP WANTED: The Town of Westfield is seeking a Recycling Attendant for the Westfield Recycling Center every Saturday morning, year-round.

Attendant hours: Saturdays 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.(recycling is open 8 a.m. – noon)

  • Responsible for monitoring trash disposal and collecting trash fees.
  • Monitoring recycling bins to make sure proper items are disposed of in the proper bins.
  • Responsible for cleaning premises before and after recycling.
  • Must be detail oriented.
  • Must be able to lift 50+ pounds.
  • Good math skills and counting change required.
  • Good record keeping skills.
  • Must be trustworthy, reliable and on time to work.

If you have these skills and would like local employment, click here for a Job Application or stop by or call the Town Clerks office (802) 744-2484 for an application. Position available immediately.


♦ TROY & AREA LIONS CLUB COMMUNITY & SENIOR MEALSITE MENU:

A Big Thank You to Berry Creek Farm, and its CSA Members, for offering another season with fresh fruits and vegetables.
All are welcome to enjoy the weekly meal at the Westfield Community Center, 59 North Hill Road (at School Street). The meal is served at noon. A $4.00 suggested donation is appreciated.

Notice Re: Mealsite and Covid-19
In order to protect the health of our senior citizens, as well as our volunteer servers, the Troy and Area Lions Club, sponsors of the Westfield Mealsite Program, require that you be fully vaccinated in order to have a sit-down service. Otherwise, you are welcome to order a takeout meal and pick it up around 12:15. For pickup orders please call 744-5466 after 10 a.m. on Thursday. Until the pandemic has run its course this will remain our policy. This policy only applies to the Mealsite sit-down service, not to other activities that may be going on at the Community Center, nor to other Lions Club activities.

Thank you.
The Troy and Area Lions Club

  • December 2
    Juice, Baked Ham with Raisin Sauce, Squash, Roasted Potatoes, Rolls, Chocolate Cake.
  • December 9
    Juice, Pot Roast, Carrots, Mashed Potatoes, Rolls, Fruit Cocktail Cake
  • December 16
    Juice, Sausage-Apple-Walnut Stuffed Butternut Squash, Not-Your Mama’s Coleslaw, Cornbread w/Maple Butter,  Nantucket Cranberry Pie
  • December 23
    From Our Volunteers to All Our Seniors, we hope you have a wonderful Christmas Day. No Meal.
  • December 30
    Roast Pork Dinner

♦ TAXES WERE DUE ON OCTOBER 12, 2021:  Any unpaid taxes are now subject to an 8% penalty plus interest. For your convenience, after-hours payments can be dropped in the secure drop box to the left of the Town Office front door.  Visit the ♦ Property Taxes page (click on the Municipay logo) to make online credit card (an additional 2.65% is added in additional to regular credit card interest) or e-check payments ($1.50 flat rate charge) 24-hours a day. Please contact the Delinquent Tax Collector, Joyce Crawford (802) 744-8085 for the balance due on your account if you have not yet made your 2021 tax payment. 

♦ TOWN & SCHOOL ANNUAL REPORT:
Click here to view: Town & School Annual Report 2020

♦ TOWN OF WESTFIELD HOUSING NEEDS ASSESSMENT: 

The Town of Westfield produced a Housing Needs Assessment. The assessment inventories existing housing conditions and explores housing needs now and in the future. Specifically, we examined redevelopment ideas at the Scenic View site, the 25-unit residential care home that closed in 2018. A public presentation was held on January 12th at 6 p.m. 

This project is funded by a Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development Municipal Planning Grant and is being produced by Camoin 310, an economic and community development consulting firm.


♦ THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA):

Adopted at the December 7, 2020 Selectboard meeting, this position statement in accordance with the Federal Law.

Selectboard Position Statement Regarding Americans with Disabilities Act


♦ HITCHCOCK MUSEUM & MEMORIAL LIBRARY AND THE TOWN OFFICES ARE OPEN REGULAR BUSINESS HOURS:

The Hitchcock Museum & Memorial Library is open with social distancing, masks, and cleaning protocols in place. Winter hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Town Clerk’s office is open to the public, Monday – Thursday 8 am to 4 pm.  The vault is still by appointment only. Please call the office at 744-2484 to make an appointment.  

The Recycling Center is open every Saturday, 8 a.m. until Noon. Masks and social distancing are recommended.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to work through this challenging pandemic. Please check this website frequently and Like Us on Facebook for updates.

Be well and stay safe.


♦ 2021 ATV PERMITS:  The Town of Westfield is NOT REQUIRING ATV PERMITS FOR THE 2021 SEASON. Reminder: The season begins on May 15th through November 15th. Hours:  8:00 am to 9 pm. ATV’s are permitted on town maintained portions of roads only. The road map and ordinance are below.


♦ IN NEED ?

  • Jay Area Food Shelf:  Serves Jay, Westfield, Lowell, Troy and North Troy.  Every Thursday, 9am – Noon at the Jay Town Hall.
  • Need a Mask?  Email jayfocusgp@gmail.com
  • Free Books.  Jay Town Hall porch. M, T, Th 7 am-4 pm.  Wednesday 7 am – Noon.  Inside Westfield Town clerk office and inside Lowell Town Hall, Mon-Thurs  8 am – 4 pm.


♦ DOG LICENSES:  Dog licenses are due by April 1st each year.  All dogs 6 months of age or older are required by Vermont State Statue to be licensed.  Proof of rabies certificate is required for licensing.  License fee on or before April 1:  Spayed/Neutered  $9 ,  Unspayed or unneutered,  $13.  License fee after May 15th:  Spayed/Neutered $11 ,  Unspayed or Unneutered $17. 

Dog licenses are issued at the Town Clerk’s office, 38 School Street,  Monday through Thursday 8 to 4.  For more information, please call 744-2484.


♦ HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN:

Town officials, in conjunction with the towns Regional Planning Board, Northeastern Vermont Development Association (NVDA), recently began work on an updated Hazard Mitigation Plan. We are seeking input through a community survey. Paper copies of the survey are available at the Town Clerks office, at Town Meeting or the online survey may be completed by clicking this link: http://www.nvda.net/westfield

Your input will help us insure we mitigate potential hazards in our community. If you wish to participate on the committee, please contact a Selectboard Member (Yves Daigle, Jacques Couture or Anne Lazor) or the Town Clerk’s office at 744-2484.

Westfield Hazard Mitigation Informational Flyer


♦ VILLAGE CENTER DESIGNATION: 
The Town of Westfield was recently awarded Village Center Designation by the Department of Housing and Community Development. For full details click on this Press Release Link-Westfield Village Center Designation 9-2019


♦ TAFT BROOK ROAD NOW DEAD END ROAD:
Click here to view the Selectboard resolution


♦ SELECTBOARD MEETING DAY/TIME: The Selectboard meets at 5 p.m. the third Monday each month, for their regular monthly meeting. Until further notice the meetings are held remotely via Zoom. You may join Zoom meetings by telephone or electronic device. Login information is at the top of each agenda. Agendas and minutes can be found by clicking here to visit the Meeting Minutes/Agendas page. Contact the Town Clerk if you would like an item on the agenda.


♦ VT TAX INFORMATION: Click on this link for VT Dept. of Taxes-FAQs Tax Time.  The document includes links for VT Department of Taxes forms.


♦ NOTICE TO HOMEOWNERS: Homestead Declaration are to be filed each year by every Vermont resident whose property meets the definition of a homestead. A Vermont homestead is the principal dwelling and parcel of land surrounding the dwelling, owned and occupied by a resident individual as the individual’s domicile on April 1. If your homestead is leased to a tenant on April 1, you may still claim it as a homestead if it is not leased for more than 182 days in the 2019 calendar year. Vermont Tax Booklets are available at:
  • Download fillable PDF forms from the web at www.bit.ly/vttaxforms
  • Order forms by email: tax.formsrequest@vermont.gov
  • Order forms by phone at (855) 297-5600 (toll free in the U.S.) or (802) 828-2515 

Visit the Property Taxes Page for additional property tax information.


Westfield has two FREE WiFi Hotspots:
Westfield Community Center and
the Hitchcock Museum & Library with
accessibility in the parking lots or 
inside the buildings.
No password required.

Westfield Community Center, 59 North Hill Road

OR

Hitchcock Museum and Library 1252 VT Route 100


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 Town Offices: 38 School Street, Westfield, VT 05874
Phone: (802) 744-2484 ♦ Fax: (802) 744-6224
Email: townofwestfield@comcast.net

LaDonna Dunn ♦ Town Clerk 
Karen Blais & Heather Johnson ♦ Assistant Town Clerks

Office Hours: Monday through Thursday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Lisa Deslandes ♦ Treasurer
Office Hours: Wednesday 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and by appointment

Cover photo by LaDonna Dunn: The stillness of winter in the Westfield Village.