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NOTICE TO TAXPAYERS

Notice is hereby given in accord with 32 V.S.A. Section 4111 that the undersigned listers within and for the Town of Guilford have this day completed the abstract of individual lists (the abstract) of property owners as of the first day of April, 2020.

The listers have this same day lodged the abstract in the office of the clerk for the inspection of taxpayers.

On the 20th day of July, 2020 at 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm the undersigned listers will meet at the Guilford Town Office, to hear appeals of taxpayers aggrieved by actions of the listers from whom timely grievances have been received.

To be timely, such grievance must be in writing and received (postmarks not accepted) by 3:00 pm on the 20th day of July, 2020.

At the close of grievance hearings, the listers shall make such corrections in the abstract as we determined upon hearing or otherwise.

Unless cause to the contrary is shown, the contents of said abstract will, for the tax year 2020, become the grand list of the town of each taxpayer named therein.

            Signed at Guilford in the County of Windham this 3rd day of July 2020

                                    Shaun Murphy

                                    Richard Smith

                                    Lisa Barry Assessor/Clerk

Due to the health threat caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and recommendations based on public health, we will not be holding face-to-face grievance hearings this year. If you wish to grieve, you MUST submit a grievance in writing by the date indicated in this notice. You are entitled to state the grievance in a hearing. If you wish to be heard in a live format in addition to submitting your grievance in writing, please provide us with a phone number where we can reach you for a phone grievance or online video conferencing platform. If we are unable to reach you on grievance day at the number you provide, and you do not return our call by the end of grievance hearings, we will decide your grievance based upon the materials provided with your written grievance.

Town Office Hours

Please note that the Guilford Town Office hours have changed. The Office is now open Monday through Thursday 7:00am until 5:00pm.

Dog Officer

The Town of Guilford is seeking someone to fill the role of Dog Officer. For more information, please contact the Town Administrator, Peder Rude at pederrude@guilfordvt.net or 802.254.6857, ext. 105.

Guilford Dog Ordinance 2020

TOWN OF GUILFORD, VERMONT

NOTICE OF ADOPTION OF DOG ORDINANCE

At their regularly scheduled meeting of 27 May 2020, the Town of Guilford Selectboard unanimously adopted a new Town Dog Ordinance. This ordinance is effective sixty (60) days after adoption and once in effect, it replaces the Guilford Dog Ordinance of 2009. The full text of the ordinance may be found on the Town website at guilfordvt.com or by appointment in the Town Office.

Any questions or comments about the new ordinance may be directed to Peder Rude, Town Administrator: 236 School Road, Guilford, VT 05301; 802.254.6857; or pederrude@guilfordvt.net during regular office hours.

CITIZENS’ RIGHT TO PETITION FOR VOTE

Title 24 V.S.A. § 1973 grants citizens the right to petition for a vote at a special or annual Town Meeting to disapprove ordinance amendments adopted by the Selectboard. To exercise this right, citizens must present to the Selectboard or the Town Clerk a petition for a vote on the question of disapproving the amendments signed by not less than five percent (5%) of the Town’s qualified voters. The petition must be presented within forty-four (44) days following the date of the adoption of the amendments. Unless a petition requesting a vote is filed pursuant to 24 V.S.A. § 1973, the amended Dog Ordinance shall become effective sixty (60) days from the date of said adoption.

Dog-Ordinance-Amended-2020-SIGNED

Green Up Day 2020

Celebrating 50 years of Greening Up!

GREEN UP IS HAPPENING on SATURDAY, MAY 30th.  As usual, the Town trucks will be parked at the Broad Brook Community Center (aka the Grange) from 9 am to 5 pm to load up with road side garbage that we pick up. As usual, tires will NOT be accepted and one truck will be designated for any metal and hazardous waste found. As usual on the day of, folks can mark where they are going to green up on our Guilford map. If you head out early, feel free to email the Green Up Coordinator and let her know where you have cleaned up.

What’s different?

  • For those who would like to get started early, Green Up bags will be available, as of Monday, 5/18/2020 by 9 am, at either BBCC on the porch (please take no more than 4 bags per family per visit) or by contacting Elly Majonen at ellymajonen@yahoo.com
  • BBCC will be open for bathroom facilities only (only 2 people in the building at a time).
  • No coffee/food/snacks will be provided. Bottled water WILL be available.
  • When at BBCC, please wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth, and adhere to social distancing safety guidelines (minimum 6 feet apart).

AS ALWAYS, please remember to protect yourself by wearing gloves, long pants and sturdy shoes or boots. Bug repellent is also recommended to deter ticks and black flies.

Thank you to ALL who have participated over the years. I look forward to seeing you on Saturday, May 30th Elly Majonen, Guilford Green Up Coordinator.

2020 Selectboard Annual Goals

Each year, the Guilford Selectboard sets short- and longer-term goals (called Visions below), in addition to our ongoing responsibilities. From these goals, we create a work plan as a framework to guide our actions.

With the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic, we questioned whether the entire plan might be inappropriate. The selectboard agreed to move forward, acknowledging that community safety and preparedness are now among our highest priorities. During this crisis, we are collaborating with State Representative Sara Coffey, as well as with Guilford’s vital commissions, community organizations, and neighborhood volunteers to strengthen our response.

VISION 1 Guilford is a welcoming, inclusive, affordable, sustainable community.               

PRIORITIES and ACTION STEPS

1. Build community connections

·      Invite new-comers (10 years or less) to join activities

·      Develop plan to animate neighborhoods

·      Develop plans to broaden awareness of citizenship

2. Increase broadband access

·      Participate in regional development work, led by the Windham Regional Commission

·      Join a Communications Union District

3. Assure adequate housing

·      (no specific actions steps are yet agreed to)

4. Engage our elders     

·      Encourage community conversations and engagements to bring together residents of multiple generations

VISION 2 The Selectboard is active, open, and transparent.        

PRIORITIES and ACTION STEPS

1.  Utilize all legally required communications

·      Stay abreast of state statutes, protocols, and practices (Town Administrator advises)

2. Social media engagements                                                       

·      Determine what an acceptable, user-friendly uptick in social media service could look like

·      Clarify roles for best engagements (Town Administrator, selectboard, community member)

VISION 3 The Selectboard works closely with Town Commissions, Committees, and Departments.          

PRIORITIES and ACTION STEPS

1. Meet twice annually with each town commission, committee, and department

·      Develop schedule

·      Issue collaborative follow-up report

2. Create and authorize new Finance Advisory Committee

3. Create and authorize Town Meeting Committee       

VISION 4 The Selectboard implements and monitors the Guilford Capital Plan.

PRIORITIES and ACTION STEPS

1. Bring special focus to Town Garage and Fire Department

·      Explore options for feasibility study for Town Garage

·      Manage creation and implementation of Fire Department Fund

 2.  Monitor progress on all other planned improvement, including Library, Historical Society, and Recreation Commission shed          

VISION 5 The Selectboard fosters collaboration among the various Guilford non-profits and community organizations.                 

PRIORITIES and ACTION STEPS

1. As schedule allows, meet twice annually with nonprofits and community groups

·      Develop schedule.

·      Issue collaborative follow-up report.

VISION 6 The Selectboard advocates for resident safety.               

PRIORITIES and ACTION STEPS

1. Advocate for traffic safety in Algiers

·      Continue advocacy and appeals

·      Advocate with legislative leadership (Sara Coffey, Becca Balint, Jeannette White)

2. Oversee appropriate emergency planning                                                                   

·      Activate best possible COVID-19 response

o   Ascertain that all Local Emergency Management Planning (LEMP) documents are up to date

o   Evaluate financial impacts and potentially recommend town budget adjustments

Alternatively, these Goals may be downloaded in PDF format here.

2020 Census – SHAPE YOUR FUTURE.

It starts with each of us doing our part. And how we do this is by completing the 2020 Census questionnaire. You can complete it online or by phone. It is easy, safe and takes around 10 minutes to complete.

Completing the questionnaire allows you to influence the amount of money that comes to Vermont for many of our essential programs…programs that benefit our health and safety, that pay for our roads, for local government, for schools, for hospitals, and for so much more…

All households should receive an invitation by this weekend with a 12 digit Census ID to go online and complete the questionnaire. But, you can complete the questionnaire at any time without the census ID by going to the official Census website, my2020Census.gov. When you get there you will see a link : “If you don’t have a Census ID, click here”. It will ask you for your physical address and from there you can complete the questionnaire. 

If you prefer not to use the internet, this is the first time we can complete the questionnaire by phone! You can call: 844-330-2020 to get help in English. There are an additional 13 other language options for completing the questionnaire as well. 

If you have questions, or need help, please call the 2020 Census office in Burlington at 802-557-6707 (we are teleworking to be safe and well and will respond to your calls), or you can email me at David.a.longsmith@2020census.gov and I’ll get back to you with an answer.

Green Up Day Postponed

Due to the given situation with COVID-19, Green Up Vermont has delayed Green Up Day until 30th May 2020. This may be changed as the situation changes across the state and country.