For current information, and health/safety resources regarding COVID-19:
Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/
Vermont Department of Health: healthvermont.gov/covid-19
Town Role: Your Town staff is focused on continued delivery of crucial municipal services such as rescue, fire, police, dispatch, winter road maintenance, and other critical infrastructure maintenance. We must support these services with facilities, equipment, and support such as: information technology, human resources, finance, treasury, coordination of resources and local public information.
The Town follows the recommendations from the Vermont Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control as they pertain to the Town as an employer and a provider of municipal services. We are also in daily communication with the Vermont Emergency Operations Center.
Colchester has a well-developed Emergency Operations Plan. We have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation since January. We have developed continuation of operations plans for municipal services which are now guiding us. The plans help maintain the crucial services; help keep the public safe, and help maintain the capacity of our first responding public safety services (rescue, fire police, and dispatch).
At a special meeting on March 17th, the Selectboard approved the annual update of the Emergency Operations Plan. Aaron Frank, Town Manager, declared a State of Emergency under the Colchester Code of Ordinances Chapter 16, Emergency Management. This declaration allows the Town to exercise emergency powers to help protect the public health and safety of our community.
Some municipal services have been purposefully reduced to increase the likelihood of maintaining services over the duration of this emergency. Detailed information is available by Department as noted below. With the exception of crucial municipal services such as rescue, fire, police, dispatch, winter road maintenance, and other critical infrastructure maintenance, our municipal departments will be working remotely. Please understand that we may not have the ability to address non-urgent complaints or issues. Many municipal services are available via phone, email, U.S. mail, and online. Library programs and Recreation programs, and before/after school care are suspended until April 6th. The Library is closed to the public but is delivering online services. The Town Offices are closed to the public as of March 24th until further notice.
Information about changed services:
- Burnham Library
- Town Clerk/Treasurer
- Parks & Recreation administration and program staff
- Planning and Zoning
- Public Works administration
Other Services & Updates:
- Colchester Fire & Water District #2 ANNOUNCEMENT CORONAVIRUS (PDF)
- Colchester Fire & Water District #3 ANNOUNCEMENT re. COVID-19 (PDF)
- Colchester School District 802.264.5999
- Colchester Food Shelf 802.879.2444
- Vermont 211: Dial 211 for a directory of state and non-profit human service programs
Notice from the Small Business Administration - Help for Small Business Owners
- Declaration of an Economic Injury Disaster in Vermont (PDF)
- Small Business Loan Fact Sheet and How to Apply (PDF)
Volunteering During COVID-19