Updated Message From the Wilmington Town Manager and Selectboard-7/24/20

July 24, 2020

Governor Scott Mandates Mask Wearing Starting August 1st

Dear Residents and Visitors,

This is week 19 of Governor Scott’s state of emergency due to the COVID-19 virus, now until August 15th. The Governor continues to extend the state of emergency monthly, while slowly opening the Vermont economy; Vermont Department of Education plans to bring our kiddos back to school this fall – stay tuned for more details. Today, Gov. Scott announced that starting August 1st masks are required of anyone over the age of 2, unless the person has a physical or developmental disability that would be complicated by wearing a mask. Masking-up is required in public spaces where 6-feet distancing cannot be observed. Please set the example!

The Town of Wilmington encourages everyone to mask-up in public spaces when you are unable to maintain 6-feet of distancing, and in stores, restaurants, etc… As of today, Vermont health officials report 86,582 people tested, 1,377 total cases, 1,156 total people recovered, sadly with 56 deaths and no increases for over a month. There is additional guidance related to travelers in New England and NE New York visiting from regions with no more than 400 cases per 1M population. The executive orders, rules and guidance change daily, so for the most up-to-date information click: https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/emergency-executive-orders.

Governor Phil Scott has relaxed more of the “Play Smart and Play Safe: Restart” requirements for businesses, such as retail, lodging and restaurants. The Governor and Selectboard encourage Vermonters and visitors to limit their exposure to disease outside of their places of residence as much as possible. Travel only as needed: for personal safety, medical care and care of others; for shopping and services; for fresh air and exercise, taking advantage of outdoor fitness activities that require low or no physical contact; for limited social gathering size, limits set forth in above ACCD and VDH guidance; for in-state stays at available lodging, campground and marina facilities.

The Green Mountain Beach on Lake Raponda has been open since July 2nd for residents and guests to enjoy “at your own risk;” self-monitoring requires an “arrive-play-leave” attitude within a 2-hour limit. There are no bathroom facilities and use of picnic tables is discouraged. Signage requires family or trusted household units to maintain 6-foot distancing – as a public space, use of masks if crowding is unavoidable is required. Please take personal responsibility to remove everything that you bring – a well-known golden rule is to leave a place better than the way you found it!

Great River Hydro (Harriman Reservoir) opened many locations around the lake with some restrictions. The boat launch is open and active. Swimming has always been “at your own risk”, and this year there is no use of picnic tables due to sanitization issues in state guidelines, but grills are open for use.  You may bring blankets for picnics, avoiding large groups of more than 25 trusted people.

Recent requests to slow traffic have emerged on well-traveled swimming and boat access points and other local roads, so slow for pedestrians and expect to see highway safety efforts at work.

Zoom is still our electronic platform of choice to conduct town business by boards, committees, and commissions. Thank you all for your patience with the limitations of zoom meetings. All Selectboard meetings are accessed through Zoom, until further notice. If you are having trouble finding the Zoom invitation for a meeting, please contact jdefrancesco@wilmingtonvt.us.

We encourage everyone to shop and dine local – mask-up in public for the protection and courtesy of all. Thank you for setting the example: Selectboard resolution, “COVID-19 Emergency Order – Wearing Face Coverings in Town Owned Buildings and Businesses Open to the Public” and now mask-up in public mandated by Governor Phil Scott.

Be well and be safe,
Selectboard: Chair Tom Fitzgerald, Vice-Chair (and state representative) John Gannon, Vince Rice and Sarah Fisher.Town Manager Scott A.Tucker stucker@wilmingtonvt.us

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The Grand List is online at http://wilmingtonvermont.us/departments/board-of-listers-listers-office2013-wilmington-tax-maps/

Tax bills, property cards and zoning material can also be emailed.

Administrative Offices-802-464-8591

Taxes-ext 112 crichter@wilmingtonvt.us

Administration- ext 123 jdefrancesco@wilmingtonvt.us

Town Clerk-ext 114 tlounsbury@wilmingtonvt.us

Listers-ext 113 dkingsley@wilmingtonvt.us

Zoning-ext 124 mtuller@wilmingtonvt.us

Highway-ext 140 sbrassor@wilmingtonvt.us

Fire-ext 145 smoore@wilmingtonvt.us

Wastewater-ext 150 jlazelle@wilmingtonvt.us

Police-ext 130

Website: www.wilmingtonvermont.us

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Be well and be safe,

Selectboard: Chair Tom Fitzgerald, Vice-Chair (and state representative) John Gannon, Vince Rice and Sarah Fisher.   Town Manager Scott A. Tucker stucker@wilmingtonvt.us


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