May 29, 2020
Dear Residents and Visitors,
This is week 11 and two-weeks ago Governor Scott extended the state of emergency due to the novel coronavirus until June 15th, while today he suggested he would extend the state of emergency again. Some of the following information came from WCAX since the formal guidance was not yet available. Governor Scott said coronavirus trends continue in a positive direction for Vermont. As of today, Vermont health officials reported 975 coronavirus cases in the state and 55 deaths. There were only 24 confirmed cases over the last seven days. The executive orders, rules and guidance change daily, so for the most up-to-date info click: https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/emergency-executive-orders.
Governor Phil Scott continues to relax more of his “Play Smart and Play Safe: Restart” requirements for specific businesses, such as retail, lodging and restaurants. Today he announced an expansion of the limit on social gatherings from 10 to 25 as well as the reopening of gyms, spas, massage therapists, nail salons, cleaning services, and similar “interior maintenance” businesses starting Monday. Dentists are able to resume all procedures by Monday, with a long list of guidelines to follow. But the governor said the reason he is not willing to open more retail and lodging and get rid of the 14-day quarantine rule for out-of-staters is because models show that 41 percent of all COVID cases in the U.S. are within a five-hour drive from Vermont.
The Town of Wilmington Selectboard voted unanimously to approve a resolution entitled, “COVID-19 Emergency Order – Wearing Face Coverings in Town Owned Buildings and Businesses Open to the Public within the Town of Wilmington” on May 22, 2020. As a protective measure in town, wearing a face covering is required when entering a business or a town-owned building, consistent with Governor Scott’s Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order and the Vermont Department of Health & CDC guidance. There are two exceptions: one for children under the age of two, and another for anyone who has trouble breathing or who is unable to remove a mask without assistance. Local businesses are required to post signage at the entrance and at other locations stating that members of the public are required to wear face coverings by order of the Wilmington Selectboard.
Outdoor recreation and outdoor fitness activities that require low or no direct physical contact are encouraged by the Governor, but limit interactions to 10 – 25 or fewer people from trusted households. It is important for Vermonters to prioritize protecting those at higher risk for severe illness, limit travel to within Vermont to the extent possible, and stay close to home. Groups may not congregate (i.e. no tailgating), and campgrounds, marinas and beaches may open with specific restrictions. The Town of Wilmington Selectboard closed Green Mountain Beach on Lake Raponda, since we are unable to monitor and enforce the restrictions on gatherings.
Great River Hydro is the owner of Harriman Reservoir and has opened many locations around the lake with restrictions. The term “Limited” means some use is allowed (i.e. boat launch). The general changes to GRH recreation sites due to COVID-19 are:
1. Close/rope off picnic table areas and gated recreation areas are closed. (Limited/Closed)
2. No Restroom Facilities are provided and change huts are closed (Limited)
3. Boat launches are open except those not closed because of (1) above. (Limited).
It is important to note that anyone entering Vermont as a resident from another state or leaving Vermont for more than one-day for non-essential travel are required to quarantine at home for 14-days upon reentry. At the same time, the Governor is discouraging visits from our neighboring states and beyond, asking everyone to stay home to prevent outbreaks and limit the spread of COVID-19. We look forward to a healthier time when visiting Vermont will be safer for everyone.
Town buildings remain locked to the public. Normal business takes place by phone or by electronic means. If you have an appointment, you will be required to use a face mask upon entering, maintain a 6-foot social distance, and sign-in. Access to land records is easily handled through an electronic portal, however the Town Clerk, Therese Lounsbury, may on occasion allow access, one-at-a-time, for review of documents that can only be done in person. If an appointment is made, then all directives of the Town Clerk will be followed to include use of a mask, handwashing, and gloves. No other access within Town Hall is permitted, except by appointment. These rules are important to stop the spread of the coronavirus and to keep town employees, volunteers, and elected officials safe & healthy.
Zoom offers an electronic platform to conduct town business by boards, committees, and commissions, albeit with some limitations. However, everyone has been patient and we all just “roll with it.” All Selectboard meetings are accessed through Zoom, until further notice. If you are having trouble finding the Zoom invitation for a meeting, please contact email@example.com.
We encourage everyone to shop local with home delivery services, curb-side and outdoor restaurant service, in-person retail visits, and use of face masks in public places for the protection of all and as a matter of courtesy. Thank you for your patience as the Governor slowly opens our Vermont economy.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
You may dial 2-1-1 or email email@example.com or go to their website for any service referrals. Dial 9-1-1 for emergencies only and feel free to reach out to our Town Offices for town services:
All land records are available online at http://cotthosting.com/vtportal/User/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fvtportal%2f Records online date back to 1781. If you need help navigating the site or if there is a problem with a record, please call us at 464-5836. If you have trouble finding a referenced survey, give us a call. We will email you the unrecorded day book on request.
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.
Taxes-ext 112 firstname.lastname@example.org
Administration- ext 123 email@example.com
Town Clerk-ext 114 firstname.lastname@example.org
Listers-ext 113 email@example.com
Zoning-ext 124 firstname.lastname@example.org
Highway-ext 140 email@example.com
Fire-ext 145 firstname.lastname@example.org
Wastewater-ext 150 email@example.com
Vermont Service Referrals, Dial 2-1-1
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Transfer Station will be open regular hours. Please remain outside and do not enter the building. There is a collection box for fees. No change given. Thank you.