Manager’s Message
Aaron Frank, Town Manager

(Photo by Michaela Halnon)

The town was without access to Front Porch Forum for most of the month of May and part of June. Despite our paid subscription – which FPF requires in order for the town to have access to all six Colchester FPF “neighborhoods”—it was not until last week that our service was restored. This is not a criticism of FPF, but it does illustrate the problem with relying on a communication method over which the town has little control.

For the fastest response to questions or concerns, we encourage residents, businesses and visitors to contact the town directly at 264-5500, or reference our departmental and employee phone and email directory at http://colchestervt.gov/directory.aspx.

 

Police Department
Chief Jennifer Morrison

Colchester Police Chief Jennifer Morrison (Courtesy photo)

School will soon be out and that means more young people on the streets, sidewalks and neighborhoods. Good weather also brings out more pedestrians and bicyclists. Please remember to watch out for other roadway users and courteously share the road!

CPD would like to remind the public that possession of fireworks is illegal in Vermont. It is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $100 and up to 30 days in jail for each offense.

The Community Outreach Program has finished its first month in action, and the team has been staying very busy. They have assisted officers in dozens of cases and have done outreach to people in the community with unmet social service needs. The goal of the C.O.P. is to provide a supportive presence in communities and to provide a timely response to individuals with social service needs and/or problematic behaviors that are non-criminal and often related to mental health issues or substance abuse. The specialists are able to respond to many situations thereby freeing up police and first response resources. Businesses and individuals can contact the team directly by calling 488-7778.

 

Rescue and Technical Rescue Squads
Rescue Chief Scott Crady

Hello from your new rescue chief. I officially took on the role as of June 1 and am happy to be serving the town of Colchester. We congratulate Chief Amy Akerlind on her transition from her position as rescue chief to that of a per-diem member of rescue. She is also now the proud owner of her own business, Squad Dogs.

We welcome our new full-time employee, Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Kiley Baillargeon, who will be our volunteer membership coordinator. Kiley is a Colchester native, a UVM graduate and brings us her experience as the director of UVM Rescue.

Rescue held its annual open house during National EMS Week on May 23. There was a great turnout of residents. We would like to thank Colchester Center Volunteer Fire Company & Malletts Bay Fire Departments for their attendance and display of apparatus; Colchester Police for their demonstration of K-9 Tazor and grilling expertise; Red Cross & Seat Smart (car seat safety) for their displays and assistance; Colchester Technical Rescue for their display of equipment; and special thanks to paramedic Shelby Evans, our outreach coordinator, for a wonderful job of organizing this event!