Aaron Frank, Town Manager
Ann Doubleday is retiring from Colchester’s Burnham Memorial Library after 23 years. Ann began as a volunteer, was hired in the children’s department, then transferred to circulation services, and most recently served as cataloger. Ann’s calm, steadfast, and detail-oriented work served the library well. Join us in wishing Ann an enjoyable retirement!
Recent cases: Chittenden County has had 644 cases in the last 14 days. Last week, there were 438 recent cases. Given our regional social, employment, and shopping networks, countywide cases seem more important than cases in Colchester although our cases are up also. https://www.healthvermont.gov/covid-19/current-activity/vermont-dashboard
Vaccination progress: As of March 27 in Vermont, 192,790 people received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 107,000 of those completed vaccination.
Set up an account. You may set up an account in advance of your vaccine registration opening date. https://vermont.force.com/events/s/selfregistration
Please be careful: Keep masking, distancing, avoiding crowded places, washing hands, and get tested when you have symptoms so we can wind this pandemic down with as little additional sickness as possible.
Burnham Memorial Library
We are thrilled that so many of our patrons have been able to receive one of the new COVID-19 vaccines and we understand your enthusiasm to travel, see friends, and visit the library. However, due to the vaccination roll-out, most library staff -- and the community at large -- have not yet received the vaccine.
Multi-family gatherings are still substantially restricted in Vermont. We are well above the level of daily cases that closed our library to indoor public access last spring. In order to protect the health and safety of the community and our staff, the library will remain closed to indoor public access until conditions improve. We have learned enough about the virus and its capricious nature to be careful about predictions, so we are not ready to say exactly what needs to change.
Please know that there is nothing that Colchester’s Burnham Memorial Library staff would like more than to open to indoor public access. We are monitoring the cases, state guidance, and business sector guidance daily in order to inform these decisions.
We appreciate your continued patience and understanding as we navigate this challenging time.
We are continuing to offer curbside service and virtual offerings to our patrons. Curbside service days are Tuesdays from 1-4 p.m., Thursdays from 3-6 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. You can reserve books through our card catalogue on our website, or by sending us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling us at 802-264-5660. We do ask for 24-hours notice to get all your items ready for you.
In addition to curbside services, we are pleased to host weekly virtual storytimes on our Burnham Library Youth Services page. Join Miss Hannah and Miss Pam on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. for stories, songs, and lots of giggles. Past storytimes are available on our Facebook page if you’ve missed any: https://www.facebook.com/burnhamlibyouth
Thanks to the fundraising of the Friends of the Burnham Library we are adding many e-books and audiobooks to our Green Mountain Library Consortium digital collection!
Head over to our website to find out how you can check out and place holds on so many new titles: https://colchestervt.gov/182/Downloadable-Audiobooks-eBooks
Here is an example of a book that is both part of our physical and digital collection: “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett - Adult Fiction, 2020
Katarzyna Janiga, Circulation Services
Desiree and Stella Vignes were born in a small, rural community in Louisiana, comprised of mostly black citizens in the 1940s. Years after witnessing the brutal lynching of their father, they ran away to start new lives in New Orleans. Shortly after they settle in New Orleans, Stella disappears. In this brilliantly written multi-generational family saga, Bennett delves into the Vignes sisters’ early beginnings and follows their lives after they separate. Bennett explores themes of racial identity and loss, as she solves the mystery of what happened to Stella after she left New Orleans, through the lives of her and Desiree’s daughters. As their stories all intersect, mysteries are solved and questions are answered; the four women in this powerful narrative are left with the realization the past is something that can never be fully left behind, but continues to shape the way they move forward and make decisions about their future.
We are reviewing all Certificates of Occupancy that have been issued since April 1, 2020 and will be starting our annual field review this week. The assessor will be driving through every neighborhood in town in a silver Nissan pickup. Because of COVID-19 he will not be making any interior inspections.
All parcel data is available online; go to the Assessor’s page at https://www.colchestervt.gov/149/Assessor
If you have any questions please call the Assessor’s Office at 802-264-5671.
Upcoming Town Meetings
Agendas available at: https://clerkshq.com/Colchester-vt
Planning Commission: 7 p.m. April 20 via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/9359846003
Zoom Meeting ID: 935 984 6003:
Mail or email public testimony prior to the hearing (email@example.com or Town of Colchester Planning Commission, 781 Blakely Road, Colchester, VT 05446)
Development Review Board: 7 p.m. April 14 via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/9359846003; Zoom
Meeting ID: 935 984 6003
Live stream: http://lcatv.org/live-stream-2
Mail or email public comments prior to the hearing (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Town of Colchester, c/o Development Review Board, 781 Blakely Road, Colchester, VT 05446) or participate at public comment periods during the Zoom meeting.
Recreation Advisory Board: Next meeting: TBA
Conservation Commission: Third Monday of the month. Next meeting: 6 p.m. April 19, 2021. Dial: 1-929-205-6099; Meeting ID: 940 0941 6919; Passcode: 291046
Library Board of Trustees: 4:30 p.m. April 15, 2021. Dial: 1-929-205-6099 Meeting ID: 915 3778 8889 Passcode: 167274.
Selectboard: 6:30 p.m. April 13, 2021.
Attend via phone: 1-929-205-6099; Meeting ID: 936 3297 3311; Passcode: 692394
Alternatively, send a note to TownManager@colchestervt.gov with “Citizens to be Heard” in the Subject and your name. As with in-person Citizens to be Heard, we ask that you SHARE YOUR ADDRESS. The email will be shared with the entire Selectboard prior to the meeting and included in the information packet at the next meeting.
Watch the meeting online via live stream: http://lcatv.org/live-stream-2
Selectboard Agenda: www.bit.ly/Colchester-SB-Agendas
Subscribe to the Town Newsletter: https://www.colchestervt.gov/list.aspx
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