Kathi Walker O’Reilly, Director
We continue to work with companies looking to relocate and call Colchester their home. Colchester’s business community is important to the town’s future and economic sustainability. 96 percent of Colchester businesses are owned by individuals (vs. stockholders). We have small companies that are home-based to large companies that sell to countries all over the world. We have food and beverage manufacturers and some of the best agricultural businesses in the state.
We recently took the economic affairs officer from the Quebec Consulate in Boston on a tour of Colchester, showing sites and buildings that could house Canadian companies looking for a U.S. presence. There are over 30 companies that would like to relocate to the U.S., and we are working to bring at least some of those to our community. These types of initiatives are important as we continue marketing Colchester as a viable option to locate a business.
Here are 2017 Colchester business statistics from the Vermont Department of Labor:
2017 CHANGE FROM 2016
Total Businesses 665 + .8 percent
Total Employment 9,906 + 1.2 percent
Total Wages $509M + 3.5 percent
Average Wage $51,427 + 2.3 percent
Planning and Zoning
Sarah Hadd, Director
The planning commission continues work on the town plan. Upcoming meeting dates and topics can be found at tinyurl.com/2019TownPlan. Current surveys and survey results for these topics are online. Podcasts from our meetings can be found on anchor.fm/2019townplan, or you can find it on most popular podcast streaming sites.
The development review board met on June 13 and approved:
Final plat application of Cosimo & Sandra Lomartire & Rivers Edge Building Development for a 49-unit planned residential development at 634 Malletts Bay Ave.
Site plan application of Sisters & Brothers Inv. Group and Plasso LLC d/b/a Burger Bar for 12 outdoor seats
Site plan and conditional use applications of Malone Dorset Street Properties for manufacturing and processing with distribution and warehousing at 146 Brentwood Dr.
Site plan application of Visiting Nurse Association to add 20 parking spaces at 3113 Roosevelt Hwy.
Conditional use application of Dan & Laurie Keough to enlarge a residence at 1403 East Lakeshore Dr.
Conditional use application of Michael & Lynn Mazza for a 3,200-foot garage addition at 1059 Middle Rd.
Bryan Osborne, Director
The summer water quality program is back for its 14th year! Water quality tests are taken by town staff at nine public swimming areas, including multiple samples from Bayside Beach and Rossetti Natural Areas, on Mondays and Wednesdays from mid-June through the end of August. The samples are sent to a lab that tests for Escherichia coli (E. coli), a bacteria that can cause human health problems including gastroenteritis. A reminder: Swimmers should steer clear of streams and areas where streams or storm drains flow into the lake. Sampling locations, past and current year water quality test results, and other program information can be found here.
Other activities include:
Line striping is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday nights (6/26-6/27).
Working with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation to increase available funding for the Malletts Bay sewer project
Young Street stormwater pipe replacement is being scheduled. The final date is yet to be determined.
Developing contract documents for the renovation of the basement of the meeting house and for a replacement HVAC system at Burnham Library
Mountain View Drive Sidewalk is nearing completion
Spot repairs of sidewalk along College Parkway are complete
East Road culvert project scheduled for mid-July
Capital paving program contract has been awarded and is tentatively scheduled for late July into August.
Developing a scope of work for the replacement of failed stormwater pipes on Reynolds Drive.
Final plans for the West Lakeshore Drive shared use path project are in the final stage of review. The town is pushing for bidding and construction starting this summer and fall and completion next spring.
4th of July Parade
The annual 4th of July Parade and Celebration starts at 11 a.m. on Blakely Road due to continued roadwork on Main Street. Blakely Road will be closed from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. including Lakeshore Drive, Williams Road and Malletts Bay Avenue.
The parade will start from Colchester High School and end at Lavigne Road. Parking is available at the school lots (CHS, CMS and MBS) and town offices. Please do not park on the Blakely Road shoulders during the morning hours.
If you are interested in entering a vehicle, float or organization in the parade, please complete a registration form at http://colchestervt.gov/363/4th-of-July-Celebration. Additional info about staging at Colchester High School and dismount zones on Lavigne Road will be sent to parade participants prior to the event.
Other 4th of July events include the 5K Fun Run at Union Memorial School, lifeguards on duty at Bayside Beach (including SUP, kayak, pedal boat and inflatable water park rentals), music and food concessions at Bayside Park and a fireworks show over the Bayside softball field at dusk.