Selectboard Meetings
& Town Meetings

Marriage Licenses

Civil Marriage License: $60
Certified copy: $10

Dog Licenses

Due on or before April 1:
Current rabies certificate is a must.

Dogs/Wolf Hybrids: $13
Neutered: $9

License Fees after April 1:
Dogs/Wolf Hybrids: $TBD
Neutered: $TBD


P.O. Box 238
Rochester, VT 05767
Phone: 802-767-3631

Town Clerk/Treasurer/
Tax Collector:

Julie Smith

Assistant Clerk/Treasurer
Kristen LaPell

Delinquent Tax Collector:
Rebecca Klein

Highway/Road Dept:
John Champion, Road Foreman
Dana Spalding
Teddy Smith

RHS Repurposing Project



All homepage rotating photos:
© 2022 Jeffrey Mather
© 2022 Jerry LeBlond
Photos used on this website are not public domain and need permission for use.



Our Office will be closed to the public this week (March 20-24) due to COIVD

We will be in and out of the office as our bodies allow us.

Please call and leave messages or email us and we will get back to you as soon as we are able.

This is out of our control, but we do apologize for any inconvenience.

Take care,

Julie & Kristen


Warning of Town Meeting

Download the pdf at the link below:

>> 2023 Town of Rochester Town Meeting Warning.pdf

Invitation to Bid

West Hill Road Bridge Replacement January 12th, 2023
Invitation to Bid
West Hill Road Bridge Replacement Project
Sealed bids from pre-qualified contractors shall be accepted until 11:00 AM,
prevailing time on Friday February 10th, 2023 at the Rochester Town Clerk Office
(67 School Street, Rochester, VT, 05767) for construction of the project
hereinafter described. Bid opening will occur immediately after the bid submittal
deadline. The time of receiving and opening bids may be postponed due to
emergencies or unforeseen conditions.
Sealed BIDS shall be marked in the lower left-hand corner: Bid Documents:
West Hill Road Bridge Replacement Project.
Each BID must be accompanied by a certified check payable to the Town of
Rochester for five percent (5%) of the total amount of the BID. A BID bond may
be used in lieu of a certified check.
PREQUALIFICATION OF CONTRACTORS: All bidders on this project shall be
on the Agency of Transportation’s prequalified list under the category listed
below or shall have submitted a complete prequalification application to the
Agency of Transportation, Contract Administration, a minimum of 10 working
days prior to the bid opening. For information contact Jon Winter at (802) 622-
All bidders shall be on the current VTRANS Contract Administration pre-qualified
list “Contractors List of Bridge Construction Category”.
LOCATION: Beginning at a point on West Hill Road (TH-37) in Rochester,
approximately 150 Feet northwest of the intersection of West Hill Road and
Vermont Route 73 in the Town of Rochester.
TYPE OF CONSTRUCTION: Work to be performed under this project includes
the removal and replacement of the existing bridge with a bridge on a modified
alignment, with associated roadway and channel work.
CONTRACT COMPLETION DATE: The Contract shall be completed on or
before October 15th, 2023.
OBTAINING PLANS: An electronic copy of the plans and bid documents may be
obtained from VHB at no cost by contacting Jason Keener through email at
jkeener@vhb.com or by phone at 802-497-6120.
Rochester Town Clerk Office, 67 School Street, Rochester, VT, 05767.
STANDARD SPECIFICATIONS: This contract is governed by the Vermont
Agency of Transportation (“VTrans”) 2018 Standard Specifications for

Town Office Closure

Please note: Our office will be closed December 26th – January 2nd to deep clean and close out/prepare for the new year. If you need to contact us, please email townclerk@rochestervermont.org


Town Office closed Thursday, December 8th

The office will be closed on Thursday. We will be attending a grant training.  We will be opened on Friday from 9-5. Sorry for any inconveniences. 

SkateSpace Newsletter

Please check out the latest updates about the SkateSpace Fundraiser by downloading this pdf:

>> SkateSpace Newsletter November 2022

The Generosity of Community Donors is Inspiring!



Angels in the Valley


This program is for families in our valley who need help providing gifts for their children this Christmas.


We all know that the joy of Christmas for a child involves gifts.

Are you concerned that you may not be able to provide that joy for your child?  We want to help.  For many in our valley, the joy of giving to a Christmas Angel is like receiving a gift themselves.  If your child is in need of new/ warm clothing, please be sure to supply sizes in the spaces below.

In order to help, we need the following information:



Child’s Age  ____________


Phone number___________

All information will be kept completely confidential and is used only if absolutely necessary.




Tops    _______________

Pant     _______________

Shoe    _______________



Special interests:



Please be sure to return this form to the Town Office in Rochester by using the drop box at the lower right of front door if needed on or before November 30th, 2022.


Presents will be available for pick up at the Town Office on December 22, 2022 by appointment only.  Katy Landwehr 802-565-0339


Please contact Katy Landwehr 802-565-0339 with any and all questions.

Warning – Vermont General Election – November 8, 2022

Please click below to download full Warning document:

>> Rochester Vote Warning Nov. 8 2022

Halloween Events in the Valley 2022

>> Download Halloween Flyer .pdf

Saturday, Oct 22, 2022, 5 to 6:30 pm
Sunday, Oct 23, 2022, 5 to 6:30 pm

“The Graveyard Society”
a production by the White River Valley Players
Where: Rochester, VT Village Cemetery, Rte 100, next to Mac’s

The White River Valley Players will present a Players Outdoors production of The Graveyard Society on Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23 beginning at 5 pm in the Rochester Village Cemetery (next to Mac’s.) Come listen to voices of Souls from Rochester’s past tell their own stories when they meet for All Souls’ Day. Their meeting is interrupted by a present-day tour guide who likes to embellish the truth, much to the dismay of the Souls gathered in the cemetery. Instrumental and vocal music will enhance the performance.

Audience members are asked to bring their own fold-up chair and are reminded to dress for the weather. Early arrival, at 4:45, would be appreciated. Suggested donations at the door, from $5 to $15. Refreshments will be available at the end of the performance.

Friday night, Oct. 28th (through Halloween)

Pittsfield’s gazebo on the green will be decorated for all to see. Drive by when it’s dark!

Sunday, October 30

Halloween Party! 1 – 3 pm
Hancock Town Hall
Games, crafts, treats and more!

Hancock Trunk or Treat 1 – 3 pm
Hancock Town hall parking lot.
Anyone wanting to have a car in the trunk or treat lot – set up begins at 12:30.  1st and 2nd place prizes (prizes tbd). 

Pumpkin Display 1 – 8 pm
Hancock Town Green
Jack o lantern contest with 1st and 2nd place prizes (prizes tbd).  Pumpkins should be dropped off between 12:00 – 1:00.  People should pick their pumpkins up between 8:00 – 8:30.

For more info check the Hancock Rec Committee Facebook page or email hancockreccommittee@gmail.com. 

Stockbridge Trunk or Treat 4 – 6 pm
at the Stockbridge Common
Games and Music! Awards for the Most Creative Trunk, Scariest Trunk, and Trunk Offering Best Treats!If you plan to set up a trunk, please contact stockbridgepto@gmail.com


Monday, October 31

Pierce Hall Halloween Party 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Pierce Hall, Route 100, Rochester
Come by for fun, music, laser lights, and dancing! Bring the whole family! We will be serving pizza, fruit, ice cream, hot chocolate, trick or treats, etc.  And the restrooms will be open for the community to use that evening. 

The traditional Halloween Book Giveaway 5 – 7 pm
at Roger Clark Memorial Library in Pittsfield


RHS Repurposing Project Feasibility Study Final


Also, an article in Our Herald “What to do with Our Old School”:

ourheraldcom-What To Do with the Old School