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

Selectboard Administrative Assistant:
Joan Allen

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.

Office Closures Week of Oct 3-7

Town Office hours for next week: 10/3 – 10/7

Mon. 10/3 CLOSED

Tues. 10/4 9-5

Wed. 10/5 9-5

Thur. 10/6 CLOSED

Fri. 10/7 CLOSED

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Thank you,

Julie & Kristen

Harvest Fair: Sat. September 10, 10 am to 4 pm

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

Town of Rochester 2022 Primary Results

Please click on link below for the results


2022 August Primary Results for Rochester





Tuesday, August 9th


Seeking Administrative Selectboard Assistant

The Rochester Selectboard is seeking an articulate, energetic person to provide part-time administrative support to the Selectboard. Position requires an individual who can work independently with boards and committee’s as well. and can interact positively with Town office personnel and elected Town officials. Must possess superior communication skills and must demonstrate an interest in grant writing and research. Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and a comfort level working with portals is required. Familiarity with Vermont Statutes helpful. Salary commensurate with experience. Position available after August 15, 2022.

Qualified applicants should send a resume, cover letter, and references to: Selectboard, Town of Rochester, PO Box 238, Rochester, VT 05767

The Town of Rochester is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

RHS Repurposing Project Feasibility Study Report

Rochester High School Repurposing Project
Presentation of Feasibility Study Report

Wednesday, July 13th at 7 PM
Rochester High School Auditorium

Fairweather Consultants will report the results of their feasibility study
Concerning the repurposing of the Rochester High School building
At a public presentation in the Rochester High School Auditorium
On Wednesday, July 13 at 7:00 pm

All community members are invited to attend and
engage in discussion about this important town issue.
Please make plans to come join the conversation.

For more information about this committee’s work to date,
please visit the website:





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                                                          Contact: Elizabeth Gilman

                                                                                          Interim Executive Director

                                                                                          (802) 861-0146  x228



(Essex Junction)  Vermont 211, a confidential 24/7 helpline that connects Vermonters with community, health, and human services, has launched a new website at https://vermont211.org/


“Vermont 211 is pleased to take our 17-year-old service into the 21st Century with new ease of access and tools to find resources and to look up data and other information,” said Elizabeth Gilman, Interim Executive Director.


Visitors can see up-to-the minute data on Vermont 211’s referrals to resources through “211 Counts.”  They can search in our Community Resource Directory for over 3,000 programs ranging from afterschool programs – food pantries, tax preparation, subsidized housing, veterans’ resources, disability services, debt counseling, mental health services – to bus information and much more. Plus, service providers can apply to add their agency to our database – or update their existing information.


Win a $50 gas card in our Scavenger Hunt!  Explore our website to answer questions in the entry form:  https://tinyurl.com/5fphzrx3.  If you get the correct answers, you’ll be entered into a random drawing to select a winner. Drawing will be on July 15th. Winner and links to answers will be announced on our website and in our August newsletter.


Vermont 211 worked with Eternity Marketing, a Burlington-based web design and digital marketing firm, to create the website.


Vermont 211 is a free, information and referral program of the United Ways of Vermont, a statewide nonprofit. The mission of the United Ways of Vermont (UWsVT) is to provide a forum for mutual support and training for local United Ways. UWsVT keeps a broad, statewide perspective and supports each local United Way by encouraging collaboration and providing support.


Pickleball is Here!

We have painted dark blue pickleball lines on one court. It shouldn’t interfere with players that prefer to play tennis on that court, because the line-color is diffent and there are no solid colors covering regions.

You can try out pickleball by borrowing paddles and balls from the town library’s “Library of Things”. Library is open Tu, Th, Sat.

You can learn about pickleball and get its rules here:

Vermont Fish & Wildlife PSA: Bear Coexistence Message

Bear Coexistence Advisory from Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department


The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is receiving reports from across the state of black bears seeking food in yards, outbuildings, and livestock enclosures this spring.  Many of these situations can be prevented if people take steps to make their backyards bear-safe before a bear shows up.


Bears—and people—are at risk when bears spend time in human-dominated landscapes.  And every time a bear finds an easy meal of birdseed, compost, or unsecured garbage, they are learning a dangerous association between people and food.  Coexisting with bears starts with you taking the following steps to help keep bears wild:


  • Birdfeeders are a big problem!  Take down birdfeeders until December.  You can attract birds by planting bird friendly native plants instead—check out Audubon’s Native Plants for Birds Program: https://www.audubon.org/native-plants



  • Dispose of garbage frequently.  If you have pick-up services, wait until the morning to put your garbage out.


  • Demand bear proof dumpsters for your community. 


  • Follow steps for composting in bear country.  Compost needs to be 3 parts brown materials to 1 part kitchen scraps, turned frequently, and kept in a sturdy tumbler or bin: https://vtfishandwildlife.com/node/260



  • Clean your grill after every use.


  • Make bears feel uncomfortable in your yard.  Yell, bang pots and pans, or use other noise devices from inside your home.  Never shoot a bear to scare it.  Even BBs can seriously injure bears.


  • Please report your bear encounters to Vermont Fish & Wildlife.  These reports allow us to help you prevent future bear incidents.  They also give us information to help all Vermonters better coexist with bears: https://anrweb.vt.gov/FWD/FW/WildlifeBearReport.aspx 


Following these steps can save bears’ lives, and help protect you, your neighbors, and your property.  Please do your part to be a good neighbor and help keep Vermont’s bears wild! 

If you have questions, contact the Vermont Fish and Wildlife department at 802-828-1000, or fwinformation@vermont.gov.