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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: $17
Neutered: $11

Contacts

P.O. Box 238
Rochester, VT 05767
Phone: 802-767-3631
Email: rochestertown@comcast.net

Town Clerk/Treasurer/
Tax Collector:

Julie Smith
802-767-3631

Assistant Clerk/Treasurer
Delinquent Tax Collector:

Rebecca Klein
802-767-3631

Selectboard Administrative Assistant:
Joan Allen
rochesterassistant@comcast.net

Highway/Road Dept:
John Champion, Road Foreman
Dana Spalding
802-767-4732


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RSUD Annual Meeting

05-28-2020 RSUD WARNING

New Town Clerks Hours

Starting June 1, 2020 the Town Office hours will be from 9am-5pm, Tuesday- Friday. 

Green Up Day! Saturday May 30, 8-4 pm, Town Park

Join us on Green Up Day on Saturday May 30, 8 am -4 pm at Town Park. Come to our station at the Park anytime during the day and pick up some trash bags. Tell us what sections of Rochester you would like to clean up and we will put your route on our map. We will have a dumpster available for your full bags. Thank you for all your help in making Rochester beautiful!

Food Shelf: Open last Saturday of every month

Census Reminder

2020 Census – Shape your Future – Please Respond Online or by Phone
It starts with each of us doing our part by completing the 2020 Census Questionnaire.  Completing the questionnaire allows you to influence the amount of money that comes to Vermont for many of our essential programs that benefit our health and safety, and pay for our roads, local government, schools, hospitals, and so much more.
 
You can complete the Census by going to my2020cesus.gov or by calling 844-330-2020. If you have received an invitation to complete the census, simply follow directions. If you have not, or cannot locate it, you can still complete it by calling 844-330-2020 or by going online to my2020census.gov, clicking start, then clicking ‘If you don’t have a Census ID click here,’ and following directions. 
 
If anyone has questions or needs help they can call me (Lucy Gluck) at 802-923-0850.
You can also reach out to me by email at lucy.c.gluck@2020census.gov
 

Rochester High School Alumni Banquet Announcement

Due to the threat of COVID-19, the Alumni Association Committee has made the decision to cancel this year’s Rochester High School Alumni Banquet scheduled for June 6. It was a hard decision to make, but we felt it was best to ensure everyone’s safety.

We wanted to offer you a way to stay connected during this year off. Please send us an email or a letter with memories of your days at Rochester High School. We’ll read them at next year’s banquet and hand them out in a booklet. You can mail your memories to Eva Jesso, 57 Taylor Brook Road, Hancock, VT 05748 or email them to jilljessowhite@gmail.com

Please remember that the Rochester Alumni Scholarship Fund continues to offer loans to any graduates of Rochester High School or graduates residing in the towns of Rochester, Hancock, Granville or Stockbridge. Contact Eva Jesso at 767-4442 if you’d like more information.

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 5, 2021 for next year’s Rochester High School Alumni Banquet.

Grocery Delivering Team

Rochester and Hancock volunteers are creating a grocery shopping and delivery service to bring food to people at home in self quarantine due to the possibility of illness, or those who are particularly vulnerable to the virus due to their age or underlying health conditions. These are people who should not be out shopping.

It will begin on Monday March 30. Residents of Hancock or Rochester with this need may call the Rochester Town Office at 767-3631 to request the service. Please ask the clerk, Julie Smith for details when you call. The expectation is that payment for the groceries will be reimbursed to the town by mail.

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer to help with the shopping and delivery of groceries, please email Lolly Lindsey at dmlindsey75@icloud.com.

RSUD Community Letter

April 10, 2020

Dear Rochester and Stockbridge Communities,

We hope this finds you and your family happy and well.  It has been a busy three weeks since the Rochester/Stockbridge Unified Schools (RSUD) closed!  In that time we have established connections with each of our students and her/his family; begun delivering instruction, both online and through traditional paper activities; and designed and implemented a food program that is feeding 100 students breakfast and lunch five days a week. 

Most of our students have online access at their homes, and we are providing learning opportunities through the use of online tools and resources.  For those students who did not have computers at home, we distributed school computers.  For those students whose family chose not to have online access in their home, we are providing traditional paper assignments/activities.  Teachers are connecting with these students through telephone.  For all students and families, teachers have set up regular call-in office hours.  These office hours offer yet another way through which students/families can connect with teachers. 

As we settle into a very different teaching/learning environment, we are looking forward to the next several weeks of school.   April 20th-April 24th will remain as a week of school vacation.  Meals will be served during this week, but new assignments will not be sent out.  School will resume on April 27, 2020.  Immediately following the vacation week, teachers will engage students in learning activities that will introduce new skills and content.  Teachers ware now engaged in developing these new units of study. 

Our school playing fields and playgrounds are closed per the governor’s order.  This includes the Rochester Skatespace and the field at Stockbridge Central School.

A number of community groups have reached out to support our students and families during these challenging times.  We thank those groups-the work they are doing is making a huge difference in the lives of families.  Our students are fortunate indeed to live in such caring communities!

We will send out another community update on May 1, 2020.

Stay Well!

Lindy Stetson and Bonnie Bourne, Co-Principals RSUD Schools

Public Hearing Notice

The Selectboard of the Town of Rochester will hold a hearing on the proposed adoption of the new Rochester Town Plan on Monday April 27, 2020 at 6:00 PM at the Rochester Town Office. The Selectboard will accept comments at this Public Hearing. The purpose of the Rochester Town Plan is to provide services and facilities that meet the education, public safety, and health of residents; to guide industrial and commercial development in an appropriate scale of the Town; to preserve open space and rural character; to protect agricultural and forestry land uses; to provide orderly development in village areas; and to conserve natural areas. The proposal covers all lands within the Town of Rochester. Full copies of the draft Town Plan are available from the Rochester Town Clerk or on the town website at

http://rochestervermont.org/planning-commission

This meeting will be held remotely, in accordance with the Open Meeting Law during the COVID-19 Emergency. Please contact Julie Smith, Rochester Town Clerk, at 767-3631 for instructions for joining the meeting electronically or by telephone.

Dated April 6, 2020
Rochester Selectboard
Public Hearing Notice

Please Donate to Rebuild Rochester Foundation

We have had a number of inquiries from people who would like to support our efforts during the Covid-19 Pandemic, so if you feel you would like to make a donation, you can make your check out to Rebuild Rochester Foundation and mail it to:

Rebuild Rochester Foundation
P.O. Box 119
Rochester, VT 05767

Every contribution will make a difference in someone’s life and it is possible that this fund will be used for other community needs we have not yet identified, since this entire enterprise is so fast moving as the virus continues to spread. The Rebuild Rochester Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization so your contribution is tax-deductable.