Welcome to Williamstown!
Welcome to the official Town of Williamstown, Vermont, website, where residents and visitors are kept up-to-date on town government and activities.
Chartered on August 9, 1781, Williamstown is the second-largest municipality in Orange County. As of the 2010 census, our population is 3,389 residents. Students from pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade attend Williamstown schools. Ainsworth State Park, which offers camping, hiking and hunting, is located in town. Major thoroughfares include Interstate 89 and Vermont Route 14. Follow this link to learn more about the town’s history.
June 9, 2020
This summer please slow down if you see two to three folks in orange safety vests and face masks walking the back roads of Williamstown. The Winooski Natural Resource Conservation District is mobilizing staff and interns to help Williamstown inventory all the Ash trees along the sides of town roads and on municipal property. Inventory work is noting the size of the trees, where they are located and whether they are showing any signs of infestation from the Emerald Ash Borer. The Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive pest originally from Asia. Found in surrounding states as early as 2014, it was first identified in Vermont in 2018 and it is only a matter of time before it reaches the woods of Williamstown. Most infested Ash trees die within 3-5 years and become very brittle, posing a public safety hazard if the trees are located by where people walk, drive, or play – like along roadways or in public spaces like playgrounds. Williamstown is working with the Winooski NRCD to use the inventory data to draft an Emerald Ash Borer Response Plan. Once the town knows how many Ash trees are located within the public right-of-way, we can begin planning a response to address the hazard. You can learn more about the Emerald Ash Borer and what you can do to prepare on your own property here. Look out this fall for a presentation to the Select Board on the draft response plan for public feedback. This initiative is supported in part by the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, Urban & Community Forestry Program, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Washington Electric Cooperative Community Fund.
If you have questions about the inventory or want to volunteer your time, you can contact the Winooski NRCD at firstname.lastname@example.org
May 13, 2020
Williamstown water and sewer bills have been sent out. The Town Office will only be accepting payments via debit/credit card online (follow this link to pay), check or money order by mail or you can drop in the mail slot in the front door of the Town Office building. No cash at this time. Thank you for your consideration during this trying time. Stay safe all!
April 29, 2020
In the next few weeks, the town listers will be out and about doing maintenance to the Grand List. If you have had new construction between April 1, 2019, and March 31, 2020, expect a visit by one of the listers. New construction includes decks, garages, sheds, additions or a new house. We will be doing outside inspections and measurements only due to the current situation. We may knock on your door and ask some questions regarding the interior if you have a new home. We’re interested in the number of rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, any finish in the basement, type of heat. Should we not be able to get that information, we’ll make a best guess.
We appreciate your cooperation during this process.
Board of Listers
April 29, 2020
The opening of the Williamstown Farmers Market, originally scheduled for mid-May, will be postponed. We continue to review the guidelines issued by the Agency of Agriculture and how they impact the market.
We’ll keep you updated. Thank you for your patience.
Brigitte Lackey, Farmers Market Manager
April 15, 2020
The highway department is taking applications for a seasonal highway worker from June 1 until November 30, 2020. Follow this link to see the job description.
March 23, 2020
The State of Vermont, as well as the whole country, are in a State of Emergency for COVID-19. Williamstown is not immune to this virus.
The Town has put in some temporary protocols for public access to Town buildings and for emergency services, they can be reviewed on the Town web page.
The Public Library has closed to the public.
The Pub has take-out and delivery.
Bar Harbor bank is doing business through dropbox, ATM, or by appointment.
All committee and commission meetings are canceled until further notice.
As recommendations are put out from the Vermont Health Department and the Governor’s office you need to take these precautions:
- Wash/sanitize your hands frequently
- Social distance 6’ or more from others
- No gatherings of more than 10 people
- Wear gloves or use a napkin when touching gas pump nozzles, door handles, etc.
If you think you might have been exposed to this virus you should self confine yourself for at least 14 days and reach out to your primary care doctor or Vermont Department of Health for further instructions.
If you feel symptoms, fever, dry cough, difficulty in breathing contact your primary care doctor for instructions.
If there is a confirmed positive case in Williamstown, the Vermont Department of Health has teams to try and trace people who might have been exposed to them and notify these people.
For other questions or updates, go to healthvermont.gov or call 211.
– Rodney Graham, Williamstown Selectboard Chair
March 23, 2020
Governor Phil Scott announced the Vermont Department of Public Service has released an interactive Public Wi-Fi Hot Spot Map to help Vermonters connect to publicly available internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Internet connectivity is an important resource for Vermonters during this crisis, which is keeping us physically distanced from one another,” Scott said. “As we’re asking many to work and learn remotely, these public Wi-Fi points are especially critical to keeping workers and students connected if they do not have access at home.”
The map includes the location of the Wi-Fi hot spots and pertinent information about how to access them, including places where users can access Wi-Fi from outside the building or in a parked vehicle to encourage social distancing.
The Department received assistance from libraries, schools and municipal governments in creating the map, as well as support from the Agency of Digital Services, the Department of Libraries, the Agency of Commerce & Community Development, the Agency of Education, the Vermont Center for Geographic Information and the Department of Health.
The map will be updated as new information becomes available. Vermonters are encouraged to send information about Wi-Fi hot spots to email@example.com.
March 18, 2020
Williamstown Ambulance would like to inform you of some changes you will be seeing when the ambulance responds to your call. First of all the 911 dispatcher may ask if you have been exposed to the virus and if you have recently traveled. You will also be asked if you have a fever or cough. If you have flu like symptoms we will wear gloves and a mask, we do not wish to spread the flu either. If you have a cough and a fever, we will wear a mask, gown gloves and face shield, or eye protection. This may seem excessive, but remember the next person we transport may be a frail elder, a cancer patient, or anyone who is immune suppressed, that any virus, flu or cold could be life threatening. We do not want to be carriers. If we transport someone with Coronavirus and did not wear all the equipment listed we will need to quarantine the crew for 14 days. We want to assure you we are here to protect all of our community, and are well prepared to do so. If you have a cough and a fever, call your personal physician, they can make the decision if you need to be tested. For more information and updates your best source of accurate information is the Vermont Department of Health.
March 17, 2020
Follow this link to read the latest information about the COVID-19 virus from town and state officials.
March 17, 2020
From the Williamstown Wastewater Treatment Plant:
With the recent hoarding of paper goods going on, people may be tempted to seek substitutes. Please keep in mind that, unlike toilet paper, paper towels are made to be water-absorbent and resist breaking down in the water. Residents flushing paper towels down the toilet will eventually cause blockages in their home plumbing system, sewer lines or pump stations depending on how far the paper towels are able to travel before starting to clog.
Any type of blockage that occurs in the sewer system or pump stations threatens public health and the environment. Sewage blocked from being able to travel to the wastewater treatment facility will eventually spill into homes/businesses without backflow prevention, streets and the river.
As always, the public should be advised to only flush #1, #2 and toilet paper down the toilet. It’s simple – the toilet is not a trash can.
March 9, 2020
Williamstown’s Town and School Meetings were held on March 3. Click here to see minutes from the Town Meeting and follow this link to see the School Meeting minutes. Click here to read or download the 2019 Annual Report.
February 10, 2020
Follow this link to see the Town of Williamstown’s annual audit performed by Graham & Graham, P.C., for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019.
February 4, 2020
All dogs need to be registered by April 1st, with a current rabies certificate on file. A Rabies Clinic will be held on March 21, 2020, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Public Safety Building. The fees are $10 for a spayed or neutered dog and $14 for a non-spayed or -neutered pooch.
January 14, 2020
The Williamstown Selectboard adopted the Ordinance Resulating All-terrain Vehicle Use on Town Highways at their meeting on Jan. 13. Follow this link to see the ordinance.
August 16, 2019
CVFiber is our 17-community-owned municipal entity that needs your input as we move forward to bring a very high-speed fiber network to your home and business. To help with our planning of the network, we need to understand your interest so we can plan for the system. This is your system. We need to know whether you currently have or don’t have internet services, from whom, and whether you would be willing to sign up for CVFiber when it becomes available. Follow this link to take the survey. We need about 20% of our households to complete the survey to get a picture of demand and desires. This survey may help define in which community we build out first.
July 25, 2019
The latest issue of the Williamstown News is now online. Follow this link to read or download the newsletter.
July 2, 2019
As of July 1, Town Clerks can no longer make birth and death certificates available from the vault (new state law). The person requesting a certified copy of either a birth or death needs to fill out an application form and show a form of ID. Follow this link to download the application. It will be a little more time consuming than before so please be patient.
Please call the clerk’s office first to assure availability.
August 21, 2018
Follow this link to catch up on the efforts of Central Vermont Internet, a non-profit that is aiming to bring high-speed internet to a dozen towns in the area by 2020.
June 14, 2018
The State of Vermont has released information about the emerald ash borer, an invasive tree pest that has affected Williamstown and surrounding communities. Follow this link to read the document.