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.

Town Notices:

May 17, 2021

Baptist Street is closed from May 18-23 for Velco power station maintenance. Seek alternative routes.

May 9, 2021

April showers bring May flowers?!?!? Soon after the Williamstown Parade weekend (May 22), the Williamstown Beautification Guild will be getting out the barrels of flowers along Main street and the hangers on the three bridges in town. They need your help to make it happen. We are looking for someone with a truck or small trailer to help move the barrels from storage (behind the fire station) to Main Street, first. Then, volunteers are needed to sign up to help water them! This is usually a week-long commitment with daily watering (containers provided). Can you help? Please email me, or call 802-433-1556 thanks for considering. Laura Thygesen

May 5, 2021

Williamstown’s Annual Memorial Day celebration will be held on Saturday, May 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The flea market and craft fair begin at 10 a.m. and the parade is at 11:30 a.m. The fire department’s chicken BBQ follows the parade and fireworks are at dusk. Follow this link to see the poster. Click here for the form to register for the Craft Festival and Flea Market. And follow this link to download the form to participate in the parade. Masks are required for all of the events.

April 11, 2021

The Town of Williamstown has hand sanitizer available for the public. Limit two per person. Stop at the Town Office if you are in need.

March 9, 2021

Voting results from the March 2 school and town balloting can be found via these links: school results | town results

February 9, 2021

The Williamstown Selectboard added an amendment to the Ordinance Resulating All-terrain Vehicle Use on Town Highways at their meeting on Feb. 8. Follow this link to see the amended ordinance.

January 29, 2021

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, 2020.

Jan. 19, 2021

Due to the trash disposal companies’ rising rates, and the decline of recycling markets, there will be a price increase at the Donald Giroux Trash Depot effective Jan. 30, 2021. Follow this link to see more.

Jan. 1, 2021

As of Monday, Jan., 4, the Town Clerk’s office is now open to the public, with a two-person limit at the counter. Please call ahead.

November 23, 2020

Follow this link to see up-to-date COVID-19 information from the Vermont Department of Health.

November 16, 2020

Vermont COVID-19 Arrearage Assistance Program (VCAAP) provides eligible Vermont utility customers with grants to assist with unpaid and past-due balances that put them at risk for disconnection of utility services.  The past-due balance must be more than 60 days old and only for service provided after March 1, 2020, for electricity, fixed-line telephone services, natural gas service, and water/wastewater (sewer) service. Customers can apply online at publicservice.vermont.gov

September 24, 2020

The Town of Williamstown
no longer accepts cash payments

Please pay by check, money order, or follow this link to pay by credit or debit card. Please be aware there is a processing fee. Credit or debit cards are NOT accepted at the Town Office.

Taxes are due by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, November 16 in the payment drop slot. Payments received after this date/time will be late and will be assessed a penalty of 8% and subject to interest at a rate of 1% a month or part thereof.

Payment drop slot: The Town of Williamstown has a payment drop slot located in the front door to Town Hall.  If you would like to receive a receipt by mail, please enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope.

Postmarks are accepted. The Town of Williamstown will accept a USPS postmark as timely payment.

Post-dated checks are not accepted. All checks will be processed on the day received.

Starting Monday, October 19, until Monday, November 16, from 9 a.m.until  4 p.m. we will be accepting non-cash payments outside. Please come to the first window just before entering the door to the town office.

September 1, 2020

The road foreman position is open – the deadline for applications is Sept. 11. Follow this link for more information.

August 12, 2020

If any Williamstown residents are in need of a mask, we have free masks at the Public Safety Building and the Williamstown Town Office.

They will be available for pick up between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. while supplies last.

Town Manager

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.

Follow this link to go to the map. And click here for additional connectivity resources.

The map will be updated as new information becomes available. Vermonters are encouraged to send information about Wi-Fi hot spots to psd.telecom@vermont.gov.

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.

Stay Safe!

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.

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.

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 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.