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:

August 23, 2023

The intersection of Brush Hill Road off Route 64 (Brook Street) to the elementary school entrance will be close From Thursday, August 24, early morning until early evening Monday, August 28, for bridge repair. Please seek alternative routes. Thank you for your patience.

August 23, 2023

In search of interested town folk to join a newly formed Haunted Forest Committee. Very excited to announce that Jacqueline Higgins and Chris Wade have gotten permission from a property owner here in town to hold a Haunted Forest Walk the weekend before Halloween this October. We are in search of volunteers who love Halloween as much as we do and help us brainstorm ideas and help with pulling it all together. Possibly a hayride and use the fireworks that got rained out on Memorial Day as the topper on Saturday night. Our thoughts are to do this as a fundraiser for the Williamstown Ambulance Service here in town as we all know how much they love pulling together the Haunted Public Safety Building for the kids each year. We will hold our first meeting on Wednesday, September 6th at 4:30 at the Williamstown Office Building Meeting Room. You can also call at the town manager’s office at 433-6671 Ext 101.

August 17, 2023

The Williamstown Highway Department is accepting applications for full-time/year-round position for the operation of trucks/heavy equipment as well as other duties in support of assigned Highway Maintenance functions. Current Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) required.).

Applications may be obtained at the Williamstown Manager’s Office, 2470 Vermont Route 14, Williamstown, VT between 8 am – 4 pm, M–F; or email [email protected] or 802-433-6671 Ext. 101

Position open until filled. Equal Opportunity Employer.

August 15, 2023

Williamstown Ambulance is temporarily out of service. Due to mechanical issues, Barre Town is covering Williamstown calls.

July 24, 2023

Follow this link to read a FAQ page about disaster loan assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration. For help, call 800-659-2955 or the TTY line at 800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.

July 21, 2023

If you had damages please register with 211.org either online or by calling. So far there hasn’t been enough damages from Orange County to meet the criteria for individual assistance. We are just wanting to make sure that there is an accurate count of households with damages and we aren’t missing anything.

June 29, 2023

Notice to Williamstown Water/Sewer Users:

Water and Sewer Bills were due on or before June 19, 2023. 1% interest and 8% penalty have been applied to the accounts. If you have not paid your water/sewer bills this is notification that shutoff notices are being delivered on 7/3/23. The Town Manager’s Office is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday – Friday.

March 13, 2023

Follow this link to read the 2023 Town Meeting minutes and click here for the annual School Meeting minutes.

Follow this link for the Town Meeting Warning and click here to read or download the Town Report. An addendum can be read here. Follow this link for the School Meeting Warning.

March 9, 2023

Notice of Williamstown Commission/Committee/Volunteer Vacancies

Cemetery Commissioner 1 year of 5-year term.
Ainsworth Public Library Trustee 1 of 5 years remaining.
Planning Commission 2 – 3 year appointment vacancies.
Fence Viewer – 2 – 1 year appointment vacancies.
Central VT Solid Waste Management Town Representative – 1-year appointment.

If you are interested in filling one of the above vacancies, please submit a letter of interest to the Town Manager’s Office. Email: [email protected] or by mail to Town Manager, P.O. Box 646, Williamstown, VT 05679

January 10, 2023

The Williamstown Selectboard added an amendment to the Ordinance Regulating All-terrain Vehicle Use on Town Highways at their meeting on Jan. 9. Follow this link to see the amended ordinance.

October 10, 2022

Announcing a special bonus round of funding for the Downtown and Village Center tax credit program!

In January 2023, during this special round of funding, $800,000 in state income tax credits will be competitively available to projects that enhance the historic character and improve building safety of older and historic commercial and community buildings in these designated communities. The credits support general rehabilitation work, code compliance work, façade improvements, and flood mitigation projects, and may be combined with the federal program.

Applications for the next round of tax credits are due Monday, January 16, 2023, and the Vermont Downtown Board will make is allocation decisions at their regularly scheduled board meeting in February 2023.

Applications must be submitted electronically to: [email protected]

Follow this link to see the Program Guidelines and Application.

Please reach out to Caitlin Corkins, Tax Credits and Grants Coordinator with the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development at 802-828-3047 with any questions. There is also a pre-recorded webinar available on the agency’s website which covers program basics, the scoring criteria, and how to compile a strong application for those looking for a competitive edge.

June 17, 2022

The Vermont State Housing Authority offers assistance for those in need to pay utility bills and rent. Follow this link for more information.

May 10, 2022

The Town of Williamstown is seeking to hire another member of Highway Department road crew. Applications will be received until the position is filled. Follow this link for more details.

April 26, 2022

Williamstown is undergoing a Stormwater Master Planning Process to develop strategies for design, funding and implementation of stormwater best management practices. The project team, led by Watershed Consulting Associates, invites you to learn more about stormwater issues and possibilities in Williamstown and give your feedback on priorities and concerns. Please visit the project website to learn more about the stormwater master planning process, and then complete the survey with your feedback. The survey link will be open until May 20th.

April 15, 2022

There are several positions open to serve the Town of Williamstown. Follow this link to see the list. Send a letter of interest to the Town Manager’s office.

March 8, 2022

Follow this link to see results from Town Meeting held on March 1. Click here to see results from the annual school meeting. The 2021 Williamstown Town Report can be read or downloaded by clicking here.

January 26, 2022

Follow this link to see the Town of Williamstown’s annual audit performed by Graham & Veroff for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021.

July 19, 2021

Follow this link to see which tests are covered by Medicare. It is compiled by Testing.com, a website launched in 2018 by a team of experts.

January 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.

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.

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.

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.