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September 9, 2020
November 3rd, 2020 General Election
NOVEMBER GENERAL ELECTION
Three options to vote in the General Election are listed below. It would be my hope that most Shrewsbury voters will use the Early / Absentee mailing option for voting. This drastically lessens the amount of exposure of volunteer poll workers in a time of a serious communicable disease. The Town Clerk, Board of Civil Authority members and other volunteers are working diligently to assure that every Shrewsbury registered voter can cast their vote, and at the same time keeping the community and themselves safe. ~ Mark Goodwin, Shrewsbury Town Clerk
Verify your mailing address:
All Shrewsbury registered voters are encouraged to log onto My Voter Page at https://mvp.vermont.gov to verify you mailing address for the November General Election. If you are having any difficulties please contact the Town Clerk to help facilitate any corrections to your Voter Registration email@example.com or 492-3511
TO VOTE BY MAIL (Early / Absentee Option)
Ballots are to be mailed to all active voters at their mailing address of record as of August 31 by the Secretary of State’s Office of Elections. (If there is an address change or new registration after August 31, you will need to contact the Town Clerk to get an Early/Absentee Ballot.)
- Only active registered voters as of August 31 will receive ballots.
- Ballots were scheduled to be mailed beginning about September 21.
- If you registered after August 31, you will need to request an Absentee / Early Ballot mailed from the Town Clerk.
- If you do not receive a ballot by mail by October 2, contact the Town Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 492-3511.
Options to Return Ballots:
- Ballots received in the mail can be returned to the Shrewsbury Town Clerk by mail or put in the drop box/mail slot next to the Town Office entrance.
- Ballots can be dropped off at the Town Office up until 3PM on November 2.
- Note: Completed ballot envelopes left in the Town Office mail slot on November 3 will NOT be counted!
- Ballots can be brought to the polls on November 3 by 7PM.
- Once the completed ballot has been received at the Town Office, it cannot be retrieved.
- ALL ballots MUST BE IN THE HANDS OF THE TOWN CLERK BY 7PM, NOVEMBER 3 IN ORDER TO BE COUNTED.
TO VOTE IN PERSON AT THE TOWN OFFICE
- If you do not receive a ballot by mail, you can vote in person at the Town Office up until 3PM on November 2.
- If there are other people in the office you will need to wait outside to maintain distancing.
- If you have lost or misplaced your mailed ballot and want a replacement ballot, you will need to sign an affidavit that you lost or misplaced your mailed ballot before receiving a replacement ballot.
- If your completed ballot has been dropped off at the Town Office, it is as if you dropped it in the ballot box, and it cannot be retrieved.
TO VOTE IN PERSON
Polls will be open (inside): November 3 from 10am to 7pm at the Shrewsbury Meeting House, 88 Lottery Road
- If you did not receive a ballot by mail or if you choose to vote in person rather than return the mailed ballot, please be aware of the following:
- COVID-19 health guidelines will be strictly utilized at the polls.
- Please allow extra time for the voting process.
- only three voting booths available at any given time
- Voters waiting in line are required to maintain distance.
- Voters will have to wait outside if lines form.
- Only voters who are in line at 7pm will be allowed to vote.
Poll Workers Needed:
If you are interested in volunteering as a poll worker on November 3, please
call the Town Clerk so that a modified shift schedule can be developed.
Link to respond to the Census
2020 TAX RATE
Absentee Ballots can be requested On-Line at
by contacting the Town Clerk:
492-3511 / email@example.com
All Shrewsbury registered voters are encouraged to log onto My Voter Page to verify you mailing address for the November General Election.
If you are having any difficulties please contact the Town Clerk to help facilitate any corrections to your Voter Registration information. firstname.lastname@example.org or 492-3511
Punch cards are temporarily now available directly from the Transfer Station Attendants. Cash or Check(payable to the Town of Shrewsbury) ONLY
GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT ISSUES A “STAY HOME, STAY SAFE” ORDER, DIRECTS ADDITIONAL CLOSURES
Orders Vermonters to restrict and minimize activities outside of the home
Directs non-essential businesses and non-profits to cease in-person operations
Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott today issued a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order and directed the closure of in-person operations for all non-essential businesses.
These restrictive measures are in place to minimize all unnecessary activities outside the home to slow the spread of this virus and protect the public. These actions were implemented in consultation with the Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Health and his evaluation of the latest data.
“I want to be very clear about this: We need everyone to limit activities outside of the home and to practice social distancing at all times to slow the spread of this highly contagious and potentially deadly virus,” said Governor Phil Scott. “We all must do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 to minimize infections – particularly for those who are elderly or have underlying chronic health conditions – and prevent it from overwhelming our healthcare facilities. The more Vermonters who take this seriously and stay home, the faster we can return to normal.”
The Governor’s order directs Vermonters to stay at home, leaving only for essential reasons, critical to health and safety. If leaving the home, Vermonters should adhere to social distancing policies, including remaining six feet from others (except for those with whom they share a home) and thoroughly and regularly washing hands.
Effective March 25, 2020 at 5:00 p.m., all businesses and not-for-profit entities not expressly exempted in the order must suspend all in-person business operations. Operations that can be conducted online or by phone, or sales that can be facilitated with curbside pickup or delivery only, can continue.
The Order provides exemptions for businesses and entities providing services or functions deemed critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security. This includes – but is not limited to – health care operations; retail serving essential human needs, like grocery stores, pharmacies and hardware stores; fuel products and supply; maintenance of critical infrastructure; news media; and transportation and critical manufacturing sectors. For a full list, please review the order at https://governor.vermont.gov/content/addendum-6-executive-order-01-20.
All exempt entities must still strictly adhere to CDC and Vermont Department of Health guidance to ensure social distancing and proper hygiene and disinfecting is occurring. All exempt entities conducting retail operations should also facilitate curbside pick-up or delivery to the extent possible.
“I fully recognize the emotional, financial and economic impact of these decisions, but based on the best science we have available, these measures are necessary,” said Governor Scott. “I need all Vermonters to understand that the more quickly and closely we follow these stay-at-home measures, the faster and safer we can get through this and get our daily lives, and our economy, moving again. I have tremendous faith in Vermonters and our ability to follow these guidelines, to save lives and support each other throughout – even as we are physical separated.”
Governor Scott declared a State of Emergency on March 13, and has since directed a number of mitigation strategies in order to reduce close contact among individuals, including visitor restrictions for long-term care facilities and other health facilities; the closure of bars and restaurants, schools and day care centers and close contact businesses; limiting the size of mass gatherings; postponing all non-essential medical procedures; and ordering all businesses to implement telecommuting wherever possible.
The Stay Home, Stay Safe order will be in effect until April 15, 2020, though may be extended or shortened as needed. For full details, please click here to read the full addendum.
Commercial entities, non-profits, employers and others with questions about acceptable continuation of business operations should contact the Agency of Commerce and Community Development via this online form: https://bit.ly/covid-vt-business-operations.
For the latest information and guidance relating to Vermont’s COVID-19 response, visit http://www.healthvermont.gov/covid19.
Guidance for Vermonters
When to call:
- If you have questions: Dial 2-1-1. If you have trouble reaching 2-1-1, dial 1-866-652-4636.
- Travelers returning from outside the country or from a cruise: Call Health Department Epidemiology at 802-863-7240.
- If you are sick or concerned about your health: Call your health care provider by phone. Do not go to the hospital, except in a life-threatening situation.
Stay up to date at healthvermont.gov/covid19
Notice from the Select board, Town Health Officer, Shrewsbury Emergency Management.
We have all been diligent in keeping abreast of the communications regarding COVID-19 from the Vermont Department of health, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Vermont Emergency Management and The Governor of the State of Vermont. The Town website will be updated with information and links for information as it is received.
Guidance for Vermonters
When to call: If you have questions about COVID-19: Dial 2-1-1. If you have trouble reaching 211 dial 1-866-652-4636.
If you are returning from Europe, United Kingdom, Ireland, China, Iran, South Korea, Malaysia, or from a cruise: Call Health Department Epidemiology at 802-863-7240.
If you are sick or concerned about your health: Call your health care provider by phone. Please avoid going to the hospital, except in a life-threatening situation.
Who can be tested?
If you are ill, call your health care provider to find out if you can be seen for evaluation. Testing is not treatment and not everyone needs to be tested. Do not call 2-1-1 or the Health Department about testing.
In addition to protecting a patient’s personal health information, state health and public safety officials are committed to ensuring that Vermonters are aware of any risk to themselves and their community. This is the essential work of public health. We will contact anyone identified as at-risk as part of any case investigation, and recommend they stay home for 14 days or follow other restrictions as needed.
Medical-Police-Fire Emergency Dial 911 Ambulance 773-1700 Hospital 775-7111
Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging (SVCOA)
Bennington and Rutland offices are closed to public visitors, including clients. If a client, community partner, service representative etc. needs to contact the agency, they are asked to do so via telephone or email.
For SVCOA’s Help Line, call: 1-800-642-5119 or 802-786-5990 To contact the Rutland office, call: 802-786-5990
To contact SVCOA by email, send to: email@example.com
Nutrition — Meals on Wheels
SVCOA’s Home Delivered Meals Program (Meals on Wheels) will continue to operate and serve clients under the following revised protocol:
- Anyone who wishes to sign up for Meals on Wheels should call 802-786-5990.
- All clients who are new and are signing up for Meals on Wheels will be screened using the most current Vermont Department of Health Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) screening tool. Should anyone not pass the screening tool, clients will be provided meals using the following procedure:
- Meals will be delivered once a week (7 meals).
- Volunteer driver will ring the doorbell, leave meals at the doorstep and will proceed to wait in their vehicle to confirm that the client has received the meals.
- If the client does not come to the door within 15 minutes, the volunteer will bring the meals back to facility (this is to prevent any foodborne illness outbreaks).
- Living in Place Shrewsbury Contact Judy Emerick 492-2228, Sharon Winnicki 492-3536; Dick Rohe 492-2300 Also has a variety of medical equipment for use.
- Pierce’s 492-3326: you can call ahead for grocery orders and food takeout
- Shrewsbury Community Church and Helping Hands and Food Shelf:
Rita Lane 775-2578, Sue Kelley 492-3738, Donna Smith 492-3367
- Loretta’s Good Food 772-7638: Call ahead for takeout food
- Shrewsbury There are many volunteers with the listed organizations willing to help in any way, being mindful of the restrictions that are advised from the CDC and Vermont Health Department relating to COVID-19
- Rutland Vermont Department of Health Office 802-786-5811
- Anyone with questions specific to SVCOA’s Nutrition Program, please contact Courtney Anderson at 802-772-7828.
- Agency of Education: Transitioning to Remote Learning
- Health Advisory: COVID-19: Additional Information Regarding Laboratory Testing
- Vermont Department of Public Safety issues guidance on enforcement of ‘Stay Home, Stay Safe’ executive order
- Stay Home Stay Safe FAQs for Businesses
For the most up-to-date information and guidance about COVID-19, visit www.healthvermont.gov/covid19 and www.cdc.gov/covid19 . For non-emergency issues and questions, please feel free to call or email Kathy Felder, the Town Health Officer, at 802-492-3633 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHREWSBURY TOWN OFFICE
As a precaution, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Shrewsbury Town Office is closed to the public effective immediately and until further notice. The Town Office staff: Treasurer, Listers and Clerk will remain available to assist you by phone and email. Some of these will be working remotely so there will be added time to some responses.
Please call ahead, as situations, directives and responses change on a dynamic basis.
To reach Shrewsbury Town Office staff by phone or email:
Town Treasurer: Linda McGuire- (802)492-3558 email@example.com
Shrewsbury Board of Listers: Sharon Winnicki, Chair (802) 492-2009 firstname.lastname@example.org
Shrewsbury Clerk: Mark Goodwin (802)492-3511 email@example.com
As much as possible Town Office business will be conducted by phone, e-mail and snail mail.
Title searchers, attorneys, notary services and other vital records requests are being conducted by arranged appointment only. Please e-mail the Town Clerk to make an appointment within health and safety protocols. firstname.lastname@example.org.
We encourage everyone to follow CDC and Department of Health hand-washing and social distancing recommendations.
Thank you for understanding that these are unusual times, requiring precautions for public safety and health. These measures will cause a slowing down and more situational response then otherwise would be routine tasks.
Thank you in advance for your patience, so that none of us become patients.
Check back periodically for Shrewsbury updates
Conservation Commission informational postings on
2020 Dog Licenses are now available.
$ 9.00 for spayed or neutered
$ 13.00 for intact
Late fees are assessed after April 1st
Current rabies certificate is required.
You can obtain a License by mail as long as there is a current rabies certificate on file.
This is a reminder that it is a State Law: 20 V.S.A. § 3581 A person who is the owner of a dog or wolf-hybrid more than six months old shall annually on or before April 1 cause it to be registered, numbered, described, and licensed on a form approved by the secretary for one year from that day in the office of the clerk of the municipality wherein the dog or wolf-hybrid is kept
CCC ROAD IS NOW OPEN FOR THE SEASON
2020 TAX RATE
To be eligible for a life-long VT State Parks Passport, a person must be:
- A legal resident of Vermont and the municipality where the application is made,
- AND either
62 years of age or older, or
a veteran of the uniformed services
Use your Green Mountain Passport for:
- Admission to Vermont State Parks (overnight camping and other park fees are excluded)
- Vermont State Historic Sites
To receive a Green Mountain Passport card:
- Fill out an application at your local City or Town Clerk’s Office
Courtesy of Marilyn Dalick