Photo courtesy of Catherine Carrara
April 7, 2020
SVCOA launches shopping service for older Vermonters
RUTLAND, Vt. – Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging (SVCOA) has launched a new grocery and supply shopping service to support older Vermonters in Bennington and Rutland counties during the COVID-19 issue.
“We’re excited to make this critical service available to older Vermonters in our region so they are able to get the essential food and supplies they need while being able to stay home and safe during this challenging time,” said Courtney Anderson, Nutrition Director with SVCOA.
The shopping service, which is supported by vetted SVCOA volunteers, is available to anyone age 60 or over, as well as eligible younger disabled individuals.
“Similar to our home-delivered meals program, this service functions under a set of thorough safeguards that remove all in-person contact and ensure the well-being of both clients and volunteers,” said Anderson. “The service is safe, easy and really helpful for anyone who might need it.”
If you or someone you know is interested in accessing the shopping service, or if you’re interested in volunteering, please call SVCOA at 802-786-5990 and ask to speak with Ellen Green.
Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging exists to be a community force in creating and sustaining opportunities for elders and caregivers in our region to help assure that elders are able to maintain maximum independence and quality of life.
For more information about SVCOA, visit www.svcoa.org.
Shrewsbury Green Up Day is Postponed
Green Up Day Postponed to May 30.
With so many closings and the Governor’s “stay home, stay safe” order, Green Up Vermont is unable to distribute Green Up Day supplies until the first week in May. Town coordinators will be communicating how people can pick up bags safely with social distance, along with plans for trash collection on May 30.
With Covid-19 and the precarious health situations in our world today, please use logical precautions and stay informed on what the Vermont Dept. of Health is recommending. Visit http://www.greenupvermont.org for information on safety, ways to communicate, and other fun information. Thank you to all who get out and Green Up to keep our state looking beautiful as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Green Up Day.
An easy way to support Green Up Vermont is on line 23 of your Vermont Tax Form.
Rescheduled for May 30th (Watch for updates in the May Edition of the Times of Shrewsbury)
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
NOTICE FROM THE SELECTBOARD
March 14, 2020
The Town of Shrewsbury will limit activities and meetings at the Town Office to essential municipal operations only. The Selectboard will meet as scheduled until further notice or action is required. Non-essential activities and meetings will not be allowed at the Town Office until further notice. You may contact the Town Clerk at 492-3511; the Listers at 492-2009; the Treasurer at 492-3558 with questions.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 i.e. fever, cough and difficulty breathing,
please DO NOT come into the Town Office.
Contact the Town Office at 492-3511 or firstname.lastname@example.org or the numbers above to assist in transacting your town business.
Help prevent the spread of COVID-19, wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
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.
The deadline for Dog Licensing will be extended to May 1, 2020. The following Town business can be done via mail: tax payments, dog licenses, single document requests, land postings, Green Mountain Passes, etc. Please call or email for specific details.
Title searchers, attorneys, notary services and other vital records requests are currently suspended for the duration of the current “STAY HOME, STAY SAFE” Executive Order.
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
RESULTS OF THE MARCH 3 ANNUAL MEETING ELECTION & PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE ELECTION
Shrewsbury registered voters = 892
Total Votes Counted – Annual Meeting = 374 (42% Participation)
Total Votes Counted Presidential Primary = 349 (39% Participation)
Article # 4 – (Budget) – Yes = 1156 No = 699
Article #5 – (Unanticipated surplus funds to building fund) Yes = 1381 No = 456
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|MICHAEL R BLOOMBERG||29|
|ROQUE “ROCKY” DE LA FUENTE||0|
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- To elect all town officers as required by law:
One Moderator Eldred French
One Selectboard Member Francis Wyatt
One Auditor Richard Biziak
One Lister 1 Yr Term Ronaele Bowers
One Lister 3-Yr Term Sharon Winnicki
One Grand Juror Barry Griffith
One Town Agent Barry Griffith
One 1st Constable No one write-in with the requisite number of votes
One 2nd Constable No one write-in with the requisite number of votes
One Cemetery Commissioner 1 Yr Term Larry Carrara
One Cemetery Commissioner 2 Yr Term No one write-in with the requisite number of votes
One Cemetery Commissioner 3 Yr Term No one write-in with the requisite number of votes
- Shall the Town approve a total general fund expenditure of $1,127,244, of which $299,763 shall be raised by taxes and $827,481 by non-property tax revenues and surplus funds?
YES – 298 No -63
- Shall the Town raise, appropriate and expend $1,500 for the Town Office Reserve Fund?
YES – 307 No -55
- Shall the Town raise, appropriate and expend $1,500 for the Town Garage Reserve Fund?
YES – 315 No -48
- Shall the Town raise, appropriate and expend $1,000 for the Town Office Equipment Reserve Fund?
YES 312 No 52
- Shall the Town raise, appropriate and expend $50,000 for the Town Road Equipment Fund?
YES – 316 No -47
- Shall the Town raise, appropriate and expend $1,000 for the Town Records Restoration Reserve Fund?
YES – 290 No -72
- Shall the Town raise, appropriate and expend $35,000 for the Shrewsbury Volunteer Fire Department Equipment Reserve Fund?
YES –300 No -62
- Shall the Town raise, appropriate and expend $14,000 for the Shrewsbury Community Meeting House?
YES – 296 No -69
- Shall the Town raise, appropriate and expend $35,000 for the Shrewsbury Volunteer Fire Department Operating Fund?
YES – 324 No -50
- Shall the Town raise, appropriate and expend $7,500 for the Shrewsbury Library?
YES – 308 No -57
- Shall the Town raise, appropriate and expend $2,500 for the Shrewsbury Historical Society?
YES – 288 No -74
- Shall the Town raise, appropriate and expend $4,224 for dues to the Rutland Regional Ambulance Service?
YES 332 No -33
- Shall the Town raise, appropriate and expend $250 to help support the Rutland Natural Resources Conservation District?
YES – 293 No -71
- Shall the Town raise, appropriate and expend the sum of $2,526 to help support the Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice?
YES – 321 No -44
- Shall the Town raise, appropriate and expend $150 to help support the Green Up Vermont organization?
YES – 310 No -55
- Shall the Town raise, appropriate and expend $130 to help support the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)?
YES – 301 No -52
- Shall the Town raise, appropriate and expend $700 to help support the Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging?
YES – 282 No -70
- Shall the Town raise, appropriate and expend $1,192 to help support Rutland Mental Health Services?
YES 287 No -66
- Shall the Town raise, appropriate and expend $150 to help support New Story (formally the Rutland County Women’s Network and Shelter)?
YES – 301 No -53
- Shall the Town raise, appropriate and expend $600 to help support BROC-Community Action in Southwestern Vermont?
YES – 276 No 78
- Shall the Town raise, appropriate and expend $400 to help support the Rutland County Parent-Child Center?
YES – 279 No -75
- Shall the Town raise, appropriate and expend $500 to help support Vermont Adult Learning/Rutland County Basic Education?
YES 273 No -79
- Shall the Town raise, appropriate and expend $170 to help support the Vermont Center for Independent Living?
YES – 275 No -76
- Shall the Town raise, appropriate and expend $150 to help support the Rutland County Humane Society?
YES – 304 No -50
- Shall the Town raise, appropriate and expend $400 to help support the Child First Advocacy Center?
YES – 282 No -70
- Shall the Town raise, appropriate and expend $500 to help support the American Red Cross of NH/VT?
YES – 283 No -69
- Shall the taxes be postmarked on or before, or in the hands of the Treasurer no later than 7:00 P.M., Friday,
October 9, 2020
YES – 331 No -26
Pursuant to 24 V.S.A. §961. The legal voters of the Town of Shrewsbury are hereby notified and warned that there is currently a vacancy for the office of Collector of Delinquent Taxes:
Interested parties shall petition the Shrewsbury Selectboard prior to 3:00 PM Thursday March 5th, 2020 with interest and consent to serve.
The Shrewsbury Selectboard will be appointing a collector of delinquent Taxes on March 18, 2020 for a term that will expire on March 2, 2021.
Submission of petitions and notice of consent to serve may be dropped off with the Town Clerk during regular business hours or by contacting a Selectboard member: Bert Potter, Steven Nicholson or Aaron Korzun.
Monday, February 10, 2020
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 CLOSED FOR THE SEASON
The Black Swamp Gate to the VT Rte. 100 Gate in Plymouth are now both closed and locked for the season.
The CCC Road will remain open from North Shrewsbury to the Black Swamp Parking gate for recreational activities.
Absentee Ballots can be requested On-Line at
by contacting the Town Clerk:
492-3511 / firstname.lastname@example.org
2019 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