General Wait House Committee – MEMBERS NEEDED

The Waitsfield Selectboard is looking for members for a new seven-member committee tasked with reviewing, researching, and recommending future options for the General Wait House.  Potential options that may be considered include restoration, expansion (of uses), and an alternate management and/or use structure.  A full scope of work is available here

Please submit a letter of interest to the Waitsfield Selectboard by e-mail to [email protected] or by mail to 4144 Main Street, Waitsfield, VT 05673. For more information, contact Town Administrator Annie Decker-Dell’Isola at 496-2218 ext. 5.


Starting on JUNE 1, 2021, the Town Office is open as per the Town’s “Phase I Reopening Plan.” 

Please note that the following guidelines are still in place:

  • NO MORE THAN 3 “DROP IN” VISITORS MAY BE IN THE OFFICES AT ONE TIME. If the door is locked, or staff is standing outside, this indicates capacity has been reached.  Please be patient while waiting for space to open up.
  • RESEARCHERS LOOKING TO ACCESS THE LAND RECORDS VAULT ARE STILL REQUIRED TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT.  Appointments are available Monday-Friday from 10am-3pm in 30-minute blocks.  Appointments can be made by phone (802-496-2218 ext. 2 or 3), in-person, or by email.

The Selectboard will evaluate the Phase I reopening plan on July 12, 2021

The complete Phase I Reopening Plan can be found here

HIRING – Town Treasurer

The Town of Waitsfield is looking for an organized and motivated candidate to serve as its Town Treasurer. The 34-hour per week position offers competitive pay and benefits, a flexible schedule, and a chance to work in one of Vermont’s most vibrant and beautiful communities.

The Town Treasurer is responsible for: keeping all of the Town’s funds, including receipt, investment, and disbursement of funds; keeping a record of taxes voted, billed, and collected; collecting other funds receivable by the Town, and paying orders drawn on Town accounts.  The Treasurer additionally serves as the Water Clerk for the Town’s water system.

A bachelor’s degree in accounting, public administration, or similarly applicable discipline is preferred, as well as at least three years experience in the area of accounting (in the public or private sector) including experience managing payroll, employee benefits, and accounts payable and receivable.


Questions can be directed to Town Administrator, Annie Decker-Dell’Isola, at [email protected] or (802) 496-2218 ext. 5.  To apply please submit a cover letter and resume including three professional references via email to [email protected] or mailed to the Town Administrator at 4144 Main Street, Waitsfield, VT 05673.

Applications are due by Friday, June 11th at 5:00pm (ET).

HIRING – Planning & Zoning Administrator (Full Time)

The Town of Waitsfield is looking for an organized, collaborative, and diplomatic candidate to serve as its Planning and Zoning Administrator. The 40-hour per week position offers competitive pay and benefits, a flexible schedule, and a chance to work in one of Vermont’s most vibrant and beautiful communities.

The Planning and Zoning Administrator is responsible for: compliance with all applicable zoning and subdivision regulations, facilitation of and support for long-range land use planning, supporting the Planning Commission and Development Review Board, and serving as the Town’s E-911 coordinator.

A bachelor’s degree in land use planning, public administration, engineering, legal studies, or similarly applicable discipline is required, a master’s degree is preferred. Prior experience in local government is also preferred.


Questions can be directed to Town Administrator, Annie Decker-Dell’Isola, at [email protected] or (802) 496-2218 ext. 5.  To apply please submit a cover letter and resume including three professional references via email to [email protected] or mailed to the Town Administrator at 4144 Main Street, Waitsfield, VT 05673.

Applications are due by Monday, June 7th at 5:00pm (EST).

Invitation to Bid – For Hauling of Winter Sand

The Town of Waitsfield is accepting bids for a two-year contract for the hauling of ¾” sand from Varin’s pit in Bolton to the Town garage in Waitsfield. This is for hauling of sand only.

Specifications include but may not be limited to:
• Year one (FY22) is for 2,500 yards;
• Year two (FY23) is for 4,000 yards, though that amount may be reduced in response to a mild winter and/or low usage;
• The contract needs to be completed no later than Wednesday, September 1, 2021;
• Failure to complete the contract by the deadline shall result in penalties;
• Payment will happen in two segments, no earlier than July 1 of each year of the contract – one-half when hauling begins and one-half following completion;
• Contractor shall include a total bid price and the price per yard for hauling from Bolton to Waitsfield;
• Contractor shall provide a Certificate of Liability Insurance to the Town; and
• Contractor shall have the capability of covering loads.

Bids shall be submitted by paper no later than 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 21, 2021. Bids shall be marked, “2021 Sand Hauling Bid; ATTN: Rodney Jones, Road Foreman.”

Bids may be mailed to, or left in the dropboxes at:

Waitsfield Town Office
4144 Main Street
Waitsfield, VT 05673

The anticipated date of award is April 26, 2021. The Town reserves the right to accept, reject, or seek modification to any and all bids. For more information, contact the Road Foreman at (802) 496-8897, or [email protected]

Mud Season FAQs

Each spring, with the advent of mud season, the Town publishes the following set of, “frequently asked questions.”

“The water for which we may have to look
In summertime with a witching wand,
In every wheelrut’s now a brook,
In every print of a hoof a pond.”

– from Robert Frost’s, “Two Tramps in Mud Time”

What is mud season?
Vermont’s unofficial “fifth season,” mud season occurs during the transition from winter to
spring, when the many miles of dirt roads in Vermont become muddy, rutted, and occasionally
impassable. In Waitsfield, nearly two-thirds of the road miles are unpaved.

Why does mud season happen?
Excess water produced by melting snow and ice does not have anywhere to go (the ground may
still be frozen, for example, preventing absorption). With nowhere to go, that excess water mixes
with the road materials to make mud.

What, if anything, can be done about mud season?
Unfortunately, not much. Adding more material to roads would simply make more mud.
Improvements to subsurface materials and drainage infrastructure can help by preventing water
from reaching the road surface, but can be costly to install and would not eliminate mud.
The Road Department works hard to keep roads passable for emergency vehicles and other
traffic. Please be patient, plan ahead, and exercise caution. The Town will do what it can to keep
roads open, but may not be able to in all cases. For better or worse, mud season is a part of life in
Vermont – thankfully this unofficial fifth season is also the shortest.

If I have a question or concern, whom should I contact?
To report an issue, please contact Road Foreman Rodney Jones at (802) 496-8897, or email
[email protected] (through April 9th).

Waitsfield Town Administrator Opening

The Town of Waitsfield is seeking a highly-motivated, organized, and engaging individual for the position of Town Administrator. The Town Administrator assists the five-member Selectboard with developing and administering the Town’s operating budget, supervising six employees, and overseeing all other aspects of municipal operations, personnel, finances, and public works.

Waitsfield (pop. 1,719) is a vibrant community located in the heart of the Mad River Valley, surrounded by spectacular natural beauty and host to a wide variety of year-round outdoor amenities and activities.

Requirements include a Bachelor’s degree in public administration, business management, or a relevant field (Master’s degree preferred); excellent written and interpersonal communication skills; a working knowledge of municipal finance and budgeting; and good computer skills. Three years of experience in municipal government or equivalent experience in business administration is desired.

Salary is dependent upon qualifications; the Town also offers a competitive benefits package. A full job description is available by clicking here.

Please apply in confidence with a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references via email to [email protected] with “Waitsfield Administrator” as the subject.

The job is open until filled. Applications may be reviewed as they are received.


Town Meeting 2021 – March 2nd, 2021 (official warning, budget, and voting information)

Town Meeting 2021 will be held on Tuesday, March 2nd, with an informational meeting scheduled for Monday, March 1st at 6:30 p.m.

The official warning can be found by clicking here.

The informational meeting warning can be found by clicking here.

For a primer on the articles and what voters are being asked, please read the document found by clicking here.

The FY22 budget and FY22-FY26 Capital Improvement Program (CIP), along with other supporting documents (such as debt service and reserves tables) can be found by clicking here.

Information on Town Meeting 2021, including how to vote by Australian ballot, can be found by clicking here. The Town, due to COVID-19, is switching for one-year only to Australian – or paper – ballots. The switch is enabled by Act 162 of 2020, and it is seen as the safest, most accessible way to hold Town Meeting in 2021.

To see if you are registered to vote in Waitsfield, you can click here to view the voter checklist, or visit the, Vermont Secretary of State’s “My Voter Page” site by clicking here.

In addition to the formal public informational meeting on March 1st, the Board may host other opportunities to discuss the budget and warning articles at other meetings in February. Please check this website for updates and information.

A copy of the Harwood Unified Union School District warning for 2021 can be found by clicking here.