Waitsfield Indoor Face Covering Rule

Last updated: 3/15/2022

Update:

On March 14, 2022 the Waitsfield Selectboard voted to rescind the Rule Requiring Face Covers Indoors. Individual business and property owners may still impose their own rules but there is no longer a local rule in place.

Background & History:

On December 6th, 2021 the Waitsfield Selectboard adopted a Rule Requiring Wearing Face Covering Indoors in Public Places, under the authority of Act 1 (an act relating to temporary municipal rules in response to COVID-19.

On January 10th, 2022 the Waitsfield Selectboard amended the original Rule Requiring Wearing Face Covering Indoors in Public Places and extended the rule for another 30 days.

On February 14, 2022 the Waitsfield Selectboard re-adopted the 1/10/22 version of the Rule Requiring Wearing Face Covering Indoors in Public Places and extended the rule for another 30 days. The Selectboard reconsidered the rule on February 28th and decided to keep the rule in place until their next meeting on March 14th when the rule was rescinded.

The full text of the rule can be found here.

The temporary law that grants the town this rulemaking authority will sunset on April 30, 2022, at which point any local mask rules in place will automatically expire.


ELECTION RESULTS & Town Meeting 2022 Info

2022 Town Meeting Election results can be found here.

Town Meeting 2022 was held on March 1, 2022, with all voting by Australian ballot for the second year in a row. The Selectboard additionally held an Information Session on February 28, 2022 at 6:30pm where the public had an opportunity to ask questions about any of the Articles on the ballot. The information session was held via Zoom with an in-person option available for those who may have needed it. Information related to Town Meeting can be found below:

TOWN MEETING WARNING

The official Town Meeting warning for the March 1, 2022 meeting can be found here.

TOWN REPORT

Bound copies of the 2021 Waitsfield Annual Report can be found around town at the Town Office, Waitsfield Elementary, Joslin Memorial Library, Shaw’s, and Mehuron’s. A digital copy of the Town Report can be found here.

A copy of the 2021 Audit Summary and Full Report can be found here.


Candidate Forms – Town Meeting 2022

Waitsfield voters interested in running for local office on March 1 may pick up a Petition and Consent of Candidate form, which are due back at the Town Office by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 24. If you would like one mailed or emailed to you, contact Jennifer by email at [email protected] or at 496-2218 x3.


HOLIDAY OFFICE CLOSURE

The Waitsfield Town Office will be closed from Friday, December 24, through Friday, December 31.  Please plan accordingly, and happy holidays!


Job Opportunity – Town Treasurer

The Town of Waitsfield is looking for an organized and motivated candidate to serve as its Town Treasurer. The 3-day per week position offers competitive pay and benefits, a very 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 Assistant Town Clerk and the Water Clerk for the Town’s water system.

A bachelor’s degree in accounting, public administration, or similarly applicable discipline is preferred (although not required), or a course of study in accounting or equivalent subjects, as well as at least three years experience in the area of accounting (in the public or private sector) including experience management payroll, employee benefits, and accounts payable and receivable.

A detailed job description can be found here. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Questions can be directed to [email protected] or (802) 496-2218 ext. 5. 

To apply please submit a cover letter and resume including contact information for three professional references via email to [email protected] or mailed to:

Town Administrator

4144 Main Street

Waitsfield, VT 05673.

This position is open until filled.  Please reach out if you have any questions.

The Town of Waitsfield is an equal opportunity provider and employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, gender, or familial status.


*Bridge Street Covered Bridge Closure*

The Bridge Street Covered Bridge will be closed from Monday, October 11th through Friday, October 22nd for repairs. Tremblay Road will be the detour route. Signs will be posted near the bridge to alert the public of the closure.

If you have any questions please contact Town Administrator, Annie Decker-Dell’Isola at [email protected] or (802) 496-2218 ext. 5.


Pedestrian Safety in Waitsfield

Last updated: 10/7/21

The Town of Waitsfield prioritizes the need to provide safe corridors for pedestrian transportation throughout town, including along the Route 100 corridor.  In light of recent tragic events there has been a renewed call to continue improving safety features along this important travel route through town, especially in the vicinity of Waitsfield Village and Irasville.  In response, the Town of Waitsfield and the Mad River Valley Planning District (MRVPD) have been working with the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) to address immediate actions that can be taken at critical crossing points along Route 100 and to map out a process for longer term planning and coordination along this corridor.  Route 100 is a state highway that is owned and managed by VTrans.  As such, any improvements along Route 100 require approval by and coordination with VTrans. A team composed of Waitsfield and MRVPD staff have been assigned to work directly with VTrans to map these critical areas and develop a plan for additional safety solutions.  Through this work over the past months, VTrans has identified their typical approach to dealing with pedestrian visibility issues at crosswalks.  VTrans typically recommends a phased approach, using the following treatments in this order:

  1. Begin with an in-street sign at the crosswalk
  2. Next, the Town can submit a work order to VTrans to install a “gate post sign” at a crosswalk (“gatepost signs” are double faced signs that get placed on each side of a crosswalk)
  3. Gatepost signs can be striped with high visibility tape if additional safety measures are needed
  4. RRFBs are typically considered after these other treatments have been applied.

The following plan has been identified by the Tiger Team and is in progress:

  1. VTrans approved the “In-Road Signage Pilot Program,” with support from MRVPD and Local Motion, in-street signs were lent to the Town for a one-month trial program at high trafficked Route 100 crosswalks.  This program was paired with a community feedback form (with support from MRPVD) to evaluate pedestrian feedback at these crosswalk locations. A final report summarizing the results of this program can be found here.
  2. A work order has been submitted to VTrans for a gatepost sign at Carroll Road
  3. VTrans will work to prioritize painting the Route 100 crosswalks as a result of the successful collaboration between these two groups
  4. VTrans is planning a speed study of the Route 100 corridor through the Village this summer which will help inform future planning
  5. VTrans is open to continue discussing the best location for an RRFB at a crosswalk in town but does not have guidance at this time as to which location is best suited for this treatment. Town and MRVPD will review the results of the preliminary community survey and determine if another public safety survey combined with some simple data collection (counts of users at crosswalks during peak summer use) can help inform this decision.
  6. The group will check-in again in October 2021 to evaluate which treatments may or may not be working and continue to plan next steps at the identified locations in town.

Additionally, a significant number of pedestrian safety improvements will be implemented with the construction of the Village West Sidewalk. The project was completed in the summer of 2021 and adds a number of previously identified safety elements (bump-outs, additional crosswalks, signage, and better-defined crossings) to the Waitsfield Village portion of the Main Street/Route 100 corridor. 

Town staff are available to help answer any questions or address any concerns that the public might have related to pedestrian safety in town or the strategies identified above.  Please contact us at any time with questions, concerns, or to receive updates about this project at:

Annie Decker-Dell’Isola, Town Administrator at 802-496-2218 ext. 5 or via email at  [email protected]


In-Road Signage Demonstration Project

Have you noticed the three new in-road signs at crosswalks along Main Street? These are part of an In-Road Signage Demonstration project, completed in partnership with the Town of Waitsfield and the Mad River Valley Planning District (MRVPD) and with support from Local Motion. This project is part of the larger Pedestrian Safety effort being undertaken by the Town of Waitsfield, MRVPD, and the Vermont Transportation Department (VTrans).

We want your feedback! Please take this quick survey to let us know your thoughts on the new In-Road Signs. They will be in place for the next month and the Town and MRVPD are eager to hear what you think!

More information on the overall pedestrian safety efforts can be found here. More information on the In-Road Signage Demonstration Project can be found here.

If you have additional questions or comments, please contact Annie Decker-Dell’Isola, Town Administrator, at [email protected] or (802) 496-2218 ext. 5.