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Vergennes/Ferrisburgh Boundary Line Discussion

Vergennes/Ferrisburgh Boundary Line Discussion

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 5:30 PM.  This is a hybrid meeting held both at Ferrisburgh Town Hall, 3279 US-7, Ferrisburgh, VT 05456 and via Zoom.

The Town of Ferrisburgh and City of Vergennes are inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting – for a presentation by Tim Cowan, Licensed Land Surveyor at Civil Engineering Associates, Inc.   Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 5:30 PM.  This is a hybrid meeting held both at Ferrisburgh Town Hall, 3279 US-7, Ferrisburgh, VT 05456 and via Zoom.

BACKGROUND:  In 1788, the City of Vergennes was created by an act of the general assembly of the future state of Vermont. More than 230 years later, the city’s boundaries remain unmarked, un-surveyed and universally misunderstood.  After researching the problem 25 years ago, the topic is coming to light again due to growing interest in designing a truck route or bypass around the Little City.  This will be a graphic-rich presentation featuring dozens of maps and diagrams as well as quotes and anecdotes from historical documents to illustrate the 1788 subdivision of the city from the surrounding three towns. The story of how the exact boundaries are still inconclusive after 230 years allows for discussion of a myriad of survey-related issues related to historical research, boundary construction and historical methods of surveying town lines and the lots within them

ABOUT TIM COWAN:  A native Vermonter, Mr. Cowan graduated from University of Vermont in 1980 with a B.A. in Geography. Since that time, he has been continuously employed in the field of land surveying in Vermont and northern New Hampshire. After earning his professional license in 1987, Cowan was appointed to the Vermont Board of Land Surveyors in 1989, where he served for over nine years. Upon completion of his terms on the board he was named a Board Member Emeritus. He continues to serve the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying on the committee which writes, prepares, and administers the standard examination for land surveyors. His experience includes boundary surveys of large woodland tracts for forest product companies and conservation groups, as well as subdivision and engineering surveys in urban and suburban settings. Recent interests include providing land surveying consultation services to engineers and other design professionals and providing assistance in boundary location problems.                                                                           

Topic: Municipal Boundaries Presentation

Time: Oct 20, 2021 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 885 7933 4645

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