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2020 Vergennes Virtual Junior Fishing Derby

The Vergennes Junior Fishing Derby will be returning June 2020 with a twist!! The Junior Fishing Derby Committee is happy to announce the 2020 Vergennes Virtual Junior Fishing Derby!! For rules and registration visit the Vergennes Junior Fishing Derby page.

Main Street Resurfacing Update

DATE: Thursday, 5/21/20

PROJECT TYPE: Roadway 

As part of Governor Scott’s “Work Smart, Stay Safe” order, all construction crews are currently subject to certain safety restrictions.

Milling of side roads is scheduled for tomorrow and will continue on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.

Work on shoulder widening on the south end of the project (south of the bridge) is very tentatively scheduled for next week. It is likely this work will be pushed back to the week of June 1st.

Traffic Impacts:

Please expect alternating one way traffic in the vicinity of the active milling operation. Flaggers will be onsite helping to direct the flow of traffic. Expect delays and add extra time to your travel plans.

Main Street Resurfacing Update

 Project Alert: Schedule change

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the milling schedule has changed.

Milling of the downtown portion of the project will take place today, 5/19 and Wednesday, 5/20.

The contractor will be milling the southbound lane of the project all day today. This includes the southbound side of Main Street. Parking on the southbound side of the street will be restricted and will reopen as soon as possible.

Parking along the northbound side of the street will remain open all day today (5/19).

Milling tomorrow will occur along the northbound lane of the project and will continue all day northbound. Parking on the northbound side of the street will be restricted and will reopen as soon as possible.

Parking along the southbound lane will remain open all day on Wednesday, 5/20.

Traffic Impacts:
Please expect alternating one way traffic in the vicinity of the active milling operation. Flaggers will be onsite helping to direct the flow of traffic. Delays may occur.

Main Street Resurfacing Update

The contractor has completed milling operations along Green St.

Milling operations have moved to the Panton town line and are progressing northerly toward downtown Vergennes. It is anticipated that milling operations will get to the bridge over the Otter Creek by the end of the work day today.

On Monday, 5/18 the plan for milling is to skip the downtown section and begin at the Ferrisburg town line and mill south toward downtown.

On Tuesday, 5/19, milling is expected through the downtown area from McDonough Drive to the Town Hall. Milling in downtown will take one entire day to complete.

Parking will be limited on Tuesday while the contractor mills the roadway. Every effort will be made to keep as much parking open as possible, and to re-open parking as quickly as possible. There is a strong possibility that parking on both sides of Main St. will be closed simultaneously for a period of approximately 3 hours. Again, every effort will be made to re-open parking as soon as possible.

On Thursday and Friday the contractor will begin milling side roads along the project.

 

 

 

The City of Vergennes has approved day work along the project until June 1st. After that date, the contract requirements for night work in the downtown area will be placed back into effect.

Main Street Resurfacing to Begin on 5/13/2020

DATE: Tuesday, 5/12/20

PROJECT TYPE: Roadway

LOCATION: Beginning on VT Route 22A in the Town of Vergennes at the town line with Panton and running northerly along VT Route 22A for a distance of 2.189 miles and stopping at the town line with Ferrisburgh. Also, beginning at VT Route 22A continuing easterly along Ferrisburgh State Highway (Green Street) for a distance of 0.666 miles stopping in Vergennes at the intersection of US Route 7. 

As part of Governor Scott’s “Work Smart, Stay Safe” order, all construction crews are currently subject to certain safety restrictions.

Planned Construction Activities:

The contractor is scheduled to begin milling operations along Green St. beginning tomorrow, 5/13. Milling will begin at the Ferrisburgh/Vergennes town line near Church St. and progress toward Main Street. Milling of Green St. will take approximately 2-3 days.

The City of Vergennes has approved day work along the project until June 1st. After that date, the contract requirements for night work in the downtown area will be placed back into effect.

Another update will be issued later this week.

Traffic Impacts:

Please expect alternating one way traffic in the vicinity of the active milling operation. flaggers will be onsite helping to direct the flow of traffic. Delays may occur.

CoVid-19 Updates

Please visit the COVID-19 tab on the vergennes.org website to review updates, resources and statements related to the pandemic.

Emergency Council Meeting 3-25-2020 Update

The Executive Order issued the Governor Scott restricts the City from holding a physical location for the public to join the meeting. Therefore, the entire meeting will be held remotely via Zoom. Information to enter the meeting is below:

Emergency Council Meeting 3-25-2020

An Emergency Council Meeting has been scheduled for March 25, 2020 at 6PM.

Proposed Schedule Change: Main Street Resurfacing Project

VTrans is looking to change the Main Street paving schedule in light of recent events. Whereas the project was not to take place downtown before memorial day, VTrans is looking to take advantage of the recent decline in social activity by doing construction on Main Street during this time. Basically, VTrans would like to start the Main Street resurfacing project downtown before memorial day.

City Hall Closed

To help mitigate the spread of CoVid-19, beginning March 18, 2020, City Hall will be closed to the general public. Individuals who must conduct City business are encouraged to do so electronically or by mail. The City has ordered and will be installing a drop box on the front of City Hall, which individuals can utilize to drop payments, applications, documents, etc.

NOTICE FROM THE CITY MANAGER

RE: COVID-19
 
March 13, 2020
 
The City is monitoring the development of the COVID-19 outbreak.  In response, Vergennes is reviewing information from the Vermont Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Vermont Emergency Management (VEM).

Voting Results – March 2020

Here are the election results for today. We had 915 voters turn out which is a 45.4% turn out.  (2011 voters on checklist.)

March 3, 2020 Voting Results  [.pdf]

Local Concerns Meeting Notice for Vergennes Salt Shed Project – March 5 @ 6pm

Local Concerns Meeting Notice for Vergennes Salt Shed Project – March 5 @ 6pm

Warning for Annual City Meeting March 2, 2020

The annual city meeting will take place Monday evening March 2 at 7:30 PM in the Vergennes Opera House. Hope to see you there!

Come out and vote on Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Come out and vote on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, for the Vermont Presidential Primary Election and the Annual City Meeting. Voting by Australian ballot will take place at the Vergennes Fire Station located at 50 Green Street from 9 am until 7 pm.

Vergennes Day is August 24th!

Vergennes will be celebrating our 38th Annual Vergennes Day on Saturday August 24th!

Salt Shed MPM-RFP

The City of Vergennes, VT has entered an agreement with the Vermont Agency of Transportation to develop a project to oversee the installation of a salt/sand shed This project is funded in part by the Federal Highway Administration and the Vermont Agency of Transportation. Accordingly, all aspects of project development, from developing a purpose and need statement to constructing the project, must conform to federal and state regulations. The City has agreed to provide the project management. The Agency of Transportation will designate an individual to assist the City in meeting the necessary requirements and ensure that the agreed upon project funds are allocated for project use.

Basin Docks Are In!

Vergennes Docks Are Open

City Docks

Due to an unusually wet spring, the City Docks have not been installed.

Vergennes Junior Fishing Derby-CANCELLED

Vergennes Junior Fishing Derby-CANCELLED

Memorial Day Parade 2019

Vermont’s largest Memorial Day parade is hosted by American Legion Post 14.  The theme for 2019 is “Now and Forever, We Remember.” On Monday, May 27, the parade will begin at 11 a.m. from Vergennes Union High School. It will wind its way through the streets of Vergennes until it finishes at the City Green around 1:30  p.m.

Recreation Committee Work Party 5-4-2019

VERGENNES
COMMUNITY,
WE NEED YOU!

Vergennes Truck Study Results – Public Meeting April 2, 2019

April 2, 2019 at Vergennes Opera House, from 6pm to 8:30pm

There will be a public meeting on Tuesday, April 2 at the Vergennes Opera House to review and discuss the draft report on strategies to minimize the damage from truck traffic to downtown Vergennes. The meeting will start at 6pm with an informal opportunity to talk with the consultants, review the three options put forth, and have personal questions addressed. A formal presentation will begin at 7pm followed by public comments.

Voting Results – March 2019

All fund appropriations passed and all who ran for seats were elected. ANWSD has asked us not to release individual results of voting on their articles as they are based on a commingled total.

Come Out and Vote on March 5, 2019

Come on out and vote Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at our Annual City Election. Voting by Australian ballot will take place at the Vergennes Fire Station at 50 Green Street from 9am until 7pm.

Warning for Annual City Meeting, March 4 2019

The qualified voters of the City of Vergennes are hereby warned and notified that the Annual City Meeting will be held at the Vergennes Opera House in City Hall on Monday, March 4, 2019, commencing at 7:30 p.m. for the following:

Vergennes Trash and Recycling

Trash and Recycling Costs for Vergennes Dropoff

Trash and recycling drop-off in Vergennes is weekly on Wednesday, 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm and Saturday, 8:00 am to 12:00 noon at the Recycling Center on West Street. Below prices are bundled pricing (resident brings both trash and recycling).

Election Results – November 2018

Here are the election results for November 6, 2018. We had 1,148 ballots cast out of 1,935 registered voters (59.33%).

Rt 22A Truck Traffic Public Meeting September 26, 7PM

Route 22A is one of the busiest truck routes in Vermont. The City of Vergennes has proportionally more large trucks travelling through its downtown than any other comparably sized municipality in Vermont. 

Missed the Public Forum? Watch it online!

Missed the Municipal Development Plan Public Forum? Thanks to Vermont Community Access Media (VCAM), it’s now available online!

Thank You from the Planning Commission

Thank you to everyone who attended the Planning Commission’s public forum on September 13, 2018! While we may not have reached consensus on all issues, the tenor of the discussion was fabulous. Everyone who participated was respectful and civil, and the discussions were lively and informative. The number of people participating exceeded our expectations. It makes us proud to be part of this community!

Municipal Development Plan Public Forum – September 13, 2018

Please join us for an important evening!

Do you have concerns about the affordability, availability or design of new housing in the City of Vergennes? Do you oppose or support more dense development patterns within the City? Are you eager for the rail trail? Do you have pedestrian safety or traffic concerns? Do you have an opinion on the economic, social or environmental direction of the City?

Vergennes Day – August 24 and 25, 2018

Vergennes Day is  Saturday, August 25, 2018!

Come out for the Street Dance the night before, on Friday, August 24  too!

Primary Election Results – August 2018

Here are the results: Primary Election – 2018 August.

Of the 1,857 registered voters we had 437 participants which is 23.5% turnout.

Primary Elections – August 14, 2018

Come out and vote in the primary elections on Tuesday, August 14, 2018.  Polling hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and voting will take place at the Vergennes Fire Station located at 50 Green Street.

Thank you, Mel, for 30 years of service!

Please join the Vergennes City Council in honoring Mel Hawley for 30 years of service to the City of Vergennes at the regular City Council meeting on July 24, 2018, at the Vergennes Opera House. Light refreshments will be served following the business meeting.

Job Posting:  Interim Zoning Administrator (June 2018)

UPDATE: This position has been filled.

Memorial Day Parade – 5-28-2018

Vermont’s largest Memorial Day parade is hosted by American Legion Post 14.  The theme for 2018 is “Honor and Commemorate: Freedom Isn’t Free.” The parade will begin at 11am on on Monday, May 28 from Vergennes Union High School. It will wind its way through the streets of Vergennes until it finishes at the City Green around 1:30 pm.

Memorial Day Parade, 2017 – Road closures

The Vergennes Memorial Day Parade is scheduled for Monday 29 May 2017 and will be starting at 11:00 a.m. As most of you know parking is at a premium that morning and some enterprising souls even park in their favorite parade viewing point the night before. Parking is restricted on the north side (City Hall and City Park) of Main Street from City Hall west to South Maple Street, as well as on North Green Street. This is to allow vendors and event participants room to park their vehicles and set up on the city green. Restricted parking signs will be posted along with traffic cones in this restricted area.

Vergennes "Stump Dump" Is Closed

The former ‘stump dump’ located adjacent to Vergennes Wastewater Treatment Plant is not in operation and has been closed to the public for quite some time. The State advised us several years ago that we cannot offer this service as we are not a solid waste facility.

Election Results – March 2018

Here are the election results for March 6, 2018.  We had 502 ballots cast which is 27.5% of our registered voters.

Come out and vote on March 6, 2018

Come out and vote on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, for the Annual City Election.

Warning for Annual City Meeting March 2018

The annual city meeting will take place Monday evening March 5 at 7:30 PM in the Vergennes Opera House.

Hope to see you there!

Vergennes City Council Vacancy, February 2018

Effective February 8, 2018 a vacancy exists on the Vergennes City Council. If you are interested in the Alderman’s position that will expire March 1, 2019, please submit a letter of interest by February 22, 2018 to Mayor Renny Perry, PO Box 35 Vergennes VT 05491, or deliver to City Hall. Applicants must be available for a 5-minute interview on Tuesday evening, February 27, 2018, at the Vergennes Fire Station.

Ballot Update, January 2018

The Vergennes Board of Civil Authority met January 31, 2018 to discuss polling hours in the City. The Board of Civil Authority (BCA) makes decisions challenging and purging voters, determines the polling places and hours the polls will be open, and serve as election officials at the polling place. Justices of the peace may deliver absentee ballots to voters who are ill or who have a disability and request personal delivery.

Public Notice: March 2018 City Election and Nominating Petititions

PUBLIC NOTICE
CITY OF VERGENNES

Vergennes City Voice 05-2017

Vergennes City Voice
Volume 1, Issue 1
May 2017

Vergennes Downtown-Basin Master Plan final report is complete

Below are links to the final report for the Downtown-Basin Master Plan and its appendices. Thanks to all who contributed to this Plan, particularly the Steering Committee and others who brought forth ideas, time, and energy to create this road map to the future of Vergennes.

Annual Report – 2016

The 77-page  Vergennes 2016 annual report is now available.

Warning of Annual City Meeting 03-06-17

The qualified voters of the City of Vergennes are hereby warned and notified that the Annual City Meeting will be held at the Vergennes Opera House in City Hall on Monday, March 6, 2017, commencing at 7:30 p.m. for the following:

Property taxes and sewer assessments due February 15, 2017

Property Taxes

Property taxes are due on February 15, May 15, August 15, and November 15 of each year. If the 15th falls on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday when City Hall is closed, payments will be accepted on the following work day without a late fee. Questions may be addressed to the City Clerk’s office at (802) 877-2841.

Holiday Stroll 2016 – December 3

‘Tis the season! Spend a day in downtown Vergennes and be merry with neighbors, friends and new acquaintances. This year’s Holiday Stroll is scheduled for Saturday, December 3.

Read more at: Holiday Stroll

Property taxes and sewer assessments due November 15, 2016

Property Taxes

Property taxes are due on February 15, May 15, August 15, and November 15 of each year. If the 15th falls on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday when City Hall is closed, payments will be accepted on the following work day without a late fee. Questions may be addressed to to the City Clerk’s office at (802) 877-2841.

Pumpkins in the Park 2016 – This Weekend!

This Saturday, October 29, 2016, 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, bring yourself, your family and your pumpkin to Pumpkins in the Park! Hosted by Northlands Job Corps.

Vermont General Election – November 8, 2016

WARNING
VERMONT GENERAL ELECTION
NOVEMBER 8, 2016

Voting Results – August 2016

Here are the full results of yesterday’s voting in Vergennes: August 2016 voting results [pdf].

We received  470 ballots out of  1658 registered voters; 28% turn out.

Vergennes Day 2016 – August 26 and 27

Celebrate Vergennes with us on August 26-27, 2016! Enjoy music, food and fun all across the Little City.

Details at: Vergennes Day

Property taxes and sewer assessments due August 15, 2016

Property Taxes

Property taxes are due on February 15, May 15, August 15, and November 15 of each year. If the 15th falls on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday when City Hall is closed, payments will be accepted on the following work day without a late fee. Questions may be addressed to to the City Clerk’s office at (802) 877-2841.

Come out and vote on Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Come out and vote on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 for the Vermont Primary Election and the Special City Meeting. Voting by Australian ballot will take place at the Vergennes Fire Station at 50 Green Street from 9 am until 7 pm. The Special City Meeting and Vermont Primary Election announcement provides a preview of the questions on the ballot. For the Vermont Primary Ballot you will have to vote by party ballot. You will be given three (3) party ballots and will only be able to use one.

Special City Meeting and Vermont Primary Election – August 9, 2016

WARNING
SPECIAL CITY MEETING
AUGUST 9, 2016

Public Informational Hearing – August 2, 2016

CITY OF VERGENNES
PUBLIC INFORMATIONAL HEARING
TAX EXEMPTION VOTE

Paving – Expect Delays

Vergennes Public Works Department will begin paving around the city the week of June 20, 2016. Please expect delays.

Vergennes Swim Team Fundraiser

Swimming fun with noodle races and epic Shark and Minnows games
…but don’t worry, fish are friends, not food!
Watch Finding Nemo by the pool beginning at 7:45 p.m. as the sun sinks low!

Junior Fishing Derby 2016 - June 24 – 25

Bring your bait and tackle down to the Vergennes Falls Basin on Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25 for the 2016 Junior Fishing Derby. Read more at Junior Fishing Derby.

First Vergennes Arts Walk of 2016 – June 24

The first monthly Vergennes Arts Walk of 2016 will be held on Friday, June 24. Embrace the arts in our Little City!

More: Vergennes Arts Walk

Little City Yard Sale 2016 – June 18

Dozens of yard sales all around the city, plus on the City Green. Official map will be available online or at the information booth on the green. Sales will be held rain or shine.

More : Little City Yard Sale

Sam Fishman Pool Hours for 2016

The Sam Fishman Pool at the Vergennes Elementary School opens for 2016 on Monday, June 13.

Farmers' Market Opening – June 16, 2016

The Farmers’ Market begins on June 16! They are welcoming veteran vendors and new ones alike.

Memorial Day Parade 2016

Get info on 2017 Memorial Day Parade activities from the Vergennes Partnership

Property taxes and sewer assessments due May 15, 2016

Property Taxes

Property taxes are due on February 15, May 15, August 15, and November 15 of each year. If the 15th falls on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday when City Hall is closed, payments will be accepted on the following work day without a late fee. Questions may be addressed to to the City Clerk’s office at (802) 877-2841.

Ladies' Night – May 5, 2016

Gather your friends and get ready for a festive night of shopping, dining and socializing in downtown Vergennes on LADIES NIGHT – Thursday, May 5. Many merchants will offer complimentary spirits and cheese tastings from area farms and beverage makers such as Appalacian Gap, Shacksbury Cider, Whistle Pig Whiskey, Fairytale Farm, Stonecutter Spirits and Bridport Creamery. Special promotions will include free mini massages at Linda’s, a Bare Minerals fresh-face glow application at Shear Cuts, a hoop presentation at Vergennes Movement, henna services at Heartfire Henna, and an art demo at Creative Space Gallery.

Vergennes Restaurant Week – June 19-25, 2016

New! This June, the Vergennes Partnership will launch its first-ever Vergennes Restaurant Week. This event will be a great opportunity for residents and visitors to enjoy all of the outstanding restaurants and eateries in the Little City. The theme will be “Celebrate Fresh and Local,” featuring items from Addison County farms and producers. Stay tuned for updates!

Workers needed

The City of Vergennes will again be hiring approximately 40 employees during school vacation (April 18-22, 2016) to assist the Public Works Department with spring clean-up: raking, sweeping, etc. Applicants must be at least 14 years of age. The work day is 7 am until 3:30 pm. Those interested need to sign up at City Hall; bring 2 forms of acceptable ID.

Little City Yard Sale 2016 – Registration

Join the Little City Yard Sale on Saturday, June 18th, 2016, from 9 am to 3 pm. Sell your unwanted and unused, antiques, memorabilia, clothing, furniture, electronics, children’s items and more. Set up your sale at your home or purchase a space on the City Green.

Dog licenses due April 1, 2016

Dog licenses are due on or before April 1 of each year. If April 1 falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday when City Hall is closed, the due date is the last working day prior to April 1. Questions may be addressed to to the City Clerk’s office at (802) 877-2841.

Vergennes Voting Results – March 1, 2016

Here is a summary of the results of today’s presidential primary voting in Vergennes: Bernie Sanders for Democratic Party, John R. Kasich for Republican Party.

Otter Creek Campus Master Plan

Here is the Master Plan for the State of Vermont Otter Creek Campus and Lands, developed by LandWorks of Middlebury.

Come out and vote on March 1, 2016

Come out and vote on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Voting by Australian ballot will take place at the Vergennes Fire Station at 50 Green Street from 9am until 7pm. The Warning for the Annual City Meeting provides a preview of the questions on the ballot.

2015 Annual Report Published

The 77-page Vergennes Annual Report for 2015 has been published.

Property taxes and sewer assessments due February 15, 2016

Property Taxes

Property taxes are due on February 15, May 15, August 15, and November 15 of each year. If the 15th falls on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday when City Hall is closed, payments will be accepted on the following work day without a late fee. Questions may be addressed to to the City Clerk’s office at (802) 877-2841.

Warning of Annual City Meeting 2016

The 2016 Annual City Meeting will be held at 7:30pm on Monday, February 29th at the Vergennes Opera House.  View the proposal document for the 2016 Annual City Meeting.

Truck Route Proposal

The City of Vergennes requests that VTRANS consider a proposal that would create a northerly truck route beginning at Route 22 A in Addison Four Corners and heading east along VT Route 17 to U.S. Route 7 in New Haven.

Annual Report Cover Contest

The folks at Vergennes City Hall are looking for a unique photograph for the cover of the 2016 Annual Report. If you are willing to share a picture of a place in Vergennes that exhibits a cool topic, perspective, color or other interesting component, please email it to Joan Devine at jdevine@vergennes.org.

Notice of Public Office – Seats and Terms Available

PUBLIC NOTICE
CITY OF VERGENNES

Holiday Stroll 2015 – December 5

‘Tis the season! Spend a day in downtown Vergennes and be merry with neighbors, friends and new acquaintances. This year’s Holiday Stroll is scheduled for Saturday, December 5.

Property taxes and sewer assessments due November 15, 2015

Property Taxes

Property taxes are due on February 15, May 15, August 15, and November 15 of each year. If the 15th falls on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday when City Hall is closed, payments will be accepted on the following work day without a late fee. Questions may be addressed to to the City Clerk’s office at (802) 877-2841.

City Council Vacancy

CITY OF VERGENNES
NOTICE OF VACANCY
CITY COUNCIL

Pumpkins in the Park 2015 – October 24

Bring the whole family for some hometown Halloween fun  at Pumpkins in the Park 2015. This year, nine restaurants will compete in our first annual People’s Choice Chili Contest.  $5 buys a sampling of all nine chilis, plus an opportunity to vote for the best.

Downtown-Basin Master Plan Events September 25-26, 2015

As part of the Downtown Basin Master Plan, there will be Community Visioning Events on Friday and Saturday, September 25 and 26. 

Proposed Amendments to Zoning Regulations

The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Monday, September 28 at 7pm in the Vergennes Fire Station Meeting Room for discuss proposed amendments to the Vergennes zoning and subdivision regulations. You can read full details of the proposed amendments here.

Downtown-Basin Master Plan

This project is an outgrowth of the Vergennes Community Visit that took place in 2014. Three priorities for the City of Vergennes came out of the Community Visit:

• Improve Transportation & Parking
• Advance the Vergennes Economy & Expand the Community and Economic Development Capacity of the City
• Redevelop the Vergennes Falls Basin & Open a Riverwalk

When (and where) is French Heritage Day?

Hosted by the Winooski Historical Society, French Heritage Day is moving to Winooski and will be held on Saturday, July 11th from 10 am to 4 pm.

First Vergennes Arts Walk of 2015 – June 26

The first monthly Vergennes Arts Walk of 2015 will be held on Friday, June 26. Embrace the arts in our Little City! Learn more at Vergennes Arts Walk.

Farmers' Market Opening – June 11

The Farmers’ Market begins on June 11! They are welcoming veteran vendors and new ones alike – and have live music lined up for most market days. Learn more at Farmers’ Market.

Junior Fishing Derby 2015 – June 26-28

Bring your bait and tackle down to the Vergennes Falls Basin on the weekend of June 26-28 for this year’s Junior Fishing Derby. Read more at Junior Fishing Derby.

Memorial Day Parade 2015 – May 25

Join us in Vergennes for the longest parade in Vermont. This year’s Memorial Day Parade is scheduled for Monday, May 25. Read more at: Memorial Day Parade.

Come out and vote on March 3, 2015

Come out and vote on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Voting by Australian ballot will take place at the Vergennes Fire Station at 50 Green Street from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.  The Warning for the Annual City Meeting provides a preview of the questions on the ballot.

Warning for Annual City Meeting March 2, 2015

The qualified voters of the City of Vergennes are hereby warned and notified that the Annual City Meeting will be held at the Vergennes Opera House in City Hall on Monday, March 2, 2015 commencing at 7:30 pm.

Voting Results - November, 2014

Here is a summary of today’s voting in Vergennes:

Election Day 2014 – November 4

Election Day is Tuesday, November 4, 2014.  Voting by Australian ballot will take place at the Vergennes Fire Station on Green Street from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Pumpkins in the Park 2014 – October 25

Boo! Pumpkins in the Park, our annual Halloween celebration, is scheduled for Saturday, October 25, 2014. Big pumpkin fun in the Little City! Read more at: Pumpkins in the Park.

Vergennes Farmer's Market – Thursdays

See:  Vergennes Farmers’ Market

French Heritage Day – July 12

Celebrate French Heritage Day with us on July 12! Enjoy a free, educational and fun-filled day with events for the whole family.

Junior Fishing Derby 2014 – Weekend of June 20

This year’s Junior Fishing Derby will take place June 20-22. Fishing, learning activities and fun events are scheduled all weekend at the Vergennes Falls Basin. Hope to see you there!

Memorial Day Parade – May 26

This year’s theme is, “Veterans: Never to be Forgotten.” Hope to see you in the Little City! Please plan ahead, as roads on the parade route will be closed to traffic from approximately 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Help shape the future of Vergennes – May 21

At the Community Meeting on April 16, over 100 Vergennes community members set three priorities for action to advance the community (see full descriptions below):

  • Improve Transportation and Parking
  • Advance the Vergennes Economy & Expand the Community & Economic Development Capacity of the City
  • Redevelop the Vergennes Falls Basin & Open a Riverwalk

Help set priorities for Vergennes – April 16th

Join us to help shape the future of Vergennes. This meeting will build on ideas, challenges and opportunities presented at the March Community Visit Forums.
Come to:

  • Review action items
  • Discuss and champion what’s most important
  • VOTE community priorities and line up for action

Voting Results

These results include the City ballot and the Vergennes Union High School ballot. The totals on the VUHS ballot from Vergennes will be added to the totals from Ferrisburgh, Panton, Waltham and Addison, so we do not yet know if those articles passed overall.

2013 Annual Report

Here is the Annual Report for the Year 2013, City of Vergennes, Vermont:

Recognition for Public Works Department

Public Works magazine recently recognized the Vergennes Public Works Department as its Department of the Month. The Department was selected because of its outstanding service during Hurricane Irene, when staff labored to keep two historic ships and their operators safe in the Otter Creek River Basin.

Vergennes Community Visit Day – March 18

On March 18th all members of the Vergennes community are invited to participate in a series of forums on Vergennes Community Visit Day to be held at the Bixby Library and the Vergennes Opera House. This first event in a 3-month process of addressing important challenges before Vergennes and building priorities for action will include focus forum discussions and a free community dinner at St. Peters Church. The Vermont Council on Rural Development will bring a 30+ person team of federal, state, business and non-profit leaders who will participate in sessions throughout the afternoon and evening and join community members at the free community dinner.

Remember to vote – March 4

Please remember to vote on March 4 . Polls will be open from 9 AM until 7 PM at the Fire Station on Green Street.

Annual City Meeting – March 3

The City of Vergennes Annual City Meeting will be held at the Vergennes Opera House on Monday, March 3. There will be a social hour at 6:30 PM with refreshments furnished by Northlands Job Corps. The business meeting will begin promptly at 7:30 PM. This is a great opportunity to hear from your local legislators, municipal leaders and local non-profits.

CARNEVALE Vergennes – March 1

The Vergennes Opera House will be transformed into a plaza in Venice where guests will find surprises and magic at every corner…all to benefit two organizations in our community–The Vergennes Opera House and the Vergennes Partnership.

Vermont Community Development Program Public Hearing – John Graham Shelter Project

Click on the document below to view the Final Public Hearing notice.

Best Towns in Vermont for Young Families

NerdWallet, a website devoted to unfiltered and unbiased, data driven tools has determined The Best Towns in Vermont for Young Families. The City of Vergennes was listed third, behind Jericho and Montpelier. The score for each city was derived from five criteria: GreatSchools city rating, Median home value, Monthly homeowner cost, Median household income and Median income change from 1999 – 2011. Following Vergennes were Arlington, South Burlington, Waterbury, Enosburg Falls, Essex Junction, Middlebury and Castleton. A total of 46 towns were considered. We all knew we liked living here for a reason.

VT Gas Referendum Results

Here are the results of the VT Gas Referendum vote held in Vergennes today:
 
– YES 345
– NO 143
– BLANK 3

Vote scheduled for December 10

Two issues will be brought to local voters on Tuesday, December 10, 2013. Polls  will be open from 9 am until 7 pm at the Fire Station on Green Street.

Holiday Stroll and Craft Fair

Family fun for all ages! Eat breakfast with Santa in the morning, then stroll and sing your way through the city all day. Music, crafts and cookies, photos, a silent auction, a craft fair and more. The festivities end with the lighting of City Park. Summary of events on the Annual Events page, and details (including a schedule) at Vergennes Holiday Stroll (.pdf).

Vermont Health Connect at the Bixby Library

Certified Navigators from Blueprint for Health at Porter Medical Center and Open Door Clinic will be available throughout November and December at Bixby Library to answer your questions about the Affordable Care Act and how health care coverage in Vermont is changing.  Also, they will help you through the application process to ensure you don’t lose health care coverage in 2014.

Status of Trees in the City

The City of Vergennes is trying to map city owned trees: those in the street right-of-way, and on publicly owned lands. You can help contribute to this effort by adding trees to the map, identifying species, and/or assessing the condition of publicly owned trees. Click on the link below to access the map. 

Vergennes Falls on WCAX

See the Vergennes falls featured in a WCAX news story! Falls light the night in Vergennes. The falls will be lit through Labor Day weekend!

Toddler Park

A community meeting on the Toddler Park will be held Thursday, 19 September 2013 at the Vergennes Union Elementary School Library beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Explore by bicycle

New! Cycling loops added to the Tourism page. Get out and enjoy summer while it lasts!

Open House at the Opera House

Tours, live acoustic music and comfy chairs for taking a break during the French Heritage Day festivities.

French Heritage Day

Franco-American food, demonstrations, children’s educational activities, a race, and more. Don’t miss out! Summary of activities on the Annual Events page; details (including a schedule) at French Heritage Day.

July 3rd Fireworks

Enjoy the beautiful fireworks at dusk on July 3rd at the Vergennes High School athlete field.

Vergennes Falls are Lit

The Vergennes Fall are lit again this summer. The lights are on from 9 pm until 11:45 pm seven days a week until Labor Day. The colors change every ten minutes. Visit Falls Park to enjoy this seasonal novelty of nighttime Vergennes!

Vergennes Farmers' Market Starting Up in June

Enjoy local produce, baked goodies, handmade crafts, farm fresh eggs, beautiful flowers and much more at the Vergennes Farmers’ Market on the Vergennes Green.

Beginning June 13th and running through September 26th, every Thursday from 3-6:30PM please join us as we celebrate all things Local!

Vergennes Community Forum

The City of Vergennes, in collaboration with the Vergennes Partnership and the Vergennes Opera House, would like to invite you to attend a public meeting with the goal of discussing recreation and downtown projects identified in the City Plan that will increase the standard of living and community well-being of Vergennes residents.

Voting results 5-14-13

Both bonds passed in today’s voting. The school bond vote was 410 in favor, 72 opposed. The police station bond vote was 296 in favor, 186 opposed.

Updated Information Related to the Proposed Police Station

Updated Information Related to the Proposed Police Station

Bixby Library Presentation to City Council on 23 April 2013

Click on the link below for the presentation made to the City Council on 23 April 2013 by several Bixby Library board members.

Voting Results

Here are the results of today’s voting. The bond vote was close enough to merit a recount, which confirmed the results that appear on the ballot. (The attached ballot tally is official despite “sample” being written across it.)

Annual City Meeting

The Vergennes Annual Meeting will be held on Monday, March 4, 2013 at the Vergennes Opera House.

Improving bike and walking opportunities in Vergennes

The link below is to a study a group of Middlebury College students did on improving bike and walking opportunities in Vergennes.

Proposed Police Station

To view the drawings and cost estimate of the “Proposed” Police Station click on the links below.

Vergennes Historical Society

October of 2012 saw the formation of a Vergennes Historical Society.   After many years of meeting informally to share stories and resources as well as provide materials for city events a need was felt to organize in order to more efficiently pool our resources and share information with the public.  So far work has been done to develop a set of bylaws and register with the State of Vermont as a non profit.   Next on the agenda is to pinpoint when meetings will be held and formulate a plan of action.   No doubt topics of study will include the French Canadian population in Vergennes, War of 1812, industry, Weeks School, and the railroad.

Snow Shoveling for Seniors and Disabled Citizens

Students at Northern Job Corps will again this year provide snow shoveling for our senior citizens and disabled citizens.

Vergennes Recreation Survey

The Vergennes Partnership and the City of Vergennes Recreation Committee is seeking input about the future of Vergennes.  Please clink on the link below to fill out the brief online survey.

Leaves, Leaves and More Leaves

We all enjoy the beautiful colors that fall leaves provide us but when they hit the ground, they become problematic for the operation of our culverts and catch basins.  It is impossible for our public works crew to maintain the miles of ditches and hundreds of catch basins free of leaves that obstruct the flow of stormwater.  We need your help.  Please remove leaves from the ditch that may run along the road in front of your house.  And if you have a catch basin near your property, please monitor and remove any obstruction caused by an accumulation of leaves.

Vergennes Police Department_Explorer Post 7219

It is my distinct pleasure to announce the Vergennes Police Department has formed an Explorer Post, Explorer Post 7219, in the City of Vergennes. The Vergennes Explorer Post is registered with the Boy Scouts of America, which has its headquarters in Waterbury, VT.

31st Annual Vergennes Day

Saturday, August 25 
 10am-4pm

~ Hosted by the City of Vergennes & the Addison County Chamber of Commerce ~

Fifth Annual Vergennes Day Eve Street Dance

August 24 from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Vergennes City Park (rain location: Vergennes Opera House)

Vergennes Day Race

Greetings from the Vergennes Day race committee.    On Saturday Aug. 25th we invite you to join us at the 31st annual Vergennes Day race.   Please bring your entire family and join us for our annual Little City Race. We have a 5K run and walk that takes you through our city streets and finishes at the City Green. A great opportunity for friends and family to get out and participate in a fun filled and healthy event. 

City of Vergennes_Notice of Public Hearing on July 17, 2012

Notice is hereby given to the residents of the City of Vergennes, owners of land within said city, and other interested persons and parties, that the Vergennes City Council will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 7 p.m. in the Vergennes Fire Station Meeting Room as required by 24 V.S.A. § 4442. The purpose of the public hearing is for the City Council to hear and receive testimony regarding the comprehensive amendments to the Vergennes zoning and subdivision regulations as proposed by the Vergennes Planning Commission. A copy of the full text and accompanying map is on file in the City Clerk's office for public examination.

City Green Policy

The attached City Green Policy will be reviewed at the City Council meeting on July 17, 2012.

Vergennes Fire Station at 7:00 p.m.

Vergennes Lions Club Charity Auction

Wednesday, July 11th, 6:30 p.m. at the Vergennes Union Middle School Gym

City of Vergennes _ Notice of Public Hearing

Notice is hereby given to the residents of the City of Vergennes, owners of land within said city, and other interested persons and parties, that the Vergennes City Council will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 7 p.m. in the Vergennes Fire Station Meeting Room as required by 24 V.S.A. § 4442. The purpose of the public hearing is for the City Council to hear and receive testimony regarding the comprehensive amendments to the Vergennes zoning and subdivision regulations as proposed by the Vergennes Planning Commission. A copy of the full text and accompanying map is on file in the City Clerk’s office for public examination.

Swim Team Sign-Up

Monday, May 7th at 6:30 p.m. at the Vergennes Elementary School

Recreation

  • Christine Bradford
  • Tara Brooks
  • Jennifer Johnson
  • Joseph Klopfenstein
  • Betsy Rippner
  • Michelle Tisbert
  • Douglas Todd

Notice of Public Hearing, May 8, 2012

Notice is hereby given to the residents of the City of Vergennes, owners of land within said city, and other interested persons and parties, that the Vergennes City Council will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 7 p.m.in the Vergennes Fire Station Meeting Room as required by 24 V.S.A. § 4442. The purpose of the public hearing is for the City Council to hear and receive testimony regarding the comprehensive amendments to the Vergennes zoning and subdivision regulations as proposed by the Vergennes Planning Commission. A copy of the full text and accompanying map is on file in the City Clerk's office for public examination.

UPDATED FOR REVIEW: City Green Policy

The current City Green Use_Maintenance Policy and draft Displays on City Green Policy have been merged in to one document and is attached for review and comments.

2012 Election Results

Click on the following link to view the

2012 Election Results

Early Child Care and Education Needs Assessment Study Underway for Greater Vergennes Area

Does Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Vergennes and Waltham need more options for child care? That is the question being explored in a small study being undertaken by the Vergennes Children’s Center Study Committee. The Committee is working with the Vergennes Partnership, The Mary Johnson’s Children’s Center in Middlebury, and LandWorks, a local planning firm, to assess the current capacity and future needs of the Greater Vergennes area in regard to providing quality child care for newborns to 5 year-olds.

Vermont Gas Open House

Officials from VT Gas will be at the American Legion Post 14 on March 14, 2012 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm to answer questions anyone may have concerning the proposed installation of natural gas lines in the area.

Candidates Forum

At the request of Mayor Michael Daniels, the Legion will host a public forum to give city residents the opportunity to hear from the candidates seeking city office. Mike Donnelly will be the moderator.

Vergennes Green $$ Program

Just in time for the holidays, the Vergennes Partnership announces the re-launch of its popular Vergennes Green gift certificate program and is welcoming new merchants to participate. Vergennes Green certificates are available for purchase at One Credit Union located at 7 Green Street in Vergennes. The certificates can be used to purchase goods or services at participating local area businesses.  Companies, organizations and individuals are encouraged to give Vergennes Green for special occasions, holiday or teacher gifts, employee or student awards, fundraising prizes, etc.

Vergennes Municipal Development Plan

LandWorks, the City’s planning consultant that assisted the Planning Commission in drafting the Vergennes Municipal Development Plan adopted by the City Council September 29, 2009 is the 2010 recipient of the Vermont Planners’ Association Plan of the Year. The following is an excerpt read at the Vermont Planning Conference held in Middlebury on November 5, 2010, The Plan represents a community-based voice, which is a proud statement about how Vergennes’ citizens value their community, its people, buildings, activities and services. The Plan effectively reviews and addresses concerns that many Vermont towns and cities are dealing with today, including how to integrate the beauty of the Vermont landscape, the wealth of historic structures and scenic resources while protecting the community’s character.  

Winter Parking Ban

The Winter Parking Ban is in effect December 1st through March 31st. No parking on the city streets from 2 a.m. through 6:30 a.m. This block of time allows Public Works to plow the City streets without cars in their way.  Vehicles left on the street during those hours will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Haunted Warehouse

Saturday, October 22, 2011
Kennedy Brothers Marketplace

Resolution of Recognition and Appreciation

In the wake of disaster, rush of citizen solidarity helps flood-hit communities.
Citizens, organizations, businesses alike came forward to send a strong message of hope in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene and the damage it brought to Vermont. Organizations and businesses in our community have established themselves as drop off points for donations. Quoting a young Vermont couple in Rutland, “Vermonters are a unified front in the battle against the devastating losses suffered by our state in the recent hurricane”. They have T-shirts with “I Am Vermont Strong”.

Jim Larrow presented with Road Scholar awards!

Jim Larrow, Public Works Supervisor was presented with two Certification of Completion plaques from Saint Michael’s College at the City Council meeting on 26 July 2011. Jim exceeded the required 175 training hours by completing 184 hours in the Master Roads Scholar and was awarded the highest Roads Scholar Level. Additionally, he also completed 126 hours of the Vermont Roads Scholar Level III program. Both of these programs involve training in Safety, Technical, Equipment, Supervisory and Environmental instruction.

Vergennes Farmer's Market

See:  Vergennes Farmers’ Market

Annual Report

Annual Report for the Year 2012_City of Vergennes, VT.
 
We dedicate this year’s Annual Report In Memory of Representative Greg Clark

Junior Fishing Derby 2011

See Junior Fishing Derby

Chief George Merkel recognized as Patriotic Employer

The Office of the Secretary of Defense for the United States and Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve recognizes Chief George Merkelof the Vergennes Police Department as a Patriotic Employer for contributing to national security and protecting liberty and freedom by supporting employee participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve Forces.

Yourfarmstand.com comes to Vergennes

Yourfarmstand.com has been running in Charlotte since July 2010 every week and is now coming to Vergennes.  The first pick-up and delivery of fresh local produce to Vergennes will be on Thursday, April 7.

French Heritage Day Fundraiser

"Veillee"
March 26, 2011

They passed WHAT zoning ordinance?!

Don’t find yourself asking that question AFTER the new zoning regulations are passed. Please join the Planning Commission on Monday, March 21st at 7:00 pm at the Vergennes Opera House to review the first draft of regulations for the new Historic Neighborhood and Northern Gateway Districts as well as revised regulations for the Central Business District.  Click on the document below to view the first draft of regulations.

Recreation Committee

At the January 25th meeting of the Vergennes City Council, a recreation committee was appointed to assess the city’s recreational facilities and programs

Vergennes Indoor Sidewalk & Craft Sale

Saturday, 26 March 2011
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Skating Rink

The Skating Rink is ready for your enjoyment. During school, the hut will be opened from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on week-ends from noon to 4:00 p.m.  Two of our firefighter cadets, Devon Roberts and Robert Burbo, are scheduled to open and close the hut.

Winter Parking Ban

As a reminder, the 1st of December is the beginning of the winter parking ban ordinance for the city of Vergennes, and it stays in effect through 31st of March. Vehicles left unattended on city streets from the hours of 2:00 a.m. through 6:30 a.m. may be towed and the owner of the vehicle will be issued a ticket. This parking ban is in place to give our highway workers free access to the city streets when conducting snow removal. If your vehicle is towed, you must pay the towing fee and the ticket fee at the City Clerk’s office before your vehicle will be released. 

Walking Tour of Vergennes

The Little City of Vergennes proudly announces a "Walking Tour" brochure for locals and visitors alike. Created by Otter Creek Basin Student History Club students, Marissa and Courtney Andersen, caringly guided by their teacher, Cookie Steponaitis and local historians.  The tour will take you the length of the city and into the remarkable history that links this region to America's past.

Main Street Resurfacing Update

DATE: Thursday, 5/21/20

PROJECT TYPE: Roadway 

As part of Governor Scott’s “Work Smart, Stay Safe” order, all construction crews are currently subject to certain safety restrictions.

Milling of side roads is scheduled for tomorrow and will continue on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.

Work on shoulder widening on the south end of the project (south of the bridge) is very tentatively scheduled for next week. It is likely this work will be pushed back to the week of June 1st.

Traffic Impacts:

Please expect alternating one way traffic in the vicinity of the active milling operation. Flaggers will be onsite helping to direct the flow of traffic. Expect delays and add extra time to your travel plans.