Town Clerk Tim Arsenault has announced that nominating petitions and candidate consent forms are now available at the Town Clerk’s office for the annual Vernon town elections to be held March 7, 2017. The following positions are up for election.

  •       Select board — 2 year
  •       Select board — 3 year
  •       School director — 3 year
  •       School director — 2 year
  •       School director — 1 year ( last year of an unexpired two year term )
  •       Town Treasurer — 3 years
  •       Lister — 3 years
  •       Town and school district moderator — 1 year
  •       First Constable — 1 year
  •       Second Constable — 1 year
  •       Delinquent Tax Collector — 1 year
  •       Town Agent  — 1 year
  •       Grand Juror  — 1 year

One percent of the checklist  ( 18 signatures ) is needed on petition forms. The deadline to have all forms back to the town Clerk’s office is January 30th, 2017 at 5 PM For more information, please contact the Town Clerk’s office at 257-0292.

Here are descriptions, furnished by Tim, of the duties of some of these offices:

Selectboard Members (elected)
General supervision and control over town; enacts ordinances, regulations, and policies for town; oversees town property and personnel; prepares, presents and manages budget; and oversees roads, including laying out, discontinuing, and reclassifying roads. Sits as local board of health, liquor control commission, and sewer commission. Should know the town well, be able to understand all sides of complex issues, and have very thick skin. 17 V.S.A. § 2646(4); 17 V.S.A. § 2649

School Board:
Shall determine the educational policies of the school district. May take any action that is required for the sound administration of the school district. Shall have the possession, care, control, and management of the property of the school district, subject to the authority vested in the electorate or any school district official. 16 V.S.A. § 563

Town Clerk (elected)
Records, preserves, and certifies the public records of the town. Issues dog, marriage, civil union, and hunting and fishing licenses; as well as motor vehicle renewals. Runs the local elections, serves as clerk of the board of civil authority, and hears tax abatement requests and tax appeals. Should have the patience of a saint and be a good ambassador for the town. 17 V.S.A. § 2646(2)

Town Treasurer (elected)
Keeps the town and school’s accounts (unless a separate school treasurer is elected), invests money (with the approval of the legislative body), keeps a record of the taxes voted, and pays orders drawn on him or her. Should be very precise, detail oriented and good at math. 17 V.S.A. § 2646(3)

Collector of Delinquent Taxes (elected)
Collects overdue property taxes, and schedules tax sales when appropriate:

Listers (elected)
Appraise property within the town for the purpose of property tax assessment. Should be able to be polite, yet firm, and not be oversensitive to criticism. 17 V.S.A. § 2646(5)

Moderator (elected)
Runs the annual and special town/school meeting. Should have a good sense of humor, be good at group process, and have experience following Roberts Rules of Order. 17 V.S.A. § 2646(1)

Constable (elected)
In some towns the constable is the town’s local law enforcement officer, with all powers of search, seizure, and arrest within the town. In other towns, the constable only has the power to serve civil process, assist the health officer in the discharge of his or her duties, destroy unlicensed dogs, kill injured deer, remove disorderly people from town meeting, and, if the first constable, to collect taxes, if no tax collector is elected. Should be good at de-escalating and resolving conflicts. 17 V.S.A. § 2646(7)

Grand Juror (elected)
Helps to prosecute criminal offenses that occur in the town by giving information to state and local law enforcement. (Generally not a very active position.) 17 V.S.A. § 2646(10)

Town Agent (elected)
The town agent used to prosecute and defend suits. The selectboard now has that authority. Thus, the town agent’s duty consists merely of assisting when litigation is in progress, at the request of the selectboard. (Generally not a very active position.) 17 V.S.A. § 2646(11)