Barnard Town Offices
How town government works in Barnard
Like most Vermont towns, the Town of Barnard is governed by a Board of Selectmen (or Selectboard) who are elected to staggered 3-year terms at Town Meeting. For many in Barnard, the most visible elected official is the Town Clerk, who is responsible for the day to day work of running the town offices and is the receiver and recorder of public records.
Other elected officials handle other specific aspects of town government. The Board of Listers are charged with determining the value of real estate and personal property in the town. The town Tax Collector is responsible for billing and receiving property tax payments. The Town Garage and Highway Foreman are responsible for maintaining our town highways and roads. The School Board is elected to set budgets for and govern the Barnard Academy, and to coordinate with the Windsor Central Supervisory Union.
A number of other elected officials, boards, committees, and commissions serve other discreet roles within town government. Below, you’ll find more information about all of the central roles within Barnard town government, including contact information, office hours, and meeting schedules (when relevant).
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Town Hall & Town Offices
The town offices are located in the basement of the Barnard Town Hall, at 115 North Road in Barnard, Vermont.
The town offices are open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8am to 3:30pm. The phone number is: 802-234-9211.
The town offices offer access to the Town Clerk, the Listers, and all town land records. The basement office space also serves as a public meeting venue for town government officials. Upstairs, the renovated hall provides seating for public and private meetings. Those wishing to rent the hall for private use may do so with the approval of the Selectboard. Hall rental includes use of a full kitchen, chairs, and banquet tables. (See Town Hall Rental Policy on the Plans, Ordinances, & Policies page.)
The Selectboard is at the center of town government in Barnard, and throughout Vermont. Barnard’s three-member Selectboard is elected by the voters at Town Meeting for staggered terms of three years. The Selectboard is responsible for the general supervision of town affairs, and has a number of functions including legislative (enacts local ordinances, regulations and policies) and administrative (prepares the budget, oversees all town expenditures, supervises town employees and controls town buildings and property). It also does work that is quasi-judicial. For example, it determines private rights when the town is laying out and reclassifying town highways.
The Selectboard take an oath to serve the residents of Barnard. If you have a problem in town, they are the elected officials that you can call upon. The most efficient way to have your concerns heard is to attend a Selectboard meeting which is open to the public, and residents are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Board meetings are biweekly, on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, at 7pm at the town offices, in the basement of Town Hall.
Current Selectboard members, listed with the year their term expires:
Rock Webster, Chair (2020): 802-234-9391
Bob Edmunds (2023): 802-234-9401
Tim Johnson (2022): 802-234-6827
Preston Bristow is the current Selectboard Assistant and you may contact him by email or by phone at 802-234-9211 x 2 or in person Monday and Tuesday from 9 AM to 3:30 PM.
Selectboard Agendas & Meeting Minutes
Selectboard meeting agendas are posted on the outside bulletin board on the back side of town hall, on the outside bulletin board at the Barnard General Store and on the Barnard listserv. Meeting minutes are posted after the meeting inside the town offices and on the Barnard listserv.
The Town Clerk plays a central role in many aspects of town government. Elected to a three-year term at Town Meeting, the principal responsibility of the Town Clerk is to record deeds related to real estate transactions and to file vital records. The Town Clerk is also responsible for recording and filing the proceedings of the annual and special Town Meetings.
In Barnard, recent tradition is that the Town Clerk also serves as Treasurer, Tax Collector, and Delinquent Tax Collector, which are also elected positions.
Diane L. Rainey is the current Town Clerk, Treasurer, Tax Collector, and Delinquent Tax Collector for Barnard.
The Town Clerk can be reached at the Town Office in the Town Hall, by calling 802-234-9211 x 1, or by email.
Town Listers play an important role in town government as the officials who determine the value of real estate in the town. From these assessments, the Selectboard will set a tax rate necessary to raise the money to pay for town services and the maintenance of town highways and the schools (the education tax rate is set by the state).
The Highway Foreman is appointed by the Selectboard, and is in charge of the town garage and the Highway Department. The town garage is located at 205 Chateauguay Road. The Highway Foreman works under the authority of the Selectboard to use the highway budget to keep Barnard’s town highways and roads safe and reliable.
Issues with the town highways and roads should be brought to the attention of the Selectboard, who will coordinate with the Highway Foreman.
Jeff Tracy is the current Highway Foreman, who can be reached at the town garage at: 802-234-6961.
Transfer Station, Recycling & Waste Management
The Town of Barnard’s waste services are provided by contract with the Bethel/Royalton Solid Waste Program, along with eight towns formally called the “Alliance Solid Waste Management Program.” The transfer station is a town property (located next to the town garage), and residents pay the Town of Barnard for disposal of trash. A current list of fees for waste disposal and for allowed recyclable materials is available here.
Recycling is free, and the transfers station is “no sort,” meaning that recyclable glass, metal, plastic, paper, and cardboard can be recycled for free. “No sort” does NOT mean that trash can be mingled with recyclables. Separate bins are provided for redeemable bottles and cans.
Punch cards for trash disposal fees can be purchased at the transfer station whenever it is open, or at the Town Office.
Barnard’s Transfer Station is located at 157 Chateauguay Road, and is open year round on Saturdays from 8am to 4pm. During the summer it is also open on Wednesdays from 4pm to 8pm.
The Zoning Administrator reviews and approves zoning permit applications for new buildings or additions to existing buildings. Applications not meeting all requirements of the Zoning Regulations or involving a Conditional Use or Major Subdivision are reviewed in a public hearing by the Development Review Board.
Preston Bristow is the current Zoning Administrator, who works in the town offices on Monday and Tuesday from 9 AM to 3:30 PM. The Zoning Administrator can also be reached by email or by calling: 802-234-9211 x 2.
Town Forest Fire Wardens are appointed by the State of Vermont’s Commissioner of Forests, Parks and Recreation, with the approval of the town Selectboard. Fire Wardens serve a 5-year term and have no term limits. They are responsible for forest fire prevention and suppression in the Town of Barnard. Click here to learn more about the state’s Town Forest Fire Warden program, and the responsibilities of Fire Wardens.
If you want to burn on your property in Barnard, you need to have a permit. You can call either of the Fire Wardens to get an open burn permit. Legally, only brush can be burned, and the burning of building materials is not allowed. The Fire Wardens remind you that common sense should always prevail when burning. Click here for more information on Vermont’s open burning laws.
Current Forest Fire Wardens are:
Scott Mills: 802-234-9073
Robert Tracy: 802-234-9785
Boards, Committees, Commissions & Elected Officials
If you have questions, please email the Town Clerk or call 802-234-9211.