Boards, Committees, Commissions & Elected Officials
Legal Disclaimer: All Boards, Commission and Committee minutes posted on this website are unofficial and uncorrected and are for informational purposes only. Official copies of minutes may be obtained in the Town Office during regular business hours.
Development Review Board
The Development Review Board meets on an as-needed basis on issues of development and zoning. Hearings are generally scheduled on the third Thursday of the month but may be held at other times. The DRB reviews conditional uses, projects located in floodplain, major subdivisions, and requests for waivers or variances for projects that cannot reasonably meet the requirements of the zoning regulations. The DRB also hears appeals of decisions of the zoning administrator.
Members of the Development Review Board are:
Susan Hickey, Chair (2012)
Doreen Hurley (2012)
Teo Zagar (2019)
Kurt Lessard (2019)
Randall Szott (2019)
Board of Civil Authority
The Board of Civil Authority is comprised of the Selectmen, the Town Clerk and the Justices of the Peace. Duties of the Board of Civil Authority include the management of the Town’s Voter Checklist, the management of balloting, the counting of ballots, and hearing appeals of landowners aggrieved by decision of the Board of Listers regarding the valuation of property listed on the Grand List.
You can contact the Board of Civil Authority by emailing the Town Clerk, or calling 802-234-9211 x 1.
Board of Abatement
The Board of Abatement is comprised of the Selectmen, the Town Clerk, the Town Treasurer, the Justices of the Peace, and the Listers. Abatement is a statutory process for relieving taxpayers from the burden of property taxes, penalties (collection fees) and interest when the law authorizes abatement and when the board, in its discretion, agrees that the request is reasonable and proper. It exists to permit the board to prevent an injustice or to help a taxpayer who faces extraordinary circumstances that make it difficult for the taxpayer to meet his or her tax obligations.
The Board of Abatement is comprised of the Board of Civil Authority and the Board of Listers. The Board of Abatement hears requests for the abatement of Property Taxes as allowed by law. The Secretary of State’s handbook, About Abatement, should be used by property owners as a guide to their request for abatement of property tax.
The Board of Abatement can be contacted through by emailing the Town Clerk, or by calling 802-234-9211 x 1.
Board of Listers
The Board of Listers appraises the real property in the Town of Barnard in order to set a basis of value for the collection of property taxes. More information can be found on the Board of Listers page
Boards of School Directors
There is a Board of School Directors for Barnard Academy, and a Board of School Directors for the Woodstock Union High School District. Information about both Boards, about the Barnard Academy, and about the Woodstock Union Supervisory School District can be found on the Public Schools page.
The Conservation Commission is an advisory body established to help protect and enhance Barnard’s natural and cultural resources. The Commission may do things like make inventories of the town’s natural resources including lands that have agricultural, scientific, historical, educational, or cultural value or important; provide ecosystem services like groundwater recharge, stormwater control, flood protection, wildlife habitat and other values; receive gifts of land for conservation purposes; assist and advise the Planning Commission and Selectboard on natural resource issues; and encouraging the public’s understanding of their local environment through educational activities.
The Conservation Commission is appointed by the Selectboard for 3-year terms.
Current members of the Conservation Commission are:
Douglas Blain (2021)
Ariana Ruch (2020)
Dean Edmunds (2019)
Gerald Fredrickson (2021)
Steve Killam (2019)
Tom Platner, Chair (2021)
Callee Simpson (2021)
Town cemeteries are an integral part of both the history and the ongoing life of the Town of Barnard and its residents. The Cemetery Commission is responsible for the care and management of the town’s burial grounds, establishing fees, determining rules and regulations for the use of the cemeteries, and overseeing the income from the cemetery trust expendable fund with assistance from the Town Clerk.
For more information see <A Guide to the Purchase of a Barnard Cemetery Lot> and the <Rules and Regulations of the Cemeteries of Barnard>.
The Cemetery Commissioners are elected to 5-year terms.
Current members of the Cemetery Commission, and the years their respective terms expire, are:
Phil Lewis (2023)
Sue Lewis (2019)
Robert Edmunds, Chair (2020)
Rodney Croft (2021)
Joseph Tokarski (2022)
The primary responsibilities of the Planning Commission are to update the Town Plan every eight years as required by law and to maintain up-to-date zoning, flood hazard, and subdivision regulations. The Planning Commission also promotes implementation of the Town Plan by proposing projects and applying for grants. A member of the Barnard Planning Commission sits on the board of directors of the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission (TRORC) in Woodstock.
Since the creation of the Development Review Board (DRB) in 2009, the Planning Commission has no direct regulatory authority and does not review development proposals or issue permits.
The seven members of the Planning Commission are appointed by the Selectboard to serve for a three-year term.
The Planning Commission meets on the first Monday of the month at 7 PM in the Town Office.
Current members of the Planning Commission are:
Steven Cota, Chair (2020)
Gerald Fredrickson (2019)
Stephen Johnson, Vice Chair (2019)
Randall Szott (2021)
Greyling VanAlstyne (2018)
Robert Tracy (2020)
Carin Park (2021)
You may contact the Planning Commission through the Zoning Administrator, Preston Bristow, by email or by phone at 802-234-9211 x 2 or in person on Mondays through Wednesdays between 9 AM and 3:30 PM.
The Energy Committee is responsible for advising the Town on matters of energy policy, and to serve as an informational resource to the citizens of Barnard for energy matters. The Energy Committee was formed to help guide the town and Barnard residents through this period of energy transition. Like its counterparts in towns all over Vermont, the Energy Committee is responsible for working with the Planning Commission on the Energy Chapter of the Town Plan, as well as offering resources and coordination for projects that conserve energy, reduce the town’s carbon footprint, and transition to renewable, sustainable energy sources.
Members of the Energy Committee are appointed by the Selectboard.
The Energy Committee typically meets the fourth Tuesday of every month in the Town Office.
Current members of the Energy Committee are:
Elizabeth Ferry, Chair
You can contact the Energy Committee Chair, Elizabeth Ferry by email or by phone at 802-763-2294.
The Recreation Committee’s Mission is to enhance the lives of others through quality programs and events, designed and developed so that Barnard residents of all ages, abilities and income levels have the chance to participate in excellent and wholesome recreational activities. Further, to promote the fundamental element of skill in sports for the Barnard Academy children, while learning respect, cooperation, determination and hard work.
Current members of the Recreation Committee are:
Bryce Sammel, Chair
Other Elected & Appointed Officials
Justices of the Peace
Although elected by a town, justices of the peace are actually county officers. Justices of the Peace can perform at wedding ceremonies, and can serve as election officials. For more information, see The Vermont Justice of the Peace Guide
Vermont Municipal Governance
Other information regarding the roles and responsibilities of Town Officials can be found at the web site of the Secretary of State.
If you have questions, please e-mail the Town Clerk or call 802-234-9211.