SAVE THE DATE! Lamoille Valley Rail Trail Celebration

Governor Phil Scott and Senator Bernie Sanders invite towns to showcase their communities and participate in a celebration of the completed rail trail.

What:     Governor Scott and Senator Sanders invite communities and the public to participate in a celebration of the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail — recently completed and now the longest rail trail in New England!

The Governor will bike the entire 93-mile trail from Swanton to St. Johnsbury and make brief water stops along the trail with Senator Sanders (more details on those stops to come).The public is invited to join all or part of the governor’s ride and any of the planned brief stops. The LVRT Celebration team will work with communities to plan for these short visits, so please distribute this announcement to your LVRT-related contacts and leaders, and we will follow up with you.

The Ask: We are encouraging all communities along the LVRT to plan their own celebratory events for July 15. The State and Senator’s office will help promote local events to get the word out about all trail-wide celebrations and what all the LVRT communities have to offer.  (Please note, the Governor and Senator will not be able to participate in these events).

When:  Saturday, July 15, 2023; 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

7:30 a.m. – 7:50 a.m.:   Swanton (location TBD), kick off and brief remarks

7:50 a.m. – 12:55 p.m.: Ride from Swanton to Morrisville (schedule of brief stops to come)

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.:   Morrisville (location TBD), main event and celebration

2:00 p.m. – 6:25 p.m.:   Ride from Morristown to St. Johnsbury (schedule of brief stops to come)

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.    St. Johnsbury (location TBD), end of ride celebration

*all times are approximate; a more detailed schedule will be issued closer to the event.

Please help us celebrate and promote this extraordinary transportation and recreation asset, Vermont’s beautiful landscape, and our diverse and beloved communities along the trail!


Hardwick Electric Commissioner Positions

There are currently two (2) appointed positions for Hardwick Electric Department (HED) Commissioners expiring on June 30, 2023. One position is for a 2-year term and one position is for a 3-year term. The individuals serving in these positions should either be a resident of Hardwick or reside in a Town that HED serves. Due to the technical nature of the role, prior experience with public utilities or serving in a similar role would be beneficial.  Interested candidates are encouraged to attend a Commissioner meeting prior to submitting a formal letter of interest. The letter should outline their qualifications/experience and interest in serving. The deadline for submission is Friday, June 30, 2023, at 3:00 P.M. Submissions should be sent to: Town of Hardwick, P.O. Box 523, Hardwick, VT 05843 Attn: Town Manager or hand delivered to the Town Manager’s Office at 20 Church Street.  Submissions can be emailed to the Town Manager: david.upson@hardwickvt.gov Candidates should indicate what term they wish to fulfill and plan to attend the July 20 Select Board meeting at the Memorial Building. If you have questions, call the Town Manager’s Office at 802.472.6120.


Invitation to Bid: Roadside Mowing

The Town of Hardwick is requesting bids for mowing of Town Highway roadsides.  The Town has 77 miles of Class 3 and Class 2 roads both paved and gravel, which equates to 154 miles of roadside.  The Town would like the roadsides mowed during the month of July.  Please submit a written bid (stating a not to exceed dollar amount) for the project by 1:00 p.m. June 12, 2023, to:

Town of Hardwick

P.O. Box 523

Hardwick, VT 05843

Bids can also be emailed to casey.rowell@hardwickt.gov.  The Town of Hardwick reserves the right to waive informalities in, or reject any or all bids, or to accept any bid deemed to be in the best interest of the Town.  If you have questions, call 802.472.6120.


Notice of Changes to Town Traffic Ordinance

The Hardwick Select Board accepted amendments and adopted changes to the Town of Hardwick Traffic Ordinance at a Select Board meeting on May 18, 2023. The purpose of the Ordinance is to promote public health, safety, and welfare by establishing safe speed limits on certain paved and unpaved town highways in the Town of Hardwick.

A summary of the changes to Articles VII and VIII are as follows:

ARTICLE VII. SPEED REGULATIONS

Specific roads have been identified by Town Highway # for each of the following categories: twenty-five (25) miles per hour, thirty (30) miles per hour, thirty-five (35) miles per hour, fifty (50) miles per hour, and those roads where no speed limit has been established by the Selectboard. The change breaks down each speed category and lists the speed limits of specific roads and streets. It also has a section that covers Routes 14, 15 & 16.

ARTICLE VIII. PENALTIES

VIOLATIONS & PENALTIES. It shall be a violation of this ordinance for any person to operate a motor vehicle in excess of the above posted speed limits. The penalty for a violation of this ordinance is assessed according to the Judicial Bureau Waiver Penalty Schedule in effect at the time of violation.

ENFORCEMENT. The violation of this ordinance shall be a civil matter which may be enforced in the Vermont Judicial Bureau in accordance with the provisions of 24 V.S.A. §§ 1974a and 1977 et seq. and Rule 80.6 of the Vermont Rules of Civil Procedure. For purposes of enforcement in the Judicial Bureau, any Enforcement Officer shall have the authority to issue tickets and may be the appearing officer at any hearing.

This ordinance may be enforced by any qualified law enforcement officers in the State of Vermont.

Section 3.  Any person who violates the provisions of Article V and Article VI are subject to penalties that pertain to Title 23, Vermont Statutes Annotated, Section 1003, 1007 and 1081 (b) as set forth in the Vermont Uniform Violations and Offenses Waiver Schedule of Fines and Point Assessment Manual.

The amendments to the Traffic Ordinance shall become effective July 16, 2023, unless a petition signed by at least five percent of the voters of the Town of Hardwick is filed with the Town Clerk by July 1, 2023, asking for a vote to disapprove the ordinance.  If a petition is received, the Hardwick Select Board will hold a special meeting and the voters may vote on that question.  Copies of the adopted ordinance are available at the Town Clerk’s and Town Manager’s Office at 20 Church Street, Hardwick, VT For questions, contact David Upson, Town Manager at 802-472-6120. Click here for a full copy of the ordinance.