COVID-19


Town of Hardwick – Office Operations Update, Memorial Building

Reopening plan as listed below. We will be following strict guidelines for entrance into the Memorial Building. Masks are required (regardless of vaccination status of visitor), social distancing is required, and limited number of customers at a given time.  Those experiencing any symptoms of Coronavirus will not be allowed in the building.

Town Clerk’s Office reopening to the public with hours as follows; Monday – Thursday 8:00 am – 12:00 pm and 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm.  The office will remain closed to the public on Friday’s.  No more than two customers will be allowed in the office at a time and Land Record Room use will continue to be by appointment only.

Town Manager’s Office is planning to allow visitors to the office on limited basis.  Hours of operation Monday through Friday 7:30 am – 3:30 pm.  Please continue to use phone and or email when able for given business.

Lister’s and Zoning Office continue to conduct business on appointment basis and you can schedule with those offices direct; no unannounced appointments.  Contact information for town offices shown on the Town website.

The Town continues to monitor state business operation guidance and covid19 case numbers and will keep the option open to adjust office operations if / as needed moving forward.

Please continue to practice recommended social distancing guidance and please do consider obtaining your vaccination when able.


COVID Statement as of 4/2/2021

A joint statement on behalf of the OSSU, The Town of Hardwick, and the Hardwick Area Health Center. 

To members of the greater Hardwick community:

We are all tired of COVID and want nothing more than life to return to normal. It seemed that we were very close, but unfortunately cases are on the rise once again. This is likely due to several factors: because Vermont has done so well with controlling infections, most people are still susceptible; variant strains are circulating that are more contagious; the relaxing of social distancing rules; and pandemic fatigue. With increasing cases, we run the risk of having to tighten the spigot once again. This could mean restricting social gathering even more, closing schools, limiting visitation of the elderly in nursing homes or patients in hospitals, closing restaurants and other businesses, and further limiting travel. More people will also become sick, some will need to be hospitalized, and some will have long-term health issues or even die as a result.  Vaccination is working, but we need time to get vaccines into more arms. We need to remain vigilant, avoid unnecessary interactions, and always mask up. Please consider what is at stake, and re-double your efforts to follow the recommended precautions.  If we all make personal sacrifices over the next few months, we can slow the rate of COVID infections. This will ultimately bring us more freedom and save lives. We are almost there! We have made it this far. Please try to hang in there for just a little bit longer.


Update on the Town of Hardwick’s Business Operations

The Town of Hardwick continues to operate under the business operations guidance as implemented by the State of Vermont.  This includes no direct access to the Town Offices. Some appointments allowed on a case-by-case basis by coordinating direct with given offices.  Please recognize these measures are being taken to limit the spread of coronavirus; recent statistics from Vermont Department of Health show a marked increase in cases in the area and the state.  All of us at the Town level request your patience and understanding as the Town continues to conduct office type activities in a remote access format.  Town field operations for activities such as Highway work and Police services continue to be offered uninterrupted.  With the advances in vaccinations statewide we are hopeful more normal business operations will be allowed by the State later this Spring.  As a friendly reminder please continue to practice recommended social distancing practices as outlined by the Vermont Department of Health.


Town of Hardwick Property Tax Due Date

Town of Hardwick Update April 29. 2020

Hardwick Property Tax Due Date of May 10, 2020 remains in effect.

Dear Hardwick Tax Payer, 

At the Select Board Meeting on April 16, 2020 the Property Tax due date of May 10, 2020 was carefully reviewed.  At that time it was determined to hold to the due date of May 10, due mostly to the fact that the Town of Hardwick will have to pay a substantial school district bill no later than June 1, 2020.   On this subject the state is considering amending the law related to property tax payment processing to include extending due dates and potentially waving penalties and interest but nothing finalized as of yet.  The Select Board will continue to discuss details associated with property tax payments at its upcoming meeting on May 7.  An update will be provided it any substantial changes on the information indicated here.   

FOR PROCESSING OF HARDWICK PROPERTY TAX PAYMENTS  –

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic we are continuing to limit the occupancy of the Town Clerk’s office. Therefore we will be open to the public on a limited basis. We will be open FOR TAX COLLECTION ONLY next Wednesday, May 6, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again on May 11, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

We will have the same procedures for these days. 

  1. We will only be allowing one (1) customer in the building at a time. Please be aware you may have to wait outside of the building for a period of time. 
  2. If you are not wearing a face mask you will not be permitted into the building. 
  3. You may not enter the building if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, cough, fever, or shortness of breath. 
  4. Again, we are only open for tax collection we will not be conducting any other business. 

We still request that if at all possible you mail your tax payments to us at Town of Hardwick, P.O. Box 523, Hardwick, VT 05843. If you would like a receipt we will mail one to you immediately. 

For those who need to set up a contract option to pay the property tax bill following the noted due date, the Town Manager’s office will be coordinating this process following May 11. Please call 472-6120 and or email amanda.fecteau@hardwickvt.gov for more information.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation during this unprecedented time.


Town update on COVID-19

Town update April 17, 2020.

 

The Town of Hardwick will continue to limit public access to offices – at least until May 15.

 

Offices in the Memorial Building to include, Town Clerk’s, Town Manager’s, Lister’s, Zoning office as well as the Water & Wastewater Department, Police Department, and Highway Department will continue to not allow public access at least until May 15.  The Town is holding this procedure in place to do our part to practice good social distancing measures and protect the health and well-being of town employees and all else involved given the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Essential functions are continuing to be conducted while the stay at home / stay safe order is in place.  Please be aware the services for the police department, public water and wastewater department and essential operations of the highway department are continuing. While under independent management Hardwick Rescue and the Hardwick Fire Department also are functioning fully at this time.

 

The town will continue to monitor operations recommendations issued by the State of Vermont and when determined appropriate will make adjustments on office operations procedures to allow public access.