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Rapid Fire Planning 2016

Fast paced conversations to identify strategies and prioritize action on all 11 components of our vision.
For All Meetings:
5:30 pm: Come for Refreshments & Socializing
6:00 pm: Start of Working Sessions
Location: Town Center

Mark your calendars for the following dates, times, and topics (if you are unable to come, please submit comments by email or give us a call, contact info below)
Jan 6 2016, 6-9pm
Topics: Affordability and Cost of Living; Community for All Ages; Social and Recreational Offerings

Jan 20 2016, 6-8pm
Topics: Natural and Working Lands; History and Traditions

Feb 3 2016, 6-9pm
Topics: Economic Opportunity; Vibrant and Appealing Downtown; Small Town Character;

Feb 17, 6-8pm
Topics: Transportation and Mobility; Safe and Resilient Community

March 2 2016, 6 – 8pm
Topic: Transparent and Inclusive Decision-Making

Our Town, Our Future is a community planning process designed to help Richmond, Vermont’s residents and stakeholders choose the future they want for the community. Led by the Town Plan Steering Committee and Planning Commission, the process will allow us to create a community vision for the future and a plan for making it happen. Visit us at

Contact: Clare Rock, Town Planner at 434-2430 or at

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Save the Date! Are you ready for the next storm or disaster? Is Richmond? Come to the Richmond Resiliency fair on Saturday, October 24. Join us for a chili & pie cook-off at 12 PM at VYCC’s Monitor Barn, and participate in the resilience fair with resources and activities for families, neighborhoods and businesses from 11-1, and a resilience presentation and planning workshop from 1-3:30. Come learn more about Richmond’s hazards, ways to keep your property & family safe, and share your thoughts on how to make our whole community ready & resilient.

This event is part of Richmond’s Our Town, Our Future planning process, and will inform our hazard mitigation plan and the flood resilience chapter of our new town plan. We especially need workshop participants with knowledge of Richmond’s emergency services, economy and local businesses, environment and natural resources, community and social services, and government and neighborhoods.

More info:, or contact Geoff Urbanik, Town Manager, at 434-5170 or

Richmond Resiliency!

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Early this morning, October 13th, Fire Chief Tom Levesque passed away after a brief hospital stay. It is with a heavy heart that I provide this announcement, since Chief Tom gave more of his life to the Richmond Fire Department, schools, and community than anyone could ever ask. The Richmond community is saddened by this loss, but his memory will bring great joy to all who knew him. The visiting hours will be at Gifford’s from 4pm to 8pm on Friday, October 16th.

On Saturday the 17th the family, friends and residents of Richmond VT will bid farewell to Chief Tom Levesque who passed away unexpectedly this week.

A Fireman’s procession will be held on Saturday at 10am leaving the Richmond Village for a final loop through the town Chief Lévesque spent 48 years as a Firefighter (18 as Chief) serving the Town of Richmond.

It will consist of Fire/Rescue/Police vehicles from multiple agency’s leaving from Bridge Street in Richmond through Jonesville back to The Richmond Fire Station for a final passing in review. It will then proceed to The Holy Rosary Church on Main Street in Richmond for funeral services at 11am.

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Many of you are wondering about how the finished, completed water storage tank on Jericho Road will look. The tank will be mostly buried, and the above-ground portion will be colored brown. This concept drawing will help you visualize what the site will look like once finished and landscaped. If you have any questions on this, you may contact the Town Manager at 434-5170.

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The East Main Bond Vote passed with 210 votes in favor and 43 votes opposed.  The Richmond Water Commission and Water Resources Department thank you for your support for this important project.  Details on why we needed this vote can be found here.

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The Richmond Selectboard will hold a special informational session on July 7, 2015, to discuss an Australian Ballot article and at 7:00 PM at the Richmond Town Center. The overflow location will be the Richmond Free Library if attendance is greater than 50 people. The scheduled election day (voting day) is July 14, 2015.

Shall general obligation bonds of the Town of Richmond in an amount not to exceed One Million Two Hundred Thousand Dollars ($1,200,000), subject to
reduction from the receipt of available state and federal grants-in-aid; be issued for the purpose of financing the cost of replacing water lines and mains on East Main Street, the aggregate estimated cost of all such improvements being One Million Two Hundred Thousand Dollars ($1,200,000).

This question would authorize bonding (indebtedness) for the replacement of water lines on East Main Street in the village of Richmond.
If you have questions regarding these meetings or the subjects that will be discussed please call the Town Manager at 434-5170.

More information on this bond vote may be found here:


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Richmond: Our Town, Our Future is a community planning process designed to help people who live, work and play in Richmond choose the future they want for the community. In 2015 and 2016, Richmond’s Town Plan Committee and Planning Commission will host a series of activities and events designed to:

  • Gather broad public input about Richmond
  • Build a vision for our future, looking 20 years ahead
  • Make choices and define strategies for Richmond’s land use, economic development, environment and community
  • Lead to a new community-supported Town Plan
  • Build community and momentum for taking action

For more information about the project visit: