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** ATTENTION ** FY 20-21 Tax bill due dates are as follows: Nov. 2, 2020, Feb. 16, 2021, May 15, 2021
Tri-Town Municipal Energy Committee Special Meeting Agenda: Click Here
Consent Form to have your name on the 2021 Town Meeting Ballot for elected offices (Due By Jan. 25, 2021): Click Here For Download
HANCOCK 2021 TOWN MEETING / AUSTRALIAN BALLOT INFORMATON
At its December 15, 2020 meeting the Hancock Select Board adopted Australian Ballot for conducting the Town’s business on Town Meeting day in 2021. This adoption of an Australian Ballot is in effect only for 2021.
Prior to the vote, the Select Board evaluated the best ways to proceed with Town Meeting in 2021. The Board was unanimous in its belief that the Covid-19 pandemic will still be with us in March and that the Town does not have a facility that would allow for a safe gathering of voters in compliance with State Covid-19 restrictions to conduct an in-person meeting. Earlier in 2020, in response to Covid-19, the State of Vermont passed temporary legislation that allows Town Select Boards to adopt the Australian Ballot system for the conducting of Town business in 2021. The State further urged Towns to consider and adopt Australian Ballot quickly so that there is time to plan and educate voters before Town Meeting.
The adoption of Australian Ballot for Town Meeting in 2021 means that all of the Town’s business that would normally be conducted in-person “from the floor” at Town Meeting will be put in written form onto a paper ballot similar to the ballots that are used during general elections. The Warning, Articles (including the budget), and the elected positions to be filled will all be included on the ballot. Ballots will be filled out by registered voters and the ballots returned to a ballot box at the Town Clerk’s Office on Town Meeting day.
At least one informational meeting will be held at least 10 days prior to Town Meeting day to allow for questions to be asked regarding the items on the ballot. This meeting will likely be a virtual meeting which people can join via a computer or telephone. The date of this meeting has not been determined as of the date of this letter.
Hancock residents interested in running for elected offices will need to register in advance if they want their names to appear on the Town Meeting ballot. A Consent Form must be filled out to get your name on the ballot. The form is available for download on the Town website and from the Town Clerk. The Town Clerk can be reached at 802-767-3660. These forms must be submitted to the Town Clerk by Monday January 25, 2021. A signed petition is not necessary in order to run for elected office in 2021.
The Consent Form to have your name appear on the Town Meeting Ballot is also available at: https://sos.vermont.gov/media/e3pkphur/local-candidate-consent-pdf.pdf
Elected Offices that are up for election are as follows:
Select Board 2 positions (3 year term & 2 year term)
Budget Committee 1 position
Cemetery Commission 1 position
Constable 1 position
Delinquent Tax Collector 1 position
Grand Juror 1 position
Library Trustee 1 position
Listers 2 positions
Moderator 1 position
Road Commissioner 1 position
Town Agent 1 position
WRVA Board Member 1 position
Please consider running for elected office!
If you have any questions regarding the adoption of Australian Ballot for Town Meeting in 2021 or any other questions, please feel free to contact the Hancock Select Board or the Town Clerk.
Monica Collins 802-767-3570
Dan Perera 802-767-4851
Scott Gillette 802-770-0727
Hancock Select Board
The Town Clerk’s Office will be open by appointment only until further notice.
Please call ahead to set up an appointment—time slots will be available during our regular business hours:
Monday 1PM–4PM , Tuesday 9AM–2PM, Thursday 9AM–12PM.(802) 767-3660
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all try
to navigate business during this difficult time while also
trying to keep our community safe and healthy.
Hancock Public Advisory Regarding the Coronavirus
In response to the nationwide spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Hancock Select Board is notifying residents of prudent actions to mitigate community spread of the virus.
Nationwide action to limit the spread of the Coronavirus is critical to slowing the rates of infection and reducing the stress on our local and national healthcare systems.
Practice “Social Distancing” keeping 6 feet of distance between you and everyone else. Avoid gatherings of any kind.
Anyone developing cold or flu symptoms should self-quarantine at home for 2 weeks in order to avoid the possibility of spreading the virus throughout the community. You should call your physician if you develop a fever. It is advisable to stock 2 weeks of food staples, prescription medications, and pet food in the event of self-quarantine due to illness.
Those over the age of 60, and those with pre-existing health conditions such as heart disease and a compromised respiratory system, are most vulnerable to the coronavirus. Special care should be taken to not expose this population to the virus.
The virus incubation period can be up to 2 weeks before experiencing symptoms; therefore, people carrying the virus can unknowingly expose others. Avoiding close physical contact with people who are sick is suggested. Put distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting sick.
Symptoms: Please be conscious of any flu-like symptoms, including:
1. Sore throat
4. Difficulty breathing, lung congestion—lung congestion is the most serious symptom.
Contact your physician in the event you experience any of these symptoms.
These are the recommendations from the Federal Government’s CDC (Center for Disease Control):
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent the illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory disease, including:
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
• Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
• CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
• Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility)
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom;
before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
• If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Should it be determined that you need testing, the US Government has released assurance that testing will be free.
Be advised that the Hancock Town Clerk’s office is closed except by appointment.
Be advised that the Hancock Free Public Library is closed.
Important Phone numbers:
Hancock Town Office: 802-767-3660
Gifford Medical Center: 802-728-4441
Rochester/Gifford Clinic: 802-767-3704
White River Ambulance: 911
VT Health Dept. Infectious Disease and Epidemiology: 802-863-7240
Central VT Medical Center: 802-775-7111
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center: 603-650-5000
Home Health Agency referrals are made through your primary care doctor
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Located in the heart of the Green Mountains at the headwaters of the White River, Hancock is a gateway to the wilderness. Eighty-two percent of Hancock’s land belongs to the Green Mountain National Forest, and Hancock is home to outdoor adventures galore. With the smallest population in the White River Valley, Hancock is home to a small, close community. Conveniently located along Route 100, about halfway between Killington and the Mad River Valley, Hancock offers many services for travelers and residents.