Cabot is a New England town located in the northeast corner of Washington County, Vermont. The population was 1,547 at the 2010 census. It contains the unincorporated villages of Cabot Village, Cabot Plains, South Cabot, East Cabot, Molly’s Pond, and Lower Cabot.
Financial Assistance – Overdue Water and Wastewater
Has COVID-19 affected you financially? The Department of Public Service has grants to help consumers pay their overdue utility bills, now including municipal and non-regulated water and wastewater/sewer bills from March 1, 2020 and that are over 60 days overdue. Check out the Department’s website for more information. The deadline for these applications is December 15, 2020. Please apply as soon as possible for help with these bills. For more assistance, please contact the Department of Public Service at PSD.Consumer@vermont.gov or 1-800-622-4496. If you’re unable to apply online, contact your local community action agency.
Town of Cabot
Tax bills have gone out. The payments will be split in half with the first payment on October 29, 2020 and the last payment on January 14, 2021. Tax payments will need to be paid in full on January 14, 2021 by 5 pm to avoid a late penalty and interest.
Cabot CVFiber Delegate Opening
The town of Cabot is looking for someone new to represent us as a delegate to the CVFiber board. To remind everyone, CVFiber is a group of 20 communities working together to bring a better Internet to our underserved residents and businesses. Cabot has been a member since mid 2018. While the task is complex and will take patience, we feel it is vital to the long term economic development and health of our communities.
I have served in this role since May 2018. It has been very educational and rewarding, notable for the quality and dedication of the members of the board, and the efforts by a lot of volunteers across a number of communities to work together on this issue. That said, it’s time to get some new perspectives at the table. And for a number of personal reasons I would like to step down from the role by the end of 2020.
The position does not require any specific technical expertise. I would emphasize this. You don’t need to be an expert on building the internet. What it does require is patience, an ability to work together in a public body and with other volunteers in the interest of our communities. There is admittedly a bit of a learning curve. There are a lot of administrative, funding, legislative, policy, economic, business, and technical variables to balance. That said, it’s not rocket science. It’s mostly trying to apply common sense and reach consensus.
I will work with the new delegate to transition and share knowledge, provide background and context. The position will require probably at least 4 hours a month of time, with the ability to dedicate as much time as you have.
If you are interested please contact me, Andy Gilbert, at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can answer questions, provide background information, and more. Ultimately the designation to the position will be made by the Select Board.
All CVFiber meetings are public and warned. They typically are on the 2nd Tuesday of the month in the elementary school in Berlin, or currently virtually. The website is at https://cvfiber.net/.
The Cabot Town Clerk’s Office remains open during normal hours Monday – Thursday, 8 am to 5 pm. HOWEVER, that will be re-evaluated daily based on the evolving situation with COVID-19. Researchers and anyone needing information are allowed to come in by appointment, only.
WASTEWATER SYSTEMS & PRIVATE SEPTIC TANKS:
Betty Ritter, Town Clerk/Treasurer
PLEASE continue to follow the recommended guidelines of the CDC and the VT Department of Health: wash your hands, practice “social distancing”; avoid large gatherings; and if feeling unwell with symptoms of the virus, stay home and call your primary care physician. We have been told not to go to the Emergency Room or Express Care to call your primary care physician instead. YOUR continued good health is the primary concern. Stay healthy, follow the guidelines, keep positive, and know “this too will pass”.
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