August 24, 2019

Around Town

HOMESTEAD DECLARATION

The town of Williston Listers’/Assessor’s office has recently identified approximately 125 parcels that it believes should be filing the HS-122 form (Homestead Declaration). The state will not be sending any letters to the owners of these parcels until September.

In the meantime, property owners are advised to check their tax bills received in July 2016. If they show the education portion as “NON-RESIDENTIAL,” that indicates that an HS-122 was probably not filed and not downloaded to the Town Grand List by the State of Vermont tax department. If residents have not filed this form or the HI-144 (Household Income) which is required to receive the property tax adjustment payment, they are urged to do so as soon as possible.

The next key filing date to receive a property tax adjustment payment in the Sept. 15 download is Sept. 1. The last key filing date is Oct. 15 with a state payment two weeks later. If residents do not file by that Oct. 15 deadline, they are not eligible to receive the residential tax rate or any property tax adjustment payment.

If a taxpayer has filed for an extension for income taxes, with a possible filing date after Oct. 15, the HS-122 and HI-144 should be processed before that date. They can be filed via the State of Vermont website or with hard copy forms via the mail.

Information regarding these two forms can be found at vermont.gov and link to the tax department in the property owners’ section. Questions can be directed to the state tax dept. at 828-6825 or the Williston Listers/Assessor’s office at 878-1091.The town only sees downloads from the State of Vermont tax department and does not receive any of the taxpayer’s filings with the state tax department.

WANTED: QUILTERS, CROCHETERS

Jill Yandow, who runs a charity making lap quilts and afghans for nursing home patients, wrote to the Observer asking for volunteers and donations. “I make some myself and am looking for volunteers who can sew a simple lap-size quiltor crochet some granny squares.” She said she’s also looking for fabric and batting donations.

“I have some great folks helping me from their own homes, but the need is great and will be ongoing,” she said. Yandow will pick up finished work and deliver them to area nursing homes. Contact Jill at 868-6949 or 343-6181 or email her at Pjmcp43@aol.com.

ROUTE 2A REPAVING

The following is the anticipated schedule of the Agency of Transportation construction to take place on Route 2A/St. George Road during the paving project. The affected area falls between Hurricane Lane and the intersection of Route 116 and Route 2A. Daily updates can be found at countonitinc.com/road-construction-scheduled.
This week, installation and placement of road construction signage throughout the project limits will be made, in anticipation of work beginning the following week. On Monday, Aug. 29, workers will be cold planing approximately 50 feet at the beginning and end of the project (Hurricane Lane and the 2A and 116 intersection) and then start paving with a leveling course along the entire project, weather permitting. Motorists are asked to use extreme caution while traveling through the zone. The safety of the workers along with the motorists is of the utmost importance. The expected completion date is Oct. 14. Call with any questions or concerns regarding this project: 862-6085.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HOMES

If you know someone who doesn’t qualify for a bank mortgage because of a low income, he or she may qualify to partner in building a Habitat for Humanity home. Habitat sells homes at cost with zero-interest loans to partner families, who are expected to help build their homes. Invite your friends who need an opportunity for home ownership to an applicant information meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Richmond Congregational Church, 20 Church St., Richmond. Call the office at 872-8726 or visit vermonthabitat.org.

SOCCER COACHES NEEDED

Williston Recreation and Parks has a shortage of volunteer coaches for the children’s recreational soccer teams this season. According to Todd Goodwin at Recreation and Parks, there is especially a need for head coaches, as two boys’ teams, for grades 3-4, are without them right now. There is also a need for one coach each of the boys’ team for grades 5-8, and the girls’ team for grades 5-8. “We’re looking for people that want to take on the role of coaching a team,” Goodwin said, which requires both coaching experience and knowledge of the game of soccer. Coaches lead a one-hour practice each week, and a one-hour game on Saturdays. The practice season may be delayed as the search for coaches continues, Goodwin said, but games run weekends Sept. 10 through Oct. 22.

CVU ACCESS OPEN

The fall and winter offerings for CVU ACCESS, the program for evening and recreational adult classes, is now online at cvuweb.cvuhs.org/access. Many courses start soon, including Tomato Magic, Yoga, Essential Oils, Photoshop Layers and Italian Conversation. More than 60 courses start in September and again in October. Enroll early, and pay at the first class.

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