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Representatives from Target Corp. will meet with the Williston Planning Commission at 7:15 p.m. in the town hall meeting room on Tuesday, Jan. 3. The discussion will be of a preliminary nature, and will mark the first time Target representatives have met with the Planning Commission.

Although the Commission is not obligated to take public testimony because it is not a formal hearing, the public is welcome to attend to learn more about Target’s interest in potentially building a store at the former driving range property at 6180 Williston Road.

The property is not currently zoned for a big box store and Williston Planning and Zoning Director Ken Belliveau told the Observer on Tuesday that Target has not yet filed an application to change the zoning.


Water and sewer bills from the town of Williston have been mailed and are due Dec. 30.

Methods of payment are check or cash, in-person, at the town clerk’s office at 7900 Williston Road. Checks can also be mailed, or left in the drop box located behind the clerk’s office.


The Williston Town Clerk’s office has reported that there were 673 dogs registered in Williston for 2011, but there are still approximately 325 who have not been renewed or never been licensed.

According to Vermont State Statutes, “A person who is the owner of a dog or wolf-hybrid more than six months old shall annually on or before April 1 cause it to be registered, numbered, described and licensed for one year from that day in the office of the clerk of the municipality where the dog or wolf-hybrid is kept.”

When a police officer or dog control officer picks up an unlicensed dog, it is taken to a local kennel. In order for the dog to be returned to the owner, there must be a proof of rabies provided, a current license must be obtained and an impounding fee of up to $75 paid to the Town.

Contact the Williston Town Clerk at 878-5121 to obtain a 2012 license or to let the office know if you no longer have a dog.


On Jan. 7, Williston Boy Scout Troop 692 will collect Christmas trees in the following neighborhoods: Southridge, Brennan Woods, Indian Ridge, Wildflower Circle, Turtle Pond, Pleasant Acres, and Ledgewood. The troop plans to collect the trees in the morning and asks residents to leave their trees at the bottom of their driveways.

Residents from other neighborhoods can leave their trees at the Williston Central School cafeteria entrance on the same day, between noon and 3 p.m.

The troop, which will take the trees away to be mulched, is providing the service for free but would appreciate donations.


Monty’s Old Brick Tavern, located in Williston Village on Williston Road, recently received a liquor license that will allow the establishment to serve alcoholic drinks in addition to beer and wine. Monty’s Owner David Herskowitz said he and his staff are formulating a cocktail list, and patrons are welcome to make suggestions through the bar’s website ( Herskowitz estimates the new offerings to be available by New Year’s Eve.


The Vermont Attorney General’s Office announced on Dec. 7 that the Chittenden Unit of the Superior Court Criminal Division has ordered Williston-based home improvement contractor Donald Bevins to pay a combined total of $79,623.08 in restitution to two of his former employees.

According to Vermont Business Magazine, Bevins, who operated under both “Twin City Roofing” and “Around the Clock Property Maintenance,” pled guilty on June 23 to two counts of failing to maintain workers’ compensation insurance. An investigation by the Vermont Attorney General’s Office and the Vermont Department of Labor revealed that Bevins was operating without workers’ compensation insurance and in violation of a Vermont Department of Labor Stop Work Order. The article also said that Bevins did not maintain insurance during that timeframe and two of his employees were seriously injured while working; resulting in the employees suffering “tens of thousands of dollars” in uninsured medical bills and lost wages.


The Board of Directors of the Champlain Valley Exposition Inc. named Tim Shea of Williston as the organization’s new executive director on Dec. 16. Shea will assume his new position in February 2012, according to a news release.

Shea, currently the vice president and congressional liaison for the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, was chosen after a national search. He’s also served on the Burlington Electric Commission, Burlington Legacy Project and the United Way of Chittenden County boards.

“Tim is a talented, intelligent executive with a special feel for the needs of the many audiences that visit CVE,” Matthew Stevens, president of the CVE board, said in the release.

The CVE is the largest event center in Vermont, hosting more than 110 events annually, including the Champlain Valley Fair.


Dr. Traci Griffith, a Williston resident and Saint Michael’s College associate professor of media studies, journalism and digital arts, was elected to be vice president of the Vermont chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. She was also appointed by Gov. Peter Shumlin to serve on the Vermont Humanities Council. In addition, Griffith serves on the board of Vermont Public Radio.

She will be speaking about media representations of Martin Luther King Jr. and the issue of race in Burlington on Martin Luther King Day (Monday, Jan. 16).



The parking ban in Williston began Dec. 1 and remains in effect until April 1, between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. During those hours, vehicles cannot be parked on any town street or highway. The penalty for a violation is a $25 fine. The penalty for committing another parking violation within 30 days is $50.



Champlain Valley Union High School will host the largest debate/speech tournament of the year on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, and needs citizen judges.

No experience is required, training will be provided. The time commitment is approximately 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

More than 100 students from across the state will compete in the event.

If interested, contact Chris O’Donnell at or 482-7140.



The Chittenden South Supervisory Union has publicly funded prekindergarten for children between the ages of 3 and 5 who reside in the towns of Williston, St. George, Charlotte, Hinesburg and Shelburne.

Publicly funded prekindergarten is defined as six to 10 hours per week of developmentally appropriate early learning experiences that are based on Vermont’s Early Learning Standards.

Prekindergarten education is limited to the academic year. (September 2012-June 2013). Applications for the 2012-13 school year are due March 12, 2012. For more information, contact Wendy Clark at 383-1235,, or visit the Chittenden South Supervisory Union Website (