Citizen’s Guide & Contact

General Town Contact Info:
Town Hall (802) 785-2922
Fax (802) 785-2031
Email town clerk at
townclerk@thetfordvermont.us

Citizen’s Guide to Thetford, Vermont
Thetford is a town made up of five and a half villages on the Connecticut River, where the East and West Branches of the Ompompanoosuc River collect the watershed from hills descending from the ridges running north of the White River to the Green Mountains. About 2,500 people cohere around those villages, mostly in the lower reaches of these hills. About half of the working townspeople work in town, with the others mostly commuting about 20 minutes to the south to the business centers in Hanover and Lebanon, NH.
The small size of the individual villages gives Thetford a very small-town feel, even as it has grown to the size where other more centralized Vermont towns often see a lessening of this sort of close and personal identity with the common sense of place. Thetford has been layering newcomers alongside long-time residents for 250 years, as Dartmouth College, a major local employer, has been around for about the same amount of time, producing something close to a consistent ratio of newcomers to oldtimers for eight generations. If you are new to town, you’ll likely find that Thetford is fairly welcoming, and that’s probably because those eight generations have long been accustomed – and in fact prefer – the fact that these small communities enjoy a diversity of the old and new.
This Guide is designed to give people a quick overview of how the community and its government work, hopefully encouraging involvement and better enjoyment.

How Thetford Government Works

Overview of Town Government

Thetford is run by its voters. They elect a selectboard of five members that acts collectively as a mayor or town manager in addition to being the town’s law making body. No one selectboard member has the power to make a major decision without first getting a majority of the board to agree on the matter in a public meeting. The relatively weak form of power ensures that the voters have the greatest control over their local government.
To help it govern the town, the selectboard appoints people to a series of committees that deal with specific topics, such as conservation, budgets and recreation. Those committees will often directly control specific issues (such as scheduling recreation events) while coming back to the selectboard for some key decisions (such as setting enforceable policies or spending town funds). These committees will elect a chair each year after the Town Meeting, who will act as the committee’s chief administrator and make sure that the meetings are run well.
Any member of the public has a legal right to be present at the committee’s meetings and to have an opportunity to provide input to the body for consideration. That’s a legal requirement, but even more importantly, it’s an ingrained part of Thetford’s public culture that people should be encouraged to give input so that decisions can be made with the widest interests of the town in mind.
It is typical – and good – for people with certain interests to want to be on the committee most relevant to their personal passion. Over time, such committee members often find that they have to make an especially deliberate effort to remain open minded to the less experienced views of townspeople. That genuine showing of respect is a key ingredient, though, to making good policy and having that policy stick.
The selectboard will designate specific members as liaisons to committees. These people act as eyes and ears for the selectboard on a particular topic, but they should not be seen as an exclusive point of contact. One of the great things about having five selectboard members is that particular citizens are probably going to feel comfortable with one of them, perhaps a near neighbor or someone with whom they’ve had contact previously. Liaisons will likely not attend many committee meetings, and important interactions between a committee and the selectboard should be coordinated with the two chairs and the liaison.

Who Does What

Aside from the selectboard and its various committees, there are several independently elected offices, a few appointed by the state, and several hired employees.
The townspeople directly elect several important people, and because they are elected directly by the voters, the selectboard does not have direct control over their management. These include the Town Moderator, who runs the annual meeting; the Town Clerk, who records documents and does innumerable other things; the Treasurer, who is responsible for town accounting and collects taxes; and the Listers, who set the assessed value of all real property in town so that it can be taxed fairly.
The selectboard also hires people to fill the roles of Public Works Director, Zoning Administrator and Recreation Coordinator along with several others.
The Thetford School District is administered by its own School Board that has authority independent of the town, although it still falls under town governance as any other corporation or land owner would. The School Board is not one of the committees formed by the selectboard. It has its own elections, its own annual meeting and asks voters to approve taxes for its own separate funds.
Below is a table of some of the more common town functions with which citizens need help, and the most appropriate people to contact.
Issue Needing Attention Department Best Contact
Dog Enforcement Issue Stuart Rogers stuart.p.rogers@valley.net
Dog Licenses Tracy Borst, Town Clerk townclerk@thetfordvermont.us
Dump/Recycling Permits Tracy Borst, Town Clerk townclerk@thetfordvermont.us
Elections/Voting/Running for Office Tracy Borst, Town Clerk townclerk@thetfordvermont.us
Food Shelf Roberta Howard, Town Service Officer 333-3725
General Selectboard Selectboard@thetfordvermont.us
Help for Businesses Selectboard Selectboard@thetfordvermont.us
Land Records Tracy Borst, Town Clerk townclerk@thetfordvermont.us
Land Use Issues Mary Ellen Parkman, Zoning Administrator Zoning@thetfordvermont.us
Police Matter Jim Lanctot, Police Chief jlanctot@dps.state.vt.us
Property Valuations Janet Stowell, Head Lister listers@thetfordvermont.us
Recreation Issues Kathi Meyerson recreation@thetfordvermont.us
Road Issue Scott Knowlton publicworks@thetfordvermont.us
State Road Issue Tammy Ellis, AOT Manager Tammy.ellis@state.vt.us
Tax Payments, Questions Jill Graff, Treasurer treasurer@thetfordvermont.us
Town Policy/Ordinance Issue Selectboard Selectboard@thetfordvermont.us
Volunteer Opportunities Selectboard Selectboard@thetfordvermont.us
A majority of households in town subscribe to an online email forum called a listserv that allows for discussions and questions and answers between residents. Information on the Thetford Listserv, which has no relationship with the town government, can be found here.
For people on Town committees and commissions, the following brief guide gives a good overview of the various ways things operate and some rules by which public officials must abide:
Committee Member Handbook 2011

Full Contact List

THETFORD   ELECTED OFFICIALS

[term   expires in “( )”]

 
Agent to Convey Real Property – 1 year – vacant
 
Agent to Prosecute/Defend Suits – 1 year – vacant
Cemetery Commissioners – 3 year
John Wilmot (‘14) PO Box 6, E. Thetford

785-4090

Betty Waterman (‘15) PO Box 73, E. Thetford

785-3064

Mark McMahon (‘16) 64 Sugarhouse Lane , E.   Thetford

603-667-0335

Collector of Delinquent Taxes – 3 year
Jill Graff (‘14) PO Box 126, Thetford Ctr

treasurer@thetfordvermont.us

785-2922

Grand Juror – 1 year
Vacant
 
Justices of the Peace – 2 year (next   election Nov ‘14)
Richard Balagur 2021 Godfrey Rd, E.   Thetford

Richard@Balagur.com

785-4514

Wendy Cole 146 Jackson Brk Rd,   Thetford Ctr

wendy.s.cole@valley.net

785-2698

Denise Froehlich 725 Pero Hill Rd, Thetford   Ctr

denise.froehlich@valley.net

785-2097

Laurie Ingalls 346 Whippoorwill Rd,   Thetford Ctr

karolasting@aol.com

785-3190

Bill Keegan PO Box 33, Post Mills

bill.b.keegan@gmail.com

333-9372

Rob Leitschuh P.O. Box 289, Thetford Ctr

paintmegmp@gmail.com

785-2557

Roxy Maxfield 470 Whippoorwill Rd,   Thetford Ctr

severance@valley.net

785-4215

Michael Pomeroy PO Box 128, Thetford

mcpomeroy@hotmail.com

785-2539

Cyrus Severance PO Box 21, E. Thetford

333-4436

Judy Yocom PO Box 82, Thetford

jyocoms@gmail.com

785-4478

Listers – 3 year
Denise Adams (‘15) 1100 Stowell Rd, Thetford   Ctr

listers@thetfordvermont.us

785-2922

Diane Osgood (‘14) PO Box 320, Thetford Ctr

listers@thetfordvermont.us

785-2922

Janet Stowell (‘16) 462 Stowell Rd, Thetford   Ctr

listers@thetfordvermont.us

785-2922

Representative for Orange-Windsor (next   election Nov ‘14)
James Masland 714 Pero Hill Rd, Thetford   Ctr

jmasland@leg.state.vt.us

785-4146

Margaret Cheney PO Box 521, Norwich, VT   05055

margaret.cheney@gmail.com

649-3039

 
School Directors – 2 & 3 year
Charlie Buttrey (‘15) 347 Cranberry Hill Rd, E.   Thetford

charliebuttrey@yahoo.com

785-4005

Shannon Darrah, Chair (‘16) 1240 Stowell Rd, Thetford   Ctr

shabbott88@gmail.com

649-1505

Julie Acker

jacker.vt@gmail.com

Erin Sterner (‘14) 62 Macs Way, Post Mills

Erin.Sterner@gmail.com

  603-369-0114
Rosalind Jones
 
School Moderator – 1 year
Mark McMahon (‘14) 64 Sugarhouse Lane, E.   Thetford

MoMMc5@aol.com

603-667-0335

 
 
 
Selectboard – 2 & 3 year                                                               selectboard@thetfordvermont.us
John Bacon (‘17) 551 Lower Bailey Rd,   Thetford Ctr

g.bacon@thetfordvermont.us

785-4831

Donn Downey, Chair (‘15) PO Box 228, Thetford Ctr

d.downey@thetfordvermont.us

785-4968

Mike Pomeroy (‘15) PO Box 128, Thetford

m.pomeroy@thetfordvermont.us

785-2539

Stuart Rogers, V Chair(’16) 3609 Route 132, Thetford   Ctr

s.rogers@thetfordvermont.us

785-4392

Jessica Eaton (’16) PO Box 122, Thetford Ctr.

j.eaton@thetfordvermont.us

 333-9491

Scott Hesser, Selectboard   Assistant – Appointed
Senator-Orange County (next   election Nov ‘14)
Mark MacDonald 404 MacDonald Rd,   Williamstown

433-5867

Sheriff of Orange County
Bill Bohnyak 11 VT Route 113, Chelsea

685-4875

Town Clerk – 3 year
Tracy Borst (‘16) PO Box 126, Thetford Ctr

townclerk@thetfordvermont.us

785-2922

Town Moderator – 1 year
Mark McMahon (‘14) 64 Sugar House Lane, E.   Thetford

MoMMc5@aol.com

603-667-0335

Town Treasurer– 3 year
Jill Graff (‘14) PO Box 126, Thetford Ctr treasurer@thetfordvermont.us

785-2922

Trustees of Latham Library
Adele Bassett (‘15) 585 Route 132, Thetford Ctr

785-2990

Pauline Cole (‘15) 790 Poor Farm Rd So,   Thetford Ctr

785-2016

Arden Fendrich (’16) PO Box 355, Thetford Ctr

785-9821

Beth Fernandez (‘16)
Joanne Kirsten (‘14) 341 Woods Lane, Thetford   Ctr

785-4613

Janet Shepler (‘14) 852 Quail John Rd, E.   Thetford

785-2431

Vacancy 2
Trustee of Peabody Library – 3 year (one elected   trustee required)
Jill Koppers (‘14) 249 Robinson Hill Rd,   Fairlee

peabody@jillanddirk.com

333-3268

Trustees of Trust Funds – 3 year
Elmer Brown (‘14) PO Box 237, Thetford Ctr

785-2167

J. Rick Hoffman (‘16) 68 Cobble Hill Rd, E   Thetford

785-2438

Joe Tofel (‘15) 2549 Academy Road, Thetford   Ctr

649-1434

APPOINTED   OFFICERS

 Agency on Aging – White River Council
Ruel Barrett (‘16) PO Box 184, Thetford

785-2867

Animal Control Officer
Stuart Rogers (’14) PO Box 126, Thetford Ctr

785-4392

Assistant Town Clerk
Lori Magoon PO Box 126, Thetford Ctr

785-2922

Assistant Treasurer
Rebecca Buchanan PO Box 126, Thetford Ctr

785-2922

 
Budget Committee –vacant  1
Cathee Clement (’15) 468 Garey Rd, E Thetford

Turtlepond@netzero.net

785-2668

Lelia Mellen (‘15) 2360 Academy Rd, Thetford   Ctr

lelia_mellen@nps.gov

785-2855

Jessica Eaton (’15) PO Box 122, Thetford

krash537@hotmail.com

Jim Zien (’15) PO Box 166, Thetford

Jim_Zien@alohafoundation.org

785-2646

Conservation Commission – vacant 1
Jason Berard (’15) PO Box 44, N Thetford

jason.berard@uvlt.org

333-4302

Libby Chapin (‘15) PO Box 202, Post Mills

lib.chapin@gmail.com

333-9308

Ann Lavanway, Sec (‘15) 376 Poor Farm Rd, Thetford   Ctr

ann.m.lavanway@dartmouth.edu

785-9814

Robert Pulaski, Trsr (‘14) 1006 Barker Rd, Thetford   Ctr

bobpulaski@myfairpoint.net

333-4627

Eric Pyle, V Chair (‘16) 360 Cadwell Rd, E. Thetford

eric_pyle@yahoo.com

785-2606

Li Shen, Chair (‘14) 851 Poor Farm Rd, Thetford   Ctr

lilian.shen@dartmouth.edu

785-4950

Jeff Smith (’15) 1153 Tucker Hill Rd, Thetford Ctr

jeffrey.r.smith@valley.net

785-2615

Connie Snyder (‘15) 338 Cranberry Hill Rd, E. Thetford

c.crovosnyder@valley.net

785-2729

 Skip Sturman (‘15)  PO Box 24, Thetford

skip.sturman@dartmouth.edu

785-2423

Development Review Board
Bill Bridge (‘14) 3836 Route 5, Thetford Ctr

unharried@gmail.com

785-2964

Sherry Crossley (‘14) 616 Turnpike Rd North,   Fairlee

scrossley@wavecomm.com

333-9579

Don Longwell (‘15) 1550 Stevens Rd, E.   Thetford

vtlongwell@aol.com

785-4971

Sean Mullen, Chair (‘15) 1562 Poor Farm Rd, Thetford   Ctr

mullharvey@valley.net

785-4373

Tim Taylor (‘15) 811 West Fairlee Rd,   Fairlee

tim@crossroadfarm.com

333-4455

Director of Public Works
Scott Knowlton PO Box 126, Thetford Ctr

publicworks@thetfordvermont.us

785-4679

 

 
 
Energy Committee
Rick   Biddle (’14) PO   Box 222, Norwich

ribidd@gmail.com

785-4508

Ellen   Blumberg (‘15) 189   Jackson Brook Rd

mjblumberg@valley.net

785-9883

Henri   Fennel (’15) PO   Box 65, N Thetford

hfennell09@gmail.com

333-4096

Chris   Hebb (‘16) 767   Barker Rd, Thetford Ctr

chris.hebb@valley.net

333-9689

Michael   Kiess (‘16) 68   Cobble Hill Rd, E. Thetford

michaelkiessvt@gmail.com

785-2438

Manny   Grewal (‘16) PO   Box 99, Post Mills

manohar.grewal@gmail.com

333-3292

Joel   Legunn (‘15) PO   Box 130, Post Mills

joel.legunn@gmail.com

785-3041

Alice   Stewart (‘14) 38   Old Strong Rd, Thetford Ctr

afs@finowen.net

785-3087

Bob   Walker, Chair (‘14) 432   Ulman Rd, Thetford Ctr

bwalker@serg-info.org

785-4126

 


Fire Warden
Jeff   Sirjane (06/2013) 1854 Sawnee Bean Rd, Thet.   Ctr

jsirjane@worldcupsupply.com

785-4405

Greater UV Solid Waste District Representative

 

Ben   Bradley (‘14) 168 Tucker Hill Rd,   Thetford Ctr

785-4245

Jim   Masland, Alt (‘14) 714   Pero Hill Rd, Thetford Ctr

jmasland@leg.state.vt.us

785-4146

 

 

 

Health Officer

 

 

Alford   Stone (’14) PO Box 126, Thetford Ctr

785-4503

Historian

 

 

Marshall   Van Norden (‘14) 117 Van Norden Rd, E.   Thetford

333-4574

Historic   Preservation Committee

 

 

Stephen   Branchflower (‘14) PO Box 38, Thetford

stephen@smithandvansant.com

785-2667

Clark   Graff (‘14) PO Box 345, Thetford Ctr

clarkgraffarchitect@gmail.com

333-9441

John   Hall, Chair (‘15) PO Box 148, Post Mills

jwhallvt@gmail.com

333-4077

Roney   Hoffman (‘14) 68 Cobble Hill Rd, E.   Thetford

roney.hoffman@gmail.com

785-2438

William   Thrane, Sec (‘15) PO Box 633, Thetford

swthrane@myfairpoint.net

785-2520

 

Planning Commission

vacant
Liz Ryan Cole (’14) PO Box 231, Thetford

lizryancole@mac.com

785-4124

Patrick Kearney (‘14) 2166 Route 113, E. Thetford

surlymonk@gmail.com

785-2071

Patricia Norton (’15) 1978 Academy Road, Thetford   Ctr

juneberrymusic@gmail.com

785-4740

Kevin O’Hara, Chair (‘15) 1646 Five Corners Rd,   Thetford Ctr

kevin@oharagercke.com

333-4846

Michael Schunk (‘16) PO   Box 181, Thetford

thetfordhilldesign@gmail.com

785-2574

Dean Whitlock  (’15) 545   Tucker Hill Rd, Thetford Ctr

boatman@deanwhitlock.com

785-2012

Police Department

 

 

 

Jim Lanctot, Chief PO Box 126, Thetford Ctr

jlanctot@dps.state.vt.us

785-2200

Bridget Tweedie, Sergeant

btweedie@dps.state.vt.us

Stuart Rogers, Patrol   Officer

Pound Keeper

 

 

Municipal Agreement with   UVHS

 

Recreation Advisory Council

Andrew Davis, Chair (‘14) 98 Alton Drive, E Thetford

andrew.davis@snocountry.org

333-9557

Deb Dixon, (’14) Sec. 243 Phelps Rd, Post Mills

785-4363

Marla Ianello (‘14) 1408 Route 113, E Thetford

marla.ianello@gmail.com

785-2912

Douglas Kennedy (‘14) 2330 Gove Hill Rd, Thetford   Ctr.

douglas.j.kennedy@valley.net

785-3175

Dirk Koppers, Sec (‘16) 249 Robinson Hill Rd,   Fairlee

dirk@jillanddirk.com

333-3268

Elise Lindahl (’15) Student representative
Lelia Mellen (‘15) 2360 Academy Rd, Thetford   Ctr

lelia_mellen@nps.gov

785-2855

Jeff Vaughan (‘14) 199 Rock Pine Drive, E.   Thetford

jeffrey.s.vaughan@aol.com

785-9839

Mike Wells, V Chair (‘16) 632   Miller Pond Rd, Thetford Ctr

785-4731

Scott & Ann O’Hearn Ex-officio

sard.2@juno.com

333-3507

Kathi Meyerson Ex-officio

recreation@thetfordvermont.us

785-2922


Recreation Director

 

Kathi Meyerson (‘14) PO Box 126, Thetford Ctr

 

785-2922

 

Road Commissioners
Donn Downey (14) PO Box 228, Thetford Ctr

donndowney@mac.com

785-4968

Senior & Affordable Housing Committee
Betty Campbell (‘16) PO   Box 282, E. Thetford

785-2407

David Fisk (‘16) PO   Box 166, Post Mills

333-9607

Dale Gephart, (‘14) PO   Box 29, Post Mills

dale.s.gephart@dartmouth.edu

333-9748

Helen Maclam (‘15) PO   Box 304, E Thetford

785-4677

Manny Grewal (‘15) PO   Box 99, Post Mills

manohar.grewal@gmail.com

333-3292

Mark McMahon, Chair (‘14) 64   Sugarhouse Lane, E. Thetford

MoMMc5@aol.com

603-667-0335

Heinz Trebitz (‘14) 460   Colby Road North, Thetford Ctr

lht63@wavecomm.com

785-2129

Thetford Elder Network
Judy   Adams (’14) PO   Box 136, Post Mills

ladybugbee918@yahoo.com

333-3242

Jo   Biddle (‘16) 1849   Gove Hill Rd, Thetford Ctr

jodyatsea@yahoo.com

785-4508

Betty   Campbell (‘16) PO   Box 282, E. Thetford

785-2407

Roger   Daum (‘16) PO   Box 64, Post Mills

roger.daum@valley.net

333-4082

Martha   Daum (‘16) PO   Box 64, Post Mills

333-4082

Sue   Gault (’15) 752   Gove Hill Rd, Thetford Ctr

susan.b.gault@valley.net

785-2805

Dale   Gephart, Chair (‘15) PO   Box 29, Post Mills

dale.s.gephart@dartmouth.edu

333-9748

Tipi Halsey (‘15) PO   Box 181, Thetford

tipi.halsey@gmail.com

785-4978

Roberta Howard (‘14) PO   Box 63, N. Thetford

rhoward@sover.net

333-3725

Susan Rump (‘15) PO   Box 174, Thetford Ctr

susan.l.rump@valley.net

785-4029

vacant (‘14)
Inge Trebitz (‘14) 480   Colby Road, Thetford Ctr

lht63@wavecomm.com

785-2129

Town Service Officer

Roberta Howard (‘14) PO   Box 126, Thetford Ctr

rhoward@sover.net

333-3725

 
Two Rivers-Ottauquechee RPC
Jim Masland, Alternate (‘14) 714 Pero Hill Rd, Thetford   Ctr

jmasland@leg.state.vt.us

785-4146

Tara Bamford (‘14) 502 Sanborn Rd, E. Thetford

Tree Warden

 

 

Jay White Cloud (’14) PO Box 233, Thetford

785-4732

 

Upper Valley Ambulance

 

Norman Snow(’14) PO Box 83, Post Mills

333-9649

 Casey Huling, Alternate (’16)

Zoning Administrator – 3 year

 

 

Mary Ellen Parkman (’15) PO Box 126, Thetford Ctr

zoning@thetfordvermont.us

785-2922

 

 

 


 

Notaries   Public

 

 

Karin   Bonnett 761   Route 113, E. Thetford

kgbonnett@gmail.com

785-2543

Mike   Brown 437   Burnham Rd, E. Thetford

mjbrown@gmail.com

785-4536

Wendy   Cole 146   Jackson Brk Rd, Thetford Ctr

wendy.s.cole@valley.net

785-2698

Kate   Cone 3836   Route 5, Thetford Ctr

kcone@valley.net

785-2964

Lynn   J. Daley 358   Picknell Rd, Thetford Ctr

785-4336

Emily   S. Davis 185   Norford Lake Rd, Thetford Ctr

649-2729

Dana   C. Grossman PO   Box 106, E. Thetford

dana.c.grossman@hitchcock.org

785-4074

Daniel   F. Grossman PO   Box 106, E. Thetford

785-4074

Mary   M. Hathorn 541   Ely Rd, Fairlee

scooter.hathorn@gmail.com

333-9176

Lynn   Irwin 665   Godfrey Rd, E. Thetford

lynn.irwin@valley.net

785-4581

Rick   Maynard PO Box 8, Post Mills

333-9130

Kathy   McQueen Gove Hill Rd, Thetford Ctr

785-4493

Sherry   Merrick PO   Box 21, Post Mills

333-9598

Diane   C. Osgood PO   Box 320, Thetford Ctr

522-9376

Gloria   Thurston Thetford   Academy

785-4805