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 785-2200
Property Valuations Janet Stowell, Head Lister listers@thetfordvermont.us
Recreation Issues Laurel Mackin 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

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Agent to Convey Real Property – 1 year – vacant

 

 

 
Agent to Prosecute/Defend Suits – 1 year – vacant
   

 

 
Cemetery Commissioners – 3 year
John Wilmot (‘17) 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 (‘17) 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

 

785-4215

Michael Pomeroy PO Box 128, Thetford

mcpomeroy@hotmail.com

785-2539

Cyrus Severance PO Box 21, E. Thetford

severance@valley.net

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 (‘17) 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

Kathy Hoyt 246 Pattrell Rd, Norwich

khoyt@leg.state.vt.us

 

 
School Directors – 2 & 3 year
Julie Acker (‘1yr to cmplt 2 (’15) 843 Sanborn Road E Thetford

 

785-2449

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

Lindy Jones (‘16) 181 Snowflake Lane E Thetford

 

 

Erin Sterner (‘17) 62 Macs Way, Post Mills

Erin.Sterner@gmail.com

  603-369-0114
 
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

govehillbacon@gmail.com

785-4831

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

donndowney@mac.com

785-4968

 
Mike Pomeroy (‘15) PO Box 128, Thetford

mcpomeroy@hotmail.com

785-2539

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

Stuart.p.rogers@valley.net

785-4392

 
Jessica Eaton, (‘16) 1708 Tucker Hill Rd, Thetford Ctr

tig@freshmaplesyrup.com

785-4302

 
Kim Edgar, 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 (‘15) 64 Sugar House Lane, E. Thetford

MoMMc5@aol.com

603-667-0335

 
   

 

 

 
Town Treasurer– 3 year  
Jill Graff (‘17) 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) 258 Academy Rd, Thetford Ctr

 

 

 
Joanne Kirsten (‘18) 341 Woods Lane, Thetford Ctr

 

785-4613

 
Megan O’Dell (‘18)  

 

 

 
Vacancy 2  

 

 

 
   

 

 

 
Trustee of Peabody Library – 4 year (one elected trustee required)  
Jill Koppers (‘18) 249 Robinson Hill Rd, Fairlee

peabody@jillanddirk.com

333-3268

 
   

 

 

 
Trustees of Trust Funds – 3 year  
Elmer Brown (‘17) 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

 
Jessica Eaton (‘14) PO Box 122, Thetford

 

333-9491

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

lelia_mellen@nps.gov

785-2855

 
Jim Zien (’15) PO Box 166, Thetford

Jim_Zien@alohafoundation.org

785-2646

 
   

 

   
Conservation Commission

 

   
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@gmail.com

785-2729

 
Skip Sturman (‘15) PO Box 24, Thetford

skip.sturman@dartmouth.edu

785-2423

 
         
Development Review Board

 

 

 
Bill Bridge (‘17) 3836 Route 5, Thetford Ctr

unharried@gmail.com

785-2964

 
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
 
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 (‘17) 38 Old Strong Rd, Thetford Ctr

afs@finowen.net

785-3087

 
Bob Walker, Chair (‘17) 432 Ulman Rd, Thetford Ctr

bwalker@serg-info.org

785-4126

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
Fire Warden
 

 

 

 
  Jeff Sirjane (06/2019) 1854 Sawnee Bean Rd, Thet. Ctr

 jsirjane@gmail.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 (’16) PO Box 126, Thetford Ctr

 

785-4503

 
     

 

 

 
 

Historian

 

 

 

 
  Marshall Van Norden (‘17) 117 Van Norden Rd, E. Thetford

 

333-4574

 
     

 

 

 
 

Historic Preservation Committee

 

 

 

 
  Stephen Branchflower (‘14) PO Box 38, Thetford

stephen@smithandvansant.com

785-2667

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

jwhallvt@gmail.com

333-4077

 
  Roney Hoffman (‘17) 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 (’17) PO Box 231, Thetford

lizryancole@me.com

785-4124

 
  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

 

 

 

 
    PO Box 126, Thetford Ctr

 

785-2200

 
  Bridget Tweedie, Sergeant  

btweedie@dps.state.vt.us

 

 
  Stuart Rogers, Patrol Officer  

 

 

 
 

 

 
 

Recreation Advisory Council

 
  Kaitlyn Boyce Student Representative

 

 

 
  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

 
  Sara Ecker 9’15) 222 Gove Hill Road, Thetford Ctr.

 

 

 
  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

 

 

 
  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

 
  Laurel Mackin Ex-officio

recreation@thetfordvermont.us

785-2922

 
       

 

 
 
Recreation Director
 

 

 

 
  Laurel Mackin (‘14) PO Box 126, Thetford Ctr

 

785-2922

 
      

 

 

 
Road Commissioners  

 

 
John Bacon  (‘15) 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, (‘15) 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 (‘17) 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

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

jodyatsea@yahoo.com

785-4508

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

 

785-2407

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

 

333-4082

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

susan.b.gault@valley.net

785-2805

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

dale.s.gephart@dartmouth.edu

333-9748

 
Priscilla (Pril) Hall, 9’15) PO Box 148, Post Mills

prilhall@gmail.com

333-4077

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

susan.l.rump@valley.net

785-4029

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

lht63@wavecomm.com

785-2129

 
 
   

 

 

 

Town Service Officer

 

 

   
Roberta Howard (‘15) 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

 

 

 

 
Gary Ulman 359 Ulman Rd Thetford Ctr

 

785-4047

 
   

 

 

Upper Valley Ambulance

 

 

 
Robin Pettingill  

 

 

 
   

 

 

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