Under the southwestern “hook” of Vermont, where the Taconic Mountains give way to the historic Champlain Valley, lies the picturesque town of Fair Haven…the Slate Center of the Nation…and Vermont’s Western Gateway…. Chartered and first settled in 1779, Fair Haven first prospered as a mill town, with numerous works developed on the falls of the Castleton River by Col. Matthew Lyon. In the mid-1800’s, the first slate quarries were opened, marking the beginning of an industry that has continued to thrive until the present day. Twenty-first century Fair Haven is a charming village, featuring a large central green just north of the downtown business district, surrounded by some of the finest examples of Victorian architecture in the state. The green is home to many events throughout the year, including Spring Fling, a summer concert series, and annual AppleFest. The business district features many quaint shops and eateries, within walking distance of most of the community. The townspeople are friendly…the schools and public services are first rate…and the opportunities here are limited only by one’s creativity and imagination. On your next visit to Vermont, stop by Fair Haven…and spend the day…or a lifetime…
- For those residents of Fair Haven who are currently on the Town’s water system, if you are concerned that your pipes may freeze as a result of the freezing temperatures expected over the next few days and because of the unusually cold winter that we are having, you may feel it necessary to allow your water to drip to avoid frozen pipes. If you choose to go this route, please remember that the water needs only to drip, not run full force. Please read your meter prior to and a…fter having your faucet drip. Be sure to write down these readings and provide them to the Town Office with your name, address and, if possible, your account number included. If adjustments need to be made to your accounts based on average usage for the same quarter over time, they will be reflected on your next quarterly billing. Don’t forget that other options to prevent freezing include added insulation around pipes, a space heater safely placed in areas without heat but with water pipes, and leave cabinet doors open to those cabinets with water pipes inside. If you have questions, please feel free to contact the Town Office at 265-3010, x1.
- Request for Proposals Fair Haven Downtown Streetscape Improvement Plan
- Frozen Water Line ReminderAs the owner of a property accessing water services provided by the Town of Fair Haven, it is your responsibility to make sure that all plumbing on your side of the curb stop is well maintained, including prevention of freezing.Remember to check your pipes regularly, especially pipes that are not in heated areas or are in cabinets on cold, outside walls. It may be helpful to add extra insulation or apply heat tape to any areas that could be a problem. Note: it’s best to check with your plumber for the best solution(s) to minimize water line freezing.Running water to prevent a freeze actually is not permitted by Town Ordinance. The only time it may be permitted is as a last resort and ONLY with written permission from the Chief Water Operator, the DPW Superintendent, the Town Manager, or by act of the Board of Water Commissioners.If a freeze should occur, the owner is responsible for all fees as described below:
If a service line is frozen only on the customer’s side of the shut-off (curb stop), the Town will pay ½ the cost of thawing the pipe once. The customer shall be responsible for ½ the cost of thawing the pipe and ½ the cost of the labor and equipment provided by the Town on the first occurrence only.If additional freezes should occur, the customer will be responsible to cover all of the costs associated with the thawing/repair of the freeze.
If written permission is given to a customer to run their water to prevent a repeat freeze that was originally on the customer’s side of the shut-off, no credit for water used for this purpose will be given.
If a service line is frozen only on the Town’s side of the shut-off (curb stop), the customer shall pay ½ the cost of thawing the service line and ½ the cost of labor and equipment provided by the Town for the repair.If written permission is given to a customer to run their water to prevent a repeat freeze that was originally on the Town’s side of the shut-off, credit for water used for this purpose will be given.
If a service line is frozen on both sides of the shut-off (curb stop), the customer shall pay ½ the cost of thawing the service line and ½ the cost of labor and equipment provided by the Town for the repair.If written permission is given to a customer to run their water to prevent a repeat freeze that was originally on the customer’s side and the Town’s side of the shut-off, credit for ½ of the water used for this purpose will be given.
If you have questions, please contact the Town Office at 265-3010, x1. The above information and other information pertaining to water service can be found in the Water Ordinance on-line at http://fairhavenvt.org.
The Town of Fair Haven is seeking nominations for the 2017 Annual Report Dedication. Please submit your confidential nomination in writing in a sealed envelope to the Town Office or email to email@example.com. Submissions are requested no later than Friday, December 15, 2017 by 4 PM. Thank you.
- Surplus Equipment For Sale
Important Public Service Announcement
The Vermont Health Department announced that there has been a confirmed case of rabies from a wild animal in Fair Haven in the Scotch Hill area.
Please be very careful. If you see an animal that looks or acts unusual, please contact the Fair Haven Police Department at 265-8293.
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- Water Line Project: Construction related to the Town of Fair Haven’s waterline upgrade project begins tomorrow (Thursday, April 13, 2017). Placement of excavation equipment and, at least, test digging will occur in the area of Mechanic Street between Second Street and Fourth Street. Full construction activity will commence shortly thereafter, as early as April 14.
Project construction is expected to last throughout the summer and fall until at least October 31. Water mains that are scheduled for replacement include: Mechanic Street, Pine Street, Fourth Street, Dutton Avenue, Route 4A (Capital Hill), Maple Street, Liberty Street, and Depot Street. Construction will include replacement of relevant appurtenances (e.g., fire hydrants and individual water services to the edge of the rights-of-way).
The Belden Company, Inc. will be performing the work. Questions may be directed to the Town Manager’s Office (265-3010 x5) or to the DPW Superintendent (265-3010 x221).
- Biosolids: Beneficial Reuse Fact Sheet
- Public Hearing Notice: 3rd Hearing
- Public Hearing Notice: 2nd Hearing
- Future Land Use Map Draft for 2nd Public Hearing April 14
- Town Plan-Maps Without Future Land Use 3 May 2016
- 2016 Town Plan
Town Meeting, Presidential Primary, and Water Bond Information:
- 03-07-2017 Election Results
- March 2017 Sample Ballots
- 2017 Warning
- FYE 2018 Expense Budget
- FYE 2018 Revenue Budget
Public Service Announcement
Many Vermont Veterans, or Veterans in the surrounding tri-state area, do not know that the Vermont Home for Veterans exists or of the programs and care that they provide for service men and women, their spouses and families. For more information, visit the sites below.
- 2016 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
- Have you noticed……………the Town now has two electric car charging stations which are located on the eastern side of the park. Thank you to our Selectboard and GMP for providing this service.
- Free Paint Recycling Centers
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