Welcome to Fair Haven

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…

  • Important Reminder:  Residents and property/business owners in the Towns of Fair Haven and West Haven must have their 2018 Transfer Station permits before using the transfer station.  Those without stickers WILL NOT be permitted to use the transfer station.  Permits are available at the Fair Haven Town Office and are once again $10.00 each.  If you have more than one vehicle that you will be using at the transfer station, you must have a permit for each.  If you are a resident of Fair Haven or West Haven, but do not own property or a business, be prepared to show identification that will verify your residency.  If you have questions, contact Bev in the Town Office at 802-265-3010, x1.
  • Just a couple of quick reminders:  1)  Quarter #3 property tax payments were due on February 10, 2018.  The 30-day grace period for interest to be added is March 12, 2018.  Accounts that are not paid by this date will be charged interest of 1.5% on March 13, 2018.  2)  Water bills will be mailed this week.  Payments are due by March 30, 2018.  If you have any questions, contact Bev in the Town Office at 802-265-3010, x1.
  • 02/12/2018:  Absentee ballots are now available in the Town Clerk’s Office.  Please contact Suzanne Dechame, Town Clerk at 802-265-3610 with any questions.
  • 02/09/2018:  The Fair Haven Selecboard is seeking interested individuals to serve on a Downtown Revitalization Committee. The Committee will participate in a Downtown Streetscape Improvement study to examine items such as traffic calming options, parking options, street lighting, sidewalks and a landscape design plan to guide future Fair Haven Downtown infrastructure improvements.  The project kickoff date will be set in late March. Please send a letter to the Fair Haven Selectboard expressing interest in serving on the Committee by March 6th to: Town of Fair Haven
    3 North Park Place
    Fair Haven, VT 05743
    or email: fhmanager@comcast.net
  • 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.

    Winter Parking Ban In Effect!

     
  • Surplus Equipment For Sale
  • Biosolids: Beneficial Reuse Fact Sheet

Planning Information:

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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.

    http://vvh.vermont.gov
    https://www.facebook.com/vtvetshome

    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.

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