Chartered in 1761, Dorset is a vibrant and historic community nestled in the hills of southern Vermont. Dorset is well known for its mountains, valleys & New England village charm. Come learn the reasons why people love to live, work & play in Dorset!
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Dorset Fire District #1 P.O. Box 341 Dorset, VT 05251
NOTICE OF WATER RESTRICTIONS
To: All users of the Dorset Water System Subject: Water shortage and restrictions Date: September 18, 2016
Due to the lack of rainfall, the level of water in the Dorset Water System has fallen dramatically. It is now necessary to institute restrictions on water usage in order to allow the production of water from our springs to keep up with usage.
Until these restrictions are lifted, all outside water usage by all residential and commercial water users of the system is expressly prohibited. Prohibited usage includes recharging swimming pools, watering lawns, watering gardens and washing vehicles. In addition, we ask your cooperation in conserving water used inside your homes and businesses. We anticipate this condition will continue until typical autumn weather returns with seasonal soaking rains. Please be aware that it may take up to two weeks for the spring production to increase after a soaking rain.
Should you observe other users of the Dorset Water System not adhering to these restrictions, we encourage you to inform them of the restrictions. Should their usage continue, please report this to our water operator, Jim McGinnis, at 375-4021 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can visit the district’s website, www.DorsetFireDistrict.org, for status changes on water restrictions. On the website you can also sign up to receive automatic email updates.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the water restrictions, please contact Jim McGinnis (contact information above). We apologize for the inconvenience and we appreciate your support in conserving our water. Thank you for your understanding. Dorset Fire District #1 Prudential Board
SAVE THE DATE! Celebrate Owls Head Town Forest!
Saturday October 1, 2016 at 11am Dedication & Community Hike
The Vermont Youth Conservation Corps has spent 8 weeks this summer improving the trails in the Owls Head Town Forest. Come celebrate the Town Forest with a dedication and hike. Directions: turn onto Black Rock Lane off Route 30, turn right on Ken's Camp Road and travel to trailhead. (Please note: Black Rock Lane & Ken's Camp Road are private roads, please respect private property while accessing the Town Forest!).
The Dorset Quarry: in 2014 "The Friends of the Dorset Quarry" was established by local business owners to help support Dick & Kirsten McDonough in their ownership of the Dorset Quarry. This group along with other members of the community have established a steering committee to research and review the best long term management options for the Dorset Quarry. The Quarry is historic because it was the first marble quarry in the United States (1785), and has since become a popular swimming hole. In recent years attendance at the quarry has increased with the help of the internet and social media. In the summer of 2016, crowds swelled to the point where the Town of Dorset is now contracting with the Bennington County Sheriff's Department to monitor traffic safety and enforce the no alcohol policy at the quarry.
The Town of Dorset seeks applicants for possible appointment to the following Boards:
Zoning Board of Adjustment
Interested residents can fill out an application and submit it to the Town Manager’s Office. Applications and descriptions of the duties of each Board are available on the Town’s website: www.dorsetvt.org. Applications can also be picked up at the Town Offices: 112 Mad Tom Road E. Dorset, VT 05253. Terms of appointment range from 24 months to 48 months. All positions are volunteer with no compensation. Questions? Contact the Town Manager’s Office at 362-4571.
On 8/24, 9/28, 10/21 the Dorset & East Dorset Fire District Prudential Committees met with members of the Selectboard and public to discuss opportunities for collaboration between the Fire Districts and the Town. Next Joint Meeting: Wednesday June 22nd at 7pm at the Town Offices The group facilitated a discussion about the challenges faced by the Prudential Committees and the Fire Departments. The group developed the DRAFT list of Pros & Cons for possible consolidation of the two Fire Districts listed below.
JOINT BOARD PROS & CONS LIST FOR CONSOLIDATION 8-24-15
Be sure to take advantage of Dorset Spring/Summer Recreation Discounts at: - Manchester Parks & Rec. Programs: residents can get user fees discounted by submitting a reimbursement for to the Town Offices (form below).
- Long Trail School & Lawrence School Summer Camps - Free Entry to Emerald Lake State Park (opens Memorial Day), passes available at the Town Clerk's Office. Don't Forget to get reimbursed for winter recreation expenses: