Your second installment of property taxes are due on or before November 15, 2019!  Pay anytime now to avoid the rush!

It’s hunting season and just a friendly reminder about posting your land and other resident’s posted land:

Posted Property Under Fish & Wildlife Law

Hunting, fishing or trapping on properly posted land is illegal without written permission. This includes land posted for hunting, fishing or trapping by permission only. In order to be properly posted, the landowner must file with the town clerk and the Fish & Wildlife Department. See 10 V.S.A., Sect. 5201-5206.

Whether the property is posted or not, a hunter or angler shall show their license if requested by the landowner.It is illegal to damage or remove posters prohibiting hunting, fishing or trapping.

A person must leave the land immediately on demand of the owner, whether the land is posted or not.

Posting & Permission Only Signs

A landowner, or a person having the exclusive right to take game on land or the waters thereon may maintain signs stating that hunting, fishing, or trapping or any combination of the three is prohibited or by permission only.

See 10 V.S.A. Appendix Sect. 14c for fish stocking requirements to post against fishing.

Permission Only signs shall state the owner’s name and a method by which to contact the owner or a person authorized to provide permission to hunt, fish or trap on the property.

Posting and Permission Only Signs

  • The owner or person posting the land, shall annually record the posting at the town clerk’s office for a fee of $5.00.
  • Signs must be not less than 8 ½ inches by 11 inches.
  • Lettering and background on the signs must be of contrasting colors.
  • Signs must be maintained at all times and dated each year.
  • Signs must be erected on or near all boundaries, at each corner, and no more than 400 feet apart.
  • Signs shall not be considered void if other language is added, as long as a reasonable person would understand that hunting, fishing or trapping are prohibited.

Location of Posting Signs

Posting signs and “By Permission Only” signs must be erected on or near all the boundaries, at each corner and not over 400 feet apart.

Safety Zone

A property owner may establish a 500-foot Safety Zone around an occupied dwelling, residence, barn, stable or other building with signs provided by the Fish & Wildlife Department. These signs shall be placed at each corner of the safety zone and no more than 200 feet apart. Shooting is prohibited in the Safety Zone and no wild animal may be taken within it without permission from the owner.

 

We need a Town Health Officer! Are you the right person for this job? The ideal candidate will have knowledge of town health officer duties, Vermont laws regarding health officers and the willingness to help clean up potential health problems in our beautiful town.  This is a compensated $20/hr position with no set hours.  

The Town Health Officer is responsible for:

•  Conducting investigations throughout town when complaints come in 

•  Enforce the provisions of Vermont State Statute Title 18, Chapter 11

•  Prevent, remove, or destroy any public health hazard, or mitigate any significant public health risk in accordance with the provisions of this title

•  In consultation with the Department of Health, take steps necessary to enforce all orders issued pursuant to chapter 3 of this title

Please submit a letter of interest and resume to the Town Clerk.

 

Effective July 1st: Our address has changed!! To save the taxpayers money, we have consolidated our address to 392 US Route 302 Orange, VT 05641, which is our current physical address.  There will no longer be a post office box after July 1st. Please note this and let your neighbors know.   

The Town of Orange was chartered August 11, 1781.  Located in the N.W. Corner of Orange County, the town is bounded S. by Washington and Corinth; E. by Topsham, N. by Groton, Harris & Goshen Gores and Plainfield, and W. by Barre.

Orange was “largely a farming town,” when the “top population was reached in 1830 with about 1000 people and over 5000 sheep grazing on the hillsides.”  The population in the 2000 census was 951.  The tallest peaks in town are Knox Mt. and Butterfield Mt. both over 3000 feet tall.  It was assumed that both mountains were named after the early settlers living in town.

Sources:  “Vermont Historical Gazetteer” published by Miss A. M. Hemenway;  “Vermont Place-Names” author Esther Munroe Swift.

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