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Sump Pump Warning

Important notice from the West Rutland Water/Waste Water Department: Sump Pumps hooked to the town sewer are Illegal

Please note that connecting a sump pump in the basement to the house sewer line going to the town sewer is illegal!! The impact of private sump pumps hooked in to the town sewer system has a damaging effect on the Wastewater Treatment Facility. We are currently looking into the collection system to see where there might be some illegal flows coming in.
Our ordinance states that no one can discharge ground water or runoff into the collection system. If we find an illegal connection we can charge the homeowner with a misdemeanor if the discharge is not stopped. We can also fine the homeowner $100.00 per day if it is not stopped.
Please make sure that if you have a sump pump it is not connected to your house sewer.

Thank You

Lawn Mowing Bid Request

The Town of West Rutland is accepting bids for lawn mowing.  Please see the documents below for more details.


BID REQUESTS lawn mowing 2018

Lawn Care Service Agreement 2018 revised

Dog Registration Reminder

All dogs owned in the Town of West Rutland must be registered with the Town Clerk before April 1st of each year. Please bring an original copy of the current rabies certificate and cash, check or money order payable to “Town of West Rutland.”

Dog License Fees are as follows:
Before April 1:
Neutered/Spayed – $14.00
Un-neutered/Spayed – $18.00
After April 1:
Neutered/Spayed – $16.00
Un-neutered/Spayed – $22.00


Annual Rabies Clinic-March 24th

School Budget Meeting, Town Meeting and Election Day Information

The School Budget Annual Meeting will take place at the Town Hall auditorium on Tuesday, February 27th at 7 pm.

The Annual Town Meeting will be held at the Town Hall auditorium on Monday, March 5th at 6:30 pm

Voting for the Town of West Rutland is Tuesday, March 6th from 10 am to 7 pm in the Town Hall Auditorium.

The Town Hall auditorium is handicap accessible.  Please use the side entrance to gain access to our elevator.



CHECKLIST POSTED at Clerks Office by February 4, 2018. If your name is not on the
checklist, then you must register to vote. SAMPLE BALLOTS will be posted by February 24, 2018.

HOW TO REGISTER TO VOTE: There is no deadline to register to vote. You will be able to
register to vote on the day of the election. You can register prior by visiting the town clerk’s office or going online to

REQUEST EARLY or ABSENTEE BALLOTS: You or a family member can request early or absentee ballots at any time during the year of the election in person, in writing, by telephone, email, or online at The latest you can request ballots for the March 6, 2018 Election is the close of the Town Clerk’s office on March 5, 2018. (Any other person authorized by you who is not a family member must apply in writing or in person for a ballot for you.)



You may vote in the town clerk’s office before the deadline.

Voter may take his or her ballot(s) out of the clerk’s office and return in same manner as if the ballots were received by mail. Have ballot mailed to you, and mail or deliver it back to the clerk’s office
before Election Day or to the polling place before 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.

If you are sick or disabled before Election Day, ask the town clerk to have two justices of the peace bring a ballot to you at your home. (Ballots can be delivered on any of the eight days preceding the day of the
election or on the day of election.)


If your name was dropped from the checklist in error, or has not been added even though you submitted a timely application for addition to the checklist, you can fill out a new registration form.

If the clerk or Board of Civil Authority does not add your name, you can appeal the decision to a
superior court judge, who will settle the matter on Election Day. Call the Secretary of State’s Office at
1-800-439-VOTE (439-8683) for more information.

If you are a first time voter who submitted your application to the checklist individually by mail and did not submit the required document, you must provide a current and valid photo
identification, or a bank statement, utility bill, or government document that contains your name/current address.

 If you have physical disabilities, are visually impaired or can’t read, you may have assistance from any person of your choice. If any voters you know have disabilities let them know they can have assistance from any person of their choice.

If you know voters who cannot get from the car into the polling place let them know that ballot(s) may be brought to their car by two election officials.

If you have any questions or need assistance while voting, ask your town clerk or any election
official for help.


Office of the Treasury Unclaimed Property List

Office of the Treasury Unclaimed Property List

Vermont Homestead Declaration Reminder

Please see the link below for more information about filing your homestead declaration

Homestead Declaration

HS-122 Form

Town Owned Properties for Sale



00 Pleasant, West Rutland, VT – $22,000

Mountain views and over 100′ of road frontage with public sewer & water available. Local ski areas and lakes a short drive away, shopping just minuets from lot location. Property is in town but presents a rural setting. Drive by, imagine your dream home with windows designed to appreciate the mountain view and sunsets.



85 Ross Street, West Rutland, VT – $49,000

4+ bedroom home offering rehab potential. A short walk to the commercial hub of town, this property offers large, open rooms and a two car garage on a level town lot.  Double living room, eat-in kitchen, full bath on main floor and generous size bedrooms on second level. Laundry area off back entry. It’s not hard to imagine what a lovely home this once was. Property to be sold “as is”.




Leona Minard 
(802) 353-2237
85 North Main St
Rutland, VT

Phone: 802.774.7007

Town Clerk Office Limited Hours

The Town Clerk’s office will be closed until 1/8/18.  You may leave messages with the Treasurer’s Office, 438-2204 ext 12 or

Clerk Hours for week of January 8th -January 11th 9 am – 1 pm.

Frozen Water Lines Policy

Frozen Water Lines Policy


  1. Each person served by the water system shall take reasonable precautions to prevent his or her water service from freezing.
  2. If the service pipe freezes, the property owner may call the Water Department to thaw the pipe.
    • During regular business hours: If it is determined that the blockage is in the portion of the water piping that is the responsibility of the property owner, the property owner will be billed a flat fee of$75.00. If it is discovered that the blockage is in the portion of the pipe that is the responsibility of the Town, this charge will be waived.
    • Outside of regular business hours: If a property owner requests that the Water Dept. thaw a frozen water pipe after normal business hours, the property owner will be billed for this service at the Water Dept. billing rates, including any appropriate overtime labor rates. If it is discovered that the blockage is in the portion of the pipe that is the responsibility of the Town, this charge shall be waived.
  3. Thawing will be done on a first call-first served basis. However, the order of thawing may be changed when, in the judgment of the superintendent, there is reason to do so.
  4.  While the Water Dept. will attempt to accommodate requests as described in this section, there are circumstances under which this service may not be provided, including but not limited to situations where:
    1. There is no functioning shut off valve within the building.
    2. Modifications to the existing piping system are required before the Water Dept.’s thawing device can be used.
    3. The existing piping is in such a condition or of such material that, in the judgment of the Superintendent, connecting and using the thawing equipment could result in damage to that piping.
    4. Conditions in the area to be used for the thawing are such that, in the judgment of the Superintendent, they pose a safety or health hazard to the employee.
  5. The Water Dept. will make reasonable efforts to accommodate all requests for thawing in a timely fashion. However, the timing of the work is subject to other thawing work previously requested and water system emergencies. The Town of West Rutland shall not be held responsible for damages suffered due to delays in thawing the water pipe. Property owners may, at their own expense, contract with other individuals to thaw their frozen water services.
  6.  If the Superintendent determines that the Water Dept. cannot respond to a property owner’s request for thawing in a reasonable amount of time, or determines that available Water Dept. equipment is not suitable for a specific thawing operation, the Superintendent may authorize the property owner to contract with another party to thaw the pipe. Thawing using electric current is discourage. The Town of West Rutland will not be held responsible for any damages resulting from the pipe thawing attempts of the selected contractor or others. The property owner shall give notice to the Water Dept. to allow the Water Dept. the opportunity to have a Town representative on site when a contractor thaws a water pipe.
    • If the pipe is thawed in such a manner as the location of the blockage can be determined, the representative and contractor shall agree upon the location. Costs of thawing shall be allocated as follows
      • If it is determined that the blockage is in the portion of the water piping that is the responsibility of the Town, the Town will reimburse the property owner for reasonable costs of thawing.
      • If it is determined that the blockage is in the portion of the water piping that is the responsibility of the property owner, the property owner will be responsible for the thawing costs.
    • If the location of the blockage cannot be determined, the Town will reimburse the property owner for 50% of reasonable thawing costs.
    • If the Water Dept. is not notified prior to the thawing operation, the property owner will be responsible for the thawing costs.
  7. Waiver of charges, cost and reimbursements by the Town as described in this section shall be limited to one per winter and shall not apply to those persons who have been advised to take precautions and run their water to prevent freezing. (see Protection from Freezing)

Protection from Freezing

  1. When, in the opinion of the Superintendent, extended cold weather increases the risk of water main or service line freezing, he or she may authorize or request certain water users to let water run in order to minimize such risk. The Water Dept. shall keep a list of such users. When so authorized, the water and sewer bill for that usage period will be adjusted to reflect the amount of water estimated to have been used for the purpose of freeze-up prevention.
  2.  Water users who have experienced service line freezing may apply to the Superintendent for authorization to let the water run as noted above.
  3.  No adjustment of billing will be made for water left running to prevent freezing of any pipes other than the water service line. (e.g. interior plumbing).