Welcome to Tunbridge!

Welcome to the official Town of Tunbridge, Vermont, website, where residents and visitors are kept up-to-date on town government and activities.

Established in 1761, Tunbridge has three villages and five covered bridges that follow the First Branch of the White River and Vermont Route 110. Located in Orange County, the town’s roughly 1,000 residents host the Tunbridge World’s Fair every September and take pride in their agrarian history. Students from pre-kindergarten until eighth-grade attend Tunbridge Central School in North Tunbridge. High school students are part of the state’s school choice program. Follow this link to learn more about the town’s history.

Town Notices:

September 5, 2021

The Tunbridge Planning Commission and Trails Committee are holding two meetings to finalize recommendations to the Selectboard regarding Class IV roads and legal trails. Following the September 1 session with collaborative dialogue, we will be discussing this document of draft recommendations for feedback and additional discussion on Wednesday, September 8.

If you plan on participating, please come ready to have respectful disagreements, rich conversation, and an opportunity to find middle ground that is right for our community.

Specific information:
Date – September 8
Time – 6pm-8pm
Location – fairgrounds, outside of the Dodge-Gilman building. Rain location is the grandstand.

Documentation for Legal Trails discussions that began in February 2021 can be found via this link.

July 15, 2021

The Tunbridge Selectboard is looking to fill the following positions:

Animal Control Officer: The Animal Control Officer is responsible for enforcing State laws and the Town Ordinance dealing with the care, treatment, licensing, and impounding of animals; picks up sick, injured, stray, or vicious animals; and issues citations for violations. The Animal Control Officer (ACO) is responsible for enforcing the Tunbridge Dog Ordinance and Vermont State dog licensing laws. The dog ordinance covers a wide range of nuisance dog violations and defines steps that can be taken to enforce the ordinance. It is the responsibility of dog owners to make themselves familiar with the Dog Ordinance and take necessary measures to care for and control their pets. Dogs picked up that are in violation of the Dog Ordinance will normally be held in the pound keeper’s facility. Dogs that remain unclaimed after five days are assessed for suitability as pets and those judged suitable are placed into an adoption program run by the ACO. If, as sometimes happens, the dog requires the care of a veterinarian, the owner is responsible for any expenses incurred. In addition to enforcing the ordinance, the animal control officer, who has an extensive background in dog behavior, training, and care, spends a good deal of time educating and counseling dog owners. The hope is that this will reduce future problems with dogs and increase the number of responsible dog owners in the Town of Tunbridge.

Recycling Coordinator: A recycling coordinator encourages residents to recycle appropriate items, allowing materials to be reused instead of wasted. They work to educate the community on the value of recycling, develop programs to support the cause and helps make it easy for people to participate. These efforts help make the community more sustainable and environmentally friendly.

Health Officer:  By law, every town and city in Vermont has a local board of health. The local board of health consists of the town health officer and town select board. The duties and responsibilities of Vermont boards of health are established by state statute.

Town health officers are responsible for:

  • Investigating possible public health hazards and risks within the town or city
  • Taking action to prevent, remove, or destroy any public health hazards
  • Taking action to lessen significant public health risks
  • Enforcing health laws, rules and permit conditions, and taking the steps necessary to enforce orders

Please reach out to Mariah Cilley, Administrative Assistant to the Selectboard at tunbridge.adm.assist@gmail.com if you have questions or are interested!

June 30, 2021

The latest issue of The Tunbridge Quarterly has been mailed out and is also online. Follow this link to read all about it! The next deadline for submissions is September 15, 2021.

June 16, 2021

While Gov. Scott has lifted Vermont’s COVID-19 precautions, we should be sensitive to any that still want to wear a mask or restrict themselves as we don’t know their own personal situation. Be respectful. – Brenda Field, Tunbridge Emergency Management Director

April 28, 2020

A State Permit to start a fire is required for open burning. You do not need a permit for a fire pit for recreational use, as long as it is constructed or a manufactured pit or area that is 3′ by 3′ or less. You cannot use that pit for burning yard or other debris without a permit. Bonfires now need a permit. Any fire where you are burning structure debris requires an additional Air Pollution Permit plus a permit from the Town Fire Warden.

Call Brenda Field at 889-5548 or John Durkee at 889-3408 for fire permits (leave your name and call back number if you get voicemail). We are allowed to give permits out over the phone by filling out our copy of the permit for you with all your information and letting you know your responsibilities. We get an update each morning from Vermont Forest, Parks and Recreation regarding conditions in our area.

April 2, 2020

Regular Selectboard meetings are being held every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 6pm via Zoom. Members of the public are able to join this meeting via Zoom as well. For information on how to join and the access link, please email tunbridge.adm.assist@gmail.com or call 802-889-5521.