COVID-19

This page will be updated regularly with items related to the coronavirus pandemic:

Regular Selectboard meetings are being held every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 6 pm via Zoom. To join the meeting via your computer audio and video functions, follow this link.

Transfer Station Update

The transfer station is open this Saturday. To keep us safe, we are not providing change for cash at the transfer station. Bring a check or cash in $5, $10 and $20 denominations. Dump tickets cost either $20 (yellow) or $30 (blue). Someone will be selling tickets from 9 am-12 noon at the transfer station. The station will continue to hold normal Saturday hours, 9 am- 3 pm. We are servicing one person at a time. Lines are long. Please be patient. This is NOT the time to bring a big pile of spring cleaning to the transfer station. Please only bring your perishable trash and recycling. Recycling is also happening one at a time.

Tunbridge Emergency Management Update

4/1/20 – Update from Brenda Field, Tunbridge Emergency Management Director (EMD)

Our town has been caring for each other and providing services for many years and we have good systems in place. (acknowledge volunteers with thanks)

The Tunbridge Town Website COVID-19 website page will continue to be updated by the Selectboard, Emergency Management Director, and Town Clerk as soon as any new information is available.

There will be a weekly update on Facebook, Front Porch Forum, the Tunbridge Listserve, and in the Herald on Tuesdays.

Below are updates for this week.

COVID-19 HEALTH RECOMMENDATIONS – To stay safe the most important thing is to stay home per the Governor’s order. Only leave your home for essential business. Or stay close by in your neighborhood for exercise. Spread the word, not the virus.

TUNBRIDGE NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS – reached out to over 50 senior neighbors to make sure they know we’re here to pick up and drop off anything they need during the pandemic. So far, folks are okay, but they were grateful to have the telephone number and said they would call if they need help in the coming weeks. We offer all our services (with the exception of rides to others during this time to protect everyone’s health) to anyone in Tunbridge, no matter their age. The group will continue to reach out to people in need. The TNHN telephone number is: 802-889-3437

TUNBRIDGE OUT-OF-TOWN VISITORS – Tunbridge has historically had many second homeowners who care for our community. Many of you have joined us for a longer period during this crisis. We ask that during this time you take extra care. Per Governor Scott’s March 30 order, we ask that you quarantine for 14 days. This means we ask that you not go to the grocery store or the local markets. You can email your order to soromarket@gmail.com or call 802-763-2400 to place an order and Tunbridge Neighbors Helping Neighbors will pick up and deliver your order outside your home.

Public Wi-Fi Hot Spot Map

The Vermont Department of Public Service has released an interactive Public Wi-Fi Hot Spot Map to help Vermonters connect to publicly available internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many Vermonters do not have reliable internet access at home and will be searching for access elsewhere. Internet access is essential to online, remote learning and working from home. The map includes the location of the Wi-Fi hot spots and valuable information about how to access them, including places where users can access Wi-Fi from outside the building or in a parked vehicle to encourage social distancing and keep Vermonters healthy.

The Department received assistance from libraries, schools and municipal governments in creating the map, as well as support from the Agency of Digital Services, the Department of Libraries, the Agency of Commerce & Community Development, the Agency of Education, the Vermont Center for Geographic Information and the Department of Health. Follow this link to see the map.

The map is still missing many locations.  To fill in the gaps, we are seeking to crowdsource additional sites from the public.  These locations could include community centers, places of worship, recreation centers, downtown wi-fi zones, etc.  Please use the following form to enter information on sites in your community.

For more information, please contact psd.telecom@vermont.gov, but please enter all new sites via the form above.

Vermont Council on Rural Development Mutual Aid Toolkit
Across Vermont, community response teams and mutual aid organizations are rallying together to identify vulnerable neighbors and make sure they have the resources and support they need in this time of crisis. If you’re considering leading a crisis response effort in your town, check out this guide to mutual aid efforts. As you embark on this work, it can be helpful to establish some guiding principles. Here are a few to consider:

  • First do no harm – Everyone’s top priority must be slowing the spread of COVID-19, and all local efforts should adhere as best as possible to guidance provided by health experts.
  • Integration, not fragmentation – Coordinating local volunteer efforts with schools, social service agencies, municipalities, and other partners will achieve the greatest impact while building public confidence and minimizing confusion. Setting politics aside also helps to achieve unified action to serve all.
  • Strive for equity – Helping all Vermonters, and especially those who are marginalized, realize their potential means reaching across perceived boundaries and including under-represented voices at every juncture in our collective response.

7 Steps to Community Response & Mutual Aid link

Link to Vermont Council on Rural Development Compilation of Regional and Statewide Organizations 

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent global health research center at the University of Washington. The link below will bring you to charts and curves showing “peak resource use” and other information for each state as well as for the entire country. There is a lot of information there. The projections assume the continuation of strong social distancing measures and other protective measures. It is sort of heavy information to take in at healthdata.org

The Vermont Department of Taxes continues to carefully monitor the evolving situation related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Department is working closely with the office of Governor Phil Scott and the Vermont legislature, following changes at the federal level, and adhering to guidance from the Vermont Department Health. Please see the Department’s information on relief for Vermont taxpayers at tax.vermont.gov/coronavirus. You should check this link periodically as the guidance may change. You may also follow the Vermont Department of Taxes on Facebook and Twitter.

As a precaution, the Tunbridge Town Office will be closed to the public effective Tuesday morning, March 17, and until further notice. The Town Office staff will remain available to assist you by phone and email.

To reach the Town Clerk, email: tctunbridge@live.com or call (802) 889-5521 and leave a message. She will be monitoring messages and email from home and will return your message as soon as possible during her normal business hours. Most of our town clerk’s business can be done online, and the deadline to license dogs has been extended until further notice (meaning you will not receive a late fee if you license after April 1).

To reach the Treasurer and Listers with any tax-related questions, call 889-3571.

The Treasurer’s email: treasurer@tunbridge.biz.

The Listers email: lister@tunbridge.biz

We encourage everyone to follow CDC and Department of Health hand-washing and social distancing recommendations.

Thank you for understanding that these are unusual times, requiring precautions for public safety and health.

Links for more coronavirus-related information:
Vermont Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control
Governor Scott’s Stay Home Executive Order