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!
Be sure to bookmark this website on your internet browser! Picture left: The Pinnacle Park (take the right on Pinnacle Lane off Route 30)
Did you know the Town offers a discount on JISP registration expense? This applies to: Mini KAP, KAP, JISP. For more info on JISP go to www.bromleyoutingclub.org
Programs at the Riley Rink including the Ice skating version of JISP are also eligible for recreation discounts.
Junior Instructional Skating Program JISP (Junior Instructional Skating Program) is an ice skating program affiliated with Learn to Skate-USA designed for all skaters ages 5yrs-13yrs.
There are beginner, intermediate and advanced level classes available. This program is mainly, but not exclusively, for all schools with an early dismissal day starting in January of any year. Home schooled children are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Visit www.rileyrink.org for more information! How to claim the discount: Simply fill out the reimbursement form with proof of payment and residency and the Town will send you a check for the discount.
Reimbursement forms can be picked up and dropped off at the Town Offices 112 Mad Tom Road East Dorset or emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Town of Dorset & Vermont Youth Conservation Corps Partner to improve Owls Head Town Forest!
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!).
Planning Commission Village Pedestrian Safety Study -
The Northshire Merger study committee voted unanimously that it was advisable to merge school districts. Next steps will include winter forums in Dorset (and the other 8 towns) about the specifics of what this means. Questions? Check out the study committee's website below:
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.
PUBLIC NOTICE: VACANCY
The Town of Dorset seeks applicants for possible appointment to the following Boards:
Board of Listers (submit letter of interest and resume)
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. 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: