Burke Town Clerk
Town Clerk's Office Activities for 2017
Again another year has passed very quickly. Once again we had a great time with the Burke Town School students on Community Service Day in June when they came to the Town Clerk’s office and weeded all of the flower gardens and whiskey barrels and re-planted nice fresh flowers which bloomed all summer and made the Town Office Building really shine. A group from the school also went to the Darling Park and planted nice fresh flowers there also. Thank you to all the students and teachers who participated and worked so hard to make us beautiful. Looking forward to doing the same in the coming year. I was told that they will be planting a Community Garden at the Town Office next year as a special project.
This year we recorded 1795 pages in the land records. Jeanne Miles has been going back to the older land records books and scanning the pages and putting them on a program in the computer so that sometime in the future all land records can be copied from the computer which will save a lot of wear and tear on our land records books.
We had 19 marriage/civil union licenses issued this year. There were 11 births and 12 deaths also recorded in our vital records.
We registered 260 dogs in 2017. There were several dogs that were still unregistered at the end of the year. Please be sure that your dogs are registered with current rabies on file at the Town Clerk’s Office prior to April 1 to avoid a fine. Please remember that we have a leash law in Burke and all dogs must be under their owner’s supervision. Our Dog Warden for Burke is Candace Dane and she can be reached at 535-7109.
If you no longer have your dog, please let the office know as soon as possible. The Spring Rabies Clinic will be held on March 3, 2018 from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. The Burke Town Clerk’s Office will be open on Saturday, March 31st, 2018 to register dogs from 8:00 a.m. until 12 noon. The deadline for registering your dogs is April 1, 2018. After that there will be a penalty applied. We must have a current rabies certificate and spayed or neutered papers on file at the Town Clerk’s Office prior to registration. April 1, 2018 is a Sunday so please be sure to register your dog on or before Saturday, March 31, 2018.
The fee for spayed or neutered dogs up to and including April 1st is $15.00, non-spayed or neutered is $20.00, and after April 1 the fees are $17.00 and $24.00 respectively. After May 1, the fees go to $19.00 and $28.00 re-spectively. You can register you dogs any time after January 1.
We continue to offer vehicle renewals. This is a service that is greatly appreciated by those of us who lead busy lives and just forget to send in our registrations on time. There is a $3.00 per vehicle service charge which the Town gets to keep. We have registered 107 vehicles in our office in 2017.
We can renew a vehicle registration that has expired up to sixty days. We can renew from a State generated renewal form. If you have lost it or did not receive it in the mail, we may still be able to help. We will need your driver’s license and a credit card. We cannot accept cash for this service; credit cards, checks or money orders only, made out to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for the amount of the registration. We can also renew snowmobiles, trailers, boats and ATVs. Fees from these services help to pay for a portion of our office expenses, reducing the amount required from property taxes.
We also sell Fish and Wildlife Licenses on line during regular office hours. We can renew your hunting licenses on line. We sold 38 Fish and Wildlife Licenses this year. The Town gets to keep $1.50 for each license sold.
Continuing Education in the Clerk’s office is still a big priority of mine. I have learned so much from being on the Vermont Municipal Clerk’s and Treasurer’s Association Continuing Education Committee and also from the workshops that we put on. I feel that I can run my office more efficiently. This year I had the honor of being appointed as Chairman of the Membership Committee for the Vermont Clerk’s and Treasurer’s Association. l am also a mentor from Caledonia County Clerks for other Town offices to be able to call for answers to questions and advice, particularly the newly elected clerks. We encourage Clerks to become members of our organization to bring more continuity to their job.
We are looking forward to another great year and hope to continue to learn and improve as we go along. If anyone has any questions or suggestions, please feel free to stop by the office or give us a call at 467-3717 and we will be glad to help if we can.
Thank you for all your help and support.
Priscilla Aldrich, cvc, cvt, cmc
Linda Hackett-Corey, Assistant Town Clerk
Cathi Feeley, Assistant Treasurer
Jeanne Miles, Part-time Administrative Assistant