Cavendish, Vermont uses a combination of “town meeting” and Australian balloting to decide budgets, policies and elected officials. Town meeting usually takes place on the Monday before the first Tuesday in March. The location is the Cavendish Town Elementary School’s multi purpose room. Meetings begin at 7 pm.
A town report issued at least two weeks prior to the meeting, outlines items to be voted on at Town Meeting or election day, which is the first Tuesday in March. Polling takes place at the Cavendish School from 10a.m.-7p.m..
Currently, the school budgets for Cavendish Elementary, Green Mountain Union High School and the Riverside Technical School are all voted on by Australian ballot on Tuesday, along with elected positions, bond notices and other items. The town budget is voted on at the Town Meeting on Monday night.
To better understand the Town Meeting and voting process, go to “A Citizen’s Guide to Vermont Town Meeting, Revised July 2008.”
Between town meetings, the business of the town is run by a five member select board, which meets the first Monday of every month at 6:30 pm at the Town Office on High Street in Cavendish village. The Town Office is staffed by a town manager, clerk, and various assistants. Learn more about the function of the municipal government by going to their website.
Departments and Services
Animal Control Officers: Matt and Jill Flinn
Ph. 802-226-7393 (Home) | 802-282-9426 (Jill's Cell) | 802-591-3334 (Matt's cell)
Cavendish Town Office | Ph. 802-226-7291 or 802-226-7292
Open Monday-Friday from 9:00a.m.-4:30p.m. and on Wednesday until 6 p.m. This is where you go for permits, pet licenses, vehicle registration, transfer station sticker for your car, notary services, and assessment of Cavendish property.
Highway Department | Ph. 802-226-7294
Located at 354 Route 131 in Cavendish, the transfer station is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m. and on Sundays from 9:00a.m.-2p.m. Recycling and trash disposal at the transfer station is by permit. Permits are available to Cavendish residents and property owners at the Cavendish Town Office. Tokens may be purchased at the Cavendish Town Office, Jill's Place, and Singleton's Store.
Town Phone Numbers
- Call 911 for emergencies
- Cavendish’s Emergency Shelter: Cavendish Town Elementary School, 573 Main Street, Proctorsville.
- Call the town office, during normal working hours, for non-emergencies | Ph. 226-7292
- Cavendish Fire Department | Ph. 226-7790
- Proctorsville Fire Department | Ph. 226-7281
- Cavendish Town Elementary School | Ph. 226-7758
- Green Mountain Union High School | Ph. 875-2146
- Town Garage | Ph. 226-7294
- Transfer Station | Ph. 226-7743
- Water Treatment Plant | Ph. 226-7743
- Cavendish Fletcher Community Library | Ph. 226-7503
- Town Constable, Seth Perry