We had our final work session on the proposed town plan. It's been a lengthy process but we just want to be sure to get it right! It is now uploaded to the website and up for the vote of the Select Board after the next town hearing about it is on May 9. 

Thank you to everyone who got out there for Field Day. I gather it was a great success! Hope to see you all at the opening day starting at 9am. If you have an event coming up or news to announce send the information my way to Thank you to Michael Batcher for sharing the information about Household Hazardous Waste Event below. 

Very Best Wishes on Behalf of the Pownal Select Board,

Jenny Dewar

Mea culpa

  • Ticks, not tics (but this gives a chance to say it again! Ticks are back. Be careful.)
  • Michael Slattery (not Slatterly) - My apologies! 

Agendas, Warns, and Minutes

Reminder that all town meetings are posted on the Homepage of the website. If you click on the meeting you will see a link to the agenda. Archives of the minutes are on the page of the committee or board you are interested in. Youtube videos of the Select Board meetings are also readily accessible. 



Town Plan Hearing Rescheduled 

The hearing that was previously scheduled for May 2, is now scheduled for Wednesday May 9 at 6:30pm in the Elementary School Gym. This will potentially be your last chance to weigh in on the proposed Town Plan. Please join us with your comments, just to listen, or send in a letter. Be sure to read the latest version linked here...

Town Administrator interviews in full swing

The Town Administrator Hiring Committee has been working hard to find the best candidates to present to the Select Board for final interviews. We had a full day of interviews on Saturday, April 21 and have a couple more on April 30. Then we shall narrow it down for the next phase. We have some strong candidates and the committee has worked well together!


Who's Who
Animal Control Officer

Stevens Zelman

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Stevens Zelman attended Pownal Elementary when Hubert Humphrey was a big name in politics and then moved to Glastonbury, CT upon the advent of the Nixon administration. He returned during the summers and remembers how “irksome” is was when Watergate interrupted his viewing of “Batman” on his aunt’s color TV. Glastonbury had plenty of stations so this, he felt, could only happen in Pownal! He helped out in his family’s gift and antique store in Pownal Center. He returned to Pownal to live post-graduation after graduating from Sterling College with an Associates Rural Resource Management in 1984.


He has always been an animal draft enthusiast and interested in amateur firewood production. He turned to ACO work upon the earnest appeal by Don Prouty. Here was a job for the town that needed to be done and would align with his interests!


He proceeded to get the training needed and with the opportunity and challenge of success in the long term being key, he was re-appointed in April 2016. He was sold by Don on the notion that “an officer can’t let anything color their decisions” and likes to keep it simple and stick to response vs. reaction and serve the animals as well as he can.

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Household Hazardous Waste Event
May 12, 2018, 8:00AM - 1:00PM

The Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance will hold a household hazardous waste event at the Bennington Transfer Station on May 12, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The event is FREE for residents of Arlington, Bennington, Dorset, Glastenbury, Manchester, Pownal, Rupert, Sandgate, Searsburg, Shaftsbury, Stamford, Sunderland and Woodford. Small businesses can also bring materials and must pay disposal costs and register by April 27. 2018. We will be accepting materials with labels that say CAUSTIC, TOXIC, CORROSIVE, POISON, FLAMMABLE, DANGER, WARNING, CAUTION, USE IN AN OPEN ENVIRONMENT or similar warnings. Contact Joe Gay at or 802-236-5973 for more information or for businesses to register. Click below for more info.


Basket Bingo!baskets
April 27, 2018, 5:30PM - 7:30pm

Pownal Elementary 6th Grade Basket Bingo. Doors open at 5:15. It runs 5:30 to 7:30. There will be bake sale items available to buy. There is will also be a door prize, 50/50, Lottery Ticket Tree, and candy tree. It's $5 per person and that allows you to play 20 games. The monies raised go towards the 6th Grade Annual Field Trip and Graduation.

Whoever wins has their choice of a basket. Baskets have been donated by various town members. The one in the photo was donated by Melissa Schnoop!



Pownal Town News

Burn Permits

burn permitsFinally some warmer weather! As you all get outside to clean your yards this weekend remember that your going to need a burn permit should you decide to burn. As of today the fire danger is low but will rise throughout the next several days as drying begins. 

Here is a list of key people and wardens to contact for burn permits.
Craig ODell 802-733-8019
Ken ODell 802-823-7846
Justin Olansky 802-379-3531
Jeff Miller 802-379-8040


Chat with your Select Board Members

The Select Board members all have various ways for you to reach out. We are here to listen, to chat, and to talk about our thoughts. 
  • Nelson Brownell can often be found in the Town Office on Sunday mornings. Check in with him about his times and feel free to stop in and say hello!  Email Nelson
  • Jenny Dewar has a public Facebook page and always responds.  Email Jenny
  • Jason Olansky: Email Jason
  • Bob Jarvis: Email Bob
  • Ron Bisson: Email Ron


Some Tick Tricks...

  • Lint rollers after you have been outside work wonders on skin AND clothing!
  • 20 drops of lemongrass essential oil, 20 drops of eucalyptus essential oil, 4 oz. of water - put all in a spray bottle and shake well! Then don't forget to spray it on your shoes, socks, and pant cuffs. 



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Contact Information

Town of Pownal

467 Center Street
PO Box 411
Pownal, VT 05261
Town Clerk: (802) 823-7757
Selectmen: (802) 823-0132
Fax: (802) 823-0116