Fire Department RFP: REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL FOR VERNON FIRE STATION FINISH WORK AND PAINTING Town of Vernon, Vermont   The Town of Vernon, Vermont, (“Town”) is soliciting proposals from qualified companies or individuals for Vernon Fire Station-Finish work, painting of all exterior walls, doors, windows, soffits and trim. Sealed Bids are due by December 6, 2021 at 4:00 pm to: Inquiries and submissions to: Vernon Selectboard, c/o: Shelly Walker Town Administrator, Town of Vernon 567 Governor Hunt Rd., Vernon, VT 05354 (802) 257-2138 Email: Bid opening: Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 6:30 PM during the Select board meeting. Proposal requirements are available at the Town Clerks office during business hours or via email This bid request invites responses from experienced and professional contractors to complete finish work on exterior wall around rear garage doors, resurfacing/stucco on cement block walls where needed, repair/replace exterior trim and soffits where needed, caulking around doors and windows as needed, paint the exterior walls, doors, windows, trim, soffits of the Town of Vernon Fire Station located at 2842 Fort Bridgman Rd., Vernon, VT. Submit questions concerning this RFP via email per the schedule outlined above.   The Town reserves the right to reject any or all bids submitted. Bids will be evaluated by the Town based on experience and reputation, understanding of Town requirements, clarity, completeness and price. During the evaluation process, the Town reserves the right, where it may serve in the Town's best interest, to request additional information or clarification from bidders.  


Town Administrator Hired


Shelly Walker appointed Vernon Town Administrator


Shelly Walker has been appointed as Vernon’s new full-time Town Administrator. The

Selectboard voted to make the appointment at its meeting on August 17. Walker officially started on Monday, August 30.


She replaces Wendy Harrison, who has served as part-time interim Administrator since November, 2020. 


Walker has previously served in municipal administration positions in her hometown of Winchester, N.H. She served there as municipal administrator from 2013 to 2016, and previously as the Town’s Executive Assistant. 


Earlier, she served as a classroom aide, computer classroom assistant, and software instructor in the Winchester school system. Since 2016, she has worked as a patient financial counselor at the Brattleboro Retreat. 


She earned an Associate in Paralegal Studies from Newbury College in Brookline, Mass., and a certificate from the Leadership Institute in Keene. 


Vernon Selectboard chair Sandra Harris said, “We look forward to working with Ms. Walker as she helps us navigate the changing world of municipal government.  Her Town experience will be valuable as she steps into the role.”


Harrison said, “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time as the Interim Town Administrator, most of all getting to know the residents, learning the local history, and helping the Town through this transition.  I have no doubt that I’m leaving Vernon in good hands with Shelly.”


Walker becomes the fifth person to hold the Vernon Town Administrator position since the beginning of 2020. Early that year, Michelle Pong resigned from the position after serving nearly four years. She was replaced by Thomas Guerino as Interim Administrator, who served until Maggie Tuck-Sauer was hired in July. Tuck-Sauer resigned two months later in September, leading to another search for an interim administrator, which led to the appointment of Harrison.