Welcome to Vernon
On behalf of the Town of Vernon, I'm delighted that you have found our community's website!
J. Randall Watson, Supervisor
Hello Town of Vernon Residents,
Every year in our newsletter I start by talking about myself as Town Supervisor. This year I want to take the opportunity to talk about our Town Employees, starting with our Town Clerk’s Office. Anyone who has entered our building knows the first friendly faces you see are Jennifer Champney, Town Clerk and Julie McElroy, Deputy Town Clerk. These ladies work very hard to provide a multitude of services for all of our residents from answering questions to collecting taxes; issuing marriage certificates; death certificates; handicap passes; dog licenses and that’s not all they do. They truly go above and beyond to assist all customers that visit our offices and always work hard. I am so proud they are part of the Town of Vernon family. I would also like to commend our Highway Superintendent Tim Murphy and the entire Town of Vernon Highway Department on doing an amazing job of keeping our roads safe and in excellent condition. Every department from Town Clerk, Codes, Assessor’s, Highway and Court deserve recognition on doing an outstanding job. I honestly believe the Town of Vernon functions so well because all of the staff and elected officials in each and every department. We are fortunate to have people who truly love and care about their jobs and community.
Many of you may have noticed over the last year the Town has worked on updates and improvements to the town office building, parking lot and walking trail behind the town. During my term as Town Supervisor I felt it was important to keep the building and walking trail looking nice for all to enjoy. The Town Board and myself have been able to accomplish this through successful budgeting and all was done without any increase to taxes.
I would like to give an update on the Vernon Center Water Project. The Town Board and myself in coordination with Delta Engineers, Architects and Surveyors have been working diligently and are happy to inform you the project continues to move forward. There are several phases to a new water district:
1.) Secure commitment for water - Done
2.) Secure funding - Done.
3.) Securing of temporary construction and permanent easements for the water line is in progress.
4.) Submission of Preliminary Engineering Plans has been made to the Oneida County DPW and NYSDOT.
5.) Geotechnical drilling for soil evaluations scheduled for March of 2023.
6.) Public hearing at Town Hall for the proposed improvements is tentatively scheduled for June of 2023.
7.) New York State Department of Health approval is anticipated by the Fall of 2023.
8.) Advertisement to bid project is anticipated by the Winter of 2023.
9.) Commencement of work is anticipated by the Spring of 2024, and is contingent upon receipt of grant funding.
Now that is the simplified breakdown. Unfortunately, there are a lot of things that are required and the process takes time. We appreciate your patience and invite any and all residents to attend board meetings for regular updates. Last but not least, I am very proud to be a part of the Town of Vernon community and my door is open to all!
From my family to yours, stay safe, happy and healthy!
Supervisor, Town of Vernon