Town Clerk: Heidi Racht
Assistant Clerk: Mary Keller-Butler
Office Hours: Mon: 8-12, 12:30-7, Tues-Thurs: 8-12, 12:30-3; additional hours by appointment
Closed noon to 12:30 every open day.
Phone: (802) 434-2032
The Town Clerk is elected by the voters of Huntington to serve a three-year term (expires 2024) on Town Meeting Day.
The Assistant Clerk is appointed by the Town Clerk, per statute.
BUSINESS AT THE TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
Many of the application documents you need to do business with in this office are located on this website. If you cannot find them easily, let us know!
Please call first to see if you can do business remotely. Read on….
MARRIAGE LICENSES: You can find the application form here and email it to the Town Clerk. As is the usual practice, you will be sent a proof. We will need to talk and set up a time to meet and sign the document.
BIRTH AND DEATH CERTIFICATES: Certified vital records can be ordered by downloading the form. Click here. You can email it to the office, along with a copy of your ID (usually Vermont Driver’s License). It remains $10 for the certified copy, which is set by statute. We will talk about how to get this to you.
DOG REGISTRATION: 2023 registration continues. Here is a link for an application to fill out and mail in or drop off. A drop slot is available next to the front door. Your tags and registration can be mailed back to you, or you can stop by the office in person and register your canine. Please call ahead so we can be ready for you. Please note that the registration fee is the same for all dogs.
CAR REGISTRATION RENEWALS: Call for an appointment to do the paperwork. You can also come to the office during open hours.
NOTARY PUBLIC: Call for an appointment or stop in during open hours.
VOTER REGISTRATION: Voter registration can be done online at http://olvr.sec.state.vt.us
GREEN MOUNTAIN PASSPORTS: Here is the link for the form. You can stop by the office with the form and pick up a card for $2. PLEASE WEAR YOUR MASK BEFORE COMING IN. Or, you can mail it in and then have it mailed back to to for $3. This is a day pass to all Vermont state parks and historic sites. It is a one-time purchase – certainly the deal of a lifetime.
LAND RECORDS RESEARCHERS:
The office is open for research by appointment only.
Here is the link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090C4FACAD23A02-huntington10
Please plan to complete your business at 11:45 as we have a half hour break and the office closes at noon.
In the interest of efficiency and reduction in carbon footprint, many of our documents are now online through the COTT system or can be pulled and emailed. In the meantime, we will do our best to assist you by emailing documents when provided with the specifics (book/page).
1. Available, by request, indices of Grantors and Grantees from 2004 to December 31, 2022. Each document is in PDF form and is 645 pages. Heidi has already sent these via email to attorneys and other professionals, who are on her list. These documents can be emailed at no cost. You might want to consider saving us all some time by being on the email list since you will get notice of closures and other relevant office news. You can also so click here to download the latest version.
2. Any land records requests will require book and page. The documents can be emailed, along with an invoice. $1 per page, usual rate.
3. The Town Clerk’s Office has Listers’ Cards, which can be emailed to you. Listers’ Cards are $1 per page, and this is the regular rate.
5. As part of the research packet, the Town Clerk can also email you a copy of a tax bill with the other documents. $1.
All emails have a $2 fee added for scanning and time. Average package of documents is 5. If scanning involves multiple documents, the clerk will let you know of an extra costs before sending the documents. Recipients in arrears will pay past dues and also new requests before receiving any new documents.
The Huntington Town Clerk’s and Treasurer’s Office is available to those who need access. Please keep in mind that the services that were provided during COVID to have documents emailed will continue. You can also call for basic information. This is a public service office and we are happy to help you.
The Town Clerk’s Office administers a variety of services to the residents of the town.
The duties of the Town Clerk, include:
- Caretaker of the town’s land records (deeds, mortgages, liens, surveys, and all manner of related documents), indexed per State Statute.
- Caretaker of vital records (births, marriages, deaths and burials) and other documents, as authorized by State Statute.
- Issuing marriage licenses.
- Registration of dogs.
- Car registration renewals.
- Issuance of Vermont hunting and fishing licenses.
- Clerk of the Board of Civil Authority and Board of Abatement, including scheduling meetings and hearings, contacting appellants, research on background files and other materials; taking minutes and producing draft decisions; mailing out decisions per state statute; maintaining files.
- Elections Management: A very important role of the all Town and City Clerks in Vermont is registering voters, managing the voter checklist and the running the elections, as the Presiding Officer of Elections.
This includes, but is not limited to, keeping track of elected offices and contacting incumbents for term; petitions and postings for candidates to run for office; producing ballots, managing the voter checklist and meeting absentee voter requests; posting election documents as per state statute; preparing for and supervising all aspects of elections; election reports including voter participation and ballot results; disposition of election ballots per statute.
- Appoint an Assistant Clerk, per statute. Supervise and provide training of assistant in order to keep the office functioning for the long absence of the Town Clerk, such as a vacation or illness.
- Produce certified copies of vital records.
- Provide assistance to researchers, including vault information: land records, property transfer information, tax bills, etc.
- Keeper of documents, historical and other, such as Town Reports, Grand Lists, Property Transfer Tax Returns, School Registers.
- Record minutes of all Boards and keep in binders by year; upload to town website per State Statute.
The office is open extended hours on Mondays to accommodate Huntingtonians who work out of town. However, if something comes up, residents are welcome to call Town Clerk Heidi Racht at home (434-2690) to conduct business outside the posted hours.
About the Town Clerk
Heidi Racht, a 47-year resident of Huntington, was elected Town Clerk in March 2006. As a long-time Board member and volunteer since 1979, she is very pleased to be in this office, the hub of town government, and one of the hubs of the town. You can feel free to call for information about a variety of topics. Heidi strives to maintain the high standard of public service provided by 31-year Town Clerk Olga Hallock, who was her next door neighbor
Professionally, here are some milestones:
March 2006: Elected Town Clerk, three-year term
September 2009: Certified Vermont Clerk (VMCTA – Vermont Municipal Clerk and Treasurers Association)
May 2017: Certified Municipal Clerk (IIMC – International Institute of Municipal Clerks)
September 2018: Certified Vermont Clerk, Cum Laude (VMCTA)
September 2021: Certified Vermont Clerk, Magna Cum Laude (VMCTA)
September 2019: The Huntington Town Clerk is the first recipient of the VMCTA’s Award of Appreciation. Heidi Racht received this award at the Association’s annual awards banquet in recognition of her initiation of and work on the Vermont Municipal Clerk and Treasurer’s Association’s Education and Certification Committee’s advanced certification program.