I am actually surprised that we could require postage and hold documents.  I personally would want the recordings out of my office as soon as completed.  Less stress.  I too mail the documents back without postage. If there is a statute that allows this, could someone tell me what it is.


Roxbury Town Clerk


From: Vermont Municipal Government Discussion Network [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Amber Holland
Sent: Thursday, December 03, 2015 9:43 AM
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I just mail them back……  With the overall cost of the recording at $10 a page, the cost to the Town is not that high that we can’t spare the $.50 - $1.50 to mail the document back on the occasion it doesn’t have  an envelope. I’m looking at having to start piling books on the floor because of lack of space in my vault, I can’t imagine having the extra space to hold recording documents for lack of a stamp…..



Amber J Holland

Town Clerk/Treasurer

Town of Readsboro

PO Box 187

301 Phelps Lane

Readsboro, VT 05350

Phone (802) 423-5405

Fax (802) 423-5423


From: Vermont Municipal Government Discussion Network [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Heidi Racht
Sent: Thursday, December 03, 2015 8:59 AM
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To add to the general discussion... we also ask for postage and hold recording for pick up. We then return any unclaimed documents at our cost at the end of December and the end of June. 


We keep the paperwork, including the cover letter from the sending organization, clipped together.If there is more than one "packet" of recording, they go into a large envelope with the name of the attorney/firm across the top.


We have a file rack on the counter in our vault and the recording is put in the divided areas (with names of firms or individuals grouped into a section alphabetically), which has worked very well. It is organized and researchers just check it. We also remind them to check it. Again, this has worked very well. You just have to be organized and clear when you set it up, so you can put your hands on all recording in the vault.


On related topic, there is a column on our recording log (aka day book) that indicates when recording has been mailed out or other paths of return. Since I thought I was doing this clever, great system when I introduced the log into our office, I was totally surprised to find out that this is routine in most offices and is, in fact, required of the town clerk.


Well, it is snowing here after having a day of dreary rain. More snow predicted - as it should be.


Happy December, everyone!





From: "Wilmington Town Clerk" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, December 2, 2015 4:30:05 PM
Subject: Re: Postage Costs


When we receive recording with no return envelope, we send back a notice requesting self-addressed, stamped envelopes in the future.  Most regular recorders have made it a habit to send the envelopes.


Our notice reads:




Our office requests a self-addressed, stamped envelope accompanying documents for their return.


If you are located in the area and prefer not to include a stamp return envelope, your documents may be picked up in person.


Thank you.


In many areas of the country it’s a requirement to provide a return envelope.



From: Vermont Municipal Government Discussion Network [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Gene Craft
Sent: Wednesday, December 02, 2015 3:14 PM
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Subject: Postage Costs


I seem to remember a time when folks sending in items to be recorded included self-addressed, stamped return envelopes but recently my office has been not been getting this curtesy.  Are we (towns) required to cover the cost of return mailing postage for recordings?  Can we include a bill for the postage or refuse to mail these back (some of which are fairly costly)?  I would appreciate knowing what other towns are doing or if you have policies about this.  Please feel free to respond directly to me (not on the listserve) if you want a smaller audience for your responses.  




Gene Craft - Vershire 






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