Latest Selectboard Minutes

RENAMING OF OLD COUNTY ROAD
Jon Bohl thought Newkom Road would be an appropriate name since Mr. Newkom lived there for so many years.  The public hearing to rename the easterly side of Old County Road was set for September 20, 2018 at 5:45 p.m.  Notices of the hearing will be posted and sent to the abutters.

TOWN WEBSITE
Chris Warren advised that the State of Vermont has certain requirements for a .gov address and wordpress does not support the state’s requirements.  He believes it is time to move forward and purchase our own domain name.  Jim Stimpson suggested stamfordvermont.org and said it was available.  Other names were discussed such as stamfordvermonttown.org which might give the website a distinction as the town’s site.  The Selectboard would like feedback from our residents with ideas for the town’s website address and a decision will be made at the next meeting.  Please contact a Selectboard member or the town clerk with your suggestions.

CELLULAR/INTERNET SURVEY
Chris Warren received a survey request from the Southern Vermont Economy Project about internet and cellular connectivity.  He is happy to respond to the survey.  They are asking what the state of connectivity is in town, what interests our town has, what future steps we would like to take, etc.  They are gathering information and there is no commitment.

TOBACCO COMPLIANCE TEST
The Selectboard received notice from the State of Vermont that Bilmont’s Country Store has failed a recent tobacco test.

This and more can be found here.

 

Selections from the Selectboard Minutes

SPEEDING ON TOWN ROADS
Mary Lou Wright said several townspeople have voiced concerns on social media of speeding on town roads such as Maltese Road, Basin Road, Robillard Road, East Road and The Lane. Nancy Lesage asked about a Watch for Children sign. Dave Tatro said the Vermont Agency of Transportation discourages those signs, saying they provide a false sense of security. More speed limit signs and perhaps speed bumps were also suggested. The cost of a town constable was also discussed. Jim Stimpson and Bill Levine recommended that people call the state police more frequently with complaints. Mike Denault will contact the Bennington County Sheriff’s office to request more patrol on the side roads as well as to request the speed cart.

PLANNING COMMISSION
The state is offering a municipal planning grant. The grant is between $2,000.00 and $22,000.00 and has a 10% town match. Lori Shepard asked if the Selectboard would like her to pursue the grant to help the Planning Commission’s costs to update the By-laws. The Selectboard was agreeable if the Planning Commission agrees. The next Planning Commission meeting will be September 10, 2018.
2. Dan Potvin felt there was a lot of misinformation given at the last Planning Commission meeting and that people were quoting laws and regulations that do not exist. Roberts Rules and how to run meetings was discussed. Chris Warren said clear guidelines of expectations should be established so people on town boards know what behavior is expected of them. Dan Potvin hopes for a good turnout at the next meeting and feels the more people that participate in the by-law revision, the better.

WEBSITE
Chris Warren and Lori Shepard have been working on the website. Chris Warren called the state about a .gov address but has not heard back. The website should be ready soon.

The full minutes can be found here.

 

RoundUp with Surfactant Update

With wording that sounds eerily like the cigarette industry, the first crack in the Monsanto cover-up has formed. For those of us who objected to the application of this product around our mountain streams, and thus our water supply, this is encouraging.

Monsanto ordered to pay

This may generate a comment or two – all views are welcome, those who are disrespectful will be removed.

 

Wreaths Across America Update

Stamford Cemeteries Wreaths Across America

It’s been awhile… but we would like to give some updates about our goal to lay wreaths at all the veterans’ graves in the Stamford Cemeteries.

To date we have 15 wreaths sponsored out of our total goal of 92. We are 16% to goal!

We applied for grant money from multiple places and have not heard from most, but we did receive some good news from MountainOne. We will receive a grant for $250.00! That is 25 wreaths which will really help us make strides towards our goal. We do not have any fundraisers scheduled but are hoping that the rest of the wreaths will come from individual sponsorships.

To sponsor a wreath (or 2) or to volunteer to be involved with this effort please go to our website

www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/vt0006

If you prefer to donate with a sponsorship form we have them at both the Town Office and the library.

Also visit us at our Facebook page

If anyone is interested (and we hope a lot of you will be) we would like to ‘Remember the fallen’ as well as ‘Honoring those who serve’ by posting small entries on our facebook page.

Honoring those who serve –

Do you have someone in your family that is currently serving that we could highlight? A short write-up with perhaps a picture telling us a little something about them.

Remembering the fallen –

Do you have a veteran buried at Houghton or Millard cemeteries that we could remember with a post? A short write-up with their picture would also be wonderful.

Please send any entries to us at stamfordnorthadamswaa@gmail.com and we will post them for you.

Thank you,
Donna Whitcomb and Donna Engel

 

 

 

Announcements

1) The Polish take-out restaurant is open for business. I stopped to get a menu yesterday but they hadn’t arrived from the printer yet. I was treated to a wonderful sample of Kupusta. The will have a website 180Grill.

2)Stamford Elementary School’s principal Micha Hayre is announcing a new program to bring community members and students together for fun and learning.
“This year, I am facilitating a “Life Skills” class once a week to replace MAD (Make A Difference) Monday.  Due to the fact that public education is having a more and more difficult time implementing courses like “home economics” or “trade skills” into a K-8 education, I am bringing a class called “Life Skills” to Stamford School!  Each Friday, I will facilitate Life Skills between 10am-2:30pm.  I will be bringing in guests that have a skill, hobby, talent, or collection that they believe that every child should be introduced to such as sewing, tying a knot, fishing, cooking, gardening, carpentry, and the list goes on!  You could bring one day of learning or a session of learning (multiple Fridays).  It could be four Fridays in a row or it could be one Friday.

Are you the expert in something and would you be interested in making a difference in the lives of our K-8 students in Stamford, VT?  OR do you know someone is the expert- please forward this on.

Life Skills    FRI
10:05-10:45    Grade 8
10:45-10:50    5 min transition
12:25-1:05    Grades 4-5
1:05-1:40    Grades 2-3
1:40-1:45    5 min transition
1:45-2:25    Grades 6-7

Please note that all guest teachers may be subject to a background check.

The Fridays that are available can be found at this link.

Thank you so much for the possibility of investing in Stamford and our future! Please email mhayre@stamfordelementary.com if interested or have questions!