Stamford Community Building

The Stamford Community Building Group met on May 22nd at the school. We discussed input gathered from community members particularly regarding potential gathering space locations. The meeting notes are included on this site – please read them for a good review of the meeting!

Group members will be available to provide updates and gather more input at the Stamford Tag Sale on June 2.

The next meeting will be held at the school on June 12 at 6 pm. All are welcome. If you cannot attend a meeting, please share your thoughts with someone who might attend so we can all benefit from everyone’s thinking. Thanks to all for providing such great ideas!

Pat Sullivan
patsullivanvt@gmail.com

Meeting Minutes Click Here

 

Some Items From The Selectboard Meeting Minutes

CREDIT CARD COMPANY ISSUE
The town clerk believes the issue is finally resolved. Credit card payments are processed with no problem and the credits appear to be straightened out.

LISTENING SESSION
Nancy Bushika attended a listening session in Bennington hosted by the Vermont League of Cities & Towns (VLCT). VLCT is asking local town officials what they can do to help us. People who attended complained about losing local control. Many complained about the state passing mandates without providing any funding or assistance to help towns comply. One suggested towns ban together and storm the state house like the teachers did to say enough is enough. Bulk purchasing and partnering between towns to save money was also discussed. When VLCT finishes holding these sessions around the state, they will send the results to all towns.

PERMITS
Nancy Bushika learned during the session that Administrative Officers have fifteen days by state law to approve or deny permits. If the Administrative Officer fails to act within fifteen days, the permit application is considered approved.

LAWN BID DECISION
Nancy Bushika requested a motion to enter executive session to discuss the bids received and make a decision. Dan Potvin felt there was no need to enter executive session, that many bids and proposals have been discussed and decided in open session in the past. Dan Potvin felt Yard Work by Dan submitted the lower bid and does good work and he should be chosen. Nancy Bushika felt the town has hired Lawrence Mowing for years and would like to stick with them. Although there was a small problem last year, they corrected it right away. Carol Fachini felt choosing a Stamford resident over a non-resident was best, and we should take care of our own. Chris Warren said hiring someone new is a risk, but the risk is limited since Dan Denault is known by others. Chris Warren felt the job should be bid out each year. Carol Fachini decided that choosing the lowest bidder might be the best way to serve our residents.
MOTION by Chris Warren to accept the quote from Yard Work by Dan in the amount of $2,430.00 for 18 mowings. SECONDED by Dan Potvin. 3 in favor, 1 opposed (Nancy Bushika).

The full minutes can be found here.

 

Reminder and Selectboard Meeting Minutes

Reminder: Saturday May 12th from 8:00am to 12:00pm Stamford Volunteer Fire Dept will hold it’s annual E-Waste Day. For a pre-determined tax deductible donation to the Fire Dept, you can drop off just about any type of electrical device in the parking lot of the North Adams bottle recycling center located at 1000 Massachusetts Ave . The Fire Dept will use the funds to help defer yearly operating costs and ensure that this electronic waste will be recycled and not end up in our landfills.

Town Minutes Selections

COMMUNITY BUILDING GROUP
Pat Sullivan said their next meeting is Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 6 p.m. at the school. The group is doing their best to communicate information and wants everyone to feel welcome to come, participate, and express their concerns and ideas. Victoria Jefferies has been working hard on the building design options and will have posters available during Green Up Day for people to see.

DOG/KENNEL
1. Luke McKay picked up a stray dog last Friday. The dog was covered with candle wax. He has reported the abuse but doesn’t think anything will be done. He has an idea who the pet owner is but cannot locate them. Laura Lee Smith has expressed an interest in taking the dog but the town has a ten day waiting period before rehoming an abandoned dog.

MOTION by Carol Fachini to allow LauraLee Smith to care for the dog for the remaining three days of the ten day waiting period. Mrs. Smith will become the permanent owner if the dog is not claimed at the end of the three days. Luke McKay will receive $3.00/day impound fee for the seven days he cared for the dog and Laura Lee Smith will receive $3.00/day for the three days she cares for the dog.
SECONDED by Chris Warren. All in favor.
Motion APPROVED.

2. Luke McKay asked about the status of the kennel. $2,500.00 was budgeted for 2018. The Selectboard will bid out the job to build a dog kennel. Luke McKay will provide the specifications required by the state.

WEBSITE
Chris Warren provided a written draft of what to expect when creating a new website. The Selectboard will look it over for discussion at the next meeting. There will be a yearly website fee of approximately $50.00 and the initial set up will take about 6 – 12 hours. Chris Warren volunteered his time and expertise. The board will consider what information they would like to see on the website. Nancy Bushika asked the town clerk to see if and what other towns have for website policies.

CREDIT CARD COMPANY ISSUE
The town is able to accept credit card payments with no problem now. The company is still working out the credits but they are staying on top of it.

 

Something For Everyone

NARH history book talk at library May 24
Dr. Paul Donovan, author of North Adams Regional Hospital: A Historical Perspective, Part Three 1956-2014 (The Closing), will talk about his latest book on Thursday, May 24, at 6:30 p.m. in the Stamford Community Library.
The Stamford resident’s hour-long program will include a Power Point presentation and time for discussion. This is the third and final chapter in Dr. Donovan’s series on the local hospital’s history. Part Three covers the hospital’s recent years up through its sudden closing in March of 2014 and the devastating impact that outcome had on the community.
All three books will be available for purchase. Refreshments will be served.

Stamford Building Community Group
Thanks to all 18 people who attended last evening’s Building Community Group meeting.  We reviewed the community gathering space project from the beginning to the present and participated in a presentation/discussion regarding proposed building sketches.  The months of May, June and July will be used to gather more input from the community and work on a presentation to the Selectboard.  Full meeting notes are included intros website.  Please look them over.  There’s lots of good information!
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 22 at 6 pm at the school.

SEEKING MENTORS FOR 8th GRADE STUDENTS AT DRURY HIGH SCHOOL
The YMCA is launching a pilot mentoring program with Drury High School We are seeking adults in the community willing to commit one afternoon per week and one Saturday afternoon per month to helping a young person be successful  in high school and beyond. Program begins in September 2018 with 3 hour training session in August. If you are interested in participating, please contact Carolyn Brooks email: cbrooks@bfymca.org or call Carolyn at 323 243 3413

 

From The Building Community Group

Next meeting will be Tuesday May 8 at 6pm

Please consider attending Victoria Jefferies will be presenting more information regarding current thoughts on the proposed community gathering space.  A lot has happened in the last couple of weeks.  The meetings last about an hour.  This is will be a good opportunity to hear thoughts, concerns, ideas….anything anyone has to say!

See you then.

Green Up Day 2018

Fifty-five hardy folks participated in Green Up Day 2018 and Stamford is cleaner today because of you!  The Seed Savers group and the Building Community Group had “booths” alongside the Green Up Day activity.  It was a festive, hardworking day at the school.

To those who participated – thank you so  much!  And to everyone, there will be another Green Up Day on the first Saturday in May of 2019.  See you then!

 

 

 

My Response

Initially I had written up a very long response to the Selectboard discussing this website without providing an opportunity for myself to be present. I’ve slept on it and decided this is not the place for a public feud with the Selectboard, the following will be the last of matter as far as I’m concerned.

Two items bothered me – 1) The statement that my pulling sections of the minutes for the website is “stirring the pot” and 2) the statement that the town should create it’s own website to  have “. . . an official place where the people can read the facts.”

I’ll address both by saying I pull out sections that I think would be of interest to the casual reader in an effort to get more people to read the entire minutes. I post only what is the minutes as they are presented to me and contain the FACTS as stated in the minutes. I do not edit anything that I copy from the minutes. Those who read the minutes from any other location will get no less or more information than appears on this site.

If I’m “stirring the pot” by bringing forth items that are in the board’s meeting minutes – so be it. I was asked to create this site by many residents who were frustrated with the lack of an online presence by the town and offer what is on this site as a free service to residents of Stamford. I initially asked for, but never received, many of the documents the selectboard has suggested should be on a town website.

That’s it – end of rant. If this site offends you, please unsubscribe and/or do not visit it. If you enjoy it, please pass the URL on to others whom you think might enjoy it as well.

Thanks for all the emails in support of this site,
CJ

 

Stamford Community Church Annual Community Tag Sale

At the church’s pavilion on Saturday June 2 – 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

There will be a Chinese Auction with gift baskets and gift certificates from local businesses as well as new items, a bake sale, hot dogs, popcorn, drinks, rides on a horse/pony, and St John Bosco’s fried dough .

Spaces are available for $12 for anyone interested in bringing their own craft creations or tag sale items to sell.

To reserve a space please call Donna at 802 694-1701 or
Diana at 413 652 7284.
Come join the fun!

Funds raised are used to send extras to the missionaries our church supports as well help local individuals with a need.

 

Stamford Wreaths Across America Update

April update from Stamford Cemeteries, Wreaths Across America.

Wreath sponsorships have started to come through and can be seen on our fundraising page at Wreaths Across America. A reminder that sponsorships are $15.00 for each wreath. For every 2 wreaths that are sponsored we get an additional one for free.

Ways to donate –

1.) Pick up a sponsorship form at either the town office or the Stamford Community Library. You can write a check and mail in with the form.

2.) Both of the following links will take you to the Stamford fundraising page where you can pay with a credit card. You will see the identifier Stamford Vermont Cemeteries VT0006.

Our fundraising page at Wreaths Across America: https://wreaths.fastport.com/donateLocation.html?page=142555#

Our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Wreaths-Across-America-Stamford-Vermont-Cemeteries-149196872411834/ Look for the Donate button. Click on it and It will take you directly to our fundraising page (VT0006).

3.) If anyone should choose to donate by cash we can take the cash and send a check to Wreaths Across America for you.

We appreciate your support. If you have any questions please contact Donna Whitcomb or Donna Engel at 413-575-8826.