CREDIT CARD COMPANY BREACH
The town office accepts credit card payments through the Satellite.Biz Company. When the account was created no password was needed. Their business was hacked in March. Because the town’s accounts were not password protected, our accounts were affected. The Satellite.Biz Company reversed many of the transactions, but a property owner’s payment was also reversed in error. The treasurer has been working with the credit card company to resolve this matter, but after several weeks there are still problems. The Selectboard encouraged the treasurer to aggressively seek a resolution with the company and gave permission to find another credit card company for the town if needed.
LISTER CLERK POSITION – JOB DESCRITPION
1. Nancy Bushika spoke with five other towns and the current and former town listers about the position. She provided a draft help wanted ad and proposed job description which the Selectboard approved. The job will be posted at the town office, Bilmont’s Store, the library, the recycling center, on CJ Vadnais’ website and will be sent by email to everyone on the Selectboard’s email list. Anyone interested should apply at the town office by noon on April 18, 2018.
2. Helen Fields suggested the town implement background checks for our own safety as well as the school children. She said the Seed Savers Group who use the school grounds for their gardens will follow whatever requirements are put in place. The board agreed to look into it.
GAZEBO IN FRONT OF SCHOOL
Dan Potvin is part of the community group who would like to build a community gathering area. A gazebo in the front of the school will give the town a central focus and a place for people to meet. The group is exploring grants for funding and is hoping the building permit and zoning board permit fees can be waived. Micah Hayre, the school principal, is supportive and said kids are looking forward to having a place to visit with their friends. The size has not been determined and the Heather Torres memorial tree may have to be relocated. The structure can be added to the town’s insurance since it is on town property. Nancy Bushika asked who would maintain the building in the future.
APPROVAL OF FENCING AROUND SCHOOL YARD
Micah Hayre submitted a hand drawn proposal for the Selectboard’s review. He would like a chain link fence where the current orange fence is near the slide and Leo Ethier memorial garden with a 10’ wide gate. He would like a fence on the south corner of the building near the middle school section with a 3’ wide gate. He would also like a fence from the corner of the library running north behind the dumpsters with a 10’ wide gate. The gates will not be locked but will provide a visual barrier for the safety of the children. There will be signs on each gate requiring all guests to sign in at the main office. The gates will allow mowing machines and vehicles access to the building. Bill Levine felt the 3’ gate would not allow a fire truck access in the event of an emergency and offered to pay for the difference between a 3’ gate and a 10’ gate with his emergency management funds. Dave Tatro initially suggested a jog in the fence behind the dumpsters, but then felt if the dumpsters were gone, there would be more room and the parking lot could be plowed easier. Helen Fields wanted to ensure that the Seed Savers would still have vehicular access to the tennis courts. Richard Cristofolini, the school custodian, was summoned to the meeting to participate in the discussion. Both the trash and recyclable dumpsters are filled every two weeks. The Selectboard felt if the custodian could bring the trash up to the recycling center, the two dumpsters would not be needed and could be removed. The Selectboard felt the money they saved by removing the dumpsters could be used to pay the custodian for this additional work. The Selectboard approved the fences as long as all the concerns voiced at the meeting were addressed.
As always the full minutes, as well as minutes from past Selectboard meetings can be found here.
Today’s post is long one and I plan to reuse the page in another location after this post goes by so I created a separate page for it. You can view it by clicking here now, and later I will provide a link in the Notification section or top menu.
Hopefully I have all these links back forth straightened out, if one of them is broken you can always use the search feature in lower right menu area.
Minutes from Tuesday night’s meeting can be found here.
The committee’s next meeting will be Friday April 20th @ 6pm at the firehouse.
It’s that time of year again- has your street address sign succumbed to the snow plow? Not impressed with the one you have? Never had one? Stamford Volunteer Fire offers, as a fundraiser, high visibility E911 address signs.
The signs can be displayed horizontally or vertically, are green with white numbers, and can be used in any town. Print out, fill out, and send the flyer below to Stamford Fire and we’ll contact you when it’s ready.
This flyer will be in the right hand menu area should you need to get one after this post has been moved down.
On the special town meeting item to explore the possibilities of combining school districts with Stamford Elementary School.
The article can be found on iBerkshire.com
Sorry for two email hits today, I was bit late in gathering weekly info.
The title for this post is a quote from Stamford resident Kim Morandi-Roberts who is a member of the Ad-hoc committee attempting to save Stamford from the draconian (in my opinion) Vermont Education Act 46.
It’s all or nothing at the Clarksburg special town meeting scheduled for Thursday April 5th at 6:30 pm where Clarksburg residents will vote on whether they wish to pursue the merger.
Both Morandi-Roberts and Cyndi Lamore were quoted in the story and provided excellent reasons why both towns should move forward with the idea.
iBerkshires has a great article on the subject.
Next meeting Tuesday, April 3 at 6 p.m. in the town library.
The agenda includes confirming upcoming programs, discussing spring planting, reviewing recently submitted grant, planning next stage for the community garden and more!
All are welcome.
The first meeting of Stamford’s Gathering Space Exploratory Group was
held on March 27 at 6 pm in the school. Those present had expressed
their interest at the March 5 Town Meeting. The eleven people in
attendance decided the group’s name should be the Stamford Building
Community Committee. The next meeting of the SBCC will be on Tuesday,
April 10 at 6 pm in the school. All are welcome!
While formal minutes were not kept, careful notes were taken for this
brainstorming session. The central ideas presented were as follows:
- Two main gathering space ideas emerged from the discussion: A
visible (possibly gazebo-like, village green-type) structure visible
from Main Road; and a larger structure which could be used as an outdoor
classroom and as a place for bigger community events.
- An outdoor gathering space could be used as a central meeting
location for town events such as a 5k run, a July 4 barbecue, and Green
UP Day. The structure could be decorated for holidays and used as an
informal meeting spot for residents.
- Students could use the space for various projects.
- If a visible-from-Main-Road structure is made available to
townspeople, they will think of many ways to use the space. The
structure would help present Stamford as a vibrant community to
- It was decided that input from more people to further explore
possible uses and locations for the structure would be helpful.
Come one, come all!
For more information, please contact Pat Sullivan firstname.lastname@example.org
An update on the Interstate School Merger can be found in the right sidebar.
BENNINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
1. The Selectboard questioned several entries on the last couple sheriff’s bills. One was a VIN verification that the town was charged for and the others were when the officer responded to accidents that did not occur in Stamford. The town was still billed several hours even though the officer was no longer patrolling in Stamford. The town was also charged for numerous hours when the officer did the accident follow-up the next day and for completing the necessary paperwork. Sheriff Schmidt said it would be a billing nightmare if his officers had to clock on and off each time they had to respond to an emergency call. He needs to pay his officers from the time they get behind the wheel. The officer’s schedules are planned for the whole month and he said it all works out in the wash. If they leave Stamford to respond to a call, Stamford is still billed for the officer’s time. But if they are in a neighboring town and respond to an emergency call in Stamford, that other town would get billed for it.
The state police know their schedule and often ask them to intervene. Sheriff Schmidt said our contract includes a mutual aid agreement and if Stamford is not willing to honor it, then the next time there is a call, he will have to tell the state police no, they cannot respond, because Stamford won’t pay for it. Mike Denault asked if he was in a town that does not hire him, if he would still assist or would the officer not go because there is no contract with the town to pay. Sheriff Schmidt said
no, they would still go. Sheriff Schmidt suggested that we speak to other towns such as Readsboro, Woodford and Searsburg and if we could pool our money and guarantee 40 hours/week between the three/four towns, he could designate one officer to serve us specifically. We could count
on the same officer consistently. The Selectboard thanked him for coming and will consider inviting the chairs of other Selectboards to come and discuss the possibility. 2. The Bennington County Sheriff
recently asked the school principal for a key to the school lock box. Bill Levine was consulted for his opinion and he wanted to make the
Selectboard aware of the request.
Full minutes found here.