Latest Selectboard Meeting Minutes

OPEN PAVING BIDS
A bid was received from Serrano Construction in the amount of $59,800.00. A bid was received from A-1, Inc. in the amount of $45,200.00. Both contractors attended the pre-bid site visit. Nancy Bushika suggested Dave Tatro review the bids. Later during the Road Conditions part of the meeting, the Selectboard resumed discussion. Dave Tatro felt that the bid from Serrano Construction was written out more thoroughly than the bid from A-1. The A-1 bid is much lower but doesn’t mention the shim coat or tack coat. It was noted that both companies attended the pre-bid site visit and should be bidding on the same work. Mike Denault was concerned that the town didn’t do its job if we bid it out without specifications. Dave Tatro felt that he specified what needed to be done with each company at the site visit, but was concerned because A-1 used the term patching instead of a shim coat. Dave Tatro advised if the board wants to choose the lower bid, they should contact A-1 for clarification of his proposal first. The Selectboard asked for Dave Tatro’s recommendation. He said he had worked with both companies and they both do good work. MOTION by Dan Potvin to accept the bid submitted by Serrano Construction in the amount of $59,800.00. SECONDED by Chris Warren. All in favor. Motion APPROVED.

VELCO – COUNTY ROAD PROJECT
Jeff Disorda from Vermont Electric Company spoke about their project on County Road. They are doing a major upgrade of the power line from the Massachusetts border through Stamford, Pownal, Bennington and into New York. There are 18 structures which need to be replaced. They will be working within their right of way but would like to upgrade County Road from the intersection of Klondike Road to the area where the power line crosses County Road. Dump trucks will be hauling over 1,000 yards of stone. They will cover culverts with a timber construction mat to prevent damage and will cut tree branches to widen some areas. When they are done they seed and mulch their easement road under the power lines so there will be little maintenance needed after re-vegetation. Helen Fields asked if native species could be planted. Jeff Disorda stated that what they use is approved by the state and encourages the growth of native species. They have hired Casella Construction who will get all the appropriate road permits. The Selectboard asked him to work closely with Dave Tatro and asked Dave Tatro to keep the board informed.

BENNINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
1. Mike Denault has received complaints from people who think the town shouldn’t hire the sheriffs or think the hours should be reduced. He feels the townspeople voted to keep the sheriff at a prior town meeting so the Selectboard should renew their contract.
MOTION by Mike Denault to sign the contract for 22 hours/week sheriff’s patrol at the rate of $43.25/hour. SECONDED by Nancy Bushika. All in favor. Motion APPROVED.
2. Mike Denault will contact Sheriff Chad Schmidt concerning joining with other towns.

The full minutes can be found here.

Community Building Group Would Like Your Input

Please pass this page on to anyone that you feel might be interested.

This survey is being conducted by the Community Building Group, all responses will go directly to the group – StamfordVT.org will not have access to any information provided by this survey. Please direct any questions, comments, or concerns to patsullivanvt@gmail.com.

 

At The Stamford Community Church Bazaar Today

Be sure to stop by the Stamford Vermont Seed Savers table at the Stamford Community Church Bazaar
Saturday, June 2, 9am to 1pm.

We will have several excellent varieties of tomato plants available, (which we started six weeks ago in the Fire House): reasonably priced, and ready to plant! There will also be educational information and gardeners to answer your questions, or ask you one if you are around!

Helen will demonstrate how to get stung by stinging nettle, for a small or large donation.
We will also have a mock-up of a barrel flower box, and an opportunity to discuss your ideas for where to put four lovely giant lilac trees, which have been recently donated to the Seed Savers to be placed on the town/school landscape.

We will also MEET next Tuesday, June 5 at 6pm in the Stamford Community Gardens out back of school.
It is possible we will have a tree pruning demonstration, as well.
Bring your ideas for landscaping the school grounds, and for planning the gardens.

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.