Selectboard Minutes and Wreaths Across America

TOWN WEBSITE
Lori Shepard received a request to post something on the town website and looked for direction from the board. Chris Warren felt it was fine to post anything discussed during a Selectboard meeting on the website. Any other requests should be approved by the Selectboard first.
MOTION by Mike Denault to give Lori Shepard the authority, if someone requests to have information posted on the website which is a public informational flyer from the state or a state agency, she is authorized to do it. SECONDED by Chris Warren. All in favor. Motion APPROVED.

HIGHWAY GARAGE WATER AND SEPTIC PLANS
Trinity Engineering submitted engineerning designs for the planned well and septic system at the highway garage. Dave Tatro has requested a quote from R.I. Baker for the parts. The costs will be minimized since the highway crew will do the digging and installation work. Nancy Bushika asked Dave Tatro to obtain a quote from a well drilling company. The next step will be to forward the application to the state for approval.

PLANNING COMMISSION
Jim Stimpson stated that the Planning Commission is working with Jim Sullivan from the Bennington County Regional Commission to adopt energy initiatives into our town plan. He believes the school board has set aside funds to replace the boilers at the school and would like to see the school move toward a renewable energy source like pellets or wood chips. Jim Stimpson feels he doesn’t know much about the school. Chris Warren asked if the School Directors could be invited to a Selectboard meeting to discuss the merger and other issues they are facing. The board agreed to invite the School Directors and felt an All Boards meeting could be scheduled in January.

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Wreaths Across America –  Stamford Vermont Cemeteries is thrilled to announce that we have reached our goal of sponsoring enough wreaths to lay at each veterans’ grave in both Houghton and Millard cemeteries.
On Sunday we marked each grave that will be receiving a wreath with an orange flag, so that it will be easily visible to our volunteer wreath layers. If you see one of these at a loved one’s grave please leave it there until after December 16th so we are sure to get the wreaths to all of our veterans.
One change in our plan is that we have changed the date of the ceremony and wreath laying to Sunday December 16th at noon instead of December 15th. This is because of a conflict with a ceremony and wreath laying that we are participating in in North Adams on Saturday the 15th.
We will be at the Veterans Pot Luck Dinner on November 17th and hope to see you there. We will be looking for volunteers to participate in the ceremony as well as lay wreaths on December 16th.
Thanks to all who have supported our project with your donations!
Donna Whitcomb and Donna Engel

Selectboard Meeting Minutes

FINANCE COMMITTEE
The Selectboard is looking for volunteers to serve on this year’s Finance Committee. Last year’s members will be contacted.

EMERALD ASH BORER
The Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program has scheduled a presentation in Arlington, Vermont to discuss the emerald ash borer. This insect has been found in Stamford by the Agency of Natural Resources.

ROAD CONDITIONS
1. The highway crew has been working on the Mill Road ditching project. We are making money back on our equipment and time by using our own excavator instead of hiring out the work. Projects that took a week before can be finished in a day with the excavator.
2. Dave Tatro received the permit to repair the Creamery Brook culvert on Clough Road.
3. Dave Tatro plans to work on some culverts on Klondike Road.
4. Dan Potvin heard there was a logger working on East Road and suggested Dave Tatro check on the road.
5. Allen Desautels has accepted the full-time highway laborer position and will start on October 29, 2018.
6. Larry Arnold has been using the leaf blower to clean out the ditches. He is all done mowing.
7. Dave Tatro has heard a lot of rumors and misinformation in town. He said times have changed and people expect a level of service that demands a third highway person. He wishes people would attend Selectboard meetings and get the information first-hand. The town will save a lot of money with our own excavator instead of hiring contractors. Being able to repair equipment in house instead of paying a garage for repairs saves lots of money and the third laborer will make the highway department more efficient. The Selectboard and Dave Tatro will plan a presentation for town meeting.

COMMUNITY BUILDING GROUP
Pat Sullivan and Victoria Jefferies met with an architect at Norwich University. They presented the Selectboard with a written outline. The architectural department has agreed to use our project as part of their curriculum. They will develop project ideas, prepare sketches and cost estimates for town meeting. There is no cost to the town for their services which is a tremendous savings. The group will pursue grants and the amount of grant funding obtained may ultimately decide the scope of the project and whether the project will be completed in phases. The board gave its full support. Chris Warren suggested they speak to the School Board about the interstate merger with Clarksburg since ownership of the school building and land will need to be turned over to the school district according to the draft merger documents.