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!

County Road and The Dump Trucks

Many complaints coming in about the dump trucks that have taken over County Road – of speeding and taking over the whole road. Probably not something that anyone can do anything about unless we wanted to pay the sheriff to monitor the road during work hours.

I think it would be a bit more palatable if the residents were getting something out of it, like a usable road to Pownal/Bennignton. I hear the work they have done is fantastic but that it won’t lead to a viable route over the mountain.

So – be careful out there if you travel County/Mill Road defensive driving is the order of the day.

Community Garden Aerial View – First Attempt

I hope you don’t get seasick and there is a crash or two, I’m just learning how to fly my drone and thought the garden would make a good video. I’ll do another as the season (and hopefully my flying progress). Raw unedited footage, hang on to your hats I was battling the wind.

It’s a big file, so you will need some patience while it loads.

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More Meeting Minutes

LETTER FROM ATTORNEY/ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER
The Zoning Board of Adjustment proposed several questions to the attorney. Nancy Bushika added the question of whether the Selectboard could adopt interim By-laws until the Planning Commission had time to update them completely. The attorney’s letter said anyone, including the Selectboard, has 15 days to appeal the Administrative Officer’s decision to the Zoning Board of Adjustment. Jim Stimpson complained about the lack of communication in this town. He feels the people serving on boards, especially those in charge, are doing things that are wrong and against the law. He asked why he was denied a copy of the attorney’s letter. Nancy Bushika felt that correspondence should not be distributed before the Selectboard had a chance to review and discuss it. Jim Stimpson argued that this violated the law and that she did not have the right to authorize a call to the attorney. The board previously decided only Lori Shepard as Administrative Assistant would call the attorney with Selectboard approval. Dan Potvin acknowledged that a lot of mistakes were made by all of us, but feels it is best to move forward. Mike Denault agreed that the board needs to be more careful and email should only be used to distribute information. If a topic cannot wait two weeks for a regular meeting, the board will call a special meeting. Jim Stimpson said he has absolutely no confidence in the town processes currently in place. Dan Potvin suggested Jim Sullivan from the BCRC could be a resource when the A.O. has questions about the By- laws and Dave Saldo offered the Planning Commission as a resource. The Selectboard does not want the ice cream truck owners to be the victims of this issue and does not want to do anything that will negatively impact their business during the short summer season. Jim Stimpson wants the board’s full support moving forward. Jim Stimpson would like more people appointed to these boards. The board will check state statute to confirm that the Planning Commission can have up to seven members, but it is hard to find people willing to serve. Bill Levine felt that if members of the town boards and commissions are not acting responsibility and participating, then the Selectboard can replace them. The board decided they will not override the Administrative Officer’s decision that a permit was not needed for the ice cream truck business.
MOTION by Mike Denault to stand by the Administrative Officer’s decision in his interpretation of the By-laws. SECONDED by Dan Potvin. All in favor. Motion APPROVED.

2018 TAX RATE
1. Due to the paving project and other costs, the town is low on funds and will need to send out tax bills in July to bring in money. Having to bill so early will cause a large amount of extra work because the state has not finished processing over 14,000 homestead declarations and state payments. Last year the treasurer was able to wait until September to send out bills which gave the state more time to process returns and meant less revised bills were necessary. Nancy Bushika asked if other town funds could be used to borrow from ourselves. MOTION by Chris Warren to use $100,000.00 from the reappraisal fund CD which is up for renewal to cover town expenses until September when it will be reinvested with interest at the CD’s current rate. SECONDED by Mike Denault. All in favor. Motion APPROVED.
2. Lori Shepard provided a spreadsheet explaining the calculation of the 2018 tax rate. The state’s homestead residential rate is $1.3031 (last year’s rate was $1.1724). The state set the non-residential rate at $1.4873 (last year’s rate was $1.4059).
MOTION by Dan Potvin to set the 2018 tax rate as follows: to accept the state education residential rate of $1.3031 and the non-residential rate of $1.4873 as calculated by the State of Vermont. The Selectboard set the municipal tax rate at $0.2970 and the highway rate at $0.4060. The total residential tax rate will be $2.0061 and the total non-residential tax rate will be $2.1903. SECONDED by Carol Fachini. All in favor. Motion APPROVED. The 2018 tax bills will be mailed in September. Chris Warren would like to discuss moving to a cash-positive position.
3. The Selectboard reviewed the 2018 tax bill insert and made some minor changes.

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Selectboard Minutes and more

While it’s been a slow summer news wise, I have missed posting a few announcements due to family matters. I should be able to resume regular postings as they come in. The good news is that the Selectboard is getting closer to getting their website up and running which means this one may not be needed any more – I’ll take it one day at a time and see where the path leads.

So for now, here are two links to meeting minutes that you maybe interested in. I’ll get to work updating the calendar and whatever else needs attention.

Latest Community Building Group

Selectboard Minutes 7-12-18

 

Forty Years With Stamford Fire Company

At last night’s monthly meeting of The Stamford Fire Company, Chief Ethier took a moment to recognize two long time members of the dept.

If you see them, say Congratulations to Mike Kurpiel and Bill Levine – both registering 40 years of volunteer service for the Town of Stamford.

Below is a list of members who have been with the dept for 15 or more years!

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a member of the Stamford Volunteer Fire Co for fire or medical (they do it all), feel free to come to the dept on Stebbins Lane on any non-holiday Monday Night between 7pm and 9pm and introduce yourself and get the grand tour.

 

Extreme Heat Advisory From Vt Dept of Health

Hot Weather Health Advisory
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the Champlain Valley beginning Saturday, and for all of Vermont for Sunday and Monday. High temperatures are forecast to be in the 90s in many locations from Saturday through most of next week, with the forecasted heat index exceeding 100 degrees F on Sunday and Monday. This level of heat is rarely experienced in Vermont, and will increase the risk for heat illnesses, or exacerbate pre-existing medical conditions. Vermont data indicates that emergency department visits for heat-related illnesses begin to increase when temperatures reach the mid- to upper-80s, with impacts getting progressively worse as temperatures rise through the 90s.

Populations Most Affected
Individuals who are generally at higher risk for heat-related health impacts include: older adults, young children, people who are homeless, outdoor workers and hobbyists, pregnant women, people who are overweight, those with chronic medical conditions, disabilities or mental illness, people using recreational drugs or alcohol, and those using certain prescription medications. Risk is further elevated for people who live alone or do not have air conditioning. Dehydration and hot living conditions are the major concerns for these populations.

Symptoms and First Aid
Muscle cramps, heavy sweating, nausea, headache or light-headedness may all indicate a heat illness. Most heat illnesses can be treated with fluids and by resting in a cooler place. If symptoms persist or get worse, or someone you are with seems confused or loses consciousness, dial 9-1-1 for immediate medical help. Learn more about symptoms and first aid at www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/warning.html

If you provide care or housing for people at higher risk for heat-related health impacts:
• Be prepared to treat a higher number of heat-related conditions than usual.
• Make sure that air conditioning or other cooling systems are in place and functioning.
• If cooling systems are not available, or malfunction, have a plan in place for providing
emergency cooling or relocating people to a cooler location.
• Have a plan for checking in on people at higher risk to make sure they stay hydrated and
can stay cool in their location.
• Consider how hot conditions may affect a patient or client before sending them home.
• Consider how medications could increase risk for dehydration and heat illnesses.
• If staffing an event, make sure that event organizers are well prepared with water,
cooling strategies, and plans to modify or cancel the event if needed.
• Remember that hot weather can affect anyone. Be sure your organization has a heat
management plan for employees and volunteers. Be aware of your own symptoms, and look out for your colleagues.