This Week In Stamford

The complete meeting minutes can be found here

Halloween Hours are 6:00pm to 7:30pm October 31st.

SEED SAVERS GROUP
Helen Fields reported an excellent and productive first year for the Seed Savers. They received grant funds to help with their project, had a fun Harvest Day and have one final work bee planned for Saturday.

DINNER TO HONOR STAMFORD VETERANS
Dan Potvin has flyers and is trying to spread the word. He said the Planning Commission is very supportive. The potluck dinner is scheduled for Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 5 p.m. and everyone is invited. Dan Potvin would like flyers mailed to all vets in town. Nancy Bushika does not want to spend town funds. The Selectboard named as many vets as they could think of. Dan Potvin hopes this will become a yearly event. Two middle school teachers and their classes have volunteered to help. Nancy Bushika will donate the paper products, another will donate drinks. Dan Potvin will contact Big Y for a donation.

 

Seed Saver’s News

Wrapping up the Garden
Pat, Sarah, Susan and Bill Levine built an additional garden bench with the available lumber. There is still enough lumber to finish the next two garden beds.

It was agreed that we will have an additional workday on Saturday Oct. 21 from 12:00 to 2:00 pm. This will coincide with the Community Craft Fair/Book Sale.

Please click here to read the latest from the Seed Saver / Community Garden Group.

 

Peter Grudin Would Like To Share With Stamford Community

To The Stamford Community:

Karen Wheeler tells me that her husband, Buzz, had a bad fall last week and was taken to Albany Medical Center. He is now at the Bennington Center for Living and Rehabilitation – Room 16.

Buzz was hurt when tripped and fell off his porch. He has serious and painful injuries to his head, neck, shoulder, clavicle, ribs, and pelvis. He is doing well, however, and would enjoy calls, messages, and visits from his friends and neighbors.

After his fall, Karen found him lying on the ground. “What happened?” She asked him. Buzz replied, “Just enjoying the view.” This was perfectly in character and an example of the wit Buzz is known for. It and it is one of the many qualities that make him so well-loved as a member of this community.

I will post again on this site if I get any more news.

Peter Grudin

 

A Busy Session For The Selectboard

The following and more can be found here

THE LANE BRIDGE
Work began today and the bridge is closed. Paul Ethier, the Fire Chief, has alerted neighboring fire and ambulance services of the road detour. Bill Levine wanted it noted that the Fire Chief requested the dry hydrant near the bridge remain useable. Dave Tatro has spoken with the contractor who couldn’t guarantee the dry hydrant would be accessible throughout the duration of the project. It is necessary to have this bridge work done. Dave Tatro asked how the fire department obtained water before the dry hydrants were installed.

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER
The Planning Commission met on September 25, 2017. Although one resume was submitted, they did not make a recommendation for an appointment and extended the application deadline to October 16, 2017. The town has received two building applications which need attention. MOTION by Mike Denault to appoint David Bugbee Interim Administrative Officer until the recommendation from the Planning Commission can be considered and a permanent appointment can be made. SECONDED by Carol Fachini. All in favor. Motion APPROVED.

TAX APPEAL
The Selectboard reviewed an email received on October 5, 2017 from the town attorney concerning the pending tax appeal. The attorney has requested that Dan Potvin recuse himself since he is related to the appellant. The attorney has requested that the Selectboard appoint a liaison whom she can speak with directly regarding this matter. The Selectboard will give Dan Potvin a copy of the attorney’s email.
MOTION by Mike Denault to appoint Nancy Bushika and Carol Fachini to speak and correspond with the attorney on this tax appeal matter. SECONDED by Dave Tatro. All in favor. Motion APPROVED.

 

Seed Savers / Community Garden News

Community Garden work day follow up:

Despite the sporadic dismal conditions on Saturday, a hearty group of volunteers showed up to accomplish the top priorities on the list:
~ move the piles of soil inside the fence
~ build a couple more raised beds
~ build a compost bin
~ harvest the vegetables (lots of potatoes and tomatoes)
~ pick up some fabulous compost and get it into the beds
~ socialize, have fun, and warm up with tasty chili, breads, and pie from the church bazaar across the street

It didn’t make sense that day to build more benches in the rain and cold so . . .

Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 4:30 will be another opportunity to build the benches. Pat Sullivan will be outside the library, ready to guide folks through the simple project. materials and tools will be provided.

All are welcome, especially youngsters.

Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 6:00, there will be a meeting of the seed savers/community garden group. No more than an hour.Basically to determine what must get done before winter sets in and to look forward to making next year even better. All people and input are welcome at the meeting.

Thanks. hope to see you at one or both events.

 

This Week At The Selectboard Meeting

TOWN PLAN
Nancy Bushika would like to advertise once and hold one public hearing for the adoption of the recycling ordinance and the town plan.

EXECUTIVE SESSION
The attorney was not able to reach the tax appellant’s attorney and so she was not able to provide her opinion. The attorney suggested the board consider adopting the Conflict of Interest policy she previously sent. The board briefly discussed the perceived conflict with Dan Potvin and the difference between abstaining and recusing. Dave Tatro made it clear that another board member cannot make you recuse yourself, they can only suggest it.

DOG COMPLAINT
Luke McKay as Dog Officer received a complaint from a resident that their neighbor’s dog is tied up outside and barks constantly. The dog also gets loose and goes in the neighbor’s yards. The neighbors have tried to talk to the dog owner directly but the matter has not resolved. The Selectboard will ask Luke McKay to follow up and make a report to the board and come to the next Selectboard meeting.

NEW DOG BITE INCIDENT
Pat Sullivan stopped in to hand deliver a written complaint to the Selectboard concerning a dog bite while she was walking around East Road about six weeks ago. She instinctively put her arms up in protection and was bit on the elbow. She did not need medical attention and stated that she likes the dog and doesn’t want to see anything happen to it. The Selectboard noted that this is the second dog bite incident that has come to their attention from the same dog. Kurt Gamari will be asked to investigate the matter as Health Officer and Luke McKay as Dog Officer. The Selectboard scheduled a potentially vicious dog hearing for Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.