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RENAMING OF OLD COUNTY ROAD
Jon Bohl thought Newkom Road would be an appropriate name since Mr. Newkom lived there for so many years. The public hearing to rename the easterly side of Old County Road was set for September 20, 2018 at 5:45 p.m. Notices of the hearing will be posted and sent to the abutters.
Chris Warren advised that the State of Vermont has certain requirements for a .gov address and wordpress does not support the state’s requirements. He believes it is time to move forward and purchase our own domain name. Jim Stimpson suggested stamfordvermont.org and said it was available. Other names were discussed such as stamfordvermonttown.org which might give the website a distinction as the town’s site. The Selectboard would like feedback from our residents with ideas for the town’s website address and a decision will be made at the next meeting. Please contact a Selectboard member or the town clerk with your suggestions.
Chris Warren received a survey request from the Southern Vermont Economy Project about internet and cellular connectivity. He is happy to respond to the survey. They are asking what the state of connectivity is in town, what interests our town has, what future steps we would like to take, etc. They are gathering information and there is no commitment.
TOBACCO COMPLIANCE TEST
The Selectboard received notice from the State of Vermont that Bilmont’s Country Store has failed a recent tobacco test.
This and more can be found here.
SPEEDING ON TOWN ROADS
Mary Lou Wright said several townspeople have voiced concerns on social media of speeding on town roads such as Maltese Road, Basin Road, Robillard Road, East Road and The Lane. Nancy Lesage asked about a Watch for Children sign. Dave Tatro said the Vermont Agency of Transportation discourages those signs, saying they provide a false sense of security. More speed limit signs and perhaps speed bumps were also suggested. The cost of a town constable was also discussed. Jim Stimpson and Bill Levine recommended that people call the state police more frequently with complaints. Mike Denault will contact the Bennington County Sheriff’s office to request more patrol on the side roads as well as to request the speed cart.
The state is offering a municipal planning grant. The grant is between $2,000.00 and $22,000.00 and has a 10% town match. Lori Shepard asked if the Selectboard would like her to pursue the grant to help the Planning Commission’s costs to update the By-laws. The Selectboard was agreeable if the Planning Commission agrees. The next Planning Commission meeting will be September 10, 2018.
2. Dan Potvin felt there was a lot of misinformation given at the last Planning Commission meeting and that people were quoting laws and regulations that do not exist. Roberts Rules and how to run meetings was discussed. Chris Warren said clear guidelines of expectations should be established so people on town boards know what behavior is expected of them. Dan Potvin hopes for a good turnout at the next meeting and feels the more people that participate in the by-law revision, the better.
Chris Warren and Lori Shepard have been working on the website. Chris Warren called the state about a .gov address but has not heard back. The website should be ready soon.
The full minutes can be found here.