The town office will be closed for the week between Christmas and New Years.
TOWN CHRISTMAS TREE
The Selectboard thanked Robert and Debra Burchard for donating the Christmas tree, Luke McKay for providing the horse drawn wagon carrying Santa, Mary Lou McKay for organizing the event, the Denault family for buying the Christmas lights, the Shepard family for donating the candy canes, Sally Bohl for helping to decorate the tree and the fire department for directing traffic and keeping the area safe. Everything came together and it was great time. There were close to 100 people and it was nice to see such community spirit.
The Veterans Dinner was a complete success. The atmosphere was relaxed and comfortable and the board looks forward to next year.
Susan Senning from the Vermont League of Cities & Towns provided an opinion as to the Selectboard’s liability for posting various events and information on the town website. She said the Selectboard has to post all or nothing when it comes to the website; they cannot pick and choose what events or what type of information they want to post. Either nothing but town business/information goes on the website, or the board must accommodate all requests, regardless of content. The board decided to only post municipal business on the website since CJ Vadnais’ website is already a place for community information. Susan Senning also suggested the board amend the website policy to reflect this. Chris Warren will prepare an amended website policy for the board’s review.
**Editor’s Note: Readership and postings have dropped dramatically with most groups creating their own web sites now – I’m not sure StamfordVT.org will be around much longer. However, I believe if one were to make a public announcement at a Selectboard meeting. This should make it into the meeting minutes (precedent has already been set for a public announcement for an event that wasn’t in Stamford, nor was it run by a resident of Stamford) which would appear on the town website and be distributed to a greater population than this site reaches.
1. Bill Levine received an email from Tyler Hermanson, the GIS Specialist on the Vermont Enhanced 9-1-1 Board. He stated that when the Selectboard changed the name of the easterly side of Old County Road to Brown Brook Road, it made the 9-1-1 numbers on the remaining portion of County Road out of proper sequence. He recommends that the buildings/residences on Old County Road be renumbered. Laura Champagne voiced her frustration over the difficulty and expense of changing addresses. The Selectboard tried very hard to avoid this problem. Bill Levine recommended that the Selectboard take no action at this time and leave the numbers as is.
At some point the 9-1-1 Board could demand that the town renumber Old County Road. Mike Denault said the board would deal with this if it happens, and discussed changing the name of Brown Brook Road back to Old County Road which would solve the renumbering problem.
2. Bill Levine will begin sending out letters to all residents who are not in compliance with state laws for 911 emergency house numbering. The first batch will have a deadline of March 2019.
1. No school directors attended to discuss the school merger and other issues. The topic will be moved to the next meeting’s agenda and hopefully someone will come to the next meeting.
2. Nancy Bushika recalled discussion about an email from Rep. Laura Sibilia concerning the state’s determination to continue to recognize our school as an isolated district.
ORDINANCE REGARDING STREET NAME AND STREET ADDRESSING
MOTION by Nancy Bushika to accept and sign the Ordinance Regarding Street Naming and Street Addressing as written. SECONDED by Chris Warren. All in favor. Motion APPROVED.
The ordinance was signed and will become effective on January 15, 2019 if no petition is received objecting to the ordinance prior to that date. Lori Shepard was asked to publish the required notice in the Berkshire Eagle.
Financial reports for the first three quarters were discussed. Nancy Bushika sat with the treasurer prior to the meeting to review some of the figures. Mike Denault would like to take a more active role in reviewing the reports. The treasurer encouraged the board to come in to review reports and ask questions.