Selectboard Shorts

Dan Potvin received a phone call late at night because someone was stuck on Klondike Road during the last bad ice storm. They had called the garage and obtained his phone number from the answering machine. The Selectboard agreed that being out late at night and getting stuck should not constitute an emergency and the town is not a towing service. Dan Potvin reviewed the town’s Snow and Ice Policy which states there will be a reduced level of service between the hours of 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. and noted that we do not have a bare roads policy. He feels the garage answering machine should state if people have a true emergency, they should call 911. If they have comments or concerns, he is happy to take the call. Dave Tatro said the state police have called him when someone is stuck to go sand the road. The Selectboard will send a letter to the police requesting that they not call Dave Tatro until they have come down to Stamford to assess the situation. If someone is stuck, the police should be calling a tow truck, not the town. If the roads are very slippery, people should be responsible and not go out if they do not have good snow tires, studs or tire chains.

1. The 2017 price for a two-stall dog kennel from Sheds N Stuff was $3,200.00. The current price is $4,200.00 but they agreed to build it for us for $3,680.00. The amount budgeted is $2,500.00. The Selectboard gave permission to purchase the $3,680.00 two-stall kennel. It will be cheaper to buy a sheet of plywood to separate the stalls if the board chooses.
2. Luke McKay updated the board on the dog bite incident of January 26, 2018. The 10-day quarantine is complete and the dog owner brought the dog for a rabies shot and has licensed the dog with the town. Nancy Bushika spoke with Great Fields Kennel in North Bennington, VT. They were willing to hold the dog for 10 days for the dog owner but not for the town because they have no contract with the town. They said our Dog Officer or Health Officer would not be able to observe the dog while it was at their facility.
3. Luke McKay stated that he received a call concerning a new dog problem. The dog is frequently let outside loose in the yard and bothers people walking their dogs or people just walking by. Luke McKay received complaints about this dog a few months ago and sent a letter in early January asking for their compliance with the leash law, but the problem continues. The dog is not licensed with the town. A letter will be sent by certified mail to the tenants and the landlord requesting compliance and stating that continued violations would be considered a second offense. Luke McKay will also talk to the tenants.
4. There will not be a rabies clinic in Stamford at the firehouse this March. There are not enough volunteers or help this year to hold the clinic.

The Interstate Merger Committee held an informational joint town meeting in Clarksburg in January and has scheduled a second meeting for Monday, February 25, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in Clarksburg. All are invited to attend. If you would like to sign up for email updates on the status of the merger feasibility study, send a request to

A group in town is putting on a spaghetti supper at Stamford School on Saturday, March 2, 2019. Dancing will follow with Champagne Jam, a local band that plays music from the 50’s and 60’s . It should be a fun community event. Tickets are available at $10.00 each.

The full meeting minutes can be found here.