Interstate School District Communication

Dear Residents,
Click here to view a letter regarding work a group of us have been working on since March, 2017.  We ask that you read it carefully and consider supporting our “Vote No on Act 46” request.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Respectfully,
Colleen Cahoon, Kelly Holland, Katelyn Millard, Kim Roberts-Morandi, and Jen Ryan

Stamford Interstate District Exploration Committee

Interstate School District

Here is iBerkshires.com’s reporting from last nights informational meeting from the Interstate School District committee.

Tonight will be another informational meeting hosted by the Stamford School Board.

StamfordVT.org hopes foster a relationship with the Interstate School District Committee. More information will be posted here if / when such a relationship is formed.

 

Reminder Act 46 Informational Meeting

There will be an informational meeting Tuesday May 23rd 7pm at the Stamford Elementary School with regard to the upcoming Act 46 vote on May 31st. Come and find out what it will mean to accept or reject The Vermont Dept of Education’s Act 46.

Click here to read the latest revision of Act 46 approved on April 18th by Vermont Board of Education and posted to education.vermont.gov on May 3rd, 2017.

 

Community Tag Sale

The Stamford Community Church is holding their annual  tag sale Sat. June 3, 9 a.m-1 p.m.

There will be a bake sale, Chinese auction , hotdogs, fried dough and pony rides for the children.
There are still spaces available for $10. Contact Donna at 802 694-1701 or Diana at 413 664 8645.
The church is also encouraging people to have tag sales at their homes in an attempt to make this a community-wide event.

Out of This Weeks Selectboard Minutes

The town office was contacted by the National Forest who wants to hire a contractor to work in the town’s right-of-way along parts of County Road, Maltese Road and Risky Ranch Road to use herbicides to treat several invasive species of plants. Concerns were raised as to what type of herbicides would be used and the effects it would have on beekeepers and residents with allergies. The Selectboard agreed that the National Forest should come to the town office to research the names of the property owners affected. Kurt Gamari, the town’s Health Officer, felt sometimes non-treatment can be worse if the invasive species is allowed to spread. The Selectboard thought it would be best if the National Forest scheduled a Public Meeting, invited all affected landowners and provided a list of exactly what chemicals they would be using in what manner.

Going Zero Waste with Amy Johns

Please join us May 11 at 6:30 p.m. for a library program and a community event that could have positive impacts on all of us and our town.

Amy Johns, Stamford resident and Director of the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives at Williams College, will talk about ways to achieve a waste-free lifestyle.

Amy, who teaches courses on renewable energy and sustainability at Williams, will discuss the concept of Zero Waste living and outline strategies aimed at reducing waste and pollution in our lives and becoming better stewards of our environment.

The hour-long program will include time for discussion and light refreshments.

Act 46

May 10, 2017 – Last night a very informative School Board meeting was held with the main topic being the upcoming merger vote for the passage of Act 46 in the Town of Stamford. Several members of the school board, not enough to make a quorum, where present to try and answer every question thrown their way. Also on hand was Rep. Laura Sibilia as well as a group of concerned citizens who came forward with a well-research, well delivered presentation on an alternative to Act 46.

Act 46 is fast moving, still evolving piece of legislation, asking voters to make a decision before the ink on the final draft is dry is a recipe for disaster in my opinion. I will continue to follow this important decision for the residents of Stamford as more information is available to be made public.

Illegal Dumping and Burning

Early Monday morning, May 1st, Stamford Fire Chief Paul Ethier was alerted to a smoldering burn pile on Risky Ranch Road. Upon arriving, the Chief found what appears to be several illegal burn piles and garbage strewn about. Vermont State police and the Stamford Selectboard have been informed of the issue. The Facebook post on Stamford Fire Dept page has received 15,000 views and over 140 shares. Burlington Vt news even picked up the story.

People who do this sort of thing are mostly likely thinking the have found an inexpensive way to dispose of unwanted materials. What probably doesn’t enter their mind are the possible ramifications of their “victimless” crimes.

The fire could get away from them and spread throughout woods, possibly burning down someone’s camp or summer home. Equally troubling would be if the fire department where called to respond up on the mountain. A all volunteer department is always short on staff, particularly during the weekday hours. If all it’s resources are directed 20 or 30 minutes away for an illegal burn and someone in town is in need of assistance, that assistance is either going to be delayed while the manpower and equipment comes down off the mountain; or be delayed while mutual aid from another town is called in to respond.

What starts out as an quick, cheap way for someone to get rid of unwanted materials could actually cost someone their life as men and equipment are redirected from farther away.

If you have any information that may help in the investigation of these illegal burns and garbage dumps, please call the Vermont State Police – their website and found number can be found on our contacts page.