“A beautiful day for a snowshoe. We’ll do it again and hope for an even bigger crowd!”
Stamford Stomp and Slurp Snowshoe Day
Easy snowshoe for beginners and anyone else who would like to join!
Bring a pair of snowshoes or borrow a pair
Meet at the town library
Saturday, February 3, 1-3 pm
Hot chocolate provided
BUDGET WORK SESSION – Selectboard Meeting Minutes
The Finance Committee had several concerns. Carl Taylor compared the 2017 budget to the 2016 budget. If all the anticipated warrants passed at town meeting, the budget would be $123,076 higher than last year’s budget. Mr. Taylor does not want to be difficult but feels he was appointed to the Finance Committee to review the budget and many people in Stamford could not afford such an increase. This figure does not even include the school numbers which he hasn’t seen in final form. Nancy Bushika noted that the raise and appropriate, without warrant articles is only up 1% over last year and the warrant articles are not part of their budget, nor part of their control. The town decides on the warrant articles. The first concern was the fire department’s request for $20,000 to re-establish a fire truck replacement fund. Nancy Bushika noted that the warrant article request was received after the January 18th’s deadline, but she was willing to honor it if the rest of the board approved. Paul Ethier said they used to reserve funds. The fire department paid $16,000/year for the fire truck payment so this is only $4,000 higher. Since the fire department borrowed from the town, the truck payment amount has been around $9,000/year. The Finance Committee also wanted to discuss Article 12: borrowing $100,000 to repave the school parking lot. Dave Tatro said the blacktop is in extremely poor condition. The crew has to be careful plowing because it just crumbles up. The $100,000 estimate is the most practical and economical repair, and does not address the poor base or drainage issues, which would increase the repair cost well over $300,000. The Selectboard explained the money would be borrowed over a five year term resulting in a yearly payment of around $24,000. The Selectboard considered if there were areas in the budget to reduce the raise and appropriate amount in Article 5. The money to build a dog kennel is new this year. Luke McKay, the Dog Officer, contacted North Adams who is unable to take dogs across state lines without all their papers, so building a dog kennel in town is necessary. Other increases are hiring an assessor, employee benefits and raises. Carl Taylor noted that although one commission member came in asking for a higher stipend, the Selectboard increased the stipend for all commissions, even those that do not meet regularly. Helen Fields spoke that she supports modest raises for the town employees who all do a great job. Bill Levine acknowledged that the Selectboard has been very conservative in estimating the revenue this year and we may have a fair fund balance at the end of the year. Dave Tatro and the Selectboard discussed Article 11. It was ultimately decided to purchase the Freightliner if the article is approved.
Friday, January 26, 4:30-7:00 p.m.
Tickets at the door.
Adults $8 Children 10 and under $5
Homemade sauce and meatballs, tossed garden salad, dessert
Sheila Lawrence provided the proposed Planning Commission budget to the Selectboard. She requested that the Planning Commission stipend be increased from $10.00/year to $25.00/year since they have had many meetings revising the town plan and now the zoning by-laws. Nancy Bushika agreed that working on these plans back to back was very time consuming, but asked if they would return to the $10.00 stipend once the by-laws were finished. Sheila Lawrence did not feel the $25.00 would break the town. Nancy Bushika thought if the Planning Commission stipend was increased, then all the board stipends should be also. Some boards have not met even once in the past year and the board discussed whether they should receive $25.00 also. There are approximately 50 people who are eligible for the stipend and many waive it. The Selectboard agreed to increase all $10.00 stipends to $25.00 beginning in 2018.
DELINQUENT DOG UPDATE
Amanda Kurpiel attempted to license her dog and paid the fees but did not have a valid rabies certificate. Luke McKay, the Dog Officer, will work with her to obtain the rabies vaccination. The Selectboard would like this wrapped up in the next month.
The results are in and I’m bit surprised. I thought the answers would be all over the place but as you will see they had a very definitive theme. This is 20 (from a subscriber list of 50) or so respondents from a town of almost 800 and I would guess that those who subscribe to this site are pretty like minded but it still surprised me.
Thank you to those who took the 5 or 10 minutes to fill out the survey as well as read this site on a regular basis!
I hope to do more surveys in future and look forward to your continued support. Please feel free to bring this survey to any of the town’s board meetings you attend as you see fit.
The Stamford Community Church (1059 Main Road) is holding its annual
Bonfire and Caroling on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. All are welcome to
join us singing carols around the bonfire and then enjoying cookies and
hot chocolate in the church community room afterward. Please bring a
flashlight to not only safely navigate your way to the bonfire, but to
see the music booklets!! Hope to see you there!!!
*Buzz Wheeler will be returning to work at the recycling center!!
PETITIONS FOR WARRANT ARTICLES & ELECTED POSITIONS
The deadline for filing petitions with the town clerk for warrant articles to be included in the town meeting warning is Thursday, January 18, 2018. These petitions must be signed by 5% of the registered voters or at least 32 signatures. V.S.A. 17:2642(a)
The required signatures on a petition to run for an elected office are 1% of the registered voters or at least 7 signatures. The deadline for filing these petitions with the Town Clerk is Monday, January 29, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. Nominating papers may be picked up at the Town Office. V.S.A. 17:2681(a) (b).
Elected positions to be filled this year are:
Town Moderator – 1 year term
School Moderator – 1 year term
Selectboard member – 3 year term
Selectboard member – 2 year term
School Director – 3 year term
School Director – 2 year term
Lister – 3 year term
Lister – 2 years remaining on a 3 year term
Auditor – 3 year term
Auditor – 2 year term
Auditor – 1 year term
Collector of Delinquent Taxes – 1 year term
Grand Juror -1 year term
Town Agent – 1 year term
Cemetery Commissioner – 5 year term
Cemetery Commissioner – 3 years remaining on a 5 year term Library Trustee – 5 year term
Library Trustee – 4 years remaining on a 5 year term
Voting will be held on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Stamford Elementary School. Applications for addition to the checklist will be accepted during regular town office hours and throughout election day.
Absentee ballots will be available until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 5, 2018. Please call the town office at 694- 1361.
All Selectboard minutes can be found here.
Winter 2017-2018 Newsletter from the
Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance
The Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance (BCSWA) includes the Towns of Arlington, Bennington, Dorset, Glastenbury, Manchester, Pownal, Rupert, Sandgate, Searsburg, Shaftsbury, Stamford, Sunderland and Woodford and provides technical assistance to businesses, schools and institutions within the thirteen towns to encourage recycling and waste reduction.
The full newsletter can be found here.
Just in time for all your holiday caroling – the bridge on the Lane is now open.