Your E911 Address

It’s that time of year again- has your street address sign succumbed to the snow plow? Not impressed with the one you have? Never had one? Stamford Volunteer Fire offers, as a fundraiser, high visibility E911 address signs.

The signs can be displayed horizontally or vertically, are green with white numbers, and can be used in any town. Print out, fill out, and send the flyer below to Stamford Fire and we’ll contact you when it’s ready.

This flyer will be in the right hand menu area should you need to get one after this post has been moved down.

What’s What and Who’s Who

POLICE CONTRACT
1. The Bennington County Sheriff’s Department submitted a six month contract from January 1, 2018 through June 30, 2018 with the same rates we are paying now: $42.00 per hour. An additional one year contract from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019 was submitted with a 3% increase.
MOTION by Mike Denault to approve and sign the six month contract with the Bennington County Sheriff’s Department for $42.00/hour and 22 hours/week. SECONDED by Dave Tatro. All in favor. Motion APPROVED.
2. The Vermont State Police could also provide patrol services for the town at the rate of $67.22/hour. Although this rate is higher, the town would not have to pay for travel and court time like we do now. The state police lieutenant is willing to come this spring to explain what he could offer beginning July 1, 2018

TOWN PLAN
Catherine Bryers at the Bennington County Regional Commission advised that a signature page is not necessary but is acceptable if the board would like to sign the plan. The Selectboard thought it was appropriate and signed the town plan which was adopted on November 16, 2017.

DELINQUENT DOG UPDATE
Amanda Kurpiel has still not licensed her dog with the town. The Dog officer will be contacted to visit her, confirm that she still has the dog and make one last effort to bring her into compliance. If she does not license the dog after that, the town will have no other alternative but to impound the dog, and additional fees will be charged before the dog is released.

This and more at Selectboard Minutes

 

Seed Saver’s News

Wrapping up the Garden
Pat, Sarah, Susan and Bill Levine built an additional garden bench with the available lumber. There is still enough lumber to finish the next two garden beds.

It was agreed that we will have an additional workday on Saturday Oct. 21 from 12:00 to 2:00 pm. This will coincide with the Community Craft Fair/Book Sale.

Please click here to read the latest from the Seed Saver / Community Garden Group.

 

Community Organization Information

The latest minutes from the Stamford Seed Savers can be found here.

Stamford Community Library will be switching to it’s winter hours as follows:

1. The library will be closed on Wednesdays (starting Sept. 20) until next Summer.

2. The library will extend its hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays (starting Sept. 19), opening from 3-8 pm so schoolchildren can access the library as soon as school lets out.

Tuesday – 3-8 pm
Wednesday – Closed
Thursday – 3-8 pm
Friday – 9 am to 4 pm
Saturday – 9 am to 1 pm

For further information, please contact the library at stamlibrary@gmail.com

Please visit the website, where you can access the catalog, at stamfordlibrary.org

You can also “Like” Stamford Community Library on Facebook for updates.

 

From Selectboard Minutes – Old County Road and Composting

OLD COUNTY ROAD
The attorney provided an opinion concerning Old County Road. The opinion states that the petitions will not force a town vote and a special town meeting should not be scheduled. Dave Tatro who felt it would be best for him to sit in the audience and speak as the Road Commissioner, sited the process in our Highway Road Policy that needs to be followed. The ordinance contains an application which is filed with the town office. The attorney stated that because the town legally and properly discontinued the road in 2010, that deeds would have to be obtained from all landowners on the road. Nancy Bushika noted that when the town accepted the upper sections of Maltese Road and Sumner Road the process took about 8-10 years to complete. At that time our ordinance did not contain the paving requirement. Deb Burchard stated she would not agree to giving back the road. The Burchards were upset that they were not notified. Nancy Bushika stated that the board does not personally invite people to Selectboard meetings; the agendas are posted for the public. The board contacted the lawyer to see how the petitions should be handled and the board did not reach a point where abutters or interested parties needed to be notified. Mike Denault stated that the board has not taken sides and has not made any decisions concerning the road. Deb Burchard cautioned Carol Fachini since she is a Selectboard member.

COMPOSTING COMPLIANCE WITH STATE
Helen Fields noted that the town has been out of compliance for three weeks by not accepting food scraps separately. The Seed Savers would like the Selectboard to authorize up to $500.00 to purchase buckets and pay for a mailing to see who is already composting in town. Helen Fields may have found some grant money if the town can match the funds. The state wants to prohibit food scraps from going into landfills, but says burning food scraps does not fit their definition of alternative energy. Our current trash hauler does not accept food scraps. Helen Fields might be able to work with TAM to allow food scraps collected to be dropped off in Readsboro or Searsburg where TAM has a regular pickup. Although the Alliance has hired an outreach consultant, there has been no activity in Stamford. Helen Fields noted that TAM provides education and community outreach. We do not have a contract with our current hauler. The Selectboard would like to request new bids for trash, recycling and food scraps pickup as well as educational outreach. Nancy Bushika and Dave Tatro will meet with the town clerk tomorrow to prepare the bid requests. Nancy Bushika will contact the state for a definition of alternative energy. Some individuals from the Seed Savers Group will be at the recycling center on Saturday to hand out informational flyers on composting. Helen Fields also suggested a raffle to encourage composting. The Selectboard wants to wait before releasing any funds.

 

Roundup Spraying by GMNF Update

From Stamford Selectboard Meeting Minutes:
Nancy LeSage spoke at great length with Mary-Beth Deller, the Botanist at Green Mountain National Forest. She supports their treatment of the invasive species. Ms. Deller informed her that they use the herbicide directly on the specific plants being targeted in order to kill only the roots of that plant. Stephen Tworig is in favor of the GMNF plan and feels the spreading of these invasive species is much more harmful to ecosystems than the limited herbicide use they are proposing. Carol Fachini heard on the news that the chemicals found in Roundup may be linked to cancer. Nancy Bushika acknowledged an email from Ms. Deller indicating that they had not received permission from all adjacent land owners and if they did not obtain it soon, they would only be working on their own land. The Selectboard encouraged any other residents with questions to contact Mary-Beth Deller at (802) 767-4261 x 5524 or mdeller@fs.fed.us. The Forest Service will also be holding a public meeting in the next 1-2 years to review the forest-wide decisions previously made and recommends that those interested should attend. (Emphasis by StamfordVT.org)