I thought I would jump on the New Year bandwagon and try to take the pulse of Stamford. Here is your chance to speak your mind on 5 questions for the future of Stamford.
Click this link and let’er rip!
If you have a question you would like to suggest for future polls – send me an email.
In lieu of waiting for comments to be approved, the new town forum page might be a good location for any discussion on this topic.
[Clarksburg Voters] Shot down the article to allow the town to enter into an agreement with Stamford after two members of the School Committee angrily objected, saying they had only learned about the article that afternoon.
“We were unaware that this was even on there,” Chairwoman Patricia Prengruber said, adding that no one from the School Committee had been invited to any meetings or told of any decisions.
McKinney said the wording had come from the Legislature’s general counsel and was being submitted to seek to grant money for a study. The town and Stamford have had informal discussions about forming an
interstate district that were prompted by changes in educational groupings in Vermont.
“We’ve been working on this for quite some time. This is not to enter into an agreement, this is to allow us to negotiate an agreement,” McKinney said. A home-rule petition had to been submitted before the town could do anything, he said, and not submitting would mean no grant money and push any further action another six to 18 months out.
School officials, however, said no negotiations or decisions should be made without the School Committee being part of them. Prengruber motioned for the article to be tabled for review, which passed with only a few hands in opposition.
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.
A rousing success. We beat the snow and gathered trash from Stamford’s roads.
Fundraising reminder for the Stamford Elementary School, please note the time change in bold below.
The Stamford Elementary Middle School from Stamford, VT is going to Washington DC in June!
Help us reach our fundraising goal by participating in our first ever Breakfast with Santa event on Sunday, December 17th from 9 am to 12 pm at the Stamford Elementary School! Pre-sold ticket prices are $10 for children and $5 for adults.
Ticket pricing includes a photo with Santa himself, breakfast consisting of eggs, pancakes, bacon, and sausage, coffee and various juices, face painting and ornament decorating.
Tickets sold at the door will be $10 for children and $8 for adults.
We hope to see you there!
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.
Mini-Green Up Day
Join us on December 9th at 9 am in front of the school for a mini green up day. Green trash bags will be provided. This our chance to clean up the roads before the snow falls. Come one and all!! Contact Pat Sullivan with any questions.
All Board Meeting scheduled for Wednesday December 6th at 6pm. Open Meeting Laws by James Barlow, Esquire
Minutes for the comment session for the Town Plan can be found here.
Minutes for the November 16th Selectboard Meeting can be found here.
Just in time for all your holiday caroling – the bridge on the Lane is now open.