Monday, September 18, 2017 at 7 pm
The Stamford Zoning Board of Adjustment to hear the following appeal:
Appeal #243 from Joseph Michael Tatro appealing the Administrative Officer’s denial of Permit #2017-5 to build a one story garage. A variance is needed for set back requirements pursuant to section 4.1.1.a of the Zoning By-laws.
SCHOOL PARKING LOT/LANDSCAPING
1. Micah Hayre would like to make the school grounds more beautiful. The Leo Ethier Memorial Garden and Honor Roll areas are both nice and he would like to extend the landscaping. He thought the school board would be willing to help financially or with community service work. It would be nice to see the fence line trimmed. Dave Tatro will reopen the ditch next week. He will get prices on re-doing the parking lot. The lot has serious drainage issues which should be addressed. The full project could cost $200,000 if done right. Resurfacing only could be a short-term solution for around $40,000.
2. The principal will be starting a monthly service project class which will be hands on, whether it’s planting flowers or filling in holes on the baseball field.
3. Dave Tatro stated that it was brought to his attention that a chemical is being used around the school building and playground equipment to keep the weeds from growing. There is no provision for that type of herbicide use in the contract with the current mowing company. The Selectboard will contact the company and send a letter asking what is being used, ask for the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) and request that the treatment be stopped immediately.
4. The principal advised that he will be replacing the wood chips in the playground areas. Nancy Bushika felt the Selectboard is fine with whatever he and the school board decide concerning the school grounds.
Wednesday August 23 at 6pm
*Update – Confirmation from the Town Clerk – The special Selectboard meeting will be held Wednesday August 23rd at 6pm.
- Decision on bids received for hauling of trash, recyclables and food scraps
- Review of MSDS sheets
- Executive Session – attorney matter
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.
Principal Micah Hayre would like to introduce himself to the Stamford Community as well as invite parents and students to a back-to-school potluck dinner.
The dinner will be held Tuesday August 29th at 5pm behind the school (in the gym should the weather not cooperate).
Principal Hayre’s letter can viewed here.
- Fred Nazzewski asked the Selectboard to consider reclassifying County Road from the current end of the class 3 road near Mr. Rum’s house down to the Dolle home. There are telephone poles and high speed internet already installed. It would increase the tax base for the town. This area is the future of Stamford and he hopes they will consider the possibilities. It would benefit the highway crew by not having to drive around through Clarksburg up West Road to plow Klondike Road. Dave Tatro agreed that it would substantially reduce the wear and tear on the vehicles by staying in town to plow and not having to go through Clarksburg. Dave Tatro said he has thought about it a lot and it makes sense to make that section a year round, full time road. Mike Denault was concerned as to whether Clarksburg will maintain their end of the road as well as Stamford. Mike Denault asked what process was necessary to change the classification of a road. Dave Tatro referred to our Road Ordinance and said there are some areas that would need work, for instance some areas are too narrow for two cars to pass in the winter. The state establishes minimum codes and standards that should be followed. We would receive additional money from the state if those portions of County Road and Klondike Road were reclassified as Class 3. Mike Denault asked Dave Tatro to look into it and come back with the initial cost for the necessary road upgrades. It would not have to be paved since it is already a town road and not a new road. Nancy Bushika suggested he come up with something for budget time and the board could set money aside in the budget. Dave Tatro thought the cost would be considerable. Nancy Bushika said it would be a Selectboard decision not a town vote. Dave Tatro agreed citing in the ordinance that the Selectboard has the ultimate authority on reclassifying roads and that town votes are advisory only. Mike Denault thinks it’s a good idea but recognizes that it may be costly. Dave Tatro believes that it is in the best interests of the town. Nancy Bushika agreed and suggested we start putting money aside in the budget. Dave Tatro said having our own town excavator to do the work instead of hiring it out would really make a difference in the cost. He thought it would take the highway crew a summer to bring the road to where it should be. The board was very supportive.
- Mike Denault noted that we have discussed buying an excavator several times. Dave Tatro would like to have a machine in mind for purchase when they ask the town to release the funds. We have $65,000 in our highway equipment fund at this time. Dave Tatro believes we could afford to buy an excavator with the money we would save in not hiring out the excavator work. He stated we would definitely need a third laborer to be efficient.
- Fred Nazzewski complimented Mike Brothers and Dave Tatro for their mechanical repair work on the town equipment. They save the town lots of money by doing the work in-house and he hopes they are appreciated.
- Fred Nazzewski asked if when the highway department does work for the school if the school reimburses the highway department. Nancy Bushika said no, we do not bill the school for work done.
- Fred Nazzewski mentioned the landslide area near Tatro Road. Carol Fachini felt opening up Old County Road would help re-route traffic in the event of a landslide. Mike Denault said a camp owner also approached him about the landslide area. Dave Tatro had the state engineer look at it a year or two ago. It is a big project to fix the area properly and would cost a lot of money. It could qualify for a mitigation grant.
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Bring the children to the Stamford Library Summer Reading Camp
on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 10:30-11:30 a.m. for a HANDS-ON workshop about WORM BIN COMPOSTING!
Helen Fields, Master Composter, will help us investigate the science,
the art, and the FUN of having your own WORM BIN to compost
all of your kitchen food scraps! Sing the red wiggler song and dance the
red wiggler dance! Draw pictures of the worms and learn their names!
AND it is NOT SMELLY!
AND you DON’T have to touch the worms IF YOU DON’T WANT TO!
(but you can if you do).
Parents and other adults are welcome.
Come learn about how we can reduce our garbage bill and make
the best compost in the world: BLACK GOLD RED WIGGLER COMPOST!!!!
(Flowers and veggies LOVE BGRWC!)
ALL ARE WELCOME. SNACKS PROVIDED. BRING YOUR FRIENDS!
Who doesn’t have kitchen scraps? Who wouldn’t want to reduce the number of garbage bags you have to bring to the transfer station or out to the end of your driveway? Would you like a no odor, no varmint solution?
Great progress has been made constructing raised beds for the community garden behind the school. A few of the beds need to be filled with soil, but they should be ready to plant by Wednesday. Please join us at 5:30 to help get the seeds and plants in. Bring trowels, shovels, and your enthusiasm.
Also at the same time, same place:
Build-A-Bench for the Community Garden
Come to the July 5 5:30 pm – 7 pm Community Garden work bee (at the tennis court behind the school) to help build a bench for the raised beds. Bring a cordless drill, saw or sander if you have one. And it would be terrific if you could bring a Stamford youngster to learn something about building a small project and to join in the fun.