From The Selectboard

1. No school directors attended to discuss the school merger and other issues. The topic will be moved to the next meeting’s agenda and hopefully someone will come to the next meeting.
2. Nancy Bushika recalled discussion about an email from Rep. Laura Sibilia concerning the state’s determination to continue to recognize our school as an isolated district.

MOTION by Nancy Bushika to accept and sign the Ordinance Regarding Street Naming and Street Addressing as written. SECONDED by Chris Warren. All in favor. Motion APPROVED.
The ordinance was signed and will become effective on January 15, 2019 if no petition is received objecting to the ordinance prior to that date. Lori Shepard was asked to publish the required notice in the Berkshire Eagle.

Financial reports for the first three quarters were discussed. Nancy Bushika sat with the treasurer prior to the meeting to review some of the figures. Mike Denault would like to take a more active role in reviewing the reports. The treasurer encouraged the board to come in to review reports and ask questions.

Stamford PTG Fundraiser

Stamford Getting In The Holiday Spirit

Wreaths Across America – Stamford Cemeteries
Please join us on Sunday December 16, 2018 at noon for a short ceremony to honor and remember our veterans at the Stamford Town Hall near the Honor Roll.
Immediately following the ceremony we will be laying wreaths on the veterans’ graves in both Millard and Houghton cemeteries.
We are looking for volunteers to help us lay the wreaths. If you are interested in helping us please let us know by emailing us at All ages are welcome!
Town Tree Lighting
The Town tree lighting will be Sunday, Dec 2nd at 4 p.m. at the school.  Luke McKay will be providing children horse drawn wagon rides with Santa from the school to the firehouse and back. This year’s tree is donated by the Burchard Family.

Selectboard Minutes and Wreaths Across America

Lori Shepard received a request to post something on the town website and looked for direction from the board. Chris Warren felt it was fine to post anything discussed during a Selectboard meeting on the website. Any other requests should be approved by the Selectboard first.
MOTION by Mike Denault to give Lori Shepard the authority, if someone requests to have information posted on the website which is a public informational flyer from the state or a state agency, she is authorized to do it. SECONDED by Chris Warren. All in favor. Motion APPROVED.

Trinity Engineering submitted engineerning designs for the planned well and septic system at the highway garage. Dave Tatro has requested a quote from R.I. Baker for the parts. The costs will be minimized since the highway crew will do the digging and installation work. Nancy Bushika asked Dave Tatro to obtain a quote from a well drilling company. The next step will be to forward the application to the state for approval.

Jim Stimpson stated that the Planning Commission is working with Jim Sullivan from the Bennington County Regional Commission to adopt energy initiatives into our town plan. He believes the school board has set aside funds to replace the boilers at the school and would like to see the school move toward a renewable energy source like pellets or wood chips. Jim Stimpson feels he doesn’t know much about the school. Chris Warren asked if the School Directors could be invited to a Selectboard meeting to discuss the merger and other issues they are facing. The board agreed to invite the School Directors and felt an All Boards meeting could be scheduled in January.

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Wreaths Across America –  Stamford Vermont Cemeteries is thrilled to announce that we have reached our goal of sponsoring enough wreaths to lay at each veterans’ grave in both Houghton and Millard cemeteries.
On Sunday we marked each grave that will be receiving a wreath with an orange flag, so that it will be easily visible to our volunteer wreath layers. If you see one of these at a loved one’s grave please leave it there until after December 16th so we are sure to get the wreaths to all of our veterans.
One change in our plan is that we have changed the date of the ceremony and wreath laying to Sunday December 16th at noon instead of December 15th. This is because of a conflict with a ceremony and wreath laying that we are participating in in North Adams on Saturday the 15th.
We will be at the Veterans Pot Luck Dinner on November 17th and hope to see you there. We will be looking for volunteers to participate in the ceremony as well as lay wreaths on December 16th.
Thanks to all who have supported our project with your donations!
Donna Whitcomb and Donna Engel

Southern Vermont Broadband Members

If you are a member of SVBC, please be aware that iBerdola (the owners of the tower at the windmills) is planning a 12 hour power outage on Wednesday Nov 14th. As of now, they have denied a request from the cooperative to place a temporary generator on site to keep the broadband equipment powered through their outage.

Please plan accordingly.

Selectboard Meeting Minutes

The Selectboard is looking for volunteers to serve on this year’s Finance Committee. Last year’s members will be contacted.

The Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program has scheduled a presentation in Arlington, Vermont to discuss the emerald ash borer. This insect has been found in Stamford by the Agency of Natural Resources.

1. The highway crew has been working on the Mill Road ditching project. We are making money back on our equipment and time by using our own excavator instead of hiring out the work. Projects that took a week before can be finished in a day with the excavator.
2. Dave Tatro received the permit to repair the Creamery Brook culvert on Clough Road.
3. Dave Tatro plans to work on some culverts on Klondike Road.
4. Dan Potvin heard there was a logger working on East Road and suggested Dave Tatro check on the road.
5. Allen Desautels has accepted the full-time highway laborer position and will start on October 29, 2018.
6. Larry Arnold has been using the leaf blower to clean out the ditches. He is all done mowing.
7. Dave Tatro has heard a lot of rumors and misinformation in town. He said times have changed and people expect a level of service that demands a third highway person. He wishes people would attend Selectboard meetings and get the information first-hand. The town will save a lot of money with our own excavator instead of hiring contractors. Being able to repair equipment in house instead of paying a garage for repairs saves lots of money and the third laborer will make the highway department more efficient. The Selectboard and Dave Tatro will plan a presentation for town meeting.

Pat Sullivan and Victoria Jefferies met with an architect at Norwich University. They presented the Selectboard with a written outline. The architectural department has agreed to use our project as part of their curriculum. They will develop project ideas, prepare sketches and cost estimates for town meeting. There is no cost to the town for their services which is a tremendous savings. The group will pursue grants and the amount of grant funding obtained may ultimately decide the scope of the project and whether the project will be completed in phases. The board gave its full support. Chris Warren suggested they speak to the School Board about the interstate merger with Clarksburg since ownership of the school building and land will need to be turned over to the school district according to the draft merger documents.