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.

 

Of Interest From The Selectboard Minutes

FINANCE COMMITTEE
The Selectboard would like to have a Finance Committee for the upcoming budget season. Anyone wishing to serve on the Finance Committee should contact a Selectboard member. The committee members from last year will be contacted to see if they would like to serve again.

DINNER TO HONOR STAMFORD WAR VETERANS
Dan Potvin would like to organize a potluck dinner to honor the town’s veterans. The Selectboard supported the idea and thought this Veterans Day would be a good time. Nancy Bushika suggested the Historical Society could bring out some of their civil war memorabilia for viewing that night.

DOG BITE INCIDENT
The Selectboard received a report from a local veterinarian about a dog bitten and treated over the weekend. Luke McKay advised that two loose pit bull mix dogs ran out in the road and attacked another dog being walked on a lead. The two dogs are not licensed with the town and there is no information as to whether they have had their rabies shots. Both dog owners are related and the injured dog owner does not want to file a complaint. Kurt Gamari as Health Officer viewed the dog and said he has a nasty bite that required several stitches. He has been unable to reach the owner of the dogs that caused the incident. The Selectboard discussed scheduling a potentially vicious dog hearing. A letter will be sent requesting that the dogs be licensed with the town within one week, that the owners follow the town’s dog ordinance, and the dogs be quarantined at home for ten days from the date of the attack.

 

Seeking Qualified Applicants for Administrative Officer Position

Administrative Officer – Job Description

The Administrative Officer (AO) shall review and approve permits for land development as provided in the Zoning By-Laws of the Town of Stamford, Vermont. The AO shall literally enforce the provisions of the Zoning By-Laws of the town. The AO shall maintain a full and accurate record of all applications, permits, decisions and violations acted upon by the AO, which records shall be filed with the Stamford Town Clerk and the Board of Listers. Refer to Zoning By-Laws, Sections 9.1 thru 9.2.3 for the job description and further information.

Send cover letter, resume, and three references to: Sheila Lawrence, Chair,
Stamford Planning Commission
Town Office

986 Main Road Stamford, VT 05352

Applications due by September 25, 2017.

The Planning Commission reserves the right to continue to advertise this position until it is filled.

Click here for a printable version of the Admin Officer job posting 8-22-17

 

Town News – This and more in the Selectboard minutes

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.

 

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

MICHAEL BATCHER, MBATCHER@BCRCVT.ORG, BENNINGTON COUNTY SOLID WASTE ALLIANCE, BENNINGTON COUNTY

The Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance will hold a household hazardous waste collection event on Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Dorset School, 130 School Drive, Dorset, VT 05251. This event is free for residents and second home property owners of the towns of Arlington, Bennington, Dorset, Glastenbury, Manchester, Pownal, Rupert, Sandgate, Searsburg, Shaftsbury, Stamford, Sunderland and Woodford. Small businesses may also participate but must pre-register by September 15, 2017 and must pay for materials they bring for disposal. Please visit http://www.bcswavt.org/ or contact Michael S. Batcher (mbatcher@bcrcvt.org802-442-0713 x 2) for more information.

 

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.

 

A letter from the new principal of SES

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.

 

From The Selectboard Minutes

COUNTY ROAD

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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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