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1. There is a discrepancy between the town’s 1996 Ordinance regarding Street Naming and Street Addressing and the 9-1-1 State Board Standards for addressing. Nancy Bushika reviewed the state law which says the requirements will be set by the 9-1-1 State Board. Although the standards only require a 3” high number, our ordinance requires house numbers be 4” high. Bill Levine asked that the board keep the 4” high requirement. The standards require reflective address numbers, but our ordinance only requires numbers to be in a contrasting color from the building background. Mike Denault noted that we have another ordinance which the town is not enforcing. The ordinance does have provisions for penalties and fines for non-compliance.
MOTION by Chris Warren to add to Section IV of the ordinance that numbers be a reflective, contrasting color. SECONDED by Dan Potvin. All in favor. Motion APPROVED.
The Selectboard will start the process of changing the ordinance officially.
TOWN CHRISTMAS TREE
Mike Denault would like to see a Christmas tree on the school front lawn. There used to be one years ago and several other towns have them. Electricity is available at the flag pole. Mike Denault knows someone who will donate an 8-10 foot tall tree and Dave Tatro will help put it up. Nancy Bushika suggested we talk to the principal, Micah Hayre, to see if the school children would like to have a tree lighting ceremony.
NEW HIGHWAY LABORER POSITION
Carl Taylor asked the board to be fiscally responsible in making the decision to hire a third full-time laborer. He charged the board to look at the whole picture. Dave Tatro said this position should reduce the overtime pay and eliminate the part-time position. Nancy Bushika said safety was a main concern when making this decision because our highway guys sometimes put in excessive hours during snowstorms. We don’t want them falling asleep at the wheel and causing an accident. Dave Tatro said he gets calls at home from the state police and residents wanting their road plowed and the needs of the town are growing beyond what two people can manage. Dave Tatro said he really pushed for a third laborer and told the board he would not be here next year if they didn’t seriously consider it. Mike Denault told Carl Taylor he appreciated his input. Carl Taylor expressed that he was not trying to tell the board or Dave Tatro how to do their job, he just wanted to ask them to be fiscally aware.
All meeting minutes are located here
There will be a work party at the school garden on Saturday, the 13th, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Our goal will be to clean the existing beds, plant a cover crop, build several new beds and fill them with top soil and compost. We will need hand tools, drills, bits and drivers, hammers, shovels and steel rakes. Bring tools, if you have them, or just bring yourself, there will be plenty to do. Light refreshments will be provided.
All are welcome. Bring family and friends. A rain date will be announced in case of inclement weather.
Hope to see you there.
From the Selectboard:
WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA
Donna Engel explained that she estimated needing 92 wreaths and so far has 51 wreaths sponsored. MountainOne Bank donated $250.00 toward the fundraiser. The wreath laying will be Saturday, December 15, 2018 at noon. She would like to have veterans from town to represent each branch of the service for the ceremony. The wreaths cost $15.00 each and for every two wreaths sponsored, the group receives one free. The wreaths will be delivered here two days before. Nancy Bushika suggested she speak with the school to coordinate the delivery. The Veterans dinner will be on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the school which would be a good opportunity to speak to local vets. Forms to purchase wreaths are available at the town office, on stamfordvt.org and on facebook (use code VT0006).
RENAMING OF OLD COUNTY ROAD
The Selectboard held a public hearing on the renaming of Old County Road. Laura Champagne questioned whether the road could be renamed at this time due to ongoing litigation. If we are only changing the name for GPS and 9-1-1 reasons, she suggested we add a waypoint instead of changing the name. Chris Warren stated that we have no control over waypoints.
MOTION by Dan Potvin to re-name the easterly end of Old County Road from the intersection of Main Road to the Kevin Coffman Bopp and Stephen R. Bopp (formerly Jack Newkom) property to “Brown Brook Road”. SECONDED by Chris Warren. 4 in favor (Carol Fachini abstained). Motion APPROVED.
MOTION by Chris Warren to purchase a domain name of townofstamfordvermont.org for the town’s official website. SECONDED by Mike Denault. All in favor. Motion APPROVED.
Chris Warren has been working with the state for a stamford.vt.gov address which will bring people to the same place. Chris Warren asked for the submission of images and photos for use on the town’s website, although, the board can’t guarantee that they will be able to use all photos that are received.
The board set Halloween hours from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on October 31, 2018, just like last year. The Fire Department will be out with trucks and flashing lights again this year. Bill Levine asked if there will be a children’s parade.
The full minutes can be found here
RENAMING OF OLD COUNTY ROAD
Jon Bohl thought Newkom Road would be an appropriate name since Mr. Newkom lived there for so many years. The public hearing to rename the easterly side of Old County Road was set for September 20, 2018 at 5:45 p.m. Notices of the hearing will be posted and sent to the abutters.
Chris Warren advised that the State of Vermont has certain requirements for a .gov address and wordpress does not support the state’s requirements. He believes it is time to move forward and purchase our own domain name. Jim Stimpson suggested stamfordvermont.org and said it was available. Other names were discussed such as stamfordvermonttown.org which might give the website a distinction as the town’s site. The Selectboard would like feedback from our residents with ideas for the town’s website address and a decision will be made at the next meeting. Please contact a Selectboard member or the town clerk with your suggestions.
Chris Warren received a survey request from the Southern Vermont Economy Project about internet and cellular connectivity. He is happy to respond to the survey. They are asking what the state of connectivity is in town, what interests our town has, what future steps we would like to take, etc. They are gathering information and there is no commitment.
TOBACCO COMPLIANCE TEST
The Selectboard received notice from the State of Vermont that Bilmont’s Country Store has failed a recent tobacco test.
This and more can be found here.