A Sampling of the Latest Selectboard Minutes

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

James Stimpson advised that the Planning Commission feels he will be enforcing the town ordinances and policies in the future.  Mr. Stimpson felt he should have a conversation with the Selectboard as to how this will happen.  The Selectboard stated that our ordinances are designated as civil and certain individuals are already in place to issue tickets and appear in court if needed.  The Judicial Bureau appointments will be reviewed at the next meeting.

ROAD CONDITIONS

  1. The weather has brought a roller coaster of conditions. The town sustained around $7,000-$8,000 in damages from Friday’s storm.  There was a small washout on Mill Road.  A large culvert on Lincoln Road was undermined by water and traffic was diverted through Dave Tatro’s yard while the road was being repaired.  Both Sportsman Road and Sumner Road had minor shoulder damage.  Dave Tatro had to call Jon Bohl and Tietgens Excavating for excavator work during the storm.  There are a few more repairs to be completed and the total cost will be around $10,000.  Bill Levine asked that Allison Strohl at the Bennington County Regional Commission be contacted with that estimate.  If the county sustained enough damage as a whole, FEMA money may be available.  Dave Tatro noted that a representative from the Agency of Natural Resources was in town on Saturday and issued a permit for the bank work needed on Mill Road.
  2. There is an ongoing water issue on The Lane. Dave Tatro stated that the culvert on Poplar Drive is squashed and water from the Beaupre residence is running from the ditch line into the road and freezing, making dangerous icy conditions.  Dave Tatro wonders if there is a drain in the Beaupre’s basement because he recalls having this problem before and after he spoke with the former owner, the water problem ceased.  Ruth West spoke about the icy conditions, problems with the snow plowing contractor, and a water pipe easement.  She requested the Selectboard’s help as fence viewers concerning a water easement and ditch line.  She thinks the pipe is leaking which is where the water problem is coming from.  The Selectboard did not want to get involved.  They felt it was a private matter and not a town issue.  The Selectboard agreed to send letters to the Poplar Drive residents and Mr. and Mrs. Beaupre concerning the water running and freezing on the Lane which could cause an accident.
  3. It is time to replace the Ford.  Dave Tatro has the specifications for two different trucks:  a Freightliner for about $140,000.00 and a Dodge Ram for about $100,500.  The Freightliner is a bigger, stronger truck that should last for 10 years.  The Dodge is the same size as the white Ford and will last 5-7 years.  It was noted that for 40% more in price, the town would get double the use from the Freightliner.  Dave Tatro described the advantages and disadvantages of each.  The truck could be funded by using the Equipment Replacement Fund and borrowing from the town’s Land Sales fund like the Fire Department did five years ago.

The Selectboard’s Latest

PLANNING COMMISSION
Sheila Lawrence provided the proposed Planning Commission budget to the Selectboard. She requested that the Planning Commission stipend be increased from $10.00/year to $25.00/year since they have had many meetings revising the town plan and now the zoning by-laws. Nancy Bushika agreed that working on these plans back to back was very time consuming, but asked if they would return to the $10.00 stipend once the by-laws were finished. Sheila Lawrence did not feel the $25.00 would break the town. Nancy Bushika thought if the Planning Commission stipend was increased, then all the board stipends should be also. Some boards have not met even once in the past year and the board discussed whether they should receive $25.00 also. There are approximately 50 people who are eligible for the stipend and many waive it. The Selectboard agreed to increase all $10.00 stipends to $25.00 beginning in 2018.

DELINQUENT DOG UPDATE
Amanda Kurpiel attempted to license her dog and paid the fees but did not have a valid rabies certificate. Luke McKay, the Dog Officer, will work with her to obtain the rabies vaccination. The Selectboard would like this wrapped up in the next month.

ACT 250 PERMIT
The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of a notice that Nelson Dunn, Jr. has applied for an amendment to his Act 250 permit for property at 4957 Main Road.

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StamfordVT.org Survey Results

The results are in and I’m bit surprised. I thought the answers would be all over the place but as you will see they had a very definitive theme. This is 20 (from a subscriber list of 50) or so respondents from a town of almost 800 and I would guess that those who subscribe to this site are pretty like minded but it still surprised me.

Thank you to those who took the 5 or 10 minutes to fill out the survey as well as read this site on a regular basis!

I hope to do more surveys in future and look forward to your continued support. Please feel free to bring this survey to any of the town’s board meetings you attend as you see fit.

Survey Results

Clarksburg Tables Discussion on Interstate School District

From iBerkshires.com

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.

 

What’s What and Who’s Who

POLICE CONTRACT
1. The Bennington County Sheriff’s Department submitted a six month contract from January 1, 2018 through June 30, 2018 with the same rates we are paying now: $42.00 per hour. An additional one year contract from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019 was submitted with a 3% increase.
MOTION by Mike Denault to approve and sign the six month contract with the Bennington County Sheriff’s Department for $42.00/hour and 22 hours/week. SECONDED by Dave Tatro. All in favor. Motion APPROVED.
2. The Vermont State Police could also provide patrol services for the town at the rate of $67.22/hour. Although this rate is higher, the town would not have to pay for travel and court time like we do now. The state police lieutenant is willing to come this spring to explain what he could offer beginning July 1, 2018

TOWN PLAN
Catherine Bryers at the Bennington County Regional Commission advised that a signature page is not necessary but is acceptable if the board would like to sign the plan. The Selectboard thought it was appropriate and signed the town plan which was adopted on November 16, 2017.

DELINQUENT DOG UPDATE
Amanda Kurpiel has still not licensed her dog with the town. The Dog officer will be contacted to visit her, confirm that she still has the dog and make one last effort to bring her into compliance. If she does not license the dog after that, the town will have no other alternative but to impound the dog, and additional fees will be charged before the dog is released.

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