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THE LANE BRIDGE
Work began today and the bridge is closed. Paul Ethier, the Fire Chief, has alerted neighboring fire and ambulance services of the road detour. Bill Levine wanted it noted that the Fire Chief requested the dry hydrant near the bridge remain useable. Dave Tatro has spoken with the contractor who couldn’t guarantee the dry hydrant would be accessible throughout the duration of the project. It is necessary to have this bridge work done. Dave Tatro asked how the fire department obtained water before the dry hydrants were installed.
The Planning Commission met on September 25, 2017. Although one resume was submitted, they did not make a recommendation for an appointment and extended the application deadline to October 16, 2017. The town has received two building applications which need attention. MOTION by Mike Denault to appoint David Bugbee Interim Administrative Officer until the recommendation from the Planning Commission can be considered and a permanent appointment can be made. SECONDED by Carol Fachini. All in favor. Motion APPROVED.
The Selectboard reviewed an email received on October 5, 2017 from the town attorney concerning the pending tax appeal. The attorney has requested that Dan Potvin recuse himself since he is related to the appellant. The attorney has requested that the Selectboard appoint a liaison whom she can speak with directly regarding this matter. The Selectboard will give Dan Potvin a copy of the attorney’s email.
MOTION by Mike Denault to appoint Nancy Bushika and Carol Fachini to speak and correspond with the attorney on this tax appeal matter. SECONDED by Dave Tatro. All in favor. Motion APPROVED.
Community Garden work day follow up:
Despite the sporadic dismal conditions on Saturday, a hearty group of volunteers showed up to accomplish the top priorities on the list:
~ move the piles of soil inside the fence
~ build a couple more raised beds
~ build a compost bin
~ harvest the vegetables (lots of potatoes and tomatoes)
~ pick up some fabulous compost and get it into the beds
~ socialize, have fun, and warm up with tasty chili, breads, and pie from the church bazaar across the street
It didn’t make sense that day to build more benches in the rain and cold so . . .
Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 4:30 will be another opportunity to build the benches. Pat Sullivan will be outside the library, ready to guide folks through the simple project. materials and tools will be provided.
All are welcome, especially youngsters.
Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 6:00, there will be a meeting of the seed savers/community garden group. No more than an hour.Basically to determine what must get done before winter sets in and to look forward to making next year even better. All people and input are welcome at the meeting.
Thanks. hope to see you at one or both events.
Nancy Bushika would like to advertise once and hold one public hearing for the adoption of the recycling ordinance and the town plan.
The attorney was not able to reach the tax appellant’s attorney and so she was not able to provide her opinion. The attorney suggested the board consider adopting the Conflict of Interest policy she previously sent. The board briefly discussed the perceived conflict with Dan Potvin and the difference between abstaining and recusing. Dave Tatro made it clear that another board member cannot make you recuse yourself, they can only suggest it.
Luke McKay as Dog Officer received a complaint from a resident that their neighbor’s dog is tied up outside and barks constantly. The dog also gets loose and goes in the neighbor’s yards. The neighbors have tried to talk to the dog owner directly but the matter has not resolved. The Selectboard will ask Luke McKay to follow up and make a report to the board and come to the next Selectboard meeting.
NEW DOG BITE INCIDENT
Pat Sullivan stopped in to hand deliver a written complaint to the Selectboard concerning a dog bite while she was walking around East Road about six weeks ago. She instinctively put her arms up in protection and was bit on the elbow. She did not need medical attention and stated that she likes the dog and doesn’t want to see anything happen to it. The Selectboard noted that this is the second dog bite incident that has come to their attention from the same dog. Kurt Gamari will be asked to investigate the matter as Health Officer and Luke McKay as Dog Officer. The Selectboard scheduled a potentially vicious dog hearing for Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
The deadline for applications for the Administrator Officer’s job has been extended to October 16, 2017. Click the link to right if your interested.
After making a stop into the Stamford Community Church Annual Bazaar and then going across the street to the library to lend a hand to the Seed Savers Community Garden Harvest Festival, stop on by Many Forks Farm between 3PM and 6PM for a Work/Play/Learn – Get the Farm Ready for Fall/Winter session. All are welcome! We’re at 1360 River Road, Clarksburg. We’ll have some simple fall farm tasks for your ready hands, remove the big plastic from the caterpillar tunnels, and Beekeeper Tony Pisano will be on hand for questions about hives, and more. Questions – call Sharon at 413-281-1814.
The seed savers/community garden group has accomplished a great deal since ramping up this spring. It is now time to enjoy the fruits of our harvest, put the garden to bed, celebrate our progress, and plan for an even better 2018. This will happen on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
We’re hoping for a good turnout, many hands would make light work and give us more time to enjoy ourselves. PLEASE R.S.V.P., if you can, so we’ll know how many to expect (and to have enough snacks!). if you can’t respond, please come anyway. There will be a final planning session at 6:00 tonight at the library for anyone interested in helping to pull together the last-minute details. half hour, tops.
In the meantime –
Here are the plans for Saturday’s to-do list (to date):
- Bench building 10-11 a.m. Pat Sullivan, who helped folks make two benches already, will hold a bench-building session from 10 to 11 a.m. to make a couple more for the garden – simple to build, comfortable to sit on. Anyone welcome to participate, especially young people who want to help.
- Make 4 more raised beds
- Make three-bin composter
- Assemble black plastic composter
- Move remaining piles of soil from outside garden into new raised beds
- Harvest vegetables from this year’s raised beds
- Get victoria’s mature compost to mix with soil for next year
- Move all wood inside enclosure
- Secure hole in south fence
- Weed beds (not that many . . .)
- Tidy up around fence, as good neighbors with school
- Battery-powered drills/screwdrivers (charged)
- Battery-powered skill saw (charged)
- Measuring tapes
- Staple guns
- Harvest buckets
- Weeding tools
- Lag bolts and weed barrier (Stephen Greene will bring)
- Sidewalk chalk and scissors (Caroline will bring)
- Trash can
- Wooden pallets – we hope to secure a few, but if you have any you’d like to donate to the cause, they would be gladly accepted.
- Pick-up trucks . . .
Feel free to bring any snacks and drinks to share. Helen will bring a large cooler of water.
Stephen may bring apple pie!
Speaking of apples, Susan Flash is bringing her apple press to make cider for all. We have access to west mountain farm apples that will need to be picked either Friday afternoon or before 10 on Saturday. Volunteers needed for this. Please let us know in your RSVP, if you’d be willing to pick some apples. Apple crates/buckets also needed. We’ll make cider throughout the day. If you want some, please bring clean, seal-able jugs/containers to transport home.
That’s it for now, hope to see you all soon. It will be a fun, productive day after a very satisfying first season.
Thank you all ahead of time!
Vermont’s Governor Philip Scott arrived in Readsboro to announce several new initiatives – one was the Southern Vermont Broadband Cooperative’s expansion into West Readsboro spearheaded by SVBC’s President Bob Briggs.
You can read iBerkshires.com article here.
STAMFORD – On Saturday, Sept. 30, the Stamford Community Church will sponsor its 9th Annual Fall Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The event, which will take place both in the church and the outdoor pavilion, rain or shine, is open to the wider community and designed to be a fun-filled day of family-oriented activities, including children’s games and the popular Corn Hole with prizes.
There will be a silent auction, a Chinese auction for both adults and kids, a 50/50 raffle, as well as many items and gift certificates from local merchants and businesses. This year’s bazaar will also feature a handmade quilt raffle.
Baked goods for sale include homemade pies, cookies and breads as well as jams, pickles and relishes. Hot lunch refreshments of soups, hot dogs, and sausage grinders will be available as well.
The Stamford Community Church is at 1059 Main Road (Route 8), a mile north of the Clarksburg, MA/Vermont line. There is plenty of parking. Further information may be obtained by calling 802-694-1533.
Church Bazaar Flyer
There will be an organizational meeting of the Stamford Democratic Party
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 18 7:00-8:00 pm at the STAMFORD SCHOOL
For more information please call Bob Bence at 694-1634
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 email@example.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.
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.