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.
As reported by iBerkshires.com
*Above Image from iBerkshires.com
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.
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.
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
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.
This and more at Selectboard Minutes
The Stamford Community Church (1059 Main Road) is holding its annual
Bonfire and Caroling on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. All are welcome to
join us singing carols around the bonfire and then enjoying cookies and
hot chocolate in the church community room afterward. Please bring a
flashlight to not only safely navigate your way to the bonfire, but to
see the music booklets!! Hope to see you there!!!
*Buzz Wheeler will be returning to work at the recycling center!!
PETITIONS FOR WARRANT ARTICLES & ELECTED POSITIONS
The deadline for filing petitions with the town clerk for warrant articles to be included in the town meeting warning is Thursday, January 18, 2018. These petitions must be signed by 5% of the registered voters or at least 32 signatures. V.S.A. 17:2642(a)
The required signatures on a petition to run for an elected office are 1% of the registered voters or at least 7 signatures. The deadline for filing these petitions with the Town Clerk is Monday, January 29, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. Nominating papers may be picked up at the Town Office. V.S.A. 17:2681(a) (b).
Elected positions to be filled this year are:
Town Moderator – 1 year term
School Moderator – 1 year term
Selectboard member – 3 year term
Selectboard member – 2 year term
School Director – 3 year term
School Director – 2 year term
Lister – 3 year term
Lister – 2 years remaining on a 3 year term
Auditor – 3 year term
Auditor – 2 year term
Auditor – 1 year term
Collector of Delinquent Taxes – 1 year term
Grand Juror -1 year term
Town Agent – 1 year term
Cemetery Commissioner – 5 year term
Cemetery Commissioner – 3 years remaining on a 5 year term Library Trustee – 5 year term
Library Trustee – 4 years remaining on a 5 year term
Voting will be held on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Stamford Elementary School. Applications for addition to the checklist will be accepted during regular town office hours and throughout election day.
Absentee ballots will be available until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 5, 2018. Please call the town office at 694- 1361.
All Selectboard minutes can be found here.