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.

 

Seed Savers / Community Garden

Due to an unfriendly weather forecast, the Community Garden work bee has been re-scheduled to tomorrow – Wednesday June 28th 5:30pm to 7:00pm.

Our hope is to build four 12’x3’x2′ raised beds, line the beds with landscaping cloth and fill with top soil that has been generously donated by North Branch Landscaping and Tietgens Trucking and Excavation.

 

Update on Glyphosate Proposed Use in Stamford

Myself and others attended the Select board meeting last night to try
and get further information on the herbicide use and logging operations
that are planned for our town. The Select board was receptive of
our inquires and have provided the information made available to their board on this matter (see below). Please read as much of the information as you can, as one resident stated last night, “This probably won’t be the last time we have to face issues like this”. Continue reading “Update on Glyphosate Proposed Use in Stamford”

Stamford Seed Savers Community Group Update

Next meeting of the Stamford Seed Savers will be June 13th 5:30pm at the Stamford Community Library – please join the conversation if you have any interest in gardening or saving seeds!

Find out what we are about by using the menu item above or clicking here.

Recap From Seed Savers Table at SCC Tag Sale June 3, 2017
Helen and Stephen worked at the church event from 9am to 1pm at the Stamford Seed Savers table. It was rather windy and cool, so the table neighbor set us up with a sheet to block the wind, making it a very enjoyable experience.

We brought 50 plants and a few bags of compost to give away. People were happy to receive black cherry tomato, green cabbage and (reluctantly) kale plants, and donations were received ($42 minus $10 for the table). No one wanted a bag of compost today. Continue reading “Stamford Seed Savers Community Group Update”

Stamford Community Church Annual Tag Sale

The Stamford Community Church is holding their annual  tag sale
Sat. June 3, 9 a.m-1 p.m.

There will be a bake sale, Chinese auction , hotdogs, fried dough and pony rides for the children.
There are still spaces available for $10. Contact Donna at 802 694-1701 or Diana at 413 664 8645.
The church is also encouraging people to have tag sales at their homes in an attempt to make this a community-wide event.

Interstate School District

Here is iBerkshires.com’s reporting from last nights informational meeting from the Interstate School District committee.

Tonight will be another informational meeting hosted by the Stamford School Board.

StamfordVT.org hopes foster a relationship with the Interstate School District Committee. More information will be posted here if / when such a relationship is formed.

 

Reminder Act 46 Informational Meeting

There will be an informational meeting Tuesday May 23rd 7pm at the Stamford Elementary School with regard to the upcoming Act 46 vote on May 31st. Come and find out what it will mean to accept or reject The Vermont Dept of Education’s Act 46.

Click here to read the latest revision of Act 46 approved on April 18th by Vermont Board of Education and posted to education.vermont.gov on May 3rd, 2017.