To The Stamford Community:
Karen Wheeler tells me that her husband, Buzz, had a bad fall last week and was taken to Albany Medical Center. He is now at the Bennington Center for Living and Rehabilitation – Room 16.
Buzz was hurt when tripped and fell off his porch. He has serious and painful injuries to his head, neck, shoulder, clavicle, ribs, and pelvis. He is doing well, however, and would enjoy calls, messages, and visits from his friends and neighbors.
After his fall, Karen found him lying on the ground. “What happened?” She asked him. Buzz replied, “Just enjoying the view.” This was perfectly in character and an example of the wit Buzz is known for. It and it is one of the many qualities that make him so well-loved as a member of this community.
I will post again on this site if I get any more news.
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!
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
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.
Tremendous event this morning, I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.
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Administrative Officer – Job Description
The Administrative Officer (AO) shall review and approve permits for land development as provided in the Zoning By-Laws of the Town of Stamford, Vermont. The AO shall literally enforce the provisions of the Zoning By-Laws of the town. The AO shall maintain a full and accurate record of all applications, permits, decisions and violations acted upon by the AO, which records shall be filed with the Stamford Town Clerk and the Board of Listers. Refer to Zoning By-Laws, Sections 9.1 thru 9.2.3 for the job description and further information.
Send cover letter, resume, and three references to: Sheila Lawrence, Chair,
Stamford Planning Commission
986 Main Road Stamford, VT 05352
Applications due by September 25, 2017.
The Planning Commission reserves the right to continue to advertise this position until it is filled.
Click here for a printable version of the Admin Officer job posting 8-22-17
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.
- Fred Nazzewski asked the Selectboard to consider reclassifying County Road from the current end of the class 3 road near Mr. Rum’s house down to the Dolle home. There are telephone poles and high speed internet already installed. It would increase the tax base for the town. This area is the future of Stamford and he hopes they will consider the possibilities. It would benefit the highway crew by not having to drive around through Clarksburg up West Road to plow Klondike Road. Dave Tatro agreed that it would substantially reduce the wear and tear on the vehicles by staying in town to plow and not having to go through Clarksburg. Dave Tatro said he has thought about it a lot and it makes sense to make that section a year round, full time road. Mike Denault was concerned as to whether Clarksburg will maintain their end of the road as well as Stamford. Mike Denault asked what process was necessary to change the classification of a road. Dave Tatro referred to our Road Ordinance and said there are some areas that would need work, for instance some areas are too narrow for two cars to pass in the winter. The state establishes minimum codes and standards that should be followed. We would receive additional money from the state if those portions of County Road and Klondike Road were reclassified as Class 3. Mike Denault asked Dave Tatro to look into it and come back with the initial cost for the necessary road upgrades. It would not have to be paved since it is already a town road and not a new road. Nancy Bushika suggested he come up with something for budget time and the board could set money aside in the budget. Dave Tatro thought the cost would be considerable. Nancy Bushika said it would be a Selectboard decision not a town vote. Dave Tatro agreed citing in the ordinance that the Selectboard has the ultimate authority on reclassifying roads and that town votes are advisory only. Mike Denault thinks it’s a good idea but recognizes that it may be costly. Dave Tatro believes that it is in the best interests of the town. Nancy Bushika agreed and suggested we start putting money aside in the budget. Dave Tatro said having our own town excavator to do the work instead of hiring it out would really make a difference in the cost. He thought it would take the highway crew a summer to bring the road to where it should be. The board was very supportive.
- Mike Denault noted that we have discussed buying an excavator several times. Dave Tatro would like to have a machine in mind for purchase when they ask the town to release the funds. We have $65,000 in our highway equipment fund at this time. Dave Tatro believes we could afford to buy an excavator with the money we would save in not hiring out the excavator work. He stated we would definitely need a third laborer to be efficient.
- Fred Nazzewski complimented Mike Brothers and Dave Tatro for their mechanical repair work on the town equipment. They save the town lots of money by doing the work in-house and he hopes they are appreciated.
- Fred Nazzewski asked if when the highway department does work for the school if the school reimburses the highway department. Nancy Bushika said no, we do not bill the school for work done.
- Fred Nazzewski mentioned the landslide area near Tatro Road. Carol Fachini felt opening up Old County Road would help re-route traffic in the event of a landslide. Mike Denault said a camp owner also approached him about the landslide area. Dave Tatro had the state engineer look at it a year or two ago. It is a big project to fix the area properly and would cost a lot of money. It could qualify for a mitigation grant.
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