OLD COUNTY ROAD
The attorney provided an opinion concerning Old County Road. The opinion states that the petitions will not force a town vote and a special town meeting should not be scheduled. Dave Tatro who felt it would be best for him to sit in the audience and speak as the Road Commissioner, sited the process in our Highway Road Policy that needs to be followed. The ordinance contains an application which is filed with the town office. The attorney stated that because the town legally and properly discontinued the road in 2010, that deeds would have to be obtained from all landowners on the road. Nancy Bushika noted that when the town accepted the upper sections of Maltese Road and Sumner Road the process took about 8-10 years to complete. At that time our ordinance did not contain the paving requirement. Deb Burchard stated she would not agree to giving back the road. The Burchards were upset that they were not notified. Nancy Bushika stated that the board does not personally invite people to Selectboard meetings; the agendas are posted for the public. The board contacted the lawyer to see how the petitions should be handled and the board did not reach a point where abutters or interested parties needed to be notified. Mike Denault stated that the board has not taken sides and has not made any decisions concerning the road. Deb Burchard cautioned Carol Fachini since she is a Selectboard member.
COMPOSTING COMPLIANCE WITH STATE
Helen Fields noted that the town has been out of compliance for three weeks by not accepting food scraps separately. The Seed Savers would like the Selectboard to authorize up to $500.00 to purchase buckets and pay for a mailing to see who is already composting in town. Helen Fields may have found some grant money if the town can match the funds. The state wants to prohibit food scraps from going into landfills, but says burning food scraps does not fit their definition of alternative energy. Our current trash hauler does not accept food scraps. Helen Fields might be able to work with TAM to allow food scraps collected to be dropped off in Readsboro or Searsburg where TAM has a regular pickup. Although the Alliance has hired an outreach consultant, there has been no activity in Stamford. Helen Fields noted that TAM provides education and community outreach. We do not have a contract with our current hauler. The Selectboard would like to request new bids for trash, recycling and food scraps pickup as well as educational outreach. Nancy Bushika and Dave Tatro will meet with the town clerk tomorrow to prepare the bid requests. Nancy Bushika will contact the state for a definition of alternative energy. Some individuals from the Seed Savers Group will be at the recycling center on Saturday to hand out informational flyers on composting. Helen Fields also suggested a raffle to encourage composting. The Selectboard wants to wait before releasing any funds.
Who doesn’t have kitchen scraps? Who wouldn’t want to reduce the number of garbage bags you have to bring to the transfer station or out to the end of your driveway? Would you like a no odor, no varmint solution?