Joint Town Meeting For Interstate School And Selectboard Minutes of Interest

Agenda for Joint Town Meeting

STAMFORD COMMUNITY LIBRARY TIME CAPSULE REQUEST Jennifer Ryan said the theme for this year’s summer reading program at the library is A Universe of Stories.  They would like to bury a small time capsule near the end of the program, probably the first week of August.  Nancy Bushika recalled that when the town office addition was built they found a time capsule had been buried from the mid 1970s.  The Selectboard is researching the school/town building and would like to wait for the results before making a decision.

BUILDING COMMUNITY GROUP 1.  Pat Sullivan advised that the Building Community Group has received a $500.00 grant and is waiting to receive the check.  Nancy Bushika recalled the Selectboard discussion last December to create an account to hold funds that were received.  She questioned whether the town should be holding money for an independent group.  Mike Denault supports the project but recognized Nancy Bushika’s reluctance.  It was suggested that the board create a Community Project Committee to oversee these projects.  Dave Tatro felt if the building was going to be on town property, that the Selectboard should consider holding the money.  The question was raised about Seed Savers Group funds and the Broadband Group’s idea to run fiber to homes.  Parameters were discussed such as self-sufficient town projects and groups that bring in their own money.  Lori Shepard was instructed to call Love, Cody & Company for their opinion on the town holding money for community projects by independent groups and to call the Vermont League of Cities & Towns for advice on how to appoint a committee.

CONSTABLE/SHERIFF Maura Hawkins is interested in serving on the sheriff/constable research committee.  Mike Denault would like another one or two volunteers.  The board will wait another two weeks, hoping more come forward.  Mike Denault feels that if the majority of residents are not interested in considering any other law enforcement, it seems like a waste of time doing all the research.  Anyone interested in serving on this research committee should contact a Selectboard member or the town office before the next meeting on May 16, 2019.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT The Local Emergency Management Plan (LEMP) will be filed with Allison Strohl and the Northern Berkshire Emergency Medical Services.  Sheila Lawrence, Jim Stimpson and Bill Levine attended the last Emergency Management meeting in Bennington, VT.  They provided forms that residents can complete confidentially and send to the 9-1-1 board if they have special needs that should be considered in an emergency.  If a 9-1-1 call is received, the operator can see the information on the screen.  Bill Levine ordered 200 copies for distribution at the senior meals and both churches.  As dispatcher, Bill Levine can ask during an emergency affecting a certain area if anyone in that area has special needs so assistance can be provided more quickly.  It is an optional free service.

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