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Open & Accepting Town Committee Meeting

The Open & Accepting Town Committee will hold an Organizational Meeting and its first Regular Meeting on:

Thursday, April 27, 2017
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Newfane Town Office

Organizational Meeting

  • Elect Chair
  • Elect Recording Secretary

To be followed immediately by…

First Regular Meeting

Topics of discussion to include:

  • Discussion of charge to the Committee
  • Review of resolution passed at Town Meeting Day
  • Review the terms “welcome” and “protect” re: refugees, immigrants
  • Discuss scope of the Committee’s work
  • Plan meeting schedule
  • Plan meeting schedule

Planning Committee Meeting Minutes for April 11 2017

Town of Newfane, Vermont
Planning Commission
Emergency Meeting Minutes

April 11, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
Place:  Newfane Town Office, 555 Vermont RT. 30, Newfane, VT

  1. Present were Lynn Forrest, Bob McCandless, Ken Estey, Mike Young.

Absent was Angela Sanborn.

  1. Members of the public present: Jennifer and Paul Stanchfield, Hilly Van Loon, Darlene and Gil Eisenhuth, Jim Russell and Merrill Mundell
  • Old Business

Minutes of the previous meeting will be reviwed on April 25, 2017

  1. New Business

Brookside Village.  Much history of the fourth village in Newfane, namely, Brookside Village, was presented to the Planning Commission by current residents of that village.  Years ago there was a “Brookside Village” sign  that was stolen so the residents are wanting to pursue having it replaced.

  1. Lynn Forrest motioned to adjourn the meeting at 8PM. Bob McCandless seconded.  All in favor.

Respectfully submitted
Bob McCandless

Posting Locations:

Town of Newfane web site:

Rescue Inc – Town Report: Jan. 2017

Rescue started this past year on a high note, celebrating fifty years of service in the community. We hosted a reunion, celebration and open house that allowed us to connect with many men and women that have defined our organization in the last half-century. Alumni shared stories of the humble beginnings of Rescue Inc and the camaraderie and commitment that has sustained it. The recurring theme all evening was high quality emergency medicine and the desire to provide the best care to our patients. As we look to the future; we recognize that health care delivery is changing, technology is improving and our communities rely on us to continually evolve to meet these new demands.
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Planning Commission Regular Meeting Agenda: March 14, 2017

Date: March 14, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
Place: Newfane Town Office, 555 Vermont Route 30, Newfane, Vermont

Call to order (Approx. 6:00 PM)

Review and approve minutes of last meeting

Old Business (Approx 6:10 PM)

  1. Introduction of new candidate for Planning Commission: Todd Fahey
  2. Discuss particulars of the Dec 13th Public Hearing.

New Business

  1. Discuss presenting the amendment to the Town Plan to the Windham Regional Commission for approval.
  2. Discuss getting the community involved in Village Center Designation application process..
  3. Discuss having the residents of Brookside Village in Newfane come to a meeting to speak about Brookside Village.

Adjournment (Approx. 7:00 PM)

Note: Regular Planning Commission meetings are held at Newfane Town Office on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 6:00 PM.All interested parties are most welcome to attend.

Posting locations:
Newfane Town Offices
Williamsville Post Office
WW Building Supply
Newfane Market
Town of Newfane web site:

Planning Commission Regular Meeting Minutes: December 13, 2016

December 13, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM

Place: Newfane Town Office, 555 Vermont RT. 30, Newfane, VT

Present: Lynn Forrest, Bob McCandless, Mike Young and Angela Sanborn.

Members of the public present: Gloria Cristelli, Newfane Town Clerk and Carol Hatcher, Newfane Selectboard member

I. The minutes of the previous meeting were read. Bob McCandless moved to approve them. Mike Young
seconded. All approved.

II. Added to the Agenda
Lynn Forrest presented a proposed Planning Commission budget for 2017. It was $2,500 in 2016, remaining the same
for 2017. Mike Young moved to approve the 2017 budget. Bob McCandless seconded. All approved.

III. Public Hearing
Lynn Forrest confirmed that the mailing of the Proposed Amendment to the Town Plan was mailed to all the statutory
parties on November, 12, 2016 which was within the 30 days as required by statute.

No suggestions for changes to the Proposed Amendment were received from any of the statutory parties. Gloria
Cristelli and Carol Hatcher spoke to approve the wording of the Amendment to the Proposed Amendment to the
Town Plan for VCD. There were no suggestions for changes to the Proposed Amendment by the attending members
of the public. Angela Sanborn moved to recommend that the Amendment to the Town Plan supporting Village Center
Designation be presented to the Selectboard for adoption. Mike Young seconded. All in favor.

Mike Young, Bob McCandless and Angela Sanborn agreed to attend the Dec 19th Selectboard meeting to present
the Proposed Amendment to the Selectboard and to address any questions they might have. Lynn will not be able to

IV. Old Business
Todd Fahey let the Commission know that after reviewing his current work and family responsibilities he would
not be able to participate as a PC member. The PC thanked Todd Fahey for his interest in the PC.
Angela Sanborn will contact residents of Brookside Village and set up a time for them to meet with the PC in

IV. New Business
Lynn Forrest recommended all Planning Commissioners take the time to become familiar with the current TP. She
suggested writing down any questions, concerns or insights as the review process gets underway.
Lynn will contact Shannon to attempt setting up a conference call for Lynn and Bob to call in for meetings in
January. If not possible, the Commission will be on hiatus.

Gloria Cristelli volunteered to assist the PC regarding watershed/flood resiliency issues that affect the update to the
Town Plan. She is a board member of the Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance (SeVWA.) The State of Vermont
requires that flood resiliency be included in a Town Plan.

Lynn Forrest moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:03 PM. Bob McCandless seconded. All in favor.

Respectfully submitted

Bob McCandless

Posting Locations:

Town of Newfane Planning Commission Binder
Town of Newfane web site:

Leland and Gray Faces Potential Large Budget Cuts

Townshend, VT – For the last several years, Leland and Gray has seen declining enrollment in students that has mirrored Vermont as a whole. In an effort to continue the high-quality programming that has made Leland and Gray successful, the school board and the citizens of the five towns (Brookline, Newfane, Windham, Townshend, and Jamaica) have continued to fund Leland and Gray budgets at sustained levels.

The impact of declining enrollment and the passage of ACT 46 have changed the current funding environment for Leland and Gray. Under ACT 46, school districts gradually lose the hold harmless provision of a maximum of a 3.5% loss of equalized pupils which has accelerated the effects on budget and programming development at Leland and Gray.

For the past several months, the board has considered a variety of influences on Leland and Gray — – loss of students, appropriate programming, investment of the community and future planning. The board has already asked the administration to reduce the budget by more than $300,000. With new information about equalized pupils reported from the state on Tuesday, December 13th, the board tasked the administration with identifying additional reductions to stay under the spending threshold.

The board is asking for public input on these proposed changes and welcomes questions or comments in-person, by phone or via email. See proposed budget here:

The board will be meeting TUESDAY, December 20, 7:00 pm at Leland and Gray to consider adopting a budget and all are encouraged to attend.