The Selectboard decided to seek advice from our State of Vermont Officials regarding the Rock River and West River swimming holes in Newfane, Vermont. Parking along VT Route 30 and Depot Hill & Williamsville Station Road is a serious concern for our residents, community and state. It has been observed that Governor Scott’s EXECUTIVE ORDER to follow COVID 19 guidelines are not being followed at these swimming areas. On August 7th VTrans will be closing the parking areas along RT 30 for the remainder of the swimming season.
The Newfane Select Board is seeking to appoint a part-time (15 to 20 hours/week) Lister to serve until
March 2021. At Town Meeting (March 2nd, 2021) there will be two Lister positions to be elected; one for a one-year term and the other for a 3-year term. The candidate must understand appraisal methods and property assessment administration in Vermont, be detailed oriented, be interested and dedicated to the job responsibilities, knowledge of the town, and much more. Real Estate knowledge preferred but not required. Be familiar with a CAMA program and Grand List program. The town uses Access Pro for CAMA and NEMRC for Grand List. Training and classes are available. Many of the requirements and timing are governed by the Vermont Division of Property Valuation and Review.
Send resume and cover letter to Newfane Select Board, PO Box 36, Newfane, VT 05345
no later than August 17th, 2020
Funding for relief programs for renters and homeowners experiencing hardships due to COVID-19 are opening Monday July 13th. The applications will be online. Information on Rental Stabilization program and Vermont COVID Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program are below. More information will be posted on VHFA and VSHA websites. Please keep checking them and we will keep you updated as more information is released and share this widely.
Rental Housing Stabilization Program– Vermont State Housing Authority
The Vermont State Housing Authority (VSHA) Rental Housing Stabilization Program (RHSP) is for funding landlords on behalf of tenants in need of rental arrearage assistance. This program will provide the VSHA Payment Standard or the actual amount due for the month(s) being claimed, whichever is less, per household at a single unit who meet eligibility criteria. The goal of this program is to prevent homelessness and to provide housing stability.
The program is funded through Vermont’s allocation of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
VSHA will begin receiving applications July 13 from tenants and/or landlords on a rolling basis. The funding is first come, first serve. More information will be posted as to dates and eligibility after July 13th. Please continue to check here for updates and to apply.
Vermont COVID Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program- Vermont Housing Finance Agency
Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) will soon begin to accept applications for the Vermont COVID Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program. The program, which is funded through the federal CARES Act, will help Vermont homeowners facing economic hardship brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. This program is available to ALL Vermonters – not just those who have mortgages funded through VHFA home mortgage programs.
- Vermont homeowners of property that is their primary residence
- Are behind on their primary mortgage due to a COVID-related financial hardship
- Entered into the mortgage prior to March 1, 2020
- Income limit and additional requirements apply (to be announced)
VHFA intends to prioritize applicants with lower incomes, but given the limited amount of funds and the limited time to review applications and distribute awards there is no assurance that any individual application will be funded.
How to apply
Applications will be received through VHFA’s website. The application period has not yet started. We expect to have more information on application dates, requirements, and eligibility available after July 13. We encourage you to visit this page regularly for updates.
Marion Major-Outreach & Marketing
68 Birge Street Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 246-2102 www.homemattershere.org
- ACCD’s Current COVID-19 Recovery Resources – Housing assistance programs, economic recovery grants, the Building Communities Grants program, large event guidance, a survey to gauge the demand for and use of face masks, and a survey for Vermont businesses to report how the pandemic has affected them.
- Governor Extends State of Emergency – Scott today announced an extension of Vermont’s “state of emergency” until August 15. He called the move a “vehicle” to extend some of the COVID-19-related restrictions and continue steps toward reopening the state.
- Make Sure Vermont Counts! – The Vermont State Data Center wants to promote its 2020 Census message using outdoor electronic signage. If you know of electronic signs that could be used, please take a minute to call and see what is possible. The message is simple: If you haven’t already completed the form, please do so at 2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020.
- Make sure Vermont counts!
TOWN OF NEWFANE BOARD OF LIQUOR CONTROL MEETING MINUTES
MONDAY MAY 4, 2020
BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Via Remote Access:Marion Dowling, Mike Fitzpatrick, Christopher Williams, Shelly Huber and Angela Sanborn
OTHERS PRESENT: Wannetta Powling
CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at7:08p.m. By Marion Dowling, Chair
REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF LIQUOR LICENSES
After review, a motion was made by Ms. Sanborn and seconded by Ms. Huber to approve the Liquor License applications of The Dutton Berry Farm.
The motion carried unanimously
A motion was made by Ms. Sanborn to adjourn at 7:11 p.m. The motion carried unanimously.
**We want to stay committed to the mandate issued by the Government regarding COVID 19 – Anything that is not time sensitive should wait to a future meeting.
Please let’s remember to Stay Safe
THE NEWFANE SELECTBOARD
WILL NOT BE HOLDING
APRIL 20, 2020 MEETING.
It starts with each of us doing our part. And how we do this is by completing the 2020 Census questionnaire. You can complete it online or by phone. It is easy, safe and takes around 10 minutes to complete.
Completing the questionnaire allows you to influence the amount of money that comes to Vermont for many of our essential programs…programs that benefit our health and safety, that pay for our roads, for local government, for schools, for hospitals, and for so much more…
All households should receive an invitation by this weekend with a 12 digit Census ID to go online and complete the questionnaire. But, you can complete the questionnaire at any time without the census ID by going to the official Census website, my2020Census.gov. When you get there you will see a link :”If you don’t have a Census ID, click here”. It will ask you for your physical address and from there you can complete the questionnaire.
If you prefer not to use the internet, this is the first time we can complete the questionnaire by phone! You can call: 844-330-2020 to get help in English. There are an additional 13 other language options for completing the questionnaire as well.
If you have questions, or need help, please call the 2020 Census office in Burlington at 802-557-6707 (we are teleworking to be safe and well and will respond to your calls), or you can email me at David.firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll get back to you with an answer.
The West River School District Annual Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 24 and the Australian Ballot scheduled for Wednesday, March 25, have both been cancelled. A meeting has been warned for Thursday, March 26 to set a new date for the annual meeting and vote.
Agenda & options for attending that meeting are listed belowWRMUED Agenda
OFFICE CLOSED TO PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Newfane Town Office is adjusting its operations to help reduce the risk of transmitting the COVID-19 virus, while continuing to serve the public comprehensively and effectively.
Please take note of the following and let us know if you have any questions.
- All staff will continue to be available
- You can reach all Town office staff
- By email or phone. 365-7772
- Appointments are made by staff on a case by case basis.
Effective March 16, 2020, the Moore Free Library and Crowell Art Gallery are closed and all events are cancelled until further notice, due to the coronavirus.
Online access to ebooks and audiobooks is available through GMLC/Overdrive and RB Digital and they can be accessed through the library’s web site. Both of these services allow users to either stream or download audiobooks and ebooks and are free to library patrons.
There are also digital resources available from the library, such as Internet Archive (which has old movies and other videos) and VT Online Library. You can find links to all of these from our website here: https://moorefreelibrary.org/online-resources/
Patrons who need help setting up an online account, remembering their library card number, or working through the use of any of these systems, are asked to call or email the library at 365-7948 or email@example.com.
Newfane or Brookline residents who would like to set up a free library account for the first time can also do so by phone or email.
The library has free, powerful wifi available which reaches outside. Patrons can park in front of the library or sit on the porch or bring their own chair to the front lawn (maintaining social distancing, of course) and use the wifi.
Erica Walch, Director
Moore Free Library
P.O. Box 208, 23 West Street
Newfane, VT 05345
(802) 365-7948 www.moorefreelibrary.org
The Library and Crowell Art Gallery are closed until further notice, due to the coronavirus.
The West River Unified School District Annual Meeting is Tuesday, March 24th at 7 PM at LGUHS.
The voting on the school budget and other articles will be Wednesday, March 25th.
For Newfane voters this will take place from 9 AM to 7 PM at the Newbrook Fire Station on Route 30 in Newfane.
There is a Rabies Clinic on Saturday, March 14, from 10AM to 1 PM at the Newbrook Fire Station on Route 30, Newfane.
The Town Clerks of Newfane, Brookline, and Townshend will be there to issue or renew dog licenses.
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
The Newfane Selectboard will hold a public hearing as provided for in 24VSA/4442
at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, March 9, 2020 at the Newfane Town Office to hear comment
on a proposed amendment to Article 3, Section 343 of the Newfane Zoning Bylaws to
Establish Natural Burial as a Conditional Use in Resource Districts in the Town.
Copies of the proposed amendment are Available from the Administrative Assistant
to the Board during regular working hours.
Hendrik W. van Loon
Dated: Febraury14th, 2020
The Moore Free Library in Newfane will host a Pre-Town Meeting and Candidates Night on Monday, February 24th.
All candidates for elected office in the town have been invited. None of these positions is contested (there is only one candidate for each position). This is an opportunity to ask questions and gain understanding of the budget, report, articles being voted upon and town governance. All residents of the town of Newfane (this includes Williamsville, South Newfane, and Brookside) are welcome to attend.
From 6:30 to 7:00 PM, candidates running for town elections have been invited to participate in a meet and greet. While there are no contested elections in the town, residents will be able to meet candidates and learn more about them and why they chose to run for office.
At 7:00 PM, the Pre-Town Meeting will begin. Melissa Brown, Newfane Treasurer, and Deborah Lee Luskin, Newfane Moderator, will be present to discuss the articles on the ballot, the budget, and the 2019 Town Report. The format and flow of the meeting and the procedure for discussion and making motions will also be discussed.
Newfane residents are asked to bring their town report (which should arrive by mail before the meeting). There will be a few extra on hand for those who haven’t received the report in the mail.
The Moore Free Library is located at 23 West Street in Newfane. On street parking is available.
The Moore Free Library in Newfane has recently received grants from the United Way of Windham County, the Cosby-Gannett Fund, the Vermont Community Foundation, RISE VT, and the Children’s Literacy Foundation. These grants are all targeted towards increasing family programming and youth engagement at the library.
With the funding, the Moore Free Library will be expanding its hours and family offerings. Starting February 1st, the library will host Family Fun Fridays every Friday evening. Coloring and board games will be available from 5-6 PM and at 6 PM, a family movie will be shown in the Crowell Gallery. Popcorn and snacks will be provided. On Saturdays, there will be a weekly activity geared towards kids/families from 1:00 – 2:00 PM.
This grant funding is also supporting a week of Story Time Yoga during school vacation week (February 17 – 22). From 10:30 — 11:30 AM each day that week, families and caregivers of children of all ages are invited to hear a story and learn some gentle yoga moves related to the story, led by Newfane Village Yoga and Kidding Around Yoga certified teacher, Courtney Perkins. After Story Time Yoga, families are invited to gather at the Newfane Congregational Church for a community luncheon.
The Moore Free Library also offers a weekly story time on Thursdays, 10:30 – 11:00 AM, which is an opportunity for young children and their caregivers to get to know each other and listen to stories read aloud. All of these events are free and open to all families and caregivers of children.
Effective February 1, 2020, the Moore Free Library’s hours will be as follows: Tuesday 1-5 PM, Wednesday 2-6 PM, Thursday 1-5 PM (with story time 10:30 – 11 AM), Friday 2-8 PM, Saturday 10 AM – 2 PM. The library will continue to be closed on Sundays and Mondays.
This grant funding will allow the library to offer expanded hours and activities for seven months, as a pilot program. If family engagement and youth attendance increases during this pilot period, the library hopes to secure ongoing funding to make these changes permanent.
The Moore Free Library is located at 23 West Street, Newfane, VT 05345. Moorefreelibrary.org, (802) 365-7948, firstname.lastname@example.org
Erica Walch, Director
Moore Free Library
P.O. Box 208, 23 West Street
Newfane, VT 05345
(802) 365-7948 www.moorefreelibrary.org
Library & Crowell Art Gallery Hours: Tuesday 1-5, Wednesday 1-5, Thursday 2-7, Friday 1-5, Saturday 10-1
Closed Sunday & Monday
The Green Mountain Conservancy will be holding a public information meeting about Phase II of the Deer Run Nature Preserve on Wednesday, December 4 at 7 pm in the Williamsville Hall, Williamsville, Vermont.
The Newfane Planning Commission has cancelled the regularly scheduled Thursday, October 24th meeting.
The Newfane Planning Commission will hold a meeting with the Windham Regional Commission on Friday, Oct 25th at 1pm at the latter’s offices in downtown Brattleboro to discuss the particulars of Newfane’s Enhanced Energy Plan.