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Town of Newfane Board of Civil Authority Agenda: February 7, 2024

Newfane Town Office and on Zoom


6:05 Changes or additions to the agenda.

6:10 Review new voter registration list.

6:15 Approve assistant election officials.

6:20 Determine pairs of BCA members to deliver ballots to homebound voters.

6:25 Discuss town meeting election and when BCA members can serve.

6:30 Discuss early processing of absentee ballots and determine if/when that will take place and who will process them.

6:40 Any other legal business

Adjourn meeting.

Notice of Board of Civil Authority Meeting: 7 February 2024

Pursuant to the provisions of 24 V.S.A. Section 1535(a), notice is hereby given that the Board of Civil Authority within and for the Town of Newfane will on the

7th day of February 2024, at 6:00 o’clock in the p.m.

meet at the Newfane Town Office Selectboard Meeting Room in said Town and on Zoom to conduct the following business: discuss the election to be held on Town Meeting Day, March 5, create 2 person teams to deliver ballots to homebound voters if requested, determine if we will allow using any registered Newfane voter to serve as an assistant election official for the year, review the list of voters added to the checklist from August 1, 2023 thru January 31, 2024, determine if absentee ballots will be processed into the tabulator before election day, and determine the date and participants of the testing of the tabulator.

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Meeting ID: 834 6988 7786
Passcode: 590706

by: Carol Hesselbach
Board of Civil Authority Clerk
February 1, 2024

Copy: Town Office, Williamsville Post Office, WW Building Supply, Moore Free Library,
Board of Civil Authority Members, Newfane Website

Town Positions for Election on March 5, 2024

The following positions will appear on the ballot for election on Town Meeting Day:

Town Moderator, Vote for 1, 1 year term;
Town Clerk, vote for 1, 1 Year Term;
Town Treasurer, vote for 1, 1 Year Term;
Selectboard Member, vote for 1, 3 year term;
Selectboard Member, vote for 2, 1 year term;
Delinquent Tax Collector, vote for 1, 1 year term;
Lister, vote for 1, 3 Year Term;
Lister, vote for 1, 2 Years of 3 year Term;
Lister, vote for 1, 1 Year of 3 Year term;
Town Constable, vote for 1, 1 Year Term;
West River Unified District School Director, vote for 1, 3 Year Term.

Petitions with the signatures of 15 Registered Town of Newfane voters must be received by the Town Clerk by 5 PM on Monday, January 29, 2024, with a Consent of Candidate form in order to appear on the ballot.

Note that current incumbents may be running again.

Rabies Clinics

There will be rabies clinics for dogs only on Mondays, January 8 and 22, February 5 and 19, and March 4 and 18, from 9 to 10 AM, at the Williamsville Hall, 35 Dover Road.

Dr. Paul Kotas of Free Range Veterinary Services will be the provider. The cost is $22.

You must bring proof of a prior rabies vaccine. The Town Clerk will be available so that dogs can be registered with the Town after receiving the rabies vaccine. The fee to register your dog is $15 for unneutered or unspayed dogs and $10 for spayed or neutered dogs. The registration fee must be paid by cash or check.

Request for ARPA funds for support of Tai Chi Classes

December 1, 2023
To: Newfane Select Board

Request for ARPA funds for support of Tai Chi Classes

Tai Chi exercise is a form of “internal” martial art, used to fend off the stresses of modern life, to maintain agility, balance, and overall health as we age. It emphasizes mindfulness and meditation while helping to slow cognitive decline. The Harvard Medical School has done many studies proving the benefits of Tai Chi in fall prevention, promoting bone density, and relieving low back pain and pain from arthritis and fibromyalgia.

The various councils on aging in Vermont promote and support various forms of Tai Chi, including Sun Short Form, also called Fall Prevention Tai Chi. As such, they provide free training for instructors to be certified by Tai Chi Vermont, Inc, and liability insurance for these instructors who teach free classes at various senior centers in Vermont.

I am currently holding Tai Chi classes in the Williamsville Hall, free of charge for students, under the sponsorship of Senior Solutions. I’ve been teaching the Short Form and am transitioning those students now into learning the Long Form, Sun 73 Tai Chi. I want to start another beginner class of the Fall Prevention Form in January.

For the last couple of winters, I have discontinued classes in the middle of winter, because of the cost and difficulty heating the hall. Steve Levine must walk to the hall the night before, and turn up the thermostat if the room is to be comfortable on class day. He has been given as a gift 2 thermostats that can be controlled remotely from his cell phone, but it requires some additional wiring done to hook them up.

The wiring would require about 4 hours of work at $75 per hour, for a total of $300. In addition, the cost of heating the hall for those extra hours would be an additional $1,000 for propane. I am asking for $1,300 to support Tai Chi classes for the older citizens of Newfane, so they can enjoy good health and wellness in our community.

Jane Douglas
Tai Chi Instructor