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Public Invited to Discuss Water Quality Plan for the West, Williams, Saxtons, and Nearby CT River

MONTPELIER, Vt. – State planners invite the public to attend one of two meetings in August to hear a presentation and offer their comments and suggestions on the State’s West, Williams, Saxtons Rivers, and adjacent Connecticut River Tributaries Tactical Basin Draft Plan. This Plan has been developed to protect and restore rivers, lakes, and wetlands in southeastern Vermont from Weston to Brattleboro.

The Tactical Basin Plan identifies actions that will protect or improve rivers, lakes, and wetlands through cost-effective projects, including floodplain restorations and dam removals. The plan includes 97 priority strategies focused on water quality and aquatic habitat. One such project is the proposed restoration of the Herricks Cove and Retreat Meadows wetlands which will to improve both flood resiliency and habitat for several rare species.

State and regional planners will be offering two similar public meetings where participants can learn more about the actions identified in the draft plan and provide feedback on the plan. More information about the dates and locations of these hybrid in-person & virtual meetings is available at https://dec.vermont.gov/water-investment/watershed-planning/tactical-basin-planning/basin11 along with the draft plan and an interactive Story Map on the Plan. Paper copies can be requested, and comments can be submitted via e-mail, by contacting Marie Caduto at Marie.Caduto@vermont.gov or 802-490-6142.

The public comment period runs from August 2 – 27, 2021. State officials will respond to each comment in a summary written later this summer.

Meetings  Aug 11, 2021, 06:00 PM Eastern Time

In-Person Location: Townshend Town Hall, 2006 Route 30, Townshend, VT

Virtual Access:
Register in advance for this meeting:

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Meeting Aug 17, 2021, 06:00 PM Eastern Time

 In-Person Location: Main Street Arts, 35 Main Street, Saxtons River, VT

Virtual Access:
Register in advance for this meeting:
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Chris Campany, Executive Director Windham Regional Commission

139 Main Street Suite 505 Brattleboro, VT 05301

www.windhamregional.org

Public Alert and Warning Systems at 2:20pm on Wednesday, August 11, 2021.

FEMA and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will test the nation’s public alert and warning systems at 2:20 pm this Wednesday, August 11, 2021. This test will comprise of live testing the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and the Wireless Emergency Alert System (WEA) of the Integrated Public Alert Warning System (IPAWS). The State of Vermont and Vermont Emergency Management will not be initiating this test as this is conducted by FEMA and the FCC.

What will occur? The general public watching broadcast media at this time will hear the emergency alert tone, followed by an automated message as well as a message marquee. Cell phone users who have not opted out of WEA tests will receive a push notification to their phones. It is important to understand that this is a test but to ensure that you have read the message completely as emergencies can happen at any time.

Is there any action needed from you? Only if you are to receive calls from the public about the validity of this test. Please ensure the public that this is a test issued by the FCC and FEMA and is legitimate. If the public has any questions, please point them to the links below.

Please reach out if you have questions.

Here is a link to the press release issued by FEMA.

General Public information regarding IPAWS.

Public Safety Officials information on IPAWS.

How to opt-in or opt-out of WEA tests.

 

Ian P. Kilburn

VT-ALERT Administrator

Vermont Emergency Management

 

May 19, 2021 DRB Continuation of Public Hearing (4.28.2021) “Zoom”

Topic: DRB Continuation of Public Hearing (4.28.2021) “Zoom”
Time: May 19, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Newfane Development Review Board Decision January 16, 2021

Town of Newfane Development Review Board

P.O. Box 36 Newfane, VT 05345

(802) 365 7772 / Fax (802) 365 7692

January 16, 2021

 Subject:

Decision of the Development Review Board (DRB) regarding appeal of Zoning Application 20-0043

Background

Zoning Application 20-0043 is for a food takeout shed operated as a home business on a non-conforming lot at 492 Vermont Route 30 in the rural district.  The zoning administrator denied the application on November 17, 2020 and applicant appealed the decision to the Development Review Board (DRB).   The appeal was heard at a public hearing convened on December 17, 2020 and continued to January 14, 2021.   On January 14, DRB voted to allow issuance of a zoning permit for this project.

 Development Review Board Decision

Effective January 14, 2021:

Zoning permit #20-0043 is approved with the following conditions:

  1. That the food shed be situated as close as possible to the location shown on the Google map submitted in connection with this application.
  2. That the zoning administrator be notified prior to any proposed relocation of the shed.

Further, the Board specifically notes that approval of this permit constitutes granting a variance from the Newfane zoning bylaw in that the subject lot does not meet current acreage and/or setback requirements.

Findings of Law

  1. Proposed location of the shed does not comply with the Newfane Zoning Bylaw with respect to setback (35 feet proposed vs 65 feet per the bylaw) and lot area (less than 1-acre actual vs 2 acres per the bylaw).
  2. Newfane Zoning Bylaw allows home businesses and food service establishments as conditional uses in this district.

Findings of Fact

  1. The proposed location is on a main highway with some existing commercial development
  2. The applicant has developed a workable parking and traffic management plan that can be accommodated by the limited space available.
  3. The proposed use is consistent with the essential character of the neighborhood.
  4. The proposed site plan represents the least deviation from the zoning bylaw that will accommodate this project
  5. Unnecessary hardship has not been created by the applicant

 Appeal of this Decision

In accordance with Title 24 VSA, Section 4471, an interested person who has participated in the Public Hearing of this matter may appeal this decision to the Environmental Division of the Vermont Superior Court by filing a Notice of Appeal directly to the Court within thirty (30) days of the decision.

Participation in the referenced hearing shall consist of offering oral or written testimony, evidence or a statement of concern related to the subject of the hearing.

Newfane Development Review Board

David Cotton, Chairman

Development Review Board Continuation of December 17, 2020 Public Hearing

Continuation of December 17, 2020 Public Hearing

Town of Newfane, Vermont Development Review Board

On Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 6:30 pm, the Newfane Development Review Board will hold a Zoom-based continuation of the December 17 public hearing of the appeal of the Zoning Administrator’s rejection of Zoning Permit Application 20-0043.

Appellant Alan Scott-Moncrieff is seeking approval to operate a home business providing food take-out with window service only.  The business would be located in a 48 square foot garden shed to be added to the same property as Mr. Scott-Moncrieff’s residence at 492 Vermont Route 30, parcel D-145.

DRB hearing of this appeal was begun on December 17, 2020; it was continued to January 14, 2021 at 6:30 pm via Zoon in order to allow additional evidence to be gathered.

To join the Zoom-based continuation of the December 17, 2020 public hearing on January 14, 2021 at 6:30 pm:

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Town Newfane is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: DRB Hearing

Time: Jan 14, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

 

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December 17th 2020 DRB Public Hearing Notice

December 17th 2020 DRB Public Hearing Notice

The Newfane Development Review Board will hold a public hearing as a Zoom electronic meeting on Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 6:30 pm to consider appeal of the Zoning Administrator’s rejection of Zoning Permit Application 20-0043.

Applicant Alan Scott-Moncrieff is seeking approval to operate a home business providing food take-out with window service only.  The business would be located in a 48 square foot garden shed to be added to the same property as Mr. Scott-Moncrieff’s residence at 492 Vermont Route 30, parcel D-145.

The hearing will be preceded by a site visit a 3:00 pm   Facemasks must be worn and social distancing is required.  Alternately, individuals may make site visits on their own prior to the meeting.

use link below to join the hearing at 6:30 December 17th.

Join Zoom Meeting 

https://zoom.us/j/95877620226?pwd=ODJvUDF5ZVFPMGlEYlVNZzNDczdCZz09

The application to be considered at the hearing is available for public review at the Newfane town office.   Copies may also be obtained by contacting the Newfane Administrative Assistant at:  tnewfane@newfanevt.com or 802 365 7772 extension 4 during business hours Monday thru Thursday. Participation in the public hearing portion of these proceedings is a prerequisite to the right to take any subsequent appeal.

Persons wishing to appear and be heard at the Zoom Public Hearing may do so in person, by a representative or attorney or through written comment.

 

Newfane Development Review Board

Walter Dadik, Secretary

November 23, 2020

 

December 17th 2020 DRB Public Hearing Notice

The Newfane Development Review Board will hold a public hearing as a Zoom electronic meeting on Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 6:30 pm to consider appeal of the Zoning Administrator’s rejection of Zoning Permit Application 20-0043.

Applicant Alan Scott-Moncrieff is seeking approval to operate a home business providing food take-out with window service only.  The business would be located in a 48 square foot garden shed to be added to the same property as Mr. Scott-Moncrieff’s residence at 492 Vermont Route 30, parcel D-145.

The hearing will be preceded by a site visit a 3:00 pm   Facemasks must be worn and social distancing is required.  Alternately, individuals may make site visits on their own prior to the meeting.

use link below to join the hearing at 6:30 December 17th.

Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/95877620226?pwd=ODJvUDF5ZVFPMGlEYlVNZzNDczdCZz09

The application to be considered at the hearing is available for public review at the Newfane town office.   Copies may also be obtained by contacting the Newfane Administrative Assistant at:  tnewfane@newfanevt.com or 802 365 7772 extension 4 during business hours Monday thru Thursday. Participation in the public hearing portion of these proceedings is a prerequisite to the right to take any subsequent appeal.

Persons wishing to appear and be heard at the Zoom Public Hearing may do so in person, by a representative or attorney or through written comment.

 

 

 

Newfane Development Review Board

Walter Dadik, Secretary

November 23, 2020

Newfane is looking to Hire Immediate Part-Time Data Entry Person

Newfane is looking to Hire Immediate Part-Time Data Entry Person

  • Computer experience
  • Detailed oriented
  • Real Estate knowledge preferred but not required.
  • Data entry, zoning permits, updating valuation and assessment records.
  • Read and interpret deeds, subdivision and boundary line adjustments.
  • Coordination of information with tax mapping service for annual revisions.
  • Assist with the production of Sales verification forms, Maintaining Sales report book.
  • Assist with data entry for current use value appraisal.

Job to be 16-20+ hours per week Monday –Thursday, Closed Friday.

Hourly rate to be based on knowledge and Experience

Deadline to receive resume October 14th, 2020

Newfane Selectboard

Administrative Assistant

PO Box 36

 Newfane, VT  05345

 

 

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This communication includes information related to the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation’s regional
COVID-19 Business Resiliency Program

Housing Assistance Programs

Governor Phil Scott, the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), the Vermont State Housing Authority (VSHA), and the Vermont State Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) announced $30 million in housing assistance to those affected by COVID-19. The programs utilize federal CARES Act funding to provide relief for those tenants unable to pay rent, landlords suffering from a loss of rent payments and those lower income homeowners needing assistance in paying the mortgage.

These relief programs will be available starting Monday, July 13th through two different programs. Technical assistance for these programs is being provided by Vermont Legal Aid to help tenants and homeowners and technical assistance has been made available through the Vermont Landlord Association to help landlords access these programs.

Rental Housing Stabilization Program

The Vermont State Housing Authority, an agency that manages federal rental assistance programs statewide, will administer the $25 million rental assistance program.  The 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.

Applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis, and assisted units must be free from life safety hazards. Find applications, additional program eligibility requirements, and answers to FAQs at the VSHA website.

Vermont Mortgage Assistance Program

Vermont’s new Mortgage Assistance Program (MAP) will help low-income homeowners who have fallen behind on their mortgage and are facing economic hardship brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will provide up to three monthly mortgage payments directly to the servicer of the mortgage with a goal of preventing future foreclosure. Administered by Vermont Housing Finance Agency with $5 million of the funding provided to Vermont through the federal CARES Act, the program is available to any homeowner who meets the eligibility criteria, and is not just for VHFA borrowers.

 At BDCC: In person collaboration to flex our workforce development programs is underway!

Bank Reconciliations Job Search July 9, 2020

The Town Of Newfane is looking for someone who is qualified to do bank reconciliations once a
month.
Melissa Brown, Town Treasurer, will train the person to do the job.
The flat remuneration for this work is $50.00 a month. The important part of the job is that it
must be done in a timely manner and be completed on time each month. Must have strong
math skills and knowledge of how to balance bank accounts.
Please have a resume to bring to an interview with the Selectboard.
More details about the job are listed below:
The bank reconciliation statement is a summary of banking and business activity that
reconciles the town’s bank account with its financial records. The statement outlines the
deposits, withdrawals and other activities affecting a bank account for a specific period.
This reconciliation needs to be done monthly. It is very important to reconcile the
account as soon as possible once the bank statement is received.
To reconcile the account you must:
1. Compare the deposits – Match the deposits in the Town records with those in the bank
statement.
2. Compare the expenses – Match the expenses in the Town records with those in the
bank statement
3. Print out four reports.
4. Fill out summary sheet for bank reconciliation
5. Compare the balances
6. Explain why there is a difference if there is one.

For more information please contact:

Wannetta Powling  Newfane Selectboard Administrative Assistant / Human Resources

802-365-7772 Ext. #4          tnewfane@svcable.net

 

Landfill Solar Information from the Green Lantern Solar Team

Customers throughout GMP territory may now order wattage in the planned 150kW Newfane Browns Road (landfill) Community Solar Array.

Please contact Ralph Meima (802 380-1029) if you are interested, or visit our Community Solar Array inquiries web page at http://greenlanterndevelopment.com/community . The web page includes a calculator where you can model various purchase scenarios. Remember to hit “Calculate” to generate scenarios, and hit “Submit” when you have an order scenario (along with your contact information) that you would like us to review and get in touch with you to explore.

Community Solar is a great way to enjoy the energy benefits, tax incentives, and net metering credits of solar without having to accommodate an array on/in your own house or yard.

We received our Certificate of Public Good several weeks ago and expect to build the array during the coming summer. Inquiries and orders have risen steadily over the past several weeks, and now is the time to research the benefits of Community Solar, evaluate our offer, and make your Newfane Browns Road commitment if you have not yet done so.

All the best from the Green Lantern Solar Team!

2018 Newfane Town Meeting Election Results

TOWN POSITIONS
Position  Name Total
Moderator
Deborah Luskin 170
Danielle LaCroix 1
Kim Friedman 1
Melissa Brown 2
Town Clerk
Carol Hesselbach 180
Gloria Cristelli 1
Treasurer/Tax Collector
Melissa Brown 183
James Russell 1
Selectman 3-years
Marion Dowling 166
Mark 1
Todd Lawley 1
Selectman 1-year (vote 2)
Shelly Huber 157
Chris Williams 134
Greg Record 2
Ken Estey 1
Rick Rickard 1
Lynn Bedell 1
Lynn Forrest 1
Delinquent Tax Collector
Samantha Wilson 177
Melissa Brown 2
Lister 3-year
Doris Knechtel 27
Robert Powers 14
Lorena Cuevas 1
Bob Litchfield 1
William Hamm 1
Town Agent
Ken Estey 2
Rick Rickards 2
Mike Fitzpatrick 1
Tom Russell 1
Constable
Archer Mayor 4
David Hamm 1
David Hull 1
Richard Foye 1
Bob Lyons 1
Larry Robinson 1
Bill Th 1
Craig Friend 1
Greg Record 1
Town of Newfane, Vermont, Town School District: March 6, 2018
Position  Name Total
Moderator 1-year
Deborah Luskin 167
Kim Friedman 1
School Director 3-year
Lindsey Bertram 4
Ken McFadden 1
Michael 1
Chris Druke 1
School Treasurer
Melissa Brown 7
Linda Decker 1
Samantha Wilson 1
Leland & Gray for 3 years
Emily Long 160
Kim Friedman 1
Dale Stevens 1
Pat Flynn 1
 Leland & Gray 2 yr of 3 yr term
Lindsey Bertram 1
Todd Lawley 1
Maggie Bills 1
Unified School Director 4-year term
Lindsey Bertram 17
Al Clausen 1
Maggie Bills 1
Marion Dowley 1
Brenda Siegel 1
Emily Long 2