VOTE: July 18, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on withdrawing from BUHS School District

There will be a town election on July 18, with voting from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., on the question of whether to withdraw from BUHS District No. 6. The Vernon School Board recommends a YES vote, and has prepared the following Q&A about the issues.

There will also be informational meetings held on Monday, July 10 and Monday July 17, at 6 p.m. in the Vernon Elementary School Cafetorium, where the issue will be explained and questions answered. Early voting is available at the Town Clerk’s office which is open Mon.-Thurs. 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

What are we voting on?

On Tuesday, July 18th, the town of Vernon will vote to decide if we should withdraw from BUHS District No. 6. The ballot question is worded as follows:

Shall the Vernon Town School District, a member of Brattleboro Union High School District #6, vote to withdraw from the Brattleboro Union High School District pursuant to the provisions of 16 V.S.A. subsection 721 a, as amended by Section 5 of S.122, approved by the 2017 session of the Vermont General Assembly.

Didn’t we already vote to withdraw?

Yes! Back in August of 2016 the town voted to leave the district by an overwhelming margin of 374 to 124, however one other member town voted against our withdrawal, so we remain part of the district. Recently passed legislation now allows Vernon the ability to vote ourselves out, and no longer requires the other member towns to do so. (more…)

Weekly recycling starts July 6; no more recyling bins at the Town Garage

By Bob Spencer, WSWMD Executive Director, Vernon resident, and member of the Vernon Solid Waste Committee

Starting July 6, Vernon’s single-stream recyclables will be collected curbside every week by Triple T Trucking, along with weekly trash collection. The recyclables are taken to Brattleboro Salvage transfer station on Vernon Street (Route 142) in Brattleboro, and loaded into large trailers, which hauls them to a single-stream MRF in Rutland, VT. In addition, the Windham Solid Waste Management District (WSWMD) is discontinuing collection of recyclable materials at all of its member town transfer stations, and the 24/7 sites such as Vernon highway garage. (more…)

July news from the Vernon Free Library

Hours:

Monday 1-6pm
Tuesday 9-noon & 1-6
Wednesday 1-6pm
Thursday 1-6pm
Friday – CLOSED
Saturday 9-12 noon

Programs:

Cribbage Club – Every Wednesday @ 11am
Knitting Group – Every Wednesday 1-2pm
Reading Group – 2nd Thursday of the month @ 5pm
Rhyme Time – Every Monday @ 10:30 am for ages 0 to 3 yrs. & siblings

Reading Group will be meeting Thursday, July 13th at 5 pm. We are reading “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” by Helen Simonson.

LIBRARY RAFFLE

The library currently has a fund raiser raffle. We’re raffling 2 bat houses and a $25 gift card to Achilles Agway. Tickets for each are $1.00 each of 6 for $5.00. Stop by the library to check them out and buy some tickets!

Build A Better World 2017 Summer Reading Program is in full swing! There’s still time to join in the summer fun! We’ve been doing PAPER BAG CHALLENGES with great results. You take home a paper bag with certain items in it and try to build the specified object!!

Prevent Summer Slide! Children who don’t read during the summer can lose up to two months of learning by the time they return to school in the fall!

State Park & Historical Sites Passes

Don’t forget you can borrow passes for free admission to Vermont State Parks, Vermont Historical Sites & Vermont History Museum from the library? We also loan a pass for free admission to Brattleboro Museum & Art Center! Great activities for the summer! Come to the library and check it out!

Thank you to everyone who donated and purchased items at the library’s PLANT & BAKE SALE! It was a great success. We appreciate your support!

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July 2017 news from Vernon’s churches

Vernon Union Church, located at 2631 Fort Bridgman Road (next to Vernon Hall), Vernon, VT. Meets every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. for morning worship, followed by a social hour. Preaching during July: July 2, Jim Browning, Jr.; July 9: Jeremy Losier (Camp Northfield); July 16: Jim Browning Jr.; July 23: Terry Miller; July 30, to be arranged. Childcare is available. The church is fully handicapped accessible. Church phone: 802-257-8523. Email: vuch@vernonunion.comcastbiz.net.

Mountain View Seventh-day Adventist Church, located at 1002 Fort Bridgman Road, Vernon, VT, meets every Saturday at 9:30 AM for Sabbath School classes for all ages. Church service begins at 11:00 AM. All are welcome. The church building is handicapped accessible. A fellowship meal is provided after the church service.

Prayer Meeting is held on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM at the home of Paul and Mary Miller (5 Tyler Hill Road in Vernon). For more information, call 802-254-9464. 

Mountain View SDA Church will be holding Vacation Bible School (VBS) from Monday July 24 through Thursday July 27, 2017. VBS will be held each night from 6:30 to 8:00 PM, at 1002 Fort Bridgman Road in Vernon. This year’s VBS theme is David and Goliath. Kids will learn how to face the “giants” in their lives, and how the armor of God can protect them and help defeat those giants. There will be story time, arts and crafts, outdoor activities, singing, and more! VBS is free and all kids are welcome! For more details, call 802-380-3862 or email mvsdacomm@gmail.com.

Mountain View recently launched several new social media sites! You can follow us to learn more about upcoming events and other news. Instagram. Facebook. Twitter. YouTube channel. Website. 

Contact information: Church phone: 802-254-5088. Pastor Art Miller: 802-490-0751 (cell) and 802-254-4477 (home); email: artjudymiller@icloud.com.

Advent Christian Church, located at 4554 Fort Bridgman Road at the VT/MA state line, meets every Sunday at 9:15 am for Sunday School classes for all ages. Morning worship begins at 10:30 a.m. and Youth Group and Intercessory Prayer meet at 6:00 p.m. Adult Bible study begins every Wednesday at 6:30 pm at the church and other Bible study meetings are held throughout the week. The building is handicapped accessible. Church Phone: 802-257-2341 or 413-498-4458. Senior Pastor: Rev. Bruce C. Burks, Associate Pastor, Rev. Derek Irvine; email: pastorbruce@vernonadventchristianchurch.com. Website:  www.vernonadventchristianchurch.com and FaceBook.  Detailed Calendar of Events for July.

On Saturday, July 15, 2017, at 8 AM, the Vernon Advent Christian Church will host an area wide Men’s Breakfast.

Goodbye, recycling bins at the Town Garage; hello, weekly residential recycling curbside pickup

According to word from the Solid Waste Committee, the Windham Solid Waste recycling bins at the Town Highway Department will be removed the week of June 26. The compost bin for food waste will remain in place, as will the PlanetAid donation boxes.

And, beginning on July 6, residential recycling will be picked up curbside every week throughout Vernon, rather than every other week, on Thursdays as usual, along with household trash.

Recycling bins are available for purchase at the Town Clerk’s office for $13.00. These are the green bins that were distributed to every home when curbside recycling began. (These are not strictly required — any similar bin will do.)

Official green town trash bags are available at the Clerk’s office as well. Bags are priced at $3.50 per bag for large (30 gallons, will hold approx. 35 pounds), $2.50 per bag for small (15 gallons, will hold approximately 20 pounds); $17.50 per roll of large bags and $12.50 per roll for small bags. Bags can also be purchased at the Vernon Free Library, Vernon Treasurer’s Office, Vernon Recreation Department and Guilford Store.

Selectboard meeting, Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Below is BCTV’s video of the Vernon Selectboard meeting on Tuesday, June 20, 2017.  Click here for the agenda. Scroll down for the agenda with video timestamps. Final approved minutes.

00:00 – Call to Order, Welcome, Pledge of Allegiance

00:25 – Additions to Agenda

00:57 – Chair’s Remarks

02:04 – Guests

02:08 – Public Comments

02:14 – Reports: Treasurer

02:58 – Reports: Treasurer – Clear Choice Medical Services

11:05 – Reports: Treasurer – CDL Requirements for Town Drivers

13:08 – Reports: Highway Dept

14:55 – Reports: Treasurer – Investment of Town Funds

44:40 – Reports: – Planning Commission

45:10 – Reports: – Planning Commission (Appointment of Jessica Freeman-Earp)

46:00 – Reports: – Planning Commission (BDCC Collaboration)

54:55 – Approval of Minutes

55:55 – Bills and Warrants

56:58 – New Business: Cemetery Deeds

1:01:00 – New Business: Server Purchase

1:02:30 – New Business: Windham County Humane Society Contract

1:09:34 – New Business: Municipal Roads Grants-In-Aid Pilot

1:11:55 – New Business: VLCT Board Nominations

1:12:30 – New Business: NorthStar License Transfer

1:15:12 – New Business: Fireworks Contract

1:18:54 – Old Business: RFP for Town Attorney

1:21:53 – Old Business: Contract for Law Enforcement Services

1:24:00 – Old Business: Right to Farm Signs

1:28:45 – Old Business: Dog Ordinance

1:43:29 – Public Participation

1:43:34 – Correspondence

1:46:12 – Town Administrator’s Report

1:46:20 – Upcoming Meeting Schedule

Adjournment

Black Gum Swamp videos

Two new videos about Vernon’s Black Gum swamps are available via BCTV. First, here is video of the April 28 guided hike to the swamps featuring commentary by William C. “Bill” Guenther, Windham County Forester with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation; Laura Lapierre, Wetlands Program Director, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation; and
Bob Zaino, State Lands Ecologist, Barre Office. Vermont Fish & Wildlife Dep’t, Wildlife Division.

And here is video of the informational hearing held on May 8 by Laura Lapierre, Wetlands Program Director, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation.

Thanks to BCTV producer Russ Grabiec for putting these together!

Selectboard will consider updates to the town Dog Ordinance.

In response to community concerns, the Vernon Selectboard will be reviewing and revising their current Dog Ordinance over the next few months. Selectboard Chair Josh Unruh encourages public participation in the process. “We are hoping to address resident concerns and update our local ordinance to conform to state law. Toward that end we want to give the public ample opportunity to weigh in on the process and be part of the final product.”

Current regulations prohibit “Running at Large”, but there is no leash law in Vernon. Unruh says that plans do not include instituting a leash law, but public input will go a long way toward a final ordinance that will protect the health and safety of residents.

A copy of the proposed ordinance can be viewed or downloaded here or picked up at the Town Clerk’s Office.  The Vernon Selectboard meets every first and third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm at the Town Offices, located at 567 Governor Hunt Road. The public is invited to share comments at any regular meeting. Comments can also be emailed to the Town Administrator at VernonTA@VernonVT.org.