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Here’s a shout out to Stephanie Pike as well as thanks for Jessica Cooney for her past years of leading our Green Up Day activities in Halifax!

Join us 9 AM to Noon on Saturday, May 4th. Light refreshments will be available.

Stephanie will be directing folks from the Halifax Elementary School/Town Office parking lot, but you can also pick up bags at the Town Office and Green Up early. Trash collected must be brought back to the school.

Green Up Day is a tradition of Vermont communities cleaning up roadside trash.

Join us!

 

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The INFORMATIONAL HEARING & Meet the Candidates, for the Halifax VT Town Budget & Warned Articles and the Halifax School Budget & Warned Articles will be on

Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at 7:00 pm at the Halifax Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room.

Either in person, or virtual:

Google Meet joining info

Video call link: https://meet.google.com/xnc-hhmz-ogs

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 929-299-3468 PIN: ‪772 469 534#

 

More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/xnc-hhmz-ogs?pin=6174182167484

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Click here for the signed copy of the Town Meeting Warning, which is also posted in Town along with information about voting: March 2024 Town of Halifax Annual Meeting Warning

The text below is provided for convenience:

TOWN OF HALIFAX VERMONT ANNUAL MEETING WARNING

March 5, 2024

The legal voters of the Town of Halifax, Vermont are hereby warned and notified to meet in the Halifax Elementary School Multipurpose Room, 246 Branch Road in said Town on Tuesday March 5, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. to transact the following business from the floor:

Article 1: To hear the reports of Town officers.

Article 2: Shall the Town collect taxes for the Town and the Halifax School District as follows: Taxes will be due on or before September 30, 2024 payable to the Town Treasurer by delivery to town hall postmarked on or before that date. Taxes will become delinquent after September 30, 2024 and payable with penalties and interest to the Collector of Delinquent Taxes.

Article 3: Shall the Town approve Selectboard and Highway expenditures of $2,432,019 of which $1,967,319 shall be raised by taxes and $464,700 by non-tax revenues to care for the expenses and liabilities of the Town for FY25.

Article 4: Shall the Town set the Treasurer’s budget for salary and collection of current taxes at $20,000 plus $4000 for expenses for FY25.

Article 5: Shall the Town rescind the reserve fund called the Grant Reserve Fund to be used for the purpose of grant management accordance with 24 V.S.A. § 2804 and deposit the remaining funds, $ 136,056.46, formerly the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) balance, into the general fund.

Article 6: Shall the Town appropriate $3000 to the Wings Community Programs’ programming providing after school and summer camps including academic and physical activity programs for students entering grade K-8 in accordance with 24 V.S.A. § 2691.

Article 7: Shall the Town appropriate a total of $20,574 to the following social service agencies, in accordance with 24 V.S.A. § 2691?

$250 American Red Cross Emergency & disaster

assistance

$200 Brattleboro Area Hospice Death & grief support
$500 Deerfield Valley Community Partnership Substance abuse prevention
$500 Deerfield Valley Food Pantry Hunger & food insecurity relief
$50 Green Up Vermont Roadside trash cleanup
$2000 Halifax Community Club Community service & events
$1000 Halifax Fire Company Fire & medical first response
$750 Healthcare and Rehabilitation Services (HCRS) Mental health services
$550 Senior Solutions (Council on Aging for Southern Vermont) Services for seniors
$790 Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) Anti-poverty programs & services
$2184 Southern Vermont Economic Development Strategies (SeVEDS) Workforce & economic coordination services
$500 The Gathering Place Adult Day Program Elders & adults with disabilities programming
$1900 Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire, Inc Hospice & home health
$3000 Whitingham Fireman’s Association Emergency Medical Services
$5000 Whitingham Free Public Library Library services
$500 Windham County Disaster Animal Response Team (WinDART) Emergency animal sheltering
$700 Women’s Freedom Center Domestic violence survivors support
$200 Youth Services Restorative justice, prevention & intervention for youth

 

Article 8: Shall the town assess a one percent (1%) tax on rooms in accordance with 24 V.S.A. § 138(b).

 

The following articles will be voted by Australian ballot:

Article 1: To elect by Australian Ballot all Town Officers required by law to be elected at the Annual Town Meeting and to fill all vacancies.

OFFICE                                              TERM LENGTH         TERM EXPIRATION

Town Moderator                                             1 year                 Term expires 2025

Selectboard                                                    3 years               Term expires 2027

Selectboard                                                    2 years               Term expires 2026

Lister                                                               3 years              Term expires 2027

Auditor (to stagger years of election)             3 years               Term expires 2027

Auditor (to stagger years of election)             2 years               Term expires 2026

Auditor (to stagger years of election)             1 year                 Term expires 2025

(Normal auditor term is a 3-year position for all 3 seats)

Collector of Delinquent Taxes                        1 year                 Term expires 2025

Trustee of Public Funds                                  3 years              Term expires 2027

Cemetery Commissioner                                3 years               Term expires 2027

Halifax School Moderator                               1 year                 Term expires 2025

Halifax School Director                                  3 years                Term expires 2027

Trustee to the Whitingham Library                3 years                 Term expires 2027

 

Polls open from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

Dated this 2nd day of February, 2024

Signatures:

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The Halifax Trustees of Public Funds oversee donations to the town that came with specified limitations on their use and/or management. Funds include the Cael Fund, Cemetery Fund, Eames Fund, Scott Fund, and Wicks Cemetery Fund.

Committee Members:

Laurel Copeland

Steven M. Cohen

Patrick McAllister

 

Meeting Agendas:

December 1, 2023 Trustees of Public Funds Special Meeting Agenda

 

Meeting Minutes:

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Regular Meeting, Thursday, July 27, 2023, at 6:30 PM

Remote Participation ONLY

Zoom Location: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7814490827?pwd=bTRLMCtDdzgrR2NndWV5andxTG0vUT09

Meeting ID: 781 449 0827     Passcode: 123

You can dial in using your phone: +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

Or one-tap mobile: +13052241968,,7814490827#,,,,*123# US

Dial *6 to mute/unmute on telephone

 

DRAFT MINUTES

Attendees: Stephan Chait (Chair; SC), Lesley Pollitt (Treasurer; LP), Mary Horne (Member; MH), Laurel Copeland (Clerk; LC), Dov Towler (Member; DT), Linda Huebner (guest, LH), Sue Kelly (guest, SK), Francisco Cabas (guest, FC).

 

CALL TO ORDER at 6:30 pm

 

CHANGES AND/OR ADDITIONS TO AGENDA – None.

 

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MEETING MINUTES

Regular Meeting Minutes of June 22, 2023 were approved with minor corrections.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

OLD BUSINESS

Flyers on Invasive Plants in Halifax

Six flyers – 50 copies of each from C&S Printing (Putney Road) for use at events ($35). LC also made a poster about the 6 flyers with QR code & URL going to her webpage where the PDF’s are available.

Cost of 3-page, 2-sided copies from C&S – For mailing; TBD.

 

Letter to Agency of Natural Recourse (ANR) on Trapping Regulations and Hunting Coyotes with Dogs

Sent; no response.

 

Conservation Commission Letter to State Representative Roberts

SC did not hear back from Tristan Roberts, so SC contacted him, and they talked. TR apologized for not replying at all but remained noncommittal on the issue. After committee discussion, SC will ask TR to explain the process House Bill 159 is going through. LP did contact the persons on environmental subcommittee as recommended by TR some time ago but did not hear back from them, either.

SC wondered if we should contact the Humane Society of the US (not Windham Humane Society) to ask if they have information about trapping. LH commented that HSUS and local humane societies are unaffiliated, and that Vermont no longer has a representative in HSUS. Local organizations might have better information about trapping in Vermont. LP will ask Joanne Bourbeau of HSUS or Brenna Galdenzi of POW.

MH provided this link to HSUS webpage on hounding bears: https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/facts-about-bear-hounding

 

 

BEEC Project entitled Beavers in Halifax and Westminster VT – LH described the beaver education event being held this Saturday afternoon in West Halifax at the Community Hall. After Patti presents for about an hour, the group will go on a field trip to a local beaver pond. Another event will showcase river engineer Denise Burchsted who can talk about hydrology and will meet with our road boss to discuss Halifax road-wetlands issues. As part of the project a Beaver Deceiver (© Skip Lisle) will be constructed at a culvert in order to protect the culvert and to provide an educational opportunity to explain the role and development of a Beaver Deceiver.

 

OTHER BUSINESS – SC brought up our idea to have Rich Holschuh come to Halifax and speak about Abenaki in the Halifax area. LC commented that some Native American artisans will be in West Halifax on Sept. 9th at the Community Hall, demonstrating techniques; there might be other individuals we could invite if Rich Holschuh is too busy. Dov commented that Rich might be busier now than he was at the beginning of the pandemic when we were trying to schedule this. SC commented that Rich has a perspective that the people are part of the natural system not owners of it, a useful perspective.

 

HEARING OF VISITORS – FC introduced himself (in Halifax on weekends). NRCS will feature a video he did about the indigenous perspective about a tree release, to be published in August. A mass tree release is when certain trees are selected to be nurtured and become elders. With a forester and Sean Dupuis of Halifax, about 90 trees on his acreage were selected, and the area around the mass trees was cleared to give the mass trees more access to nutrients and sunshine. Selected trees were oak, birch, cherries, pines, firs, and maples.

 

ADJOURNMENT at 7:13 pm.

Regular Meeting, Thursday, July 27, 2023, at 6:30 PM

Remote Participation ONLY

Zoom Location: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7814490827?pwd=bTRLMCtDdzgrR2NndWV5andxTG0vUT09

Meeting ID: 781 449 0827     Passcode: 123

You can dial in using your phone: +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

Or one-tap mobile: +13052241968,,7814490827#,,,,*123# US

Dial *6 to mute/unmute on telephone

 

MINUTES

Attendees: Stephan Chait (Chair; SC), Lesley Pollitt (Treasurer; LP), Mary Horne (Member; MH), Laurel Copeland (Clerk; LC), Dov Towler (Member; DT), Linda Huebner (guest, LH), Sue Kelly (guest, SK), Francisco Cabas (guest, FC).

 

CALL TO ORDER at 6:30 pm

 

CHANGES AND/OR ADDITIONS TO AGENDA – None.

 

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MEETING MINUTES

Regular Meeting Minutes of June 22, 2023 were approved with minor corrections.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

 

OLD BUSINESS

Flyers on Invasive Plants in Halifax

Six flyers – 50 copies of each from C&S Printing (Putney Road) for use at events ($35). LC also made a poster about the 6 flyers with QR code & URL going to her webpage where the PDF’s are available.

Cost of 3-page, 2-sided copies from C&S – For mailing; TBD.

 

Letter to Agency of Natural Recourse (ANR) on Trapping Regulations and Hunting Coyotes with Dogs

Sent; no response.

 

Conservation Commission Letter to State Representative Roberts

SC did not hear back from Tristan Roberts, so SC contacted him, and they talked. TR apologized for not replying at all but remained noncommittal on the issue. After committee discussion, SC will ask TR to explain the process House Bill 159 is going through. LP did contact the persons on environmental subcommittee as recommended by TR some time ago but did not hear back from them, either.

SC wondered if we should contact the Humane Society of the US (not Windham Humane Society) to ask if they have information about trapping. LH commented that HSUS and local humane societies are unaffiliated, and that Vermont no longer has a representative in HSUS. Local organizations might have better information about trapping in Vermont. LP will ask Joanne Bourbeau of HSUS or Brenna Galdenzi of POW.

MH provided this link to HSUS webpage on hounding bears: https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/facts-about-bear-hounding

 

 

BEEC Project entitled Beavers in Halifax and Westminster VT – LH described the beaver education event being held this Saturday afternoon in West Halifax at the Community Hall. After Patti presents for about an hour, the group will go on a field trip to a local beaver pond. Another event will showcase river engineer Denise Burchsted who can talk about hydrology and will meet with our road boss to discuss Halifax road-wetlands issues. As part of the project a Beaver Deceiver (© Skip Lisle) will be constructed at a culvert in order to protect the culvert and to provide an educational opportunity to explain the role and development of a Beaver Deceiver.

 

OTHER BUSINESS – SC brought up our idea to have Rich Holschuh come to Halifax and speak about Abenaki in the Halifax area. LC commented that some Native American artisans will be in West Halifax on Sept. 9th at the Community Hall, demonstrating techniques; there might be other individuals we could invite if Rich Holschuh is too busy. Dov commented that Rich might be busier now than he was at the beginning of the pandemic when we were trying to schedule this. SC commented that Rich has a perspective that the people are part of the natural system not owners of it, a useful perspective.

 

HEARING OF VISITORS – FC introduced himself (in Halifax on weekends). NRCS will feature a video he did about the indigenous perspective about a tree release, to be published in August. A mast tree release is when certain trees are selected to be nurtured and become elders. With a forester and Sean Dupuis of Halifax, about 90 trees on his acreage were selected, and the area around the mast trees was cleared to give the mast trees more access to nutrients and sunshine. Selected trees were oak, birch, cherries, pines, firs, and maples.

 

ADJOURNMENT at 7:13 pm.

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OFFICE OF THE SELECTBOARD

TOWN OF HALIFAX, VERMONT

SPECIAL MEETING AGENDA

May 20, 2023

 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM  AT THE HALIFAX TOWN OFFICE

 You can join the meeting here:  

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83140976854?pwd=dFFkWE1tdk84VjFGc1RZODJvM2NjUT09

Meeting ID: 831 4097 6854

Passcode: 793307

You can dial in using your phone:

+1 646 876 9923 US (New York)

Or one-tap mobile:

+16468769923,,84085362701#,,,,*258796#

Dial *6 to mute/unmute on telephone

COVID-19: Masks are encouraged for everyone.  If it’s possible you’ve been exposed or are symptomatic, please stay home.  To help in that regard, the SB provides a remote means of public participation.  However, the Open Meeting Law only guarantees the public’s right to participate if they attend in person and therefore, the SB may continue with a scheduled meeting even if technical difficulties develop.

CALL TO ORDER

NEW BUSINESS

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding

  • Halifax ARPA funding story to date (5 minutes)
  • Any additional community input for projects? (15-30 minutes)
  • Decide on process and timing for allocation of funding (30 minutes)
  • Finalize town priorities for ARPA funding (15 minutes)
    • Discuss DVFiber proposal(s): May 31, 2023 deadline for match (15 minutes)

HEARING OF VISITORS

ADJOURNMENT