Select Board discusses amending funding petitions

The Select Board discussed changing the requirement that the concert band receive petitions for funding every year. Photo provided.

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – At the Wednesday, Dec. 27, Springfield Select Board meeting, the Hawks Mountain Ridge Riders Snowmobile Club was awarded their annual request to use the roads of route 106 & Maple St. Ext. for the purposes for reaching the gas station. Barry Messer, a representative of the Hawks Mountain Ridge Riders Snowmobile Club stated, “I was 99 percent sure we would be off the road, we have an alternate route and maybe off the road this year; but by next year we will definitely be off the road.” This was passed by unanimous vote.

The Springfield Community Band is a 70-year institution and has enjoyed being publicly funded since 1947. Part of obtaining this public funding requires the entity to obtain signatures totaling a minimum of 5 percent of the registered Springfield voters. The charter not only requires the signatures for its yearly petition, but also when that entity changes the amount of funding requested. Last year, the Springfield Community Band requested $2,000 and provided eight concerts. This year, the band has requested $2,500. Barbara Rodgers, vice president of the Springfield Community Band, expressed that it has been “burdensome” to get these signatures on a yearly basis, requesting instead that the band be exempt from yearly petitioning if they keep the budget consistent and only must re-petition on years they ask to expand their budget.

Rosanne “Bunni” Putnam, president of the Springfield Art and Historical Society said, “This is a biased policy! Some groups are not required to even be present for questioning at the town budget meeting on voting night and are automatically entered onto the ballot.” Putnam requested extending the term for re-petitioning from every year to “two or three years.” The selectmen voted to move to reform the current policy, ultimately voting to unanimously to not change the policy as of that meeting. Selectman Walter Martone recused himself from this agenda item in consideration of his position on the board of the Springfield Art and Historical Society.

Springfield’s Housing Authority has purchased the 33 Union St. location, adjacent to Union Street School for $2,000. The purpose of this project is to donate the refurbished building to the Springfield VT school system.

The Springfield promotional videos are now available on YouTube. These are considered “tightly targeted ads” to be run in the areas of upstate New York down through Albany, western Massachusetts, and parts of New Hampshire.

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