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 on: May 22, 2020, 04:44:40 PM 
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Friday afternoon the House Transportation committee finalized a Strike-All amendment for H942, an act relating to the Transportation Program and miscellaneous changes to laws related to transportation. The committee bill had been voted out and placed on the Calendar for notice on March 24. The amendment allows the committee to offer changes required in response to the  COVID-19 crisis. On a 11-0-0 vote the committee support the new language. After a review by House Appropriations the amendment will be placed on the Calendar for action.
During House Floor sessions Wednesday and Friday action was taken on H673 an act relating to tree wardens, H953 an act relating to fiscal year 2020 supplemental budget adjustments, H954 an act relating to miscellaneous tax provisions, S255 an act relating to captive insurance and H 957 an act relating to extending the deadline to test for lead in the drinking water of school buildings. A motion was made and accepted by the members to message the action on several of these Bills to the Senate. This allows the statutory waiting periods to be overridden.
H955, an act relating to capital construction and State bonding budget adjustment was taken up by the House Friday for second read and was voted on to third read for next week. Section 22 clarifies the legal description of a Vermont owned parcel of land on the Monocacy National Battlefield Park which was transferred to the United States National Park Service by Act 42 of 2019. It seems appropriate this Memorial Day weekend to bring attention to the Monument on this parcel of land. It was dedicated in 1915 to honor the 10th Vermont Infantry Regiment. A tablet on the granite monolith is inscribed:
“This monument was erected by the STATE OF VERMONT to designate the position of the TENTH VERMONT INFANTRY during the battle fought here on the ninth day of July 1864 to save Washington, ‘and we saved it.’ Seven companies occupied the Washington Pike, while three companies occupied the Buckeystown Road opposite the Thomas House. 1915” Franklin county’s past Senator Carolyn Branagan was known to share just such items of Vermont history during her years as a Representative in the Vermont State House.
As Vermonters return to their summer homes they are directed to read the COVID-19 guidelines at:  https://www.healthvermont.gov/response/coronavirus-covid-19
I offer my deep gratitude to each and every one of you who are being cautious in contact but taking care of and serving our community.  I can be reached at  bmurphy@leg.state.vt.us or 802-849-6545

 on: May 17, 2020, 09:47:10 PM 
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Fairfax Community Library Board of Trustees Meeting
May 21,2020, 6:30 PM – Zoom Meeting
This meeting will not have a physical location due to the COVID-19 crisis. As always, this meeting will be open to public participation, and the link to join the meeting can be found here:
Meeting ID: 831 0222 1821
Password: 822866

Call to Order
Approval of minutes of March 31,2020 meeting
Treasurer's Report
Report on Curbside book delivery on Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Highlights from our Library since last meeting – Emily
Summer Student Assistant – applicants/interviews
Summer programs/reading program
New Business:
Continued development of virtual programing for patrons
Next Steps for Strategic Plan
Plans for Phase 2 of Library reopening


 on: May 16, 2020, 05:22:03 PM 
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Charlotte was a fixture in Fairfax for many years.


Charlotte Flora Parris McNall made her heavenly passage on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Charlotte was born May 26, 1922 to Delphine Gregory Parris and Glen Parris in the town of Fairfax, Vermont. She was the youngest of four children; Elizabeth, Jenny, John and Charlotte. She spent her entire life bridging the communities of Fairfax and Westord, Vermont. She leaves three children. Dick and his wife, Linda (Howard) of Fairfax, Bruce of Savannah, Georgia, and, June and her husband, Sandy, of Essex. Charlotte married her sweetheart, Winfred McNall in 1940 and they had nearly 60 years together before he passed in 2000. Besides her children, she leaves four living grandchildren. Matt (Beth) and Bryce (Amy) McNall of Fairfax, Glen Packard of Fletcher and Owen Packard, most recently of Sierraville, Ca., She was predeceased by her granddaughter, Karen, in 2020. She loved her Great Grands. Ryan, Tyler, Evan and Macy McNall, Ethan McNall, McKenna and Hayden McNall and Adam, Jack and Sam Packard.

Charlotte was a farmer’s wife and loving mother. She married soon after graduating BFA, Fairfax, in 1940. She devoted her time to caring for her family, farmhouse and community. She was an active member of the United Church of Fairfax, choir and congregation, and Ladies Aid Society. Over the years she was active in the library association, Fairfax Historical Society and the Plains Cemetery Association. She was faithful to her church and community.

Charlotte had a wide and wonderful group of friends. In later years, her friends continued to support and care for her, allowing her to stay at home as she aged. Special blessings to Barbara Audet who became Charlotte’s “other” daughter. Barb offered continued love and care for Charlotte all the while playing endless games of cards!

There are so many parts of the community to thank for supporting Charlotte. She found friendships at ’15 Old Academy Rd’; Dee, Jill, Pat, Denise, and all who met her in the hallway. In her church; Reverend Elizabeth and Reverend Katherine and all who worshiped. The Bellows Family; Louise Counis and Patti Bellows Smith and her extended family. Finally, the entire McNall Clan!

Charlotte’s last two years were spent, at her request, at Holiday House in St. Albans. She received amazing care and built some strong supportive friendships. A huge and special thank you to the staff at Holiday House and to Bayada Hospice care.

Charlotte loved deeply, cared greatly, laughed often, and hugged frequently! She loved hugs and kisses. Words and thoughts that come to mind when we think of Charlotte might be doughnuts, red high heels, maple pie, lawn mowing gramma, chicken pie supper, dancing to Sterling Weeds Imperial Orchestra, and, her faith. Charlotte was a wealth of information about the surrounding communities. She remained keen to the last and was always willing to share history of people and places in Fairfax.

There will be no calling or funeral service at this time. A gathering will follow at a later date. The family wishes to continue to be mindful of the health of our community. For those wishing to make a difference in the lives of others on behalf of Charlotte, please pick a local organization and donate in her name. Other choices dear to Charlotte would be the Fairfax United Church, Fairfax Plains Cemetery Association, Fairfax Historical Society. and Fairfax Fire and Rescue.

Prayers for PEACE from Charlotte.

 on: May 15, 2020, 03:46:43 PM 
Started by Barbara - Last post by Barbara
The end date of any Legislative session is never firmly set but the Budget appropriation is based on supporting 18 weeks. As of today that date has been reached and the session continues. An additional allocation is in H953, an act relating to Supplemental Budget Adjustments; fiscal year 2020, for expenses of the legislature to continue through June 19th and legislative staff expenses related to COVID-19 in FY20. H953 was taken up for Second Reading by the House on Friday and addresses COVID-19 impacts on the current budget year which closes June 30th. A summary provided by the House Appropriations committee listed three issues that this bill addresses. “First; makes reductions/changes to FY 2020 Appropriations in order to address the estimated $52 million in revenue erosion and other general fund loss. Second; adds borrowing authority to use inter fund borrowing from the Coronavirus Relief Fund, or if necessary, the use of reserves to cover the estimated $143 million in FY 2020 revenue moving to FY 2021. Repayment would occur when payments are made in FY 2021. Any extra funds will be available for FY 2021 expenses. Third; appropriates Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) for expenses incurred in FY 2020.”
H.673, an act relating to tree wardens was amended on Second Reading Friday. The amendment was a strike all presented by the House Agriculture and Forestry committee that reflected changes they made in response to concerns raised through testimony. The bill addresses the critical need for expertise in infestation control that the Emerald Ash borer has presented across the state as well as making other adjustments to a very old statute. A change made in the first section of the bill removes the requirement that the select board choose the individual from among the registered voters and adds that the tree warden need not be a resident of the municipality.
Friday session included three other bills that were passed and under suspension of rules, action on them was messaged to the Senate. H951, an act relating to the municipal emergency statewide education property tax borrowing program allows the state to reimburse municipalities the interest and borrowing costs that might be incurred to meet their June 1st payment. H656, an act relating to miscellaneous agricultural subjects included an amendment to clarify the authority and requirements for the cultivation and processing of industrial hemp during the 2020 growing season. S343, an act relating to delaying special education changes due to the COVID-19 state of emergency proposes the change from a reimbursement to a census-based model and the requirement that certain approved independent schools enroll students on an IEP both be delayed a year.
On Wednesday the House passed H948, an act relating to temporary proceedings provisions in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Concern had been raised on the Second reading that the bill removed the requirement that a board of civil authority physically inspect a property that is the subject of an appeal. An amendment was agreed to that allows a request be made and facilitated to allow an inspection through electronic means. This statute change, as are many being made by the COVID-19 response bills, is only authorized during a declared state of emergency. 
I offer my deep gratitude to each and every one of you who are being cautious in contact but taking care of and serving our community. My contact information is bmurphy@leg.state.vt.us or 802-849-6545

 on: May 14, 2020, 04:58:22 PM 
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On Friday May 8th, Stephen Keith Lavee passed away unexpectedly at home with his wife Pam by his side. Steve was born in Crescent City, California to a military family who eventually settled in Fairfax, where Steve attended BFA Fairfax High School.

In 1992, Steve married the love of his life, Pamela LaFlame. They enjoyed 27 years of marriage and parenthood together. Pam, along with his children and grandchildren, were the most important things in the world to him. He passionately shared his interests with those he loved, including cooking, skiing/snowboarding, and fitness. He had a fantastic sense of humor that entertained everywhere he went.

Steve was employed by Mylan for 40 years where he worked hard and made many lasting relationships.

He was a man who took his duties seriously, but could be soft and silly with those he loved.

His high school theatre experience turned into a willingness to participate in comedy skits in honor of close friends’ birthdays, donning a dress and wig every once in a while.

He barbecued, smoked, sauteed, and baked with masterful results. He shared his food with many people, loving to feed and help his neighbors, friends, and family. He regularly donated his food to Martha’s Kitchen to assist with their many charitable events.

He spent most winter weekends up on the slopes and used it as a place to connect with both friends and family. His love of skiing and snowboarding was immense, a passion he passed to his daughters Lindsey and Kari, as well as his granddaughter Samarah and nephews Gus and Ori. He volunteered for the Rotary Ski Bus for many years, where he was equally loved and feared.

Steve was a father of three but he helped to teach, guide, and support countless children.

His friends and family affectionately called him Safety Steve as he was always a protective guardian to those he loved.

Steve is survived by his beloved wife Pam, his daughters Kari and Lindsey, son Christopher, grandchildren Samarah and Dominic, mother Beatrice Lavee, sisters Debbie Graziano and her husband Phil, and Diane Lussier, and brother Micheal Lavee, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his chosen family, dear friends with whom he shared life’s joys and heartaches. The Valenta and Weisburgh families along with Bob Wolf and Jimbo were especially close to Steve’s heart. He is predeceased by his father Robert Lavee, brother JR, and sister Darlene.

To respect the current need for social distancing, there will be a small, private viewing. A celebration to honor Steve’s life by lifting a glass will be held at a later date. All who have known, loved, or been impacted by Steve will be welcome.

In lieu of flowers, Steve’s family would appreciate donations to Mr. K’s nature programs for children. Checks can be made out to The Friends of the Highgate Library, sent to 17 Mill Hill Road, Highgate Center VT 05459.

Assisting the Lavee family is the Heald Funeral Home of Saint Albans, to send a message of condolence or to share a memory, kindly go to Stephen’s online guest book at www.healdfuneralhome.com.

 on: May 13, 2020, 01:33:28 PM 
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Curbside service for libraries has been approved! Fairfax Community Library is delighted to provide patrons with access to materials through curbside pickup service. The hours will be Wednesdays from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, beginning May 20, 2020. Use our website catalog to search for items currently available at the library, and locate the items you want. There is a limit of 10 items per library card. You can send an email (libraryfairfax@gmail.com or fairfaxlibrarian@gmail.com), call the library at 802-849-2420, or message the library on Facebook with a list of items. Items can also be placed on hold on your library account. If you need any assistance, don’t hesitate to let us know.

Staff will check out your items and place them in a bag with your name. Bagged items will be on a table outside the building for contactless pickup. Items can be borrowed for 2 weeks.  Returned items can be put on the outside return cart during curbside pickup service times or in the book return bin. Thank you!

 on: May 08, 2020, 03:45:09 PM 
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The Friday House session closed with remarks by the Representative of Williamstown which the Body voted to be Journalized. Representative Graham, the last Seated dairy farmer stated, “ The end of a very long-standing tradition probably dating back to the creation of the House of Representatives as on May 2, 2020 there is no longer an active Dairy Farmer serving in State legislature.”  A moment to be acknowledged in the history of the government of Vermont.
H.947 an act relating to temporary municipal tax rate provisions in response to COVID-19, H.948 an act relating to temporary municipal proceedings provisions in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and H.950 an act relating to allowing remote witnesses for advance directives for a limited period of time in response to the COVID-19 pandemic were all taken up for action. H. 947 and H.950 were moved through all stages of passage and messaged to the Senate. Concerns brought up in debate and a member’s intent to have an amendment to H.948 drafted were reasons to not request Rules be suspended to move it more rapidly through the process. The third reading was ordered and it has been placed on the Action calendar.
The House Transportation committee met for three Zoom sessions this week. Documents on the website support the recommendations by the Agency for the Supplemental Budget Amendment and the potential adjustments to make to fill the forecasted FY20 budget deficit for the Transportation and Transportation Infrastructure Bond funds. There are still many variables and unknowns as to the amount of Federal Funding and F.E.M.A. dollars that may be used to cover Transportation costs incurred by the COVID-19 response. Testimony was taken from the Chief Engineer for the AOT Highway division that the annual district leveling is likely to be a casualty to the crisis. The plan is to get out and perform ‘enhanced pothole patching’ but there is no funding for the traditional program. Other programs that are funded by state funds solely, as opposed to drawing down Federal matching dollars are also at risk of being put on hold this year. It was clarified that commitments that have been made to a municipality’s projects in prior years but not yet complete will be honored.
Addendum 13 to Executive Order 01-20 from Governor Scott was issued Wednesday and loosens up some of the earlier guidelines of Stay Home Stay Safe. Outdoor recreation activities that offer low or no direct physical contact may begin, subject to compliance with health and safety guidelines.  https://governor.vermont.gov/sites/scott/files/documents/ADDENDUM%2013%20TO%20EXECUTIVE%20ORDER%2001-20.pdf  At his press conference on Friday information for the opening of childcare and summer camps was introduced. More details will be forthcoming next week. For the most current guidelines and information on the COVID-19 crisis visit:    https://www.healthvermont.gov/response/coronavirus-covid-19

I offer my deep gratitude to each and every one of you who are being cautious in contact but taking care of and serving our community. My contact information is bmurphy@leg.state.vt.us or 802-849-6545

 on: May 08, 2020, 09:00:26 AM 
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Obituary of Richard F. Brandt
Fairfax – Richard F. Brandt, 92, died peacefully Saturday May 2, 2020 at the Franklin County Rehabilitation Center in St. Albans surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on April 12, 1928 in Syracuse, NY, the son of Albert and Margaret (Dix) Brandt. He served in the Korean War with the Oklahoma National Guard. Once returning home he worked for the Sealtest Ice Cream Co. where he met Phyllis Carter the love of his life.  They were married on February 20th, 1954 at the Cathedral in Burlington.
He was employed by the Post Office in Syracuse for over 30 years, retiring as the Area Maintenance Manager. After his retirement he became a member of the St. Albans and Fairfax Council of the Knights of Columbus and a Fourth Degree Knight.   
Dick leaves behind his children Susan Brennan of St. Albans, Charles Brandt and his wife Ruth McIntosh-Brandt of VA and hunting buddy Laurie Brandt of Fairfax.  He is survived by his grandchildren John Brennan, Morgan Marnell and Evan Marnell, by his brother Bill Brandt of FL and sisters Margie Gunn of FL. and Irene Williamson of Syracuse, NY.  The family would like to send a special thank you to his roommate and friend Al Corey at Franklin County Rehab.
Richard was predeceased by his wife Phyllis on May 1, 2010 and his brothers Conrad, Fred, Albert Jr. and Roger Brandt.
Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19, we are unable to have public visiting hours or a funeral service.  They will be held at a later date.
Burial will be in the family lot in the Mount Calvary Cemetery in St. Albans.
Online condolences photos and favorite memories may be made to www.minorfh.com
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Trust Fund.

 on: May 05, 2020, 10:13:53 AM 
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Karen Sue McNall

Fairfax - Karen Sue McNall, age 52 of Fairfax VT died peacefully on Tuesday April 28th, 2020 in her home surrounded by loved ones. Born in St. Albans VT, she was the daughter of Richard and Linda McNall. She is preceded in death by grandmother Charlotte, father Richard, mother Linda, brothers Matthew and Bryce and children McKenna and Hayden.

Karen graduated from BFA Fairfax. She worked for many years on the family farm and for NCSS until becoming the owner of a small business, KSM Cleaning. Karen was an avid animal lover and spent all of her free tome training horses and raising her beloved mastiffs Grace, Jade and Ruby.

As per Karen's wishes there will be no funeral or wake. She will be cremated and a Celebration of Life will be had in her honor at a later date.

 on: May 01, 2020, 04:48:29 PM 
Started by Barbara - Last post by Barbara
The House was called to order Monday for a Token session and was adjourned after the lack of quorum was noted. An all House Caucus on Wednesday morning presented information to the members as well as an opportunity to ask questions on legislation that would come to the Floor at 1 PM and again at 10 AM on Friday. Scheduled meeting times can be found here:  https://legislature.vermont.gov
In the two Floor sessions the following bills;  S.182 an act relating to government operations regarding emergency medical services and public safety in response to COVID-19, S.333 an act relating to establishing a moratorium on ejectment and foreclosure actions during the COVID-19 emergency and S. 344 an act relating to temporary municipal tax rate provisions in response to COVID-19 were taken up and acted upon. H.R. 19 the House resolution extending the House declaring a state of emergency was adopted. The Resolution extends until May 31, 2020 the House declaration of a state of emergency for its rules and procedures. This only affects the ability for the House to operate under the temporary rules such as those that allow remote participation and voting that are in place during a state of emergency.

The House Transportation committee met Thursday to take testimony on three instances of pending sunsets in Title 23 (Motor Vehicles) of the Vermont Statutes. Legislation to respond or allow the sunset to go forward may be offered by a different House committee but the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles informed Transportation on all  instances. The affected areas of law include regulation pertaining to 23 V.S.A. § 1607 Automated License Plate Recognition systems, 23 V.S.A. § 754 Transportation Network Companies (Lyft and Uber) and 23 V.S.A. § 1222 Inspection of Registered Vehicles (USPS right-hand drive). If action is not taken on these sections of law they will automatically be removed on July 1, 2020.

The Governor offered guidelines for incremental steps forward in re-opening businesses in his press conferences this week. The Agency of Commerce and Community Development website offers links to the mandatory health and safety requirements for all business operations https://accd.vermont.gov  The Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets also has links for the opening of Farmers Markets and Greenhouses which are effective May 1. https://agriculture.vermont.gov 

Unemployment Insurance issues and Childcare challenges continue to be a source of need for assistance by many. The Agencies and General Assembly are working to provide help in these areas. The Department for Children and Families https://dcf.vermont.gov and Department of Labor https://labor.vermont.gov websites offer links for up to date information. This link provides the most current information on the crisis  https://www.healthvermont.gov/response/coronavirus-covid-19

I offer my deep gratitude to each and every one of you who are being cautious in contact but taking care of and serving our community. I can be contacted at bmurphy@leg.state.vt.us or 802-849-6545

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