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 on: March 17, 2019, 05:15:17 PM 
Started by ssweet - Last post by ssweet
Senior Lunch on Tues. March 19th at noon at the Fairfax Fire Station. Doors open at 11 for chatter and meal is at noon! Don't want to miss it. It is pork loin with mashed potato and all the other good stuff. Hope to see you there.  Tell your friends and neighbors!

 on: March 15, 2019, 02:48:03 PM 
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The atmosphere has been reminiscent of the Finals cram between Thanksgiving and Christmas break. Today is Crossover, the deadline that has loomed large and committees have kept the Legislative support personnel working round the clock. The House Committee on Transportation voted the T-Bill out of committee unanimously just after noon on Friday.
The discussions on several sections were at times extended and heated over the weeks of the bills development, but the result is a piece of legislation that can be put forward with consensus from the committee. The Bill provides funding for State Aid for Town Highways above the statutory amount and allows municipalities to use these funds for sidewalks as well as the other uses currently identified in State Statute.
Provisions in the T-Bill include a definition for Electric Vehicle, it addresses an incentive program at the point of purchase for income eligible buyers and supports utility companies making provisions for home charger installations. A final solution for the application of a fuel tax on non-gas-powered vehicles was not determined but language is included that will allow the State to charge appropriate fees at EV charging stations owned or controlled by the State for three years at which point the intent is to have better information on what would be appropriate.
The Agency of Transportation is directed to study methods to increase use of and access to public transit options in Vermont as a component in achieving the State’s environmental goals. Other changes include amending State Statute to include expanding public transit service in rural areas in the policy goals for the Agency to consider as it allocates funds to public transit.
H. 514, an act relating to miscellaneous tax provisions was presented on the House floor Friday. Much of this bill was passed by both the House and Senate last year as H. 922 which was left behind in the Special Session. Included is language that carries the intent of H. 586 of Session 2017-18 exempting municipal non-profit fire department’s fund-raising efforts from the purchase and use tax for up to two off site events per year. This would allow the Fairfax Fire Department’s Calcutta to be exempt from the >$250 bill paid last year. Franklin county Senator Brock will be able to address this bill as a member of the Senate Finance committee and has been asked to provide support for it.
Please continue to contact me at bmurphy@leg.state.vt.us or 802-849-6545 or through the Sergeant at Arms office.

 on: March 13, 2019, 11:00:07 PM 
Started by woodstoves2 - Last post by woodstoves2
You'll find specials, discounts, and giveaways just for fun this weekend (March 16 &17) at several Fairfax businesses. Stop in for green goodies and enter drawings at Steeple Market, Fairfax Pharmacy, Eastman's Bakery, J&L Hardware, Erica's Diner, and Minor's Country Store.  Even the Library has surprises. They are all helping the non-profit Friends of the Fairfax Community Center, Inc. raise awareness of our town's goal of turning the Baptist building on Main Street into a multi-use Community Center. Donations welcome.

 on: March 12, 2019, 08:25:06 PM 
Started by dvallett - Last post by dvallett
The Buck Hollers (www.buckhollers.com) are back at Snow Farm Winery in S. Hero (https://www.snowfarm.com/event/winter-wine-down-the-buck-hollers-2/?instance_id=987) this Friday for Winter Wine Down. Wine bar opens at 5:00. Live music starts at 6:30. Dinner available to order on-site. In addition to our usual Americana, bluegrass, and country lineup we'll have some Irish tunes and a couple of new originals, including our latest, just in time for the season: "The Sugarmaker's Blues!"

 on: March 09, 2019, 09:35:58 AM 
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Bake and Book Sale - Sat. March 16th from 9am-1pm at the United Church of Fairfax on 8 Fletcher Rd.

Coming up fast! We will be sorting books on Thurs and Fri the 14th and 15th from 4-6. Food items can be dropped off Fri night or Saturday morning. We will be there at 8am to take in food. Hope to see you there. It means that spring is coning when the Bake and Book Sale is happening!

 on: March 04, 2019, 09:15:48 AM 
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Senior lunch at the Fairfax Fire Station on Tues Mar 5th at noon. The menu is chicken thighs, mushroom gravy with mashed potato and veggies. Doors open at 11 for good conversation. Come join us.

 on: March 01, 2019, 03:09:53 PM 
Started by Barbara - Last post by Barbara
Senate bills are being passed out of that Chamber to the House for committee referral in increasing numbers as new House bills continue to be introduced and referred to committees of jurisdiction. More than 100 House bills were read for the first time and referred or placed on the Calendar this week. Two bills, H. 275, an act relating to the Farm-To-Plate Investment Program and H. 73, an act relating to approval of amendments to the charter of the City of Barre were on Friday’s Calendar for second reading and after a floor vote the rules were suspended to allow a third reading to occur immediately and they both passed. H. 327, an act relating to automatic renewal contract provisions was also brought to the floor for consideration Friday. The bill amends some of the language in a broader Consumer Protection bill that passed into law last session. Language is added that specifies consumer mechanisms for canceling a contract which has an auto renewal provision and removes a required secondary acceptance of the contract. Third reading was ordered but rules were not suspended to allow final action to be taken without the required twenty-four-hour interval.
In the House transportation committee there are forty-three bills that have been referred for consideration. Sponsors have been invited to give brief introductions of these as time has permitted but deeper consideration has not been given them yet. A few may be added as sections of the T-Bill when it enters the final committee review. The working draft is well marked up, but several sections still require the committee to take more testimony and debate. The topic of Electric Vehicle incentive and infrastructure needs is one area that is still open. The committee is also desirous of reallocating some of the funds in the Agency’s recommended budget. There is a desire to increase the Town Highway Aid amount, this line item has been held at a constant level since at least FY18.
S. 84, an act relating to emissions inspections was passed by the Senate and is now in House Transportation. The intent of this bill is to remove the obligation for a vehicle older than 10 years to undergo an emissions or on-board diagnostic (OBD) systems inspection once each year.  The committee has not taken any testimony on this.  Senate Transportation has been working on the DMV bill while House has given attention to the T-Bill. When the bills are passed from one Chamber to the other the focus of the committee will as well. Crossover dates will loom large when the General Assembly returns from Town Meeting break. Most Senate/House bills must be reported out of committee no later than March 15.

 on: February 25, 2019, 11:20:07 AM 
Started by nancyd - Last post by nancyd
I have Fireside Wood Stove Pellets... @ $5.00 / per bag ( $2.00 less than cost ).
Low ash,. I’ve stopped using my Wood Stove. Very good product. Limited quantity.
You pick up... cash only

 on: February 22, 2019, 04:22:19 PM 
Started by Barbara - Last post by Barbara
The floor debate on H. 57, an act relating to preserving the right to abortion engaged the members of the House Wednesday and Thursday afternoon and encompassed fourteen roll call votes in total. The votes on the amendments reflected Representatives efforts to amend the proposed language but in the final vote the bill was as proposed by the House Committee on Human Services as amended by House Judiciary. The current version is available on the Legislature website identified as “as passed by the House” under a search for H. 57: https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/H.57
Before Wednesday’s floor action the General Assembly met in the morning to act on J.R.S. 10., Joint resolution providing for the election of a Sergeant at Arms, an Adjutant and Inspector General, and three Trustees of the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College. The only office with a contest was that for Adjutant and Inspector General for a term of two years. This required the voting to be done by written ballot, with the four names placed in nomination and on the ballot for the office being David P. Baczewski of Westford, David B. Graham of Grand Isle, Rosanne Greco of South Burlington and Gregory C. Knight of Huntington. Gregory C, Knight won the election with ninety-five votes, six more than the necessary majority required. The current Sergeant at Arms, Janet C. Miller of Montpelier was unanimously re-elected to that position, and Rep. Kevin Christie of Hartford, Rep. Carol Ode of Burlington, and Rep Samuel Young of Greensboro were elected to serve as Trustees of the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College, on voice vote.

The House Transportation Committee reviewed requests that affect the Appropriations bill as well as details of the T-bill. Testimony was heard on topics such as the State’s paving needs and maintenance district as well as the Zero Emission Vehicle and Electric Vehicle incentive program and a potential commuter rail service using equipment owned by AllEarth Rail. The committee has been working on several sections of the T-bill over the past several weeks but Friday it began a methodical review of the bill starting at section one with both legal and joint fiscal counsel guidance.

Please continue to contact me at bmurphy@leg.state.vt.us, 802-849-6545 or through the Sergeant at Arms office at the State House 802-828-2228

 on: February 17, 2019, 11:39:03 AM 
Started by ssweet - Last post by ssweet
Senior Citizens lunch on Tues., Feb.,19th at noon at the Fairfax Fire Station will be chicken Alfredo with broccoli. Doors open for chit chat at 11. All seniors are welcome.  For info call Elaine at 849-6820.

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