Ashley Community Forest Public on-line Meetings in February 2021

Two informational meetings will be presented to inform residents of the Ashley Community Forest Project and the upcoming votes in the towns of Sharon and Strafford. Residents from Sharon and Strafford and other interested folks, are welcome to attend either meeting. Ashley Community Forest Committee members will make a presentation and encourage discussion and questions about the project.

Both meetings will take place on-line in mid-February 2021 and will follow the same format and include the same presentations, followed by ample time for questions and answers. They are offered twice to insure that as many voters as possible will be able to attend.

The selectboards have presented articles requesting the voters to decide to accept the donation of the 256 acre parcel as well as a $20,000 amount to seed a Management Fund.

Voting will occur on the following dates in Strafford and Sharon:

Strafford Town Meeting – March 2, 2021

Strafford Article:

Shall the voters direct the Strafford Selectboard to acquire from the Alliance for Vermont Communities approximately 105 acres of land (Strafford land parcel number 05.488), contingent upon the Selectboard’s subsequent agreement:
• on the terms of a conservation easement for the property;
• on the terms of an agreement for the acquisition of the property; and
• on other terms relating to future management of the property with the Town of
Sharon (owner of an adjacent land parcel in Sharon), the Alliance of Vermont
Communities, and the Vermont Land Trust and the Vermont Housing and
Conservation Board?

Sharon Town Meeting March 2, 2021

Sharon Article:

Shall the voters direct the Sharon Selectboard to acquire from the Alliance for Vermont Communities approximately 149.7 acres of land (Sharon land parcel number R1758S2), contingent upon the Selectboard’s subsequent agreement:
• on the terms of a conservation easement for the property;
• on the terms of an agreement for the acquisition of the property; and
• on other terms relating to future management of the property with the Town of
Strafford (owner of an adjacent land parcel in Sharon), the Alliance of Vermont Communities, and the Vermont Land Trust and the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board?

January 8, 2021 From the Strafford Town Clerk:

Overview of Plan for the Strafford Town Meeting 2021  

Due to the current COVID guidelines from the State of Vermont and to do our part to keep our community safe, the Town of Strafford will not be able to hold its traditional Town Meeting in the Townhouse this year.  The Selectboard has approved the use of Australian ballot for this year’s Town Meeting.  This means that all voters will receive a ballot in the mail and will need to vote up or down on all elected offices, warned articles, and town and school budgets, and will submit their ballots in a manner that is safe and complies with the State’s COVID precautions.

Many of us will be disappointed by the absence of our annual meeting and our traditional way of discussing, debating, and amending the business of the Town.  Because of the unprecedented changes that are required this year, the Selectboard is committed to making sure voters have the information they need to participate and make informed choices despite the restrictions.  The Town Office, the Selectboard and the School Board will work hard to provide frequent and timely updates and reminders about how the process will work, so that voters understand the Australian ballot voting process.

All information about this year’s Australian ballot vote will be posted on the Town website, at the Town Office, Coburn’s Store, and on the Strafford List Serve.  As new guidelines and clarifications from the State Board of Elections are received in the coming weeks, we will update our notifications.  Please direct your questions to the Town Office and check the website for updates and answers to questions.

Strafford Pre-town meeting: Saturday February 20, 1-3 P.M. Check out the Strafford Town Website for Zoom link and details.

Let’s put Ashley Community Forest on the map!

Ashley Community Forest Press

Valley News-November 3, 2020
Sharon, Strafford will decide ownership of Ashley Community Forest next year
By ANNA MERRIMAN Valley News Staff Writer

For more information go to http://www.alliancevermont.org/ashley-community-forest or contact Michael Sacca, President, Alliance for Vermont Communities at mfsacca@gmail.com.