Monday, July 21, 2014

Notice of All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Committee Meeting

Public Notice of Meeting

All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Committee Meeting

Day / Date:
Thursday, July 24, 2014
7:00 PM
Town Offices
 Background and Purpose: 
At the April 8, 2014 Selectboard meeting a request was made to the board to allow limited access by All Terrain Vehicles (ATV) on graveled roads within the town of Mount Holly.  The board tabled this request and formed a committee to study the implication of this request and to develop a formal proposal.  The committee members are Don Patch, Bruce Turco, Tim Martin, David Burnor and Francis DeVine. 
The committee is holding it’s forth meeting to review input received to date from interested parties, and continue work on a draft ordinance.
Anyone wanting to have input can contact any member of the committee, or send an email to, or attend the meeting.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department

Black Bear Complaints on the Rise

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has received a large number of calls recently from members of the public complaining about bears.

“Our phones have been ringing constantly the last couple of weeks with calls from people asking what to do about a bear that has been visiting their yard,” said Col. David LeCours, Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s director of law enforcement.  “The first thing we tell them is to identify and remove whatever is attracting the bears.”

People often inadvertently encourage bears to come out of the forest by providing food without realizing it.  Some of the most common sources of food that attract bears are pet food, bird feeders, barbecue grills, household trash containers or dumpsters, and campsites with accessible food or food waste.

Bears that have found food near someone’s house nearly always return to find more, developing habits that can lead to the bear’s ultimate demise.  Relocating a nuisance bear is very difficult – they frequently have to be put down.

“People often assume that we can just capture and move a bear to a more remote area once it becomes a problem,” said Forrest Hammond, Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s bear project leader.  “Bears can easily move dozens or even hundreds of miles in search of food, so there’s really nowhere in Vermont we can put a bear that it won’t find people’s houses if it’s determined. Prevention is really the key. The only way to deal with a problem bear is to remove whatever is attracting it in the first place.”

Feeding a bear is not just bad for the bear, it’s also illegal. A law was passed in 2013 making it against the law to feed a bear and wardens have begun issuing tickets to violators.
Vermont law also states that residents must take reasonable measures to protect their property from bears before lethal force can be taken. Some of these measures include:

Keep chickens and honeybees secure within an electric fence or other bear-proof enclosure.
Never feed bears, deliberately or accidentally.
Feed your pets indoors.
Do not feed birds April 1 through November 30.  Bringing feeders in at night doesn’t work, because of seed that is spilled on the ground.
Store trash in a secure place.  Trash cans alone are not enough.

“We’re in a period of transition with this new law,” said Hammond.  “People are really starting to get the message and have been taking steps to scare bears away or remove attractants as the law dictates, rather than just shooting the bear.”

“Our wardens have been a tremendous help in our efforts to habituate bears to stay away from people when there is a problem,” said Hammond.  “They’ve been working overtime trying to help landowners while also striving to save the lives of these bears.”

For more information about living with Vermont’s black bears, see the Vermont Fish & Wildlife website (  Fish & Wildlife also asks that you use a form on their website to report any incidents you may have with Vermont bears

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Dog Ordinance

At the July 08 meeting, the Select Board adopted a new Dog Ordinance.
Attached is the Notice of Adoption which will be published in the Rutland Herald on July 16th.
Also attached is a copy of the Ordinance, which will be posted at five places around town either today or tomorrow (some not open today):  inside and outside the Town Office, Mount Holly Post Office, Belmont Post Office, the Library and the Transfer Station.

Mount Holly Select Board Meeting Minutes

Select Board Meeting Minutes

Attached are the meeting minutes for the July 08 meeting.
The physical record at the Town Office has the Dog Ordinance attached.  That will be sent in a separate email, along with a copy of the Notice of Adoption which will be published in the Rutland Herald on July 16.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Mount Holly Conservation Trust Annual Meeting

Mount Holly Conservation Trust   Annual Meeting

Wednesday, July 16 – 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Mount Holly Historical Museum Perkins House
The meeting will be prior to the Bumblebee presentation at the community center.
Everyone is invited to both the meeting and the presentation.  
There will be an update on the issues at Star Lake.


Charles Ross Taggart,
Vermont's Traveling Entertainer

Charles Ross Taggart,
Vermont's Traveling Entertainer

Sunday, August 10 at 4:00 p.m. at THE MOUNT HOLLY TOWN LIBRARY
26 Maple Hill Road -- Belmont, Vermont

Having grown up in Topsham, Vermont, Charles Ross Taggart went on to a forty-year career performing in countless stage shows across the country, including the famous Red Path Chautauqua circuit.  Fiddler Adam Boyce portrays Mr. Taggart near the end of his career, circa 1936, sharing recollections of his life and career interspersed with LIVE FIDDLING and HUMOROUS SKETCHES.

Free, open to the public, and accessible to people with disabilities.
Call Joan McCallum  (802) 259-2318 for information

Friday, July 11, 2014

Message from your Animal Control Officer:

Just a reminder that all dogs must be restrained from running at large. 
Restrained from running at large is defined as: Kept upon the property of its owner or keeper; kept within an enclosure on the property of its owner or keeper; is kept on a leash or is under the immediate control of its owner or keeper.

In the past week I have received several calls  regarding stray dogs. As a dog owner, I am aware that dogs have a mind of their own. Someone forgets to lock the door, or close the fence, and the dog is running down the road. I have heard many an excuse, and am always willing to give someone a break the first time before impounding the dog and/or citing the owner.

FYI: Fine is $100 plus $35 impoundment fee plus boarding. If the dog is not licensed additional fees will be imposed.

All dogs 6 months and older were to be licensed by April 1st. A valid rabies certificate must be shown to obtain a license at the Town Clerk. Licenses must be attached to a collar affixed to the dog.

If you restrain your dog whether in a pen, basement or garage please make sure that the dog has plenty of water. If on a chain, ensure that the animal has free movement and the appropriate collar.

Everyone, dog owner or not deserves to have a peaceful and enjoyable summer.