The selectmen met on Wednesday for their regular session. (They will not be meeting next week as it is the fifth Wednesday of the month.)
Selectman Hiland reported the DOT has inspected five town bridges finding two red listed bridges. Three were inspected in August, 2015: one on Drake Hill South, one on Ferncroft Road and one on Passaconaway Road. Two bridges were inspected in October, 2015: one on Drake Hill North and the Albany Covered Bridge.
Kathy Vizard reported the assessor has completed his work and the results should be ready by Labor Day. She also told the selectmen that the town would use $200,000 in tax anticipated notes to pay bills. Additionally she reported that at this point ten packets of sealed bids have been issued for the Eastman property.
The selectmen voted to send Rick Hiland as their voting representative to the Municipal Association Conference on September 23.
The selectmen continued working on their “old business” items. They are awaiting another bid on the crash bars for the town hall meeting room. The town website will be updated in September. It was also decided that the survey of the town’s taxpayers as to whether to change to semi-annual billing would be sent along with this year’s tax bill.
Rick Hiland reported on the Eastern Slopes Airport meeting and BBQ. The airport is doing well and serves for the most part as a landing site for corporate jets. (The BBQ was good too.) Regarding the Conservation Commission, Selectman Hiland found that in their recent minutes no mention of the lease/contract with the farmers. He feels it is necessary for the Albany selectmen to speak with the Conway Assessor regarding the farmland use and thinks representatives from the Conservation Commission should also attend this meeting. Once everything is settled with Conway, the decision as to the use of the farmland would be presented to the town’s people at the March Town Meeting.
Gibson Center: Call to schedule your trip to Two Lights & Lobster Shack for lunch on Wednesday, August 31 (or September 7). The trip is from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $18. On Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4 check out the Crafts and Artisan Festival open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Library: Tuesday at 10:30 a.m there’s Story Time for Twos and Wednesday it’s Story Time for Wee Ones. At 6 p.m. the Teen Writing Group meets. On Thursday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Threes and Fours followed at 11 a.m. with Yoga for Kids and Caregivers. At 4 p.m. the Family Garden Club meets.
Congratulations to Sarah McKinnon, daughter or Scott and Kim McKinnon, who graduated from Kennett High School and is planning a career in film and radio. Best of luck to you Sarah!
Many Albany residents were left in the dark Monday evening and into early Tuesday morning due to an auto hitting a utility pole. The driver was arrested for DUI. Undoubtably, many (like me) did not sleep well that night. After reporting the outage, and calling the utility company two more times, I was awakened in the very early morning asking whether my lights were back on. It’s time for a generator!
The summer is quickly coming to an end. Get out and enjoy what’s left. Have a great week!