At the September 28 selectmen’s meeting Joe Ferris and Rick Hiland reported that the budget workshop they had attended was quite worthwhile. The selectmen discussed establishing a contract policy. There was also discussion regarding the proposed lease the Conservation Committee is negotiating with Fish & Game. In the proposal there is a provision that the town will maintain the DOT building. The selectmen would like Peter Carboni to inspect the building to determine its present condition. At the October 5 meeting they discussed not using the DOT building but rather putting in a smaller unit to house the farm equipment and putting in a road directly from the Kancamagus to the farm.
At the earlier meeting, Veronica Francis, a representative from NotchNet came before the selectmen to discuss changes the selectmen may want to look at and also consider some updates which would make the town’s website easier to use. At the October 5 selectmen’s meeting there was consensus that Ms. Francis had made a good presentation and they are seriously considering making a change from the present host.
At the September meeting Rick Hiland said he would like the Capital Improvement Plan committee to meet in order to consider a capital reserve fund for bridge repair and other future road projects. To do this they would need for a warrant article to cover the costs for the next five to seven years. A 20% match would be needed to qualify for state funding.
At the October 5 meeting the selectmen discussed the need to purchase a generator to use at Town Hall should there be an emergency where the town building would become an emergency shelter. The cost of the generator is approximately $14,000 which can be off set to a degree by a grant. This would have to be brought up at town meeting.
Also at this meeting the selectmen discussed their need for a new town counsel. Several names have come up and they will make up a list of questions to ask each attorney at a future interview.
Along with your upcoming tax bill will be several items the selectmen want to make you aware of. One is a notice that came up at the 911 Emergency Management meeting. All homes must have the address clearly visible so that emergency vehicles can find you.
Be aware that at least one selectman will be available on Election Day should you wish to discuss something with him/her. (Write down your questions so you don’t forget.)
The town offices will be closed on Monday in honor of Columbus Day.
Tin Mountain: On Saturday, October 15, there will be a home energy workshop held at the Gibson Center starting at 9:30 a.m. This program will give you tips on saving money. It’s free and there will be light refreshments.
Gibson Center: The Gibson Center Crafts and Artisan Festival is this weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On October 12 take a trip to the Portland Science Center with the Gibson Center bus to view The Titanic. The cost is $31. With audio guide the cost is $36. Call 356-3231 to register. After lunch on Thursday, October 13 enjoy the Pumpkin People.
Library: The library is closed for Columbus Day on Monday. Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Twos. At 6 p.m. Patrick Frances speaks on Enjoying Challenging Poetry. Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Wee Ones and at 4 p.m. there’s Robotics for 4-6 graders. At 6 p.m. the Teen Writing Group meets. At 6:30 p.m. check out the Friends Program: A look at Cree Nation Youth in Canada. Thursday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Threes and Fours.
UNH Extension: This year’s 4-H Dog program was a success. Youth from all over Carroll County met once a week for six weeks with their dogs at the Sandwich Fairgrounds and worked on basic training methods such as leash walking, getting their dogs to sit, down and stay. They also worked on entry level rally, nose work and agility. The program was run by three volunteer 4-H leaders who have worked with dogs for many years. The program will run again next summer. If you are interested in learning more about the program,contact Amanda Royce at 447-3834.
The Sandwich Fair starts this weekend. Gates open at 8 a.m. and rides begin at 9 a.m. Pets are not allowed on the Fair Grounds.
It’s autumn in New Hampshire and the colors are beautiful. Stan and Dorothy Solomon’s nephew and niece, Steve and Connie Rushfield, from Nevada visited last week and got to enjoy one of the benefits of living in this state. Stan gave them a tour of the area.
Area towns are gearing up for Halloween with Pumpkin People. Check out those at Coleman’s.
Have a great week!