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Selectmen's Update: February 9, 2021

Happy snowy evening all,
The Selectmen enjoyed a relatively short meeting following last week’s busy schedule with the 2020 audit and 2021 Budget Hearing. The Selectmen’s work session yesterday was spent conducting employment interviews for the Administrative Assistant position. The Board will wrap-up interviews on Thursday. 

During the Selectmen’s regular meeting, Chief Varney noted one new COVID-19 case in town as cases continue to decline regionally and statewide. Chief Varney also presented onboarding documentation for signing related to the Town’s newest part-time Specials Officer George Cole. Officer Cole will formally introduce himself in the Board’s next regular meeting and will fulfill the part-time role recently vacated by Richard Young. 

Chief Varney and the Selectmen reconvened tonight for the Noise Ordinance Input Session. The proposed Noise Ordinance will be voted on during Town Meeting. We appreciate everyone’s feedback!

The Selectmen reviewed and voted on all Special Warrant Articles for 2021. The proposed 2021 Budget (NH Department of Revenue form MS-636) and Warrant Articles will be officially posted this Thursday. A Warrant narrative is being drafted for inclusion in the Town Report.

As a reminder, Town Elections will be held on Tuesday, April 13th 10 AM – 7 PM while Town Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, May 1st at 10 AM at the Sandwich Fairgrounds.

The Board will also be hosting a special work session Thursday for employee interviews. 

The Board authorized the signing of multiple items yesterday including a cyclical assessing contract for the Town’s revaluation, a letter of engagement for the Town audit, several timber Intent to Cut forms, and a wheel loader rental agreement for the Highway Department.

The Board discussed resident correspondence regarding a state Shoreland Permit application recently submitted for a property on Metcalf Road. The Board explained the regulatory process regarding state Shoreland Applications, noting the role of the Town’s Conservation Commission in providing feedback.

Lastly, the Board discussed pending state legislation as a new legislative session gets underway. Several bills currently under consideration would impact Sandwich including bills related to the distribution of state rooms and meal tax revenues, and taxes to address state education funding. While many proposed bills may not be enacted, the Board will continue to follow updates related to the slate of bills that could impact local taxpayers.   

As a reminder, the Town is hiring for the role of the Road Agent, with applications due Thursday, February 18th. Applications and a full job description are available on our website (under Forms & Documents) or at Town Hall. 

The Selectmen will not be meeting on Monday, February 15th. Town offices will be closed on Monday, the 15th in observance of President’s Day.

Stay safe and well,
Board of Selectmen

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