Selectmen's Update: March 16th, 2021
Good morning all,
The Selectmen enjoyed a delayed start to their work session, with continuing discussions regarding hiring. Their regular meeting was joined by five members of the public.
The main topic of discussion for the regular meeting was board, commission, and committee appointments. The Selectmen appointed members of the Zoning Board of Adjustment, Historic District Commission, Planning Board and Conservation Commission.
The Selectmen also formally established the Town Hall Upstairs Remodeling Advisory Committee to provide ideas on how we might improve the multi-use room and theater upstairs at Town Hall. We are grateful for all volunteers who have expressed interest in joining these important committees.
The Board discussed resident correspondence regarding the possibility of dock improvements at Squam Beach. Though improvements may be in the future, docks are governed by state environmental regulations and follow a strict permitting process.
The Board scheduled a “meet and greet” with candidates for 2021 elections on April 13th. Moderator Jim Mykland will host the meet and greet at 6:00 pm via Zoom on Tuesday, April 6th.
The Board authorized a formal contract with Bryant Paving for 2021, outlining plans to pave Diamond Ledge, Transfer Station, and Mason roads.
The Board revisited the topic of Coalition Communities 2.0 (CC2) and formalized a Memorandum of Understanding as an associate member of the group. CC2 recognizes that the current system of school funding in New Hampshire creates significant inequities but feels that using local property taxes to solve a state-wide problem is inappropriate. CC2 will lobby against “donor towns,” such as Sandwich, subsidizing under-resourced towns across the state through increased local property tax. Our hope is that a more sustainable solution can be found.
Lastly, the Board discussed a potential municipal funding opportunity in response to outreach from Congressman Pappas. The Board agreed to submit a letter of interest for the funding program, pending further details.
As a reminder, the beginning of next week’s regular meeting will include a Discretionary Preservation Easement Hearing for a barn at 86 North Sandwich Road scheduled for 5:00 pm.
We look forward to “seeing” you next week!
Board of Selectmen