Selectmen's Update: March 24, 2021
The Selectmen are pleased to announce Ty Bryant, our current Highway Department Foreman, has been selected as the Acting Road Agent. We appreciate his eagerness to serve and deep understanding of our roads.
The Selectmen were joined by six members of the public and kicked off the regular meeting with a public hearing regarding a Discretionary Preservation Easement application for 86 North Sandwich Road; the Selectmen unanimously approved a 75% assessment reduction for the historic barn at 86 North Sandwich Road and were pleased to hear of the ongoing restoration work. Preserving our rural heritage regularly comes up as an important Town priority.
Are you interested in learning more about our Discretionary Preservation Easement program and related application materials? Or tax credits and exemptions adopted by the Town of Sandwich? Please check out our recently launched Tax Credit & Exemption page on our website which includes requirements and application materials for all applicable property tax credits, exemptions, and the Discretionary Preservation Easement program. Reminder: our Tax Collector collects taxes, but the Selectmen’s Office is responsible for your general assessing services!
The Board finalized Committee appointment documents from last week’s meeting; the Board extends their appreciation to all volunteers on “Team Sandwich” that keep the town running; our town depends on these volunteers!
The Board discussed refinancing options for existing town bonds (Town Hall renovations and bridges on Schoolhouse Road and Young Mountain Road) and our yearly Tax Anticipation Note (because we are a one tax bill per year town); the Board appreciates Treasurer Jon Taylor’s excellent work to secure a refinancing package that will save the Town over $100,000 over the life of the bonds. The proposed Tax Anticipation Note will have an interest rate under 1%!
The Board has begun planning for Town Meeting in May. As a reminder, Town Elections will be held on Tuesday April 13th at Town Hall 10 AM to 7 PM, while Town Meeting will be held at the Sandwich Fairgrounds on Saturday May 1st at 10 AM. Important Town dates can always be found on our Town Calendar, which is reviewed at least monthly for the latest updates. We hope for sunny weather and a light breeze to deter any pesky flies! We greatly appreciate the Fair Association’s willingness to support the Town’s important civic events, especially so throughout this pandemic.
The Board reviewed a Letter of Interest submitted to Congressman Pappas’s office in pursuit of broadband funding to provide fiber optic cable to the town; the Broadband Advisory Committee met virtually Tuesday night to discuss the funding opportunity and next steps.
Lastly, please feel free to reach out to the Selectmen’s Office if you’re interested in attending the 2021 Elections candidates’ “meet and greet” event scheduled for Tuesday April 6th, at 6:00 pm. We look forward to hearing the candidates speak more about their interests and experience as it relates to our elected positions.
Board of Selectmen