David Rabinowitz, our Commissioner on the Lakes Region Planning Commission, joined the Board during the work session to discuss transportation priorities as the State seeks input for their 10-year plan. The Board is also keenly aware of funds that will potentially become available for transportation projects as a result of infrastructure legislation pending on the federal level. The Board is hopeful that our state roads can benefit from much-needed maintenance and reconstruction as they are our most traveled roads to and from town. The Board also discussed several other regional priorities aside from transportation including mutual aid for emergency services.
Also in the work session, Julie Dolan noted legislation has passed enabling the Selectmen to appoint two members to the Carroll County Communications District Planning Committee; the Committee is charged with determining feasibility of a Communications District and may apply for grant funding for a county-wide initiative. Ms. Dolan offered to serve on the Committee and noted she would seek other interested members.
The Board kicked off the regular meeting with a public hearing. Following the conclusion of the hearing, the Board authorized the acceptance and expenditure of $840,493 from the Northern Border Regional Commission to form a public-private partnership to construct a fiber-optic broadband network and $71,084.28 of Local Fiscal Recovery Funds from the State of New Hampshire for eligible uses as defined by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) and the United States Treasury. The Board has previously identified technology improvements for remote meeting capabilities as a priority for ARPA funds. Further legislation is pending to expand eligible uses for these funds as well.
The Board opened the following sealed bids for three town-owned properties, conditional upon receipt of funds:
· R2 Lot 31A (Beede Flats Rd.) bids ranging from $3,000 to $11,032.36; the Board agreed to accept the highest bid ($11,032.36) made by Lorna Pearson.
· R3 Lot 40 (Foss Flats Rd.) bids ranged from $3,350 to $15,036.32; the Board agreed to accept the highest bid ($15,036.32) made by Lorna Pearson.
· R7 Lot 7A (Wing Rd.) bids ranging from $1,800 to $5,000.50; the Board agreed to accept the highest bid ($5,000.50) made by Brad Streeter.
Miles Pond Road Association members and the Road Agent attended the regular meeting to discuss the Association’s interest in transitioning Miles Pond Road to a Town-maintained road. The Board discussed the petitioned warrant article process for consideration at Town Meeting and noted the need for Association members to bring the road up to Town standards. The Board agreed to schedule a site walk with the members and the Road Agent to assess the condition of the road and required improvements to bring it to town specifications. The site walk is scheduled for 3:00 pm tomorrow at Miles Pond Road.
The Board authorized the Road Agent to cut a nuisance tree on Middle Road, pending notice to the abutter, which was signed during the meeting. The Board also signed the AP and payroll manifest; three timber intent to cut forms.
The Board accepted the resignation of Bruce Burrows as a Conservation Commission member and thanked Bruce for his many years of loyal service.
The Board discussed the possibility of including the Town contribution to the 2022 Library Operating Budget and trust management fees as a Selectmen’s warrant article and determined further discussion is required.
Lastly, the Board discussed several upcoming meeting dates including public hearings for the proposed easement on Map R1 Lot 31 scheduled for November 9th
and November 22nd
at 5 pm. The proposed easement (for a broadband “head end station”) will be available on the Town website (www.sandwichnh.org
) under “Forms & Documents” once final comments/recommendations are received from the Conservation Commission.
Reminder: as tax season approaches, please be sure to update your address on file in Town Hall if needed! We anticipate setting the tax rate in the upcoming weeks.
Board of Selectmen