Selectmen's Update: November 10, 2021
The Board continued contract discussions during their work session. November and December are busy seasons for work sessions as the Board is in the depths of budget season while also discussing employee reviews, contracts, and general business with year-end nearing.
In the tail end of the work session, the Board reviewed several items in the correspondence file including: an update for outstanding taxes/liens; a notification of a wetlands permit application; information regarding the ongoing boundary line dispute following our most recent perambulation results. The Board also discussed general formatting for Budget Committee meetings and related scheduling, noting some future work sessions may start earlier to accommodate time needed for year-end responsibilities.
In the regular meeting, former Tamworth Selectman Willie Farnum introduced the mission of the Tamworth Transfer Station Improvement Committee (TSIC) as the Committee Chair. The Tamworth TSIC has been reaching out to neighboring towns to determine interest in a regional recycling facility. Mr. Farnum will be reviewing further information about Sandwich’s Transfer Station demands to further explore potential benefits to Sandwich, though no decisions have been made at this time.
Road Agent Ty Bryant and former Road Agent Jon Peaslee joined the Work Session to discuss the status of the Metcalf Road Culvert engineering and future replacement; due to NH Department of Environmental Services (DES) regulations, the culvert will likely require replacement with a bridge in the next few years. The Board and Road Agent are utilizing Mr. Peaslee’s expertise in bridge projects to determine an appropriate replacement that minimizes costs to taxpayers.
The Board approved meeting minutes and signed several items: the AP and payroll manifest; several Land Use Change Tax forms; timber Intent to Cut forms; a landowner permission form for the Sandwich Sidehillers and a thank you letter for a former committee member.
The Board reviewed an updated draft of the Town’s Harassment Policy. The Board will be wrapping up revisions to the Employee Handbook and some related Town policies in the next weeks. As the Board has prioritized HR, much time has been spent reviewing the Employee Handbook and related policies to ensure consistency with the Town’s Mission, Vision, and Core Values.
Lastly, the Board revisited the topic of mask policies as it relates to Town Hall. Due to high levels of COVID in our area, the Board did not change current protocols, therefore we thank you for continuing to wear a mask when conducting business at Town Hall. Our staff are happy to conduct business outside in the parking lot if requested.
As a reminder, the Board reconvened last night with the Broadband Advisory Committee for a public hearing on the proposed temporary easement for the town property Map R1 Lot 31; the proposed easement would enable the NH Electric Cooperative to utilize the property for a broadband headend station. Another public hearing is scheduled for the beginning of the Board’s regular meeting at 5 pm November 22nd.
Board of Selectmen
P.S. – Don’t forget: Town Hall will be closed this Thursday, November 11th in observance of Veteran’s Day. Thank you to the many veterans in our community for your selfless service!