Selectmen's Update: May 11, 2022

Parks and Recreation Director Ole Anderson offered departmental updates and reviewed the kickoff of spring programs. Mr. Anderson is working with a group of volunteers to brainstorm Remick Park revitalization efforts. Prompted by a funding opportunity, the Board is working with Mr. Anderson to develop a plan to improve the recreational opportunities and create a more sustainable and efficient skating rink.

The Board reviewed proposals for employee health insurance plans effective July 1. The Board has been keenly interested in reducing costs - not benefits - to the Town and employees. Also discussed were employee contribution levels to stabilize town costs and ensure benefit equity amongst employees. 

In the regular meeting, the Selectmen approved meeting minutes and signed various items including timber intent to cut forms, manifests, letters to property owners regarding potential zoning violations and a timber tax warrant. 
The Board agreed to participate in a collective procurement program to facilitate purchase of the new Police cruiser as approved at 2022 Town Meeting. 
The Board reviewed several wetlands permit notifications from the state. 
The Board reviewed a request from the Energy Committee regarding official policies for consideration of lower emission alternatives when purchasing town vehicles/equipment; the Board acknowledged that lower emission alternatives are a priority.
The Board revisited the Selectmen’s authority in regulating pesticide applications by the NHEC in town; further legal research confirmed regulation of pesticides is strictly outside of the Board’s jurisdiction. 
In follow up to discussions regarding improving the Town’s website, the Board agreed to begin with incremental improvements while exploring feasibility for major upgrades; due to funding constraints, improvements will require a phased approach. 
The Board reviewed and approved a proposal to place a book recycling bin at the Transfer Station. In other Transfer Station business, Selectman Haight suggested the Board finalize the Town’s swap shop status.  A lengthy conversation acknowledged the public’s desire to have a swap shop as well as the administrative challenges and liability issues among others. The swap shop is currently closed due to COVID concerns. At the regular meeting of May 23rd, the Selectmen will make a final determination. 
Summer planning is underway! The Board approved the hiring of Drake Dearborn as a beach attendant. Several employment opportunities remain – the town is hiring part time lifeguard/beach attendants, town building maintenance contractor and a full-time highway maintainer. Employment applications and position descriptions can be found on our website or at Town Hall.
As a reminder, after May 23rd the Selectmen will shift to bi-weekly meetings only. Our town meeting calendar can be found here.
A Memorial Day remembrance will be held at the Honor Roll next to the Center Sandwich Post Office Monday, May 30th at 10:30 AM. Stay tuned for more information!

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