Selectmen's Update: July 19, 2022

The Board spent the work session conducting “Compliance Officer training” in preparation for the Compliance Officer’s temporary absence from town offices in August. We’ve been fortunate to benefit from a quick turnaround with most town permits recently but continue to encourage applicants to submit building permit documents well ahead of project kickoffs to ensure adequate time for permit procedures.

The Board concluded the work session with two non-public sessions to discuss employees’ compensation.

The start of the regular meeting was well attended for the opening of sealed bids for Map R2 Lot 34. The following bids were unveiled and announced, with the highest bid awarded:

  • $102,300 by Randolph G. Rush
  • $26,575.50 by Leslie H. Johnson
  • $29,044.00 by Cort Dixon
  • $20,000.00 plus $1,000 above higher offers, not to exceed $75,000 by Conor Willard
  • $42,777.77 by Joshua Harding
  • $35,000.00 by Karl and Karen Koch
  • $156,000.00 by S&S Roofing, Fred Surrette -- (highest bid)
  • $30,510.00 by Bryan and Cayla Peaslee
  • $20,200.00 by Jim Gaisser
  • $78 000.00 by Lewis Vittum
  • $40,000.00 by William Archer Morse
  • $30,500.00 Brady King

In accordance with state law, the Town will make attempts to return any excess proceeds (determined after excluding costs incurred by the Town) from the property sale to the former owner.

Prompted by an update from the Treasurer, the Selectmen discussed desire for future consideration of a transition to twice per year tax billing as many other towns across the state do. The Town currently secures a tax anticipation note to fulfill cash needs prior to receipt of tax bill revenues.

As discussed at a previous Selectmen’s meeting the Board approved an increase in application fees (to $10 per mailing) for Zoning Board and Planning Board abutter mailings to accommodate postal service cost increases.

The Board signed a tractor rental agreement for fall roadside mowing; a legal representation agreement for the Town’s perambulation matter; a paving proposal to create a court surface as one component in the Parks & Rec’s Remick Park Revitalization efforts; and other items presented for signing.

The Board acknowledged several pieces of correspondence regarding desire for improvements and general accessibility to/for the Town boat dock. The Board has discussed potential changes at great length in prior meetings and determined the current configuration of the boat dock will remain as is.

As a reminder, dogs are not allowed at the Town beach, nor is alcohol. The Town beach is a carry-in/carry-out facility. Port-a-potties are not replacements for dumpsters!

The Board reviewed several other pieces of correspondence from community members on topics such as the NHEC right-of-way cutting and the gas station proposal in Effingham – both matters referenced in previous updates and without new comments by the Selectmen.

Reminder, the Selectmen will continue to meet bi-weekly until Labor Day (with the exception of “Summer Town Meeting” on Monday, August 8th at 6 PM). The Board will next reconvene on July 27th for a Department Head meeting and Monday, August 1st for the Selectmen’s Work Session and Regular Meeting.

Lastly, we are still hiring for our Parking Enforcement Officer and Highway Maintainer positions. Positions open until filled. Further information can be found on our website here or at Town Hall. In addition, we welcome letters/emails of interest for membership on our 2023 Budget Advisory Committee which meets from September through late January.

Board of Selectmen

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