Jack Widmer Misleads on Glenn Cordelli

Speaking on Saturday, Tuftonboro Treasurer Jack Widmer misleadingly stated that state representative Glenn Cordelli (R-Tuftonboro) had co-sponsored a bill that would have raised the school tax rate in Tuftonboro.

“That particular bill, unfortunately, was co-sponsored by Clay [sic] Cordelli, our state representative,” Jack said.

Although Glenn initially put his name on the bill as a co-sponsor, he withdrew his support when the final text of the bill was made available. In fact, he not only voted against the bill in the Education Committee, Glenn was the one who made the motion to kill the bill.

From page seven of the February 2, 2018, House Record:

HB 1452, relative to equalized property valuation used to apportion expenses in cooperative school districts.

INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.

Rep. Glenn Cordelli for Education. There are 33 cooperative school districts. Each has an existing and differing agreement on the apportionment formula to determine the amount to be paid by each town. While this bill raises the valid discussion of the formula of attendance vs. town equalized valuation, it would not be appropriate for the state to intercede in these local agreements. Vote 19-0.

When informed that Glenn had voted against the final bill, Jack tried to dismiss that fact by saying: “My feeling about that is, and not to get into an argument about it, but, my feeling is, you don’t put your name on a bill unless you know what you’re putting your name on.”

This seems petty to me. There are many reasons to co-sponsor a bill initially, before the text of a bill is finalized. What I think matters most is the final vote.

The fact of the matter, no matter whether Jack tries to brush it aside, is that Glenn voted against the bill.

Here is Jack’s entire presentation on Saturday (discussion of education bills starts around the 7:00 mark).

Watch the entire library information open house here.

UPDATE:

It turns out Jack gave wrong information about the potential tax affect of taking out a loan for the library addition and renovation. Paul Matlock corrected the record on the adjoining post:

There is an error in the presentation. When asked, Jack reports that the tax rate could be as low as 2.5 cents per thousand which would mean a $200,000 house would pay only an extra $5 a year. After the meeting, I started wondering about this. Jack has since confirmed that the added tax would be 10 plus cents for the principal payment with the finance cost added to this. My estimate is up to 14 cents per thousand, meaning that that 200,000 house would pay an extra $28 a year.
Sorry for the confusion.
Paul Matlock
Library trustee

Plea Agreement for Effingham Man Who Sold Fentanyl That Killed Tuftonboro Resident

The Union Leader:

OSSISPEE — A former Effingham resident charged with selling the fentanyl heroin mix that killed Joshua Fournier of Tuftonboro in September 2016 could be released in 6 1/2 years following his sentencing Wednesday.

Under a plea agreement with the state, Andrew Garland, 22, must complete a substance abuse treatment program while incarcerated and take advantage of other educational opportunities for early release from the 12- to 24-year sentence. He could have faced a maximum penalty of life in prison.

“I would like to apologize to the Fournier family for the part I played in the death of Joshua. Although I did not know him, I feel remorseful and horrible for my actions and that my addiction has taken the life of another individual,” Garland said before he became so emotional that he asked his public defender, Steve Mirkin, to read the rest.

Assistant Attorney General Danielle Sakowski, who prosecuted the case, told the judge the victim’s father, Michael Fournier, opposed the proposed deal, believing it was too lenient.

“He did not believe he was emotionally capable of being here today,” the prosecutor said. The elder Fournier discovered his 22-year-old son dead in the basement of the home they shared. The state medical examiner ruled the cause of death as acute fentanyl intoxication.

Annual Holiday Festival Weekend Is November 11-12

The 22nd annual Tuftonboro Holiday Festival will be November 11 & 12. The Festival is a weekend in Tuftonboro during which residents share their interests, creations and holiday spirit in their homes and businesses. On offer will be clothing, jewelry, soaps, wreaths, baked goods, and more.

Local businesses the Garden Cape, For Every Season, Full Moon Fashions, and GeezLouise will also be open on Friday (November 8) from 5-8PM for a preview of the weekend.

Follow the Tuftonboro Holiday Festival Facebook page for more updates.

FREE COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TRAINING – August in Tuftonboro

Would you like to know how to respond to a local emergency in order to protect and assist your family, friends and your community?

In just 20 hours, learn how to provide basic first aid, search and rescue victims safely, manage utilities, put out small fires and effectively help your family and community during a local crisis.

This training will be held at the Tuftonboro Central Fire Department on Friday August 18th, 6-9pm, Saturday August 19th, 9am – 5pm and on Saturday August 26th, 9am – 5pm. Each day will cover different topics of emergency response.

You may take the entire course in Tuftonboro, or in part – there will be other training locations and dates throughout the year; it is possible to complete the training in segments over a period of time, for your convenience.

This free event is generously offered by CERT, Granite United Way and Carroll County Coalition for Public Health.

For more information, and to pre-register ( required to ensure minimum enrollment requirements ) please call Jeff Jones at 603-301-1251 ext. 304 .

 

 

 

Boat Access Open at Lower Beech Pond

Someone has moved the rock that was blocking the access to Lower Beech Pond at Brown Road.

As you can see in the video, it’s evident that the rock was dragged along the shoulder. It has been left a considerable distance from its prior position. It is also within the town’s right of way, which extends 14’3″ to either side of the pavement.

Here’s what the access looks like today:

And here’s what it looked liked a few days ago:

Support Special Olympics New Hampshire in Memory of Steve Honeycutt

Steve Honeycutt, Tuftonboro resident and cemetery sexton, passed away last month. If you would like to honor his memory, please make a donation to Special Olympics New Hampshire, as requested by his family in lieu of flowers in Steve’s obituary.

Rest in Peace.

 

Annual Town-Wide Roadside Cleanup on Saturday

Although it’s supposed to rain, Saturday morning is the annual town-wide roadside cleanup.

Residents have been signing up since Town Meeting to divy up certain section of roads in town. Trash bags will be available at the Town Office from 8Am-12PM.

If you’re able to, please come join your fellow Tuftonboro residents in keeping our town beautiful.