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.

 

 

Library Renovation Plan Presented to Trustees

Skip Hurt attended the library trustees’ meeting this morning to show them a plan he’s been working on for expanding the existing library building. Skip was a member of the since-disbanded library building advisory committee and publicly supported the old plan to build a new library across the street from the existing one. That plan failed to get the required 2/3 vote of approval from Town Meeting in 2015.

In a follow up message this evening he reiterated to me a point he had made to the trustees: “I’ve run into two people who were on the advisory committee that stated to me they were no longer going to vote for the current proposal. I’m no longer going to support it or vote for it. That makes three people of the committee that will not be voting or endorsing it. Jim Allen, who was on the committee, has moved so that means four out of the nine [on the committee] will not be voting for the $2.2 million building.”

With commercial building costs ranging from $150 to $250 per square foot, Skip is estimating that his plan to expand the current library building would come in at the high range of just over a million dollars. “The beauty of it,” he said, “is you can start this now.” The building could be expanded in sections, using funds that are already available in the library capital reserve fund. (Later in the meeting, Treasurer Marsha Hunter confirmed there is $696,832 in the library capital reserve fund including the $75,000 that was approved by town meeting last month.)

Skip noted that his plan would cost more than $1 million less than the 2015 plan. That means that the amount of funds that would need to be appropriated at next year’s Town Meeting in order to finish the project would not be large enough to trigger the 2/3 vote requirement, increasing its likelihood of passing.

In addition, Skip’s plan would actually produce a building 400 square feet larger than the failed building across the street. He would expand the current building out over the front parking lot toward Middle Road. Then he would extend the back of the building out as well, covering the walkway that currently leads to the back entrance. Likely the main entrance would be moved from the front of the building to the side facing the fire pond. All the plumbing in the building, he explained, could stay in the same place, which would be a substantial costs saving, although the electrical and HVAC would need to be upgraded.

He would place a new parking lot in the woods behind the library, but he noted that the existing parking lot on the side of the building would remain. The walk from the parking lot to the building would be similar to what it is in Wolfeboro, he said.

Skip said he had spoken to numerous contractors while developing his plan. He also urged the trustees to engage an architect, but suggested they note use the architect who had made the plans for the building across the street, saying it would be perceived in the public as a conflict of interest.

Librarian Christie Sarles and Trustee Mary Anne Murray said they’d like more information about what the interior of the renovated building might look like. Skip said that the architect would have to work out those details.

Although they weren’t entirely sold on the spot, the trustees expressed their appreciation to Skip for coming up with a new plan. Skip will be meeting with the board of selectmen at their meeting on April to go over the plan, and the trustees said they would like to attend that meeting as well.

Guy Pike also had an idea for the town to purchase the plot of land at the corner of Union Wharf and Middle Roads for the purpose of a new police building. He said that the project could be done, with the purchase of land and the construction of a building, at no additional cost to the taxpayer by using funds already raised from taxes that are currently in the police building capital reserve fund as well as over a million dollars in the undesignated fund. At that point, said Guy, the library could either renovate the existing building, or build a new building across the street, without the connection to the police building that has been weighing it down for years.

Chairman Gordon Hunt explained his comments from Town Meeting that the “library will get built,” saying that he had meant that in some form or another that a new library would be constructed. “Something is going to get done, because the needs of the community need to be addressed. At the same time, as I say, nothing is set in stone. We’re going to look at everything.”

Guy thanked the trustees for running an open meeting and for welcoming input from those in attendance. “I appreciate the openness of your meetings. It’s really the way the town of Tuftonboro aught to operate, and we do alright with this with the library trustees. And I’m very pleased with that. You guys are just folks, and folks is what we all are.”

For more details, please watch the video and also consider attending the selectmen’s meeting on April 24. In addition, if I left out anything pertinent in my write-up, I hope Skip, or any of the trustees, will clarify in the comments.


The approximate time line for the video is as follows:

0:00 Pledge of Allegiance
0:20 Skip Hurt presents plan for library renovation of current building
47:55 Guy Pike comments
57:00 Gordon Hunt “something will get done.”
58:00 Max Ledoux asked a question about fundraising
1:01:36 Regular meeting
1:03:00 approval of March 2017 Trustees Minutes.
1:04:45 Treasurer’s report
$698k in hand
1:06:18 Librarian’s report
1:16:45 Christy reported selectmen are going to explore doing payroll every other week. Treasurer thinks by law that hourly employees have to be paid weekly.
1:17:40 New Business
Drug and alcohol policy adoption
1:20:35 Clarification of circulation reporting
1:28:00 Old Business
Capital campaign committee activity (almost $100,000 in pledges)
1:30:13 motion to adjourn

Cat Adoptions at Lakes Region Humane Society

PICK YOUR PRICE CAT ADOPTION PROMOTION
Friday, April 14th – Saturday, April 29th 
You can adopt a fully vaccinated, spayed/neutered, cat for as little as FREE if that is what works best for you.
Promotion valid to approved adopters. Offer excludes kittens.
View available pets and submit an adoption application at: www.LRHS.net

Selectmen’s Meeting for April 10, 2017

Time stamps are approximate:

0:01 Pledge of Allegiance
0:25 Library update
Christy doesn’t like Trump’s proposed budget that cuts federal funding to libraries
Friends of the Library to donate another $10k. $40k+ over last… ten years.
new fiction book club starting
5:20 NarCan training at library on May 5
7:00 Bill asks Christy to attend emergency management debriefing on Friday
8:10 Roads department update
$5,000 over cleanup budget already
45 road events this year (29 last year)
Dame, New, and Brown Roads are in particularly tough shape
12:15 Selectmen discuss planned emergency management debriefing
13:15 Review and approve minutes
19:18 Signature file
Public employee salary adjustment for RETROACTIVE PAY RAISES
21:00 written permission to send information to auditors
23:20 copier agreement: $.13 per page (Lloyd misread: fee is actual 1.5 cents per page!)
Chip: that gives us a basis for charging for copies
25:10 Veteran’s credit for property taxes two properties
first approved, second denied — application by surviving spouse who moved to NH after the veteran died. credit only available to resident veterans and surviving spouses
31:08 tax levy gravel pit
32:00 notice to excavate
33:55 Continued Business
Board meeting schedule
40:00 Brown Road
Chip: Carolyn Sundquist told Steinmens they could put the boulders in place.
45:25 Lloyd asks for public comment
Bob & Sue both said just remove the rocks
Chip: The rocks were placed there because one selectman made a decision so we need to make a decision as a board
Max: Aren’t the rock the Steinman’s property? If the town removes them, might the Steinmans retaliate legally?
Jim: Just wants to be sure so that if we move the rocks we don’t have to do it again
52:00 Town copy policy
53:40 Bill: clear that “actual cost” not intended to cover labor!
54:45 Chip: We’re not in it for profit
55:05 Lloyd NH supreme court accepted Merrimack county Superior Court decision (Kelley v. Hooksett Assessing Office, Case No. 11-CV-266): you can’t charge for labor.
57:00 Chip: spending $275/hr for an attorney to argue about cost of copy. (Chip probably misspoke: Sager’s last known fee was $175/hour)
57:50 Chip motion to change copy fee to $.15 per page. Motion passes 3-0.
58:50 Police cruiser
59:09 Lang Pond
Review checklist (Jim Bean)
1:11:25 Jack Parsons
1:11:55 Update town contact list (?)
1:12:30 Lake Road boat ramp proposal
1:13:45 Selectmen’s update
Bill:
Planning board
cemetery trustees
old homes days committee will meet April 18 (open meeting)
Master plan update. Zoning in town.
Lloyd: Multitown roundtable April 11 at 6:30 at the fire station in Tuftonboro
1:21:00 Lloyd is recusing himself from fire department-related issues since he’s on the department
1:21:30 Correspondence
1:21:40 Brown Road correspondence
1:23:25 Lloyd wants to send $100 from the town to special olympics in honor of Steve Honeycutt (his obit. requests such donations in lieu of flowers)
1:24:50 RTK response to Ed Comeau
1:32:00 Chip felt Sager’s response was trying to pick a fight and Chip wants to avoid that.
1:34:09 Continue with other correspondence
1:42:13 Other Business
Court case continued. No hearing on April 18.
1:44:00 Public Input
1:44:20 Bob McWhirter asked about emergency management debriefing scheduled for Friday.
1:46:33 Max Ledoux asked the board to investigate using a payroll company to process employee paychecks
Joe Kowalski: Is there a fee for bringing in your own scanner to make copies of public records (No)
1:48:00 Guy Pike: Municipal estoppel (re Brown Road)
1:49:40 motion to adjourn

 

 

 

Selectmen Demonstrate That Their Lawsuit Is Frivolous

In the video at the 3:13 mark Selectman Bill Marcussen says, “When you look at what has gone on through various cases that have gone to court it’s clear that the intent is that the costs of the copies to the public cover the actual cost and it’s not intended to cover the time of the town employees that’s involved.”

Yet the selectmen’s lawsuit against Bob McWhirter and me goes into great detail about the amount of labor that would be involved in responding to Bob’s Right to Know request.

The selectmen seek to charge us a fee to inspect governmental records. We have not asked for the selectmen to provide us with copies. Instead we have said that we would use our own equipment to make copies. And yet the selectmen tried to charge us anyway, even though in the video at the 8:42 mark they concede that they cannot charge a fee for someone to use their own equipment to make copies of governmental records.

 

Lake Road Boat Ramp Reconstruction Project

Request for Proposal

This project will consist of reconstruction of a boat ramp and culvert along the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee in the Town of Tuftonboro, NH.

State of NH Wetlands Permit By Notification # 2017-00883

Work consists of replacement of concrete boat ramp and repair of existing culvert. All work to be reviewed and inspected.

Sealed Bids for the project on Lake Road should be in by 11:00am on May 22, 2017. Any bids received after this time will not be accepted.

The bids will be opened at the Selectmen’s meeting on that day at 4:00pm.

All bids should be mailed to:
Town of Tuftonboro
P.O. Box 98
Center Tuftonboro, NH 03816

The drawings and specifications are available at the Town Office for viewing.

Town of Tuftonboro Town Offices: 240 Middle Rd Tuftonboro, NH 03816 603-569-4539 X15

NarCan Training Offered at Tuftonboro Free Library

Carroll County Coalition for Public Health will be conducting a free Narcan training on Friday, May 5th, from 5 to 6:30PM at the Tuftonboro Free Library. Narcan, also known as Naloxzone, is an easy to use nasal spray medication that temporarily reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.

Narcan kits will be available at the event, but can also be purchased over the counter without a prescription at Rite Aid or CVS, according to numerous news reports in New Hampshire media.

For more information visit www.nhtreatment.org.