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Selectmen talk roadwork

by Tim Croes
Staff Writer - The Baysider
January 15, 2013
BARNSTEAD — During its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 8, the Barnstead Board of Selectmen reviewed the town warrant articles, discussed the State Aid Highway Program and discussed the issues with the septic system at Center Barnstead Christian Church.

Chair David Kerr talked about the New Hampshire Technical Advisory Committee and its latest meeting. He talked about the upcoming road projects, including the major project on Route 28.

Kerr said that a suggestion has been made that the town look at future road projects and submitt them as part of a State Highway Aid Program, where 70 percent reimbursement could be available.

Obviously, if the road is a state road, 100 percent of the project would be paid by the state, but submitting a project on a state road could get the project done in a much quicker fashion.

The board reviewed an invoice by Ossipee Mountain Electronics for $665. The invoice is for radios for the police cruiser and Kerr questioned if drug enforcement should have been billed for the radios.

The board reviewed the Department of Revenue Administration equalization assessment. This document reviews all the property in each town, and through this document it was found that property in Barnstead is assessed higher than the actual market value.

The board reviewed the issue of the meter at the Parade Fire Station. PSNH has agreed to install a separate meter that will determine the peaks in electric use in the building.

A request for a proposal will be going out in the near future to replace the HVAC system in the town library. The expected cost will be around $20,000, and the library has agreed to pay for half of the total cost of the project.

The board once again reviewed the issues of the lack of a septic system at the Center Barnstead Christian Church.

The selectmen explained that if the church was connected to the town hall that a water system would be created and that is something that the selectmen advised against.

Kerr offered the use of the town hall for meetings and other functions and also suggested the installation of electronic toilets as a possible alternative.

The board then reviewed the town warrant articles, which haven't been finalized yet. Once the articles are finalized, a list will be released that members of the public can review.

Some of the issues addressed in the articles include: more than $200,000 for maintenance projects throughout the town and adding to the various capital reserve funds that are already established.

The Barnstead Board of Selectmen meets every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Barnstead Town Hall.

Tim Croes can be reached at tcroes@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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