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Wakefield says thanks to Ken Paul and Teresa Williams

by Thomas Beeler
Editor of The Granite State News

TERESA WILLIAMS was honored for her 28 years working for the Town of Wakefield as Town Clerk and Town Administrator at the Tumbledown Cafe last Friday, March 10. Among other well-wishers who came were three fellow town clerks (l-r): Williams, Wolfeboro Town Clerk Pat Waterman, Brookfield Town Clerk Virginia McGinley and Sunapee Town Clerk and Tax Collector Betty Ramspott. (Thomas Beeler photo) (click for larger version)
March 17, 2017
WAKEFIELD — At the end of what was a very short meeting on March 8 the two continuing members of the Board of Selectmen took the opportunity to say thanks to Selectman Ken Paul and Town Administrator Teresa Williams at their last regular meeting as town officials.

Williams submitted her resignation at the previous board meeting. A Wakefield native, she has served the town as town clerk and town administrator for 28 years. Her last day was March 10. She started her new job as southwestern benefits advisor for HealthTrust in Concord on March 13.

Selectman Connie Twombley read the board's letter to Williams: "It hardly seems possible that after 28 years working with the Town of Wakefield, you won't be there to greet us when we walk through those front doors! All who come to Town Hall have experienced your welcoming and cheerful nature. Each one of us has come to you believing that what we have to say is vitally important and you never let us think otherwise.

"We have been proud to watch you grow into the position of Town Administrator. From thwe moment you sat behind that desk, you have worked so hard to learn about the many details of that position. And you have succeeded handsomely in that endeavor!

"We have been blessed to have you as part of our team. Although we will certainly miss you, we are also excited for you in this next step in your adventure of life. We know that your new co-workers will quickly realize how lucky they are!"

Also a Wakefield native, Ken Paul has served the town in a number of roles, with his three terms as selectman being his latest. He is now running for Assessor.

Twombley read the board's letter to him: "For the past nine years, you have contributed so much to the Town of Wakefield. You have worked hard to make decisions that would be best for the Town and its citizens, contributing not only your valuable time, but also your considerable expertise.

"Having sat at this table with you, we have learned what you know before us that sitting here is often difficult, sometimes quite unpopular, but definitely rewarding. We truly appreciate, Ken, all your efforts to keep this a town of which we can all be proud."

Selectmen Chair Charlie Edwards also thanked both.

Last Friday, March 10, the board held a reception for Williams at the Tumbledown Cafe that was well attended by her co-workers, friends and several town clerks she has worked with over the years. In thanking everyone for their friendship and good wishes, Williams said she would try not to cry, but she did.

Other business

The Faith Renewal Church has not been able to keep up its lease of the town building at 1892 Province Lake Road due to declining membership and has turned in the keys, William reported. There are some issues with the building, including a furnace that might not work. After some discussion the board agreed to ask the Heritage Commission whether the building should bed retained by the town or sold. The building was originally a school.

Selectmen approved capital reserve expenditures of $5,625 for the framing of walls on the second floor of the public safety building and $128,009 for the purchase of a replacement excavator for the highway department.

Edwards, who is overseeing the public safety building work, said that bids for the heating and air conditioning work of the second floor will go out shortly.

The board reviewed a letter from the N.H. Department of Transportation notifying the town that 2017 paving projects will include Route 109 from Route 16 to the Maine state line. Crosswalks will need to be restored after the paving.

Williams reported that CMA Engineers is completing at Conditional Discharge Agreement five-year agreement with the state. The agreement is due by March 15 and includes statistical information on the Wakefield septic system and a positive assessment of its ability to process sewage. On Jan. 18 the town was granted a 10-year permit on its septage lagoons.

The town reached an agreement with the Sanbornville Water Precinct to pay $995 as half of the cost of installing a backflow device at the public safety building.

Williams announced that highway mechanic Seth Garland has been promoted to highway foreman and that John Palaima has been hired as transfer station attendant.

Twenty applications for town administrator were received. The board expects to announce their selection at their next meeting.

The next regular meeting of the Wakefield Board of Selectmen will be on Wednesday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall conference room.

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