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Tuftonboro selectmen split on compensation study

January 30, 2014
TUFTONBORO — Selectman Chairman Carolyn Sundquist shared information on Jan. 21 regarding the MRI Wage Classification and Compensation Study quote that she recently received from Don Jutton. He gave a cost of $7,500, an increase from his verbal quote of $5,000. He attributed the increase to the evaluation system and associated training. Selectman Lloyd Wood and Sundquist approved the increase; Selectman Dan Duffy did not.

Bob McWhitter, in the audience, asked why he did not approve the increase. Duffy said that he thought it is too much to spend and that the board is capable of carrying out the evaluations.

That item will be presented to voters on the town warrant.

The deadline for filing to run for public office is ending on Friday, Jan. 31 at 5 p.m. Meanwhile, the Tuftonboro Board of Selectmen made several appointments at their Jan. 27 meeting.

Mark Howard will represent Tuftonboro on the Lakes Region Planning Commission's Scenic Tour Byway Committee. Howard serves on the Zoning Board of Adjustment and the Conservation Commission.

Zoning Board of Adjustment alternate member Betsy Frago was appointed to fill the seat open upon the death of Tony Lyons. Guy Pike accepted the position of alternate. Chairman Bob Murray suggested Pike for the full membership seat at the Jan. 13 meeting and the board offered the seat to Pike, in attendance, who readily accepted, but board members later realized that alternates had not yet been offered the position.

Greg and Terry Heppe of the Tuftonboro General Store have been reppointed to serve as Forest Fire Wardens, and David Ladd at Lane's End Marina and Tom Young at Melvin Village Marina will serve as Boar Permit Agents.

No word has been forthcoming from the Mirror Lake Watershed Committee Chairman Ted Wright on when the board will receive the group's final report. Guy Pike, a member of that committee, did venture a response. He said that the committee's work is not done, for Lang Pond Road is just part of the phosphorus pollution picture. Residential septic systems are one area of concern as well as the increased water level mentioned at the summer hearing.

Sundquist noted that the ad hoc committee is appointed until June.

The next selectmen's meeting will take place at 9 a.m. on Feb. 3, at the Town Offices.

On Feb. 11, the Budget Committee will hold a hearing on the town budget at 7 p.m. at the Town House.

The Tuftonboro Free Library is hosting an informational session at the library on Feb. 15, on the proposed new building project that will be on the Town Warrant in March.

The bond hearing on the library project is scheduled for Feb. 18, at the Town House at 6 p.m.

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