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Work plans for Wolfeboro Town Hall renovation received

by Thomas Beeler
Editor of The Granite State News
June 26, 2014
WOLFEBORO — Town Manager Dave Owen reported to selectmen during a brief regular meeting on June 18 that Northeast Collaborative Architects have submitted plans showing what partitions and other features of Brewster Memorial Hall are to be saved and what are to be demolished during renovation of the building, which is scheduled to begin the week of Aug. 4.

Plans are still in process with the architects for the construction phase, but they will not hold up either the demolition or the pointing of the exterior brick walls, which will start that week.

Owen said the contractor, Brian Blair, has agreed to work on a time and materials basis until final construction plans are complete, and then on a not-to-exceed budget basis. The contract provides incentives for early completion.

Town Planner Rob Houseman said a training session for employees on packing and labeling by the movers will take place on Monday, June 16.

Selectman Dave Senecal asked if selectmen will have access to the work site. Houseman said hardhat tours can be arranged through him.

Selectman Sarah Silk asked if there will be after hours access early in the morning and on weekends to the temporary offices at Huggins Hospital. Houseman responded that he will be meeting with Gene Goodwin to work out access plans. Normally the hospital goes into secure mode at 11 p.m.

The move itself will take place during the week of July 28, and the offices will be closed that entire week.

Houseman said his current focus is on getting office, networking and computer equipment moved and set up so that the temporary offices are up and running at Huggins first thing Monday morning, Aug. 4.

Other business

Selectman Chair Linda Murray proposed a new policy on town files following a complaint about missing ZBA files. See separate story on page A1.

Murray announced that $1,240,000 in municipal bonds were sold on June 11 at a true interest rate of 3.22 percent. The board signed the documents confirming the terms of sale.

The board reviewed the Town Manager Appraisal Form used in prior appraisals and agreed to use it for Owen's review this year. Murray will provide board members with a copy of the goals set for Owen, requesting that they complete the form by the second board meeting in August (Aug. 20).

Owen reported that the Parks and Recreation maintenance building is down to final details like reseeding disturbed areas. Parks and Recreation Director Ethan Hipple announced the following day that a ribbon-cutting and open house will be held at the building on Tuesday, July 8, at 3 p.m.

Owen also announced that the Middleton Road project will be sent out to bid by July 1 with contract award expected by Sept. 1. N.H. Department of Transportation also plans to pave Route 109A from Route 28/Center Street in Wolfeboro to Union Wharf Road in Tuftonboro this fall, thanks to the passage of the gas tax increase.

Also out to bid are contracts to supply diesel, gasoline and propane to the town. Bids are due the week of June 23.

Selectman Sarah Silk reported much concern at the Agricultural Commission meeting about pig disease. Some farmers have stopped raising pigs and Clark's Grain Store will not deliver to farms with pigs for fear of spreading the disease.

The next meeting of the Wolfeboro Board of Selectmen will be on Wednesday, July 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the Wolfeboro Public Library meeting room.

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