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Town Warrant article discussions underway

December 09, 2021
WOLFEBORO — The Dec. 1 meeting of the Board of Selectmen included approval of a Deputy Town Treasurer to assist newly appointed Treasurer Carl Bagge when needed. Former Wolfeboro Finance Director Scott Smith was chosen and will start training at the first of the year. Smith has over 30 years experience in Municipal Finance.

Roberts and Greene, PLCC won the bid for audit services for a three year term with a possible two year extension, with a bid of $33,568. The firm has served the town for the last nine years.

Town holiday hours were approved. Offices will remain open until noon on Dec. 31, and will be closed on Monday, Jan. 3.

A line up of warrant articles pertaining to infrastructure was discussed with Public Works Director David Ford providing details on funding options, a situation he described as "very fluid, with federal money coming down the pike." The financing variables include cash, bonding, and grants with little settled upon at this point in the process.

The projects include the Pop Whalen Renovation and Expansion Project, which will involve use of the Pop Whalen Enterprise Fund to upgrade the ice arena's chiller with the majority of the cost of the entire project to be reduced by donations and pledged donations generated by the Friends of Pop Whalen. Ford said he expected to have a final price by the Dec. 15 meeting.

Port Wedeln is up for drainage upgrades, which includes expenditures to secure drainage easements and construction of an adequate storm water drainage system.

Then there are sewer pump station upgrades, one on Mill Street, another on Lehner Street, and sewer system infiltration reduction, an ongoing program to reduce infiltration into the municipal sewage system.

Warrants are being developed for upgrades of the water treatment plant, replacement of seasonal water lines with buried water mains, water main upgrades, reconstruction and upgrading of the Wolfeboro Bay commercial docks and wharf, and electric power reconstruction of Turtle Island Road. The latter involves reconstructing the overhead electrical distribution system on the Turtle Island Tap, which includes the areas of Camp Road, Lady Francis, Wishing Well Lane and Governor Shores Road.

Also under consideration, raising money to design and secure easements along Bay Street in order to prepare bid documents for sidewalk construction, and an appropriation for South Main Street engineering, to include a survey of the domestic water system, wastewater, and storm water from Pickering Corner to the Smith River Bridge.

The next Board of Selectmen's meeting is scheduled for Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Great Hall. A link for virtual attendance is provided on the town Web site's homepage (wolfeboronh.us).

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