Town weighing bids for ambulance service, septic repairs
Ossipee boundary dispute will require a meeting
December 03, 2009
TUFTONBORO — As the Tuftonboro 2010 budget takes shape, Fire and Rescue Chief Adam Thompson is collecting bids for an ambulance service contract and repair of the septic system at the Mirror Lake fire station.
Brian Lord, owner and manager of Lord Ambulance Service of Wolfeboro, and Will Riley of CarePlus, a North Conway company which is setting up a satellite office in Wolfeboro, each spoke at the Nov. 23 selectmen's meeting on the benefits of their services. Med Star/EMS also sent a bid.
Thompson and the selectmen will be delving into the fine print to assess key criteria such as location, age and quality of equipment, and level of trained personnel.
Thompson said he sent out 18 contractor packets for the septic system project, has received seven already and expected to find more at the station to review.
On another front, Thompson has been in contact with Insurance Service Office to investigate whether the town might be able to obtain a lower risk rating. He said that the land rating is currently listed as a 9 and the islands as a 10; he is hoping to achieve an 8b rating, which could lower the cost of the insurance policy.
He said that the town hasn't been reviewed since the 1980s. In a call for further information, Thompson explained that since then, the town has upgraded equipment according to plan, raising the amount of water that can be transported to a scene from 2,500 gallons to 4,500 gallons.
In the 1980s, said Thompson, the department operated solely with volunteers; now it has two full time firefighters. Also with three trucks situated in three locations (Mirror Lake, Melvin Village and the Winner Circle Farm complex), coverage has improved.
Thompson commented that the dispatch service through the Carroll County Sheriff's Office has also improved over the years.
The insurance company will also be inspecting the equipment and checking to see that procedures are routinely followed according to best practices.
Ossipee boundary dispute
The Ossipee selectmen have suggested a meeting with the Tuftonboro selectmen to discuss a section of boundary line that has the Morgan family wondering if they are living in both towns.
Tuftonboro's officials agreed a meeting is necessary, but Selectman Bill Stockman said that there was no way that they would be able to meet and then also walk the nearly seven mile boundary – which traverses sometimes rugged terrain – in one day.
He also said that if they were going to cross water, it had better be frozen so they could walk across safely. That comment generated a joke from Chairman Dan Duffy that the ice would also have to be thick.
Surveyor Eric Roseen brought a map of his survey of the Morgan property and a survey of adjacent property done by Rick Chellman to point out that they both used the stone wall between the parcels as the boundary. He said the wall has been there for more than 60 years and urged them to observe traditional boundaries rather than a straight line between the first and last markers.
Roseen also read from files relating to the boundaries as far back as 1888, saying, "This is my passion, so I have to share it."
Stockman said that he has walked sections of the line and observed many monuments between the first and last points and that he agreed that a straight line doesn't work.
A bill for $37,800 arrived from the Department of Transportation to pay for the remainder of the town's share of the $220,000 repair of the High Street Bridge. Money designated in the past has since lapsed, so selectman moved to transfer money from the paving account into the Docks and Bridges category and pay the bill.
Brad Taylor, a resident of Sandstrom Road, said that he was recently notified that the town is no longer going to plow that section, though they have been doing so for several years. He commented that the town plow uses the area by his house as a turn around, which is a convenience.
Stockman commented that it is a Class VI road, so the town isn't responsible for plowing it. Selectman Carolyn Sundquist noted that if the town has plowed a road regularly for five years, then it has to continue the practice. Stockman recalled that there might have been a handicapped child there in the past, factoring into the decision to plow it. Taylor said that he could get equipment to do the plowing himself, but he first would like to hear a final decision from the town.
Duffy reported that the planning board is developing a job description for their secretary and that they received their money back from ZaDeDa farm. Sundquist said attorney Roger Murray, who had appeared before the selectmen previously with planning board Chairman Rick Friend, sent the selectmen a copy of the Guarantee of Performance Assurance which indicated that the town can spend the money on the project. Sundquist said that the town's attorney, Rick Sager, will give a final clarification.
The selectmen briefly discussed a response to a letter to the editor suggesting that the town outsouce the police department and will formulate a response. John Simms, chairman of the Capital Improvement Program committee, suggested that it would be a good idea to form an ad hoc committee to collect data with which to assess the question.
He commented that Chief Shagoury has indicated that he would like to expand the department in the years ahead and said that the information could possibly lead in that direction. Either way, Simms indicated that it would be useful to find out more about the workings of the department.
Tuftonboro selectmen will meet next on Dec. 7 at the town offices at 7 p.m.