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Tuftonboro's Bill Holmes finally pays the $2,500 fine

January 14, 2010
TUFTONBORO — Tuftonboro resident Bill Holmes paid the $2,500 fine he has owed the town since June, thus relieving himself of the threat of reimposition of the accumulated fines of $55,700 for unregistered and uninspected vehicles.

At one point, his collection of assorted vehicles included a Trailways bus and a crane.

Before the years-long issue dies though, the selectmen agreed at their Jan. 11 meeting to send Holmes an official letter, at his request, establishing that he has indeed complied with their requests and has paid his fine. Holmes said that he would like to see the stipulation removed that he must pay the accumulated fines if he puts any more unregistered vehicles on his property between now and June, but that wish was not granted.

Selectman Carolyn Sundquist reminded him that it remains in effect just until June and Chairman Dan Duffy assured him that the fines were not increasing.

Parks and Recreation

Mary Ann Murray of Parks and Recreation asked the board for permission to establish a revolving fund, which would carry over from year to year. The reason for the request is that when parks and recreation money goes into the general fund, it is hard to track down when called for, and if the group wants to offer a temporary program, such as karaoke in the summer, a stipend could be offered, giving the commission more flexibility in programming.

Sundquist said that money appropriated in the budget has to be spent in the designated year and any excess turned over to the general fund. Selectman Bill Stockman commented that he would prefer to see all revenue reflected in the town's budget to form a more accurate picture of spending, and that it is difficult to manage them when they are held separately. He added that selectmen need to be able to answer to the auditor.

Sundquist noted also that whenever someone is hired, there is a liability issue.

Conservation Easements

Michael Phelps and Gary Chehames of the Conservation Commission came to the meeting in follow up to previous discussion on how conservation easements are to be handled with a letter of confirmation to be sent from the board to Rick Friend, chairman of the planning board.

In summary it states that, "… we would like the planning board to immediately begin to refer all current and future conservation easement proposals that are connected to subdivision development applications over to the conservation commission and the agricultural commission for such independent disposition and handling."

The selectmen agreed with the substance and wording of the letter.

Carroll County Transit

The Carroll County Transit Project has eight busses arriving in June, and according to Transit Project Manager Ted LaLiberte, it expects to begin providing service in July. He said that Tuftonboro is not in a direct line of service, but there will be a demand/response service to connect people to the system or bring them to other destinations.

LaLiberte said, "things are under way and there is excitement," and he would like to have a citizen of Tuftonboro to add their voice to the meetings, which are held at the TriCounty Community Action Program headquarters in Berlin on the first Tuesday of each month. He also asked the selectmen to consider placing a warrant article in the amount of $3,000 to support the long distance driver service.

Other business

Sundquist made a motion to change the warrant article for the transfer station request for a glass crusher to a request for storage containers instead. The $10,000 cost is the same. She explained that Assistant Supervisor Darren Madeiros says that having containers in which to store full loads of cardboard and aluminum will be more profitable than mixed loads.

She said that Madieros had found that a new glass crusher would not answer his safety concerns, and the staff plans to construct a cover to solve the problem.

Sundquist also reported that John Simms, at her request, revamped the Personnel Policy Manual, reducing its length from 60 pages to 30. She said it is more readable and asked for and received the go ahead to look into the policies with Administrative Secretary Darlene McWhirter, Administrative Assistant Cathy Pounder and Simms.

Duffy announced that the Capital Improvements Program committee is in need of two new members. The board welcomes applicants.

Codes Officer Jack Parsons said that two more H1N1 clinics are scheduled, one for Jan. 19. at Kingswood Regional High School and the other on Jan. 20, at Tuftonboro Central School. Both are from 4 to 7 p.m. Any age group may receive a shot, either for the first or second time.

Public Input

Bill Magee, who had written a letter to the editor of the Granite State News suggesting the outsourcing of the Tuftonboro Police Department, came to the meeting after reading that Chief Andrew Shagoury had responded to the question. The selectmen offered to give him a copy of Shagoury's 10-page report, which he said he would like to read, but he said that he was a "a little miffed" that an impartial person was not looking into the issue, rather than the chief.

A brief discussion followed with Sundquist sharing a concern that oursourcing might lead to a loss of control, which Magee disagreed with, and Duffy saying that there would not be a savings on benefits packages.

Simms repeated a suggestion that the selectmen establish a committee to look into whether the force is the appropriate size and other related matters such as outsourcing.

Joe Kowalski suggested that selectmen gather input from citizens in regard to service from TimeWarner in order to give them to the company in advance of their visit to town so that answers could be readily provided.

The next scheduled meeting of the selectmen will be on Jan. 25, at 7 p.m., in the town offices.

Martin Lord Osman
Varney Smith
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