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Three-town milfoil grant awarded to purchase harvesters

Selectmen agree to add part-time employees to health plan

May 06, 2010
TUFTONBORO — The Tuftonboro Board of Selectmen were pleased to announce at its May 3 meeting that Tuftonboro, along with Wolfeboro and Moultonborough, received notice of a grant award of $26,369 from the New Hampshire Lakes Association to control the growth of milfoil in the towns' vicinity.

Two diver-assisted suction harvesting (DASH) machines will be purchased through the grant plus an additional $15,000 contributed by the three towns. Selectman Dan Duffy said that he and Road Agent Jim Bean will taking a class in May in order to serve as boat tenders, and others have expressed interest in volunteering to assist in diving to harvest the invasive exotic weed.

Tina Antonucci, chairman of the Tuftonboro Free Library board of trustees, asked for and received permission from the board to allow part-time employees to purchase individual health insurance through the town's plan, which is offered through the Local Government Center's Health Trust.

Selectman Chairman Carolyn Sundquist said that she had inquired about the effect of doing so with Peter Chapel of Health Trust and had received word that it would not have an impact on the town. The board decided to include all part-time town employees in their decision. She noted that 30 hours a week employment is considered full-time; less than that is considered part-time.

Antonucci also brought to the board's attention that her board had received an offer to take care of the library's grounds maintenance for free.

Of five properties up for tax deeding, three owners have called to say that they will pay their overdue taxes and two asked for extensions. The board voted to accept the offers.

The speed trailer is out again, reported Police Chief Andrew Shagoury, now that the road shoulders have stabilized, and it will be moved to different areas of town throughout the season. Most police activity was down this past month, but a domestic disturbance case has been taking attention, and officers have made court appearances four days in April.

Officers have also engaged in Taser Instructor Recertification and Breath Test Operator instruction.

Sundquist said that her inquiry to the four state representatives on whether they support an extension of extending the collar on donor towns has gone unanswered by Stan Stevens and Chris Ahlgren, but Betsy Patten and Dave Knox replied that they both voted to extend it.

The compensation committee has finalized questions regarding health benefits and have sent out letters to nine towns in the area.

Sundquist, Duffy, Codes Officer Jack Parsons, Fire-Rescue Chief Adam Thompson and Police Chief Shagoury met to review the 10 architectural proposals received for the fire station building project, eliminated four and are impressed with the six remaining, all from firms in New Hampshire.

In other business, the Community Garden is ready for planting, and anyone interested in signing up for a plot or reviewing the gird may contact Tony Lyon at alyon06406@roadrunner.com.

The next selectmen's meeting will be held at 9 a.m. on May 10 at the town offices building.

Varney Smith
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