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County delegation members get organized and take a tour



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NURSING HOME Administrator Sandi McKenzie answers questions from NH Rep. Frank McCarthy about the dining facilities at the new nursing home during a tour of the construction site Monday morning, Dec. 6 (Mellisa Ferland photo) (click for larger version)
December 09, 2010
OSSIPEE — New faces of the county delegation joined some familiar ones on Monday, Dec. 6, as the newly-elected NH Representatives gathered at the Carroll County complex to get their budget season assignments and tour the nursing home construction site.

The 14 Republicans elected in Carroll County in November were sworn in Dec. 1 as it is mandated by state law that they begin their new jobs on the first Wednesday in December in an election year. Of the 400 representatives in the state, Republicans now hold 298 of those seats.

Carroll County District 1, which includes Bartlett, Chatham, Conway, Hale's Location, Hart's Location, and Jackson, is represented by Karen Umberger, Gene Chandler, Frank McCarthy and Laurie Pettengill.

Carroll County District 2 includes Albany, Eaton and Madison and is represented by Norman Tregenza of Silver Lake.

Carroll County District 3 includes Freedom, Ossipee, Sandwich and Tamworth and is represented by Ossipee residents Harry Merrow and Dave Babson and Freedom resident Mark McConkey. John Robert of Tamworth had chosen not to seek re-election and Sandwich democrat Susan Wiley was defeated in the November election.

Carroll County District 4 includes Moultonborough, Tuftonboro and Wolfeboro and is now represented by incumbent Republicans Dave Knox, Chris Ahlgren and Betsey Patten. Additionally, newcomer Stephen Schmidt was elected to the seat previously held by Stanley Stevens.

Carroll County District 5 includes Effingham, Wakefield and Brookfield and will be represented by the re-elected Wakefield residents Joseph Fleck and Dino Scala.

Delegation officers

Delegates voted unanimously to appoint Patten as chairman, Fleck and vice-chairman and Umberger as clerk for this term.

Budget

Delegates were given homework to review the county's proposed 2011 budget in preparation for the public budget hearing to be held next Monday, Dec. 13, at 9 a.m. at the county administration building. Six committees will then be assigned to research different departments in the budget and report back their findings and recommendations to the full delegation when the budget process gets in full swing in February. The delegation will likely meet five times and has to have the budget finalized by March 31. If they fail to approve a budget by that date, the Commissioner's budget will take effect without changes.

Nursing Home Tour

Following the 25-minute meeting, delegates took a field trip in the less than balmy and very windy 26-degree day to the nursing home construction site. Studying floor plans and walking through the facility, delegates learned the project is running about $2.2 million under budget and the project is on track for completion in July. The nursing home project, about 37 percent complete, has an average of 75 workers on site at any given time.

Martin Lord Osman
Varney Smith
Summit
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