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Ossipee Selectman Harry Merrow plans to seek re-election

December 23, 2010
OSSIPEE — Selectman Harry Merrow announced Monday evening that he plans to seek re-election to a three-year term in March.

Newly re-elected as a NH Representative, Merrow said he initially considered not running for selectman again. Merrow said he gave the decision careful thought before coming to the decision. "My grandfather was a selectman for 14 years. If I am re-elected, I will beat his record," joked Merrow.

Other business

In a typically short meeting, lasting just under an hour, selectmen took care of some paperwork and made a few other announcements.

The 2011 transfer station stickers are now available and for the first time they are two-year stickers instead of one-year.

The board had been holding three 2011 budgets but approved them Monday night to be sent to the Budget Committee.

The public works director and the zoning enforcement officer, positions not under the employee union contract, both sought four percent raises in 2011 as neither took a raise last year. Selectmen voted to go with three percent cost of living raise, keeping raises at the same for all employees.

The third budget to get approval was the recreation department. Selectmen were undecided whether to hire a new assistant for that department following Jason Hanken's resignation this fall. Monday night they announced they will not fill the full-time position but will seek approval at town meeting to hire a part-time person who will split his or her time between working with the recreation and public works departments. The position will be included in the government buildings line of the budget if approved and will include mowing and maintenance of the ball fields and other odd jobs and projects.

Martin Lord Osman
Varney Smith
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