Printer fails to deliver 2010 Wolfeboro Town Report on time


Board approves negotiation with Metrocast on cable franchise fee


March 10, 2011
WOLFEBORO — Town Manager Dave Owen informed selectmen at their March 2 meeting that the 2010 Town Report would likely not be delivered before town elections on March 8. He advised the board that Town Counsel Mark Puffer has sent the contractor, Select Print Solutions of North Brookfield, Mass., a letter of notice of failure to comply with the terms of the contract.

By state law, town reports are supposed to be distributed to voters no later than eight days before elections.

Select Print Solutions was given the contract to manufacture the Town Report based on submitting the lowest bid, $1,800 less than the nearest competitor. Last year the contract went to Proforma Infinite Printing Solutions of Melrose, Mass.

The board asked Owen to see if a copy of the report could be put up on the town Web site. Town Planner Rob Houseman offered to see if a Portable Document Format (PDF) file could be created from the files submitted to the printer. The conversion was done on March 3 and all but the covers of the report are available on the home page of the town Web site, www.wolfeboronh.us: click on "Annual Town Report 2010" in the upper right under the News & Announcements section.

At press time the last word from the printer was that 500 copies of the report would be delivered to Town Hall today, Thursday, March 10.

Energy efficiency improvements

Houseman made a presentation to the board of the results of an energy efficiency study made of Brewster Hall by Building Science Corporation and accompanying recommendation on Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) by Peterson Engineering. The $15,000 cost of the evaluation and report was paid for with funds remaining in the $500,000 authorized by voters in to develop plans for Brewster Hall.

Among the recommendations made to improve the energy efficiency of the building were to insulate the building's ceiling rather than spray insulation between rafters, as originally planned, to achieve an R-rating of R50 to R60. Exterior walls where plaster has been disturbed will have R15-R16 insulation installed in a new stud wall; otherwise, spray foam insulation will be applied behind the plaster to achieve R9 values.

Architecturally unique windows in the building (21 of them) will have storm windows installed on the inside to avoid condensation forming on the inside. All other windows will be replaced with modern thermal windows.

The HVAC system specified is as simple as possible so that it can be maintained by staff and compartmentalized. Boiler-generated radiant heat will be supplied in the main winter months to room units. In the shoulder months heat pumps will take over heating and then provide cooling in summer. Ventilation of the interior space will be continuous. There will be no central boiler for hot water; instead hot water will be provided by on-demand heaters. Whether the fuel used for the boiler will be propane or heating oil has not yet been determined.

Houseman assured the board that all the recommendations can be accommodated within the current budget. He said the Wolfeboro Energy Committee is currently looking over the recommendations as well.

Cable contract renewal

David Wells of the Cable TV Advisory Committee appeared before the board to ask for permission to negotiate with Metrocast for a renewal of the cable contract expiring in June. The committee recommends raising the franchise fee from the current three percent to four percent, in order to fund network upgrades for the town and for Wolfeboro Community TV. The fee is assessed on the entertainment portion of the cable bill (not on phone or internet services) and Wells said the increase to four percent will add $1 to most bills. Metrocast has also been provided with a list of town buildings to be networked in order to share access.

Wells also said that Metrocast was willing to lessen its density requirement for installing service from 20 houses per mile to 15. This is still not low enough to ensure service in all parts of town. Wells said Time Warner Cable was contacted about wiring Browns Ridge Road home for service but declined due to the low density there.

Selectmen approved proceeding with negotiations together with Town Manager Owen. Any contract would still have to be approved by the board.

Other business

The board approved a request from Public Works Director Dave Ford to use the $6,000 remaining in the 2010 building evaluation appropriation to do additional studies of the Public Safety Building. While problems were identified in the original study of this building, Ford would like to see a closer evaluation that would give a better estimate of the cost of alternative actions that might be taken.

Selectmen approved a revised cell phone policy presented by the town's Joint Loss Committee, as presented by Deputy Fire Chief Tom Zotti. The revision allows hands-free devices, bans texting and allows department heads to adopt more restrictive standards.

The board approved a one-year agreement with EZStream.com to provide video streaming capabilities to the town Web site as well as the Wolfeboro Community TV site. The $2,500 cost will be split equally between the town and WCTV. The technology will allow internet users who are not Metrocast customers to view town board meetings on the town Web site. WCTV plans to stream other meetings and events on its site.

Owen informed the board that the Committee on Public and Municipal Affairs, which is considering SB 94, a bill submitted by Sen. Jeb Bradley requiring local zoning review of community living facilities, such as the one at 15 Eagle Trace in Wolfeboro, under certain conditions, is requesting that the bill be re-referred back to the committee for further study.

Owen also reported a plea from the Local Government Center urging Sen. Bradley to oppose SB 133, which would exempt the phone company from paying property taxes on utility poles they own. He explained that electric companies pay the taxes but the phone company was exempt until last year, though 48 states do tax phone company poles. The bill would take away additional revenue from towns even while the state is attempting to shift $200 million in other costs down to towns.

The next regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen will be on Wednesday, April 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the Wolfeboro Public Library meeting room.

By state law, town reports are supposed to be distributed to voters no later than eight days before elections.

Select Print Solutions was given the contract to manufacture the Town Report based on submitting the lowest bid, $1,800 less than the nearest competitor. Last year the contract went to Proforma Infinite Printing Solutions of Melrose, Mass.

The board asked Owen to see if a copy of the report could be put up on the town Web site. Town Planner Rob Houseman offered to see if a Portable Document Format (PDF) file could be created from the files submitted to the printer. The conversion was done on March 3 and all but the covers of the report are available on the home page of the town Web site, www.wolfeboronh.us: click on "Annual Town Report 2010" in the upper right under the News & Announcements section.

At press time the last word from the printer was that 500 copies of the report would be delivered to Town Hall today, Thursday, March 10.

Energy efficiency improvements

Houseman made a presentation to the board of the results of an energy efficiency study made of Brewster Hall by Building Science Corporation and accompanying recommendation on Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) by Peterson Engineering. The $15,000 cost of the evaluation and report was paid for with funds remaining in the $500,000 authorized by voters in to develop plans for Brewster Hall.

Among the recommendations made to improve the energy efficiency of the building were to insulate the building's ceiling rather than spray insulation between rafters, as originally planned, to achieve an R-rating of R50 to R60. Exterior walls where plaster has been disturbed will have R15-R16 insulation installed in a new stud wall; otherwise, spray foam insulation will be applied behind the plaster to achieve R9 values.

Architecturally unique windows in the building (21 of them) will have storm windows installed on the inside to avoid condensation forming on the inside. All other windows will be replaced with modern thermal windows.

The HVAC system specified is as simple as possible so that it can be maintained by staff and compartmentalized. Boiler-generated radiant heat will be supplied in the main winter months to room units. In the shoulder months heat pumps will take over heating and then provide cooling in summer. Ventilation of the interior space will be continuous. There will be no central boiler for hot water; instead hot water will be provided by on-demand heaters. Whether the fuel used for the boiler will be propane or heating oil has not yet been determined.

Houseman assured the board that all the recommendations can be accommodated within the current budget. He said the Wolfeboro Energy Committee is currently looking over the recommendations as well.

Cable contract renewal

David Wells of the Cable TV Advisory Committee appeared before the board to ask for permission to negotiate with Metrocast for a renewal of the cable contract expiring in June. The committee recommends raising the franchise fee from the current three percent to four percent, in order to fund network upgrades for the town and for Wolfeboro Community TV. The fee is assessed on the entertainment portion of the cable bill (not on phone or internet services) and Wells said the increase to four percent will add $1 to most bills. Metrocast has also been provided with a list of town buildings to be networked in order to share access.

Wells also said that Metrocast was willing to lessen its density requirement for installing service from 20 houses per mile to 15. This is still not low enough to ensure service in all parts of town. Wells said Time Warner Cable was contacted about wiring Browns Ridge Road home for service but declined due to the low density there.

Selectmen approved proceeding with negotiations together with Town Manager Owen. Any contract would still have to be approved by the board.

Other business

The board approved a request from Public Works Director Dave Ford to use the $6,000 remaining in the 2010 building evaluation appropriation to do additional studies of the Public Safety Building. While problems were identified in the original study of this building, Ford would like to see a closer evaluation that would give a better estimate of the cost of alternative actions that might be taken.

Selectmen approved a revised cell phone policy presented by the town's Joint Loss Committee, as presented by Deputy Fire Chief Tom Zotti. The revision allows hands-free devices, bans texting and allows department heads to adopt more restrictive standards.

The board approved a one-year agreement with EZStream.com to provide video streaming capabilities to the town Web site as well as the Wolfeboro Community TV site. The $2,500 cost will be split equally between the town and WCTV. The technology will allow internet users who are not Metrocast customers to view town board meetings on the town Web site. WCTV plans to stream other meetings and events on its site.

Owen informed the board that the Committee on Public and Municipal Affairs, which is considering SB 94, a bill submitted by Sen. Jeb Bradley requiring local zoning review of community living facilities, such as the one at 15 Eagle Trace in Wolfeboro, under certain conditions, is requesting that the bill be re-referred back to the committee for further study.

Owen also reported a plea from the Local Government Center urging Sen. Bradley to oppose SB 133, which would exempt the phone company from paying property taxes on utility poles they own. He explained that electric companies pay the taxes but the phone company was exempt until last year, though 48 states do tax phone company poles. The bill would take away additional revenue from towns even while the state is attempting to shift $200 million in other costs down to towns.

The next regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen will be on Wednesday, April 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the Wolfeboro Public Library meeting room.

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