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Pigs to be raised on county farm, thanks to donation

April 21, 2011
OSSIPEE — The county delegation had discarded the idea of the county farm being used, in part, to raise pigs that could generate revenue for the county and create work and learning opportunities for both inmates and members of the community in the care and keeping of livestock. They eliminated the funds in this year's budget to fund this start-up program.

Will DeWitte, director of the farm program, however, did not want to lose bringing learning opportunities to the county complex. He informed commissioners he will be purchasing two piglets with his own money and supplying all of the food and supplies necessary to raise them. He plans to offer classes in the spring, summer and one in the fall open to the public to teach about the different stages of raising pigs.

NH State Representative David Babson thought this was a very generous offer and volunteered to fund a third piglet for the program. Babson was a strong supporter of rebuilding the county farm into a working farm during the budget process but was outvoted.

Ossipee Conservation Commission

The Ossipee Conservation Commission received permission April 13 from county commissioners to have inmates help with their latest project. The group plans to construct an educational kiosk at the scenic overlook on Route 16 in Ossipee Corner. County Commissioner David Sorensen said that in the past the supervision was not available to get the inmates out in the county and praised Jason Johnson's management of the house of corrections that allows for the inmates to assist with community projects. Effingham selectmen announced last month that inmates will be painting the municipal building in that town soon, saving the town from hiring a painter and only supplying the paint and supplies.

County employees honored

Commissioner Dorothy Solomon and Sorensen attended a recent breakfast at the nursing home in Merrimack County. Governor John Lynch was on hand to give awards to honor veterans who are also county employees. In what Solomon called a "lovely, touching, and beautiful" ceremony, Carroll County Sheriff's Deputy Paul Bois, Corrections Officer Tracy Newlin and Communications Specialist Deb Newlin all received awards from the governor.

Friends of Mountain View

The committee created to enhance the betterment of the residents of the nursing home, a registered non-profit group, has a new chairman. Former county commissioner Chip Albee will lead the committee as they work to raise funds that aren't provided in the regular nursing home budget for extra enhancements and projects. In other nursing home news, the new home will be divided into neighborhoods and those have been named after the mountains that can be seen from the new home Green, Chocorua, Whittier, and Shaw.

Meeting Minutes

It took nearly half an hour of the commissioner's meeting to approve three sets of prior meeting minutes. As the appointed clerk of the commission, Commissioner Asha Kenney made it very clear on several occasions that she remembered "precisely" what was going on and wrote "precisely" what happened. The commission actually has, or had, a recording secretary. Kenney was adamant in a previous meeting that it is her responsibility to edit the minutes after they are written and that the other commissioners may have an opinion in changes that need to be made but their opinion really doesn't matter in the end, only hers does. She did make allowance for Commissioner Solomon, a former teacher, to take charge of any grammatical corrections necessary.

At the April 13 meeting, Solomon made a number of content change suggestions and while some were accepted by Kenney, others were adamantly dismissed by Kenney, with Kenney even appearing to become defensive and raising her voice at Solomon. In the end, the commissioners did approve all three sets of minutes. Letting Kenney's version of the minutes stand seemed as though it was easier than arguing.

Toward the end of the meeting, it was announced that April Carpenter was resigning from her position as recording secretary. The reason given was that Carpenter has several jobs and is unable to complete writing the minutes in the time frame Kenney requested, two to three days after the meeting. By state law, NH RSA 91-A, meeting minutes must be available in draft form within five business days. For Wednesday commissioner's meetings, this would mean minutes need to be available by the following Wednesday. Kenney said it was unacceptable that she was receiving them on Tuesday evenings. Carpenter is expected to stay on the job until a replacement is found.

North Country Environmental
Martin Lord Osman
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