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Effingham will soon have a pellet heating system


May 24, 2012
EFFINGHAM — It has been quite a process of applying for grant funds, soliciting opinions and bids, tossing out the first round of bids and rebidding the process but Effingham Municipal Building will soon have a pellet boiler heating system.

At their May 1 meeting, selectmen voted to contract with Duchesne Heating for the purchase and installation of the system. The first round of bids had been rejected by the board after they "concurred that the specifications for the system did not accurately represent the system needed for the building." Grant funds totally about $42,000. In addition to Duchesne Heating, The Jordan Institute will be contracted with to oversee and commission the process, and Nate Perkins contracted to create the separate heating zones in each of the staff offices.

Selectman Teresa Swanick was thanked by her fellow board members for the extensive number of hours she put into this project.

Ambulance for sale

As approved at this year's town meeting, selectmen are advertising one of the town's two ambulances for sale. Sealed bids are due to the selectmen's office by June 18. The ambulance has about 23,000 miles on it and the sale includes a variety of equipment and supplies. Pictures of the 2005 ambulance as well as more details about it can be viewed at the town's Web site, www.effinghamnh.net. To see the vehicle in person or to get more information, contact Effingham Fire Chief Randy Burbank at 539-6621.

Budget error

NH Department of Revenue, on review of the annual required forms, found errors in the town's MS-7 form that have cause the agency to reduce the town's operating budget approved at town meeting by $35,000. This is, according to selectmen's meeting minutes, a result of the "10% rule." That rule, in state law, states that the total amount appropriated at town meeting shall not exceed by more than 10 percent the total amount recommended by the town's Budget Committee. Selectmen here will be examining the budget to decide where to cut the budget now that they have $35,000 less to work with this year.

Retirement

The police chief here also serves as the town's animal control officer, for additional pay. The New Hampshire Retirement System is, according to recent selectmen's meeting minutes, "is disputing that compensation paid to Police Chief (Joseph) Collins for duties related to animal control are subject to NHRS pension contributions/payments." Selectmen disagree and planned to respond to NHRS explaining that the duties are being performed in conjunction with his other duties.

In other police news, Chief Collins is reporting recent rash thefts of catalytic converters from vehicles. The exhaust system parts, he said, contain the valued metal platinum and thieves can get about $100 for each unit they sell at a scrap metal dealer. There have been at least six recent thefts.

The purpose of the converters is to convert toxic chemicals in the exhaust of an engine into less toxic substances. Converters are bolted on and can easily be removed with a reciprocating saw in a matter of minutes. Rising cost across the country in recent years has led to a large increase in theft incidents. While the thief might make a few bucks at the scrapyard, it costs hundreds of dollars for the vehicle owner to have the part replaced.

Customers who pawn items at a pawn shop are required, by law, said Collins to provide photo identification. Unfortunately, said Collins, there is no requirement to show identification or to provide the vehicle identification number for the vehicle from which the converter was taken when selling the converter to a metal dealer. That, said Collins, makes it very difficult to trace stolen car parts as well as another often-stolen metal, copper.

Effingham is not the only town dealing with the recent rash of thefts. According to Ossipee Police there have been at least a dozen recent thefts of catalytic converters. Beyond locking vehicles in garages or constantly watching them, police say the best prevention for this crime is to report anything suspicious to police that may help them catch the metal thieves. Anyone with information about the recent thefts can contact any local police department through Carroll County Sheriff's Office at 539-2284.

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