Hampstead Selectmen Extend Assessing Contract for Three Years

HAMPSTEAD – The Board of Selectmen unanimously agreed to a contract with Municipal Resources Inc., (MRI) the Town’s assessors.
The present contract with MRI runs out this winter. The company offered two options for extension of the contract: a one-year extension and a three-year extension, with both options retaining the present pricing and conditions.

Selectwoman Priscilla Lindquist favored approving the three-year extension Monday night, based on the job the company has done for the Town since taking over assessing. Selectman Rick Hartung agreed and after a brief discussion, the board voted unanimously to approve the three-year extension of the MRI contract.
In other business Monday night:
• The purchase and sales agreement on the Emmert property that the Conservation Commission is in the process of buying required an addendum signed by the board correcting the acreage. Prior to the survey that determined the parcel has 17.4 acres, it was listed as 22 acres. With the addendum signed, the sale can continue to move forward.
• Kathy and John Richard came before the board asking that a Slow or School sign be placed before the Hampstead Village PreSchool entrance on Brown Road to slow traffic. They noted a recent incident when a teacher had to run out into the street to save a child from a speeding car.
The selectmen agreed to forward the request to the Highway Safety Committee for a recommendation. Police Chief Joe Beaudoin, a member of that committee, was present and took their request, saying he would expedite a meeting about the signs. The selectmen said that because it involves a private school, the school would probably have to pay for the signs.
• The selectmen discussed the Elderly Exemption, centering on the asset criteria. Chairman Sean Murphy wanted to consider changing that to state that a bank account of less than $2,500 would not count toward the asset total. The other board members did not agree but were willing to discuss it. Discussion was put off until the next meeting.
• Selectmen’s Administrative Assistant Sally Theriault told the board the Social Security COLA (Cost-of-Living Adjustment) rate appears to be going to be set at 1.67 percent, which would translate into a .68 percent COLA for town employees.
• The Clerk of the Works job description for the Police Building job was approved.

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