Archive for October, 2013

Potential $6.3 Million School Renovation, Construction Plan Could Face Voters

HAMPSTEAD – Breadloaf Architects, Planners and Builders of Middlebury, Vt., has been handling the proposed design and plans for renovations and new classroom construction proposals for Hampstead Central School and for the entrance and library renovations at Hampstead Middle School. The work is considered phase 1 of a larger project, and is the phase the […]

Chester Selectmen Cap Costs for Hiring Planning Consultant

CHESTER – As the planning board moves forward with the use of The Better Future Alliance as a planning consultant, the board of selectmen has decided to cap what it can spend on that service in 20-hour increments.

Looking After the Taxpayer

When you get a new job, is your first concern your exit strategy? During your interview, did you negotiate salary and vacation, or insist on a multi-month severance package? If you’re a public official, it was probably the latter. The rest of us just give notice and hope for two weeks pay. Over the past […]

Still No Permits for Hillside Estates Fire Pond

SANDOWN – While an account was funded at the last minute to forestall the planning board’s discussion or vote on whether to revoke an application for the Hillside Estates subdivision, there is an outstanding concern among board members that an after-the-fact Conditional Use Permit (CUP) is still stagnating for that subdivision.

Technology Survey at Library Yields 133 Responses

HAMPSTEAD – Library Director Deb Hiett told the Library Trustees that response to a Technology Survey – what services patrons are looking for when they use the library and suggestions for services not presently available – was excellent, and the staff received good feedback from the 133 responses.

Plan Proposed for Edwards Mill Dam Repairs

CHESTER – Identifying deficiencies and devising a scope of work for the Edwards Mill Dam site has been a long process, but the town’s dam engineer thinks he has a workable solution to tackle both the faults of the structure and the limited appetite taxpayers will likely have regarding payment for another dam project.

Conservation to Take on Field Cutting to Keep Budget Level Funded

HAMPSTEAD – The Conservation Commission will present a level funded budget for the coming year. At its meeting last week, the commission discussed taking on some of the field cutting themselves, rather than hiring out, to save money. They also decided not to ask for additional money for the Trail Account this year.

Selectmen, Historical Society Fail to Reach Agreement

SANDOWN – The board of selectmen has been trying to reach an agreement with the historical society on the use of the Train Depot Museum, and though they had planned to discuss its particulars at their Oct. 21 meeting, members of the historical society took umbrage with the idea of any formal agreement.