Selectmen Advised of Tax Map Error for Ordway Park

HAMPSTEAD – Julia Forbes, chair of the Ordway Park Committee, told the Board of Selectmen on Monday night that the town’s tax maps contain an error.
She explained that Ordway Park under its trust instrument is a six-acre parcel, but the tax map lists it as nine acres. The error came from the fact that the Conservation Commission bought an abutting three acres from Roger Sanborn, and somehow the two parcels were incorrectly shown on the map as a single parcel rather than as two separate parcels.

She presented the board with the documentation supporting her statement and asked that the board take steps to correct the error.
Board Chairman Sean Murphy said the board appreciated her bringing this to their attention and they would make sure the correction was made.
In other business:
• Kim Colbert presented the Recreation Commission warrant article to the board, which approved it. The warrant article asks residents for $24,500 for the installation and construction of a basketball court on the field off Veterans Way behind the tennis courts. The cost of the project could be as much as $10,000 more, but final bids have not been received.
Recreation is in the planning stages for fundraisers to raise the balance of the money, starting with the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot that has already attracted more than 300 runners.
• Police Chief Joe Beaudoin told the board Murphy’s company had donated 40 chairs for the new police station.
“They are great and a quality we would not have been able to afford,” he said as he thanked Murphy publicly for having his company make the contribution.
• Beaudoin also praised Detective Bobby Kelley for his persistence in a home invasion case (see related story page 6).
“He just never gave up on this case, and he worked with three Massachusetts city law enforcement organizations, other New Hampshire law enforcement agencies, and the FBI to bring it to a conclusion,” Beaudoin said. “He just wouldn’t let it die, and he did an outstanding job.”
• The board accepted a gift of a painting depicting the Town Office Building done by Alyson Stoddard Thompson, owner and art instructor of the Artist Proof Art Gallery. The framed contains a dedication plaque.
The painting will be displayed in the Town Office Building. The Town has Thompson’s permission to use the image for fundraisers.
• The board accepted a $15,000 check from Ellen Cabral, representing the Recycling and Solid Waste Committee, which received the check from SE Johnson for the Town’s recycling efforts (see related story page 11).

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