CHESTER – In the most expensive scenario, Chester’s employee health insurance plan will go up in the coming year by about 11 percent. The board of selectmen recently approved the offer from HealthTrust, the New Hampshire Local Government Center’s (LGC) health insurance provider.
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HAMPSTEAD – The Hampstead School Board debated whether to eliminate a half-time physical education position at the middle school, but reached no conclusion. At the previous meeting, board member Jaye Dimando raised the question of whether a half-time physical teacher was needed. This issue was also raised last year but the teacher was kept in […]
SANDOWN – At this week’s selectmen meeting, Timberlane Regional School District budget committee member Donna Green and her husband, Arthur Green, laid out a dire tax bill scenario for residents next year if the district’s current budget proposal passes unchanged. It was a message that resounded with selectmen and residents in the wake of hefty […]
CHESTER – The board of selectmen is still looking at ways to make sure the operators of the transfer station do not have to climb ladders to clean snow from the roof and trailers because of a roof that is too short While voters at Town Meeting approved $57,000 to build a sturdy extension of […]
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 […]
SANDOWN – Even into her final days and moments, Eleanor Bassett was double checking with her family and friends to make sure the Sandown food pantry was ready to provide meals for Thanksgiving. It’s what she did. She looked out for others and worked to make her community a better place. Even when it became […]
SANDOWN – The board of selectmen approved a $2.72 an hour raise for the recreation director’s position in the coming year’s budget, with no questions asked. The pay outlined in the budget has gone from $18.28 to $21 an hour, a raise that would bring the annual salary for Sandown’s director of recreation programs, Deb […]
HAMPSTEAD – The Hampstead School Board voted to move forward with renovation and construction projects at both Hampstead Middle and Hampstead Central schools, although the cost figure they voted on was later found to be incorrect and below the projected cost.
CHESTER – Taxpayers are looking at a relatively large increase in their taxes this year, and though most of what led to that increase is the direct result of voters’ decisions earlier this year, selectmen expressed shock at the numbers.
CHESTER – To guard against breakage of the screws that are holding on the new roof of the multipurpose room (MPR), the board of selectmen has authorized the installation of a net across the rafters. The decision is predicated on concerns from the recreation department about balls popping on the protruding nails and the discovery […]
HAMPSTEAD – Even though the bids to construct the new Hampstead Police Station came in higher than hoped, the contractor selected has worked with the Police Building Committee to reach the project’s targeted amount. Gary Chicone Construction of Weare, recommended by the committee and chosen by the Board of Selectmen, has been successful in working […]
SANDOWN – In a move that surprised even her, Brenda Copp has resigned her seat on the board of selectmen. The current vice chair made the move following the board’s Nov. 4 meeting. Copp had not resigned publicly when the board closed its meeting Nov. 4, but news of her move made quick rounds around […]
CHESTER – Local towns have been receiving checks in recent months as a result of a settlement with the New Hampshire Local Government Center (LGC) for its overcharging of health insurance premiums and as a result, have been pondering how to use that money. In late August, Chester received a refund of $28,503.99, amounting to […]
SANDOWN – The board of selectmen handled most of the upcoming year’s insurance concerns in one fell swoop at their Nov. 4 meeting, deciding on plan coverage, increasing the amount in each employee’s Health Reimbursement Account (HRA), and deciding against any increase in premium contribution from employees.
HAMPSTEAD – While the Facilities Committee reached consensus Monday night that the proposed access road for Hampstead Middle School should be a one lane, gravel, gated emergency exit because that is its purpose, it also said the School Board should make the decision on whether to pursue instead a two-lane, paved, 24-hour access road. While […]
SANDOWN – For the past few autumns, a Sandown man has taken it upon himself to bring a smile to the faces of elementary level special education students in the Timberlane Regional School District. Joseph McKinnon was busy this month getting a tally of all of the children on the autistic spectrum or who are […]
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 – 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.
CHESTER – Some town leaders are looking to take a pro-active role in the development of the 70 acres of the former Chester College of New England property in the center of town, a parcel that each day is getting closer to foreclosure.
HAMPSTEAD – The Board of Selectmen has approved low bidder Gary Chicone Construction Corp., of Weare to build the new Hampstead Police Department. At a special Monday night meeting, the board approved the recommendation made by the Police Building Committee. Chicone’s bid is $1,443,313.