HAMPSTEAD – Ground was broken last week for the Hampstead Middle School Pavilion. The project started toward the end of the summer of 2012, when the Hampstead Parent, Teacher and Student Association (PTSA) presented a proposal to build a 20-foot by 30-foot pavilion next to the parking lot and soccer field at the middle school. […]
HAMPSTEAD – The Hampstead Budget Committee, in an unusual move, invited School Administrative Unit (SAU) 55 officials to present their budget. This move arose because the SAU budget for the first time will be a separate warrant article for all the member towns, with taxpayers voting on it instead of having it as a line […]
HAMPSTEAD – ∂Developers of the Tropic Star gas station and convenience store proposal requested a continuance at the last minute for their Planning Board appearance. The plan was supposed to be heard at the Nov. 4 meeting but is now scheduled for Dec. 2. Tropic Star is a plan for a gasoline fueling center and […]
CHESTER – The School Board made quick work of its monthly agenda last week, as Superintendent Jim Gaylord updated the board on the search for his replacement. Gaylord is retiring at the end of the school year and has started the process to find a new superintendent early so as to make sure the district […]
HAMPSTEAD – Four of the six hearings before the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) were unanimously approved, with another one continued and the sixth withdrawn. The request of Michelle Murphy for a Special Exception to permit a home occupation of a home daycare at 18 East Road, on property owned by Janice Romanowsky, drew comments […]
HAMPSTEAD – The Historic District/Heritage Commission is proposing a stone wall ordinance warrant article and another warrant article to include the Town Hall and the property it sits on in the Historic District.
SANDOWN – The board of selectmen finished some of the last major budgets of the season Monday night, including wrapping up the two big accounts under its control, the executive and government buildings budgets.
HAMPSTEAD – A lawsuit has been filed against Exeter Hospital and other agencies by a Hampstead woman, stemming from the hepatitis C scandal caused by David Kwiatkowski, a technician who had been working at the hospital.
CHESTER – Chester police responded to a burglary in process last week, only to find that one of the home’s occupants had been assaulted. On Oct. 29 about 2:30 p.m. the police responded to a call from 25 Great Oak Drive. En route from Chester were Chief Bill Burke and Lt. Aaron Berube, supported by […]
HAMPSTEAD – The Hampstead School District’s first draft budget is $23,903,030, down 0.2 percent from the 2013-2014 budget. But that isn’t the whole story. Not included yet are actual insurance costs and actual Pinkerton Academy costs. And the budget also does not include warrant articles for Hampstead’s portion of the School Administrative Unit (SAU) 55 […]
Superintendent Earl Metzler told the School Administrative Unit (SAU) 55 Board that an emergency exists in the area of nurse substitutes. SAU 55 covers the Hampstead and Timberlane districts; Timberlane encompasses Sandown, Plaistow, Atkinson and Danville. Metzler told the board last week that there is no pool of substitute nurses for Hampstead and Timberlane, and […]
CHESTER – Recreation department officials are concerned about the new roof of the town’s Multipurpose Room (MPR). Recreation’s Corinna Reishus and Michelle Trask met with the selectmen on Thursday, Oct. 24, in see what could be done. The roof was installed over the summer following authorization from voters at Town Meeting. A new kind of […]
Donna Green, a resident of Sandown, questioned the School Administrative Unit (SAU) 55 Board on the reasoning behind a $93,000 increase in insurance in the proposed SAU budget.
CHESTER – Together with road agent Mike Oleson, the board of selectmen has authorized new plow rates and a new system to track and compensate plow drivers for their fuel costs.
HAMPSTEAD – Assistant Superintendent Roxanne Wilson told the Hampstead School Board that administrators are still putting all the budget pieces together and the personnel piece is the biggest, as usual.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.