Some highlights from last night.
A retiring heavy equipment operator at DPW & Police Sergeant position will not be immediately filled. Placing a hold of 6 months on these two slots will save 87K. Throw in a hold on a Water & Sewer Tech slot and add 36K to the total. The paving budget was cut 50K,there were some sundry items, for a total of about 217K.
This action by the Board of Selectmen was not the result of off the cuff decision making. It was truly a demonstration of a collegial board working with department heads, responding to the pulse of the street and keeping it civil.
No show boating.
This current budget is now barely a breath beyond last years number. This will/should cut a total of about 2 hours off the Deliberative Session.
I hope the complete Jady Hill project is approved and completed. If not now, when? I have spoken to Town Officials regarding what I believe the role of Government should be on this issue. I believe the waffling has contributed to a sense that the Community believes we have a choice.
No we don’t.
I saw an article recently on the web about a guy that moved to NH and was saving 15k a year vs his last hideout, NJ.
The article was about moving to avoid taxes.
I asked a very environmentally engaged fellow how much he would pay for a cleaner Squamscott River, Great Bay.
“A thousand would you pay an extra thousand a year?”
“Well I dunno, I don’t think it would cost that much to clean things up”.
How much is it going to cost?
I lived in that Town when we built a new high school
I lived there when we all paid for a whole new water and sewer system and drainage for that lovely neighborhood on the hill. Those same folks should be thanked for helping to clean up years of neglect of the River & Bay. The residents of Jady Hill should be recognized for their participation as homeowners in this project.This is a giant step, the seminal event that will insure the bright future of the Squamscott River and Great Bay.
We bought 4 fire engines.
A community pool.
We should issue badges to citizens when we complete a huge project. Hell, we could charge you for the badge too!
“Oh I see you have the ground water treatment plant badge!”
“Baby,come on over and I will show you my library badge!”
I thought Mr Knight thanking the 4 Selectmen last night was a nice touch especially his inclusion of Matt. I am sure any list of cuts Mr Quandt may have had could have been communicated, via Blackberry.
I hope that our Deliberative Session this year is model of decorum, absent rancor,and a stellar example of Community participation to conduct business.
My hat is off to the Board of Selectmen.