Tele-Talk: Do you support expanding the Fryeburg Board of Selectmen from three to five members?

Acting on a petition by townspeople, selectmen in Fryeburg, Maine, have set Dec. 15 as the date for a public hearing on a special town vote to possibly expand the board from three members to five. The vote itself will take place Jan. 10.

Question: Do you support expanding the Fryeburg Board of Selectmen from three to five members?

Call 733-5822 Saturday and Sunday and leave your comments on our machine. You may fax your responses to 356-8360 or e-mail them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Comments can also be posted on The Conway Daily Sun's Facebook page. Results will be published Tuesday.

 

Tele-Talk: Would you support a $2.1 million bond to upgrade the HVAC systems at Conway Elementary School?

The Conway School Board's budget committee is recommending that the board pursue a $2.1 million bond for upgrades to be done next summer to the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) systems at Conway Elementary School. However, some school board members are concerned that if voters approve that big-money item, they might not support other needed funding requests.

Question: Would you support a $2.1 million bond to upgrade the HVAC systems at Conway Elementary School?

Call 733-5822 Saturday and Sunday and leave your comments on our machine. You may fax your responses to 356-8360 or e-mail them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Comments can also be posted on The Conway Daily Sun's Facebook page. Results will be published Tuesday.

 

Tele-Talk question: Would you support a $2.1 million bond to upgrade the HVAC system at Conway Elementary School?

Fourteen people responded to this week’s Tele-Talk question: “Would you support a $2.1 million bond to upgrade the HVAC system at Conway Elementary School?” Two people were in favor of the bond, 10 were opposed and two asked for more information about the proposal.

As school enrollment continues to decline, this move is simply another attempt to stall the much-needed closing of a school. I absolutely do not support this bond.

I support it, If the school needs it then why not? My kids go there. It’s a great school, why not make it better? I would say the same thing for any other school; if something needs to be fixed, fix it.

No, absolutely not. I do not approve the $2.1 million bond for Conway Elementary School. We need to shut down one of the schools and send the kids to Kennett Middle School where the extra space is — sixth, seventh and eighth grade, whatever it is. Shut down the school and send them there.

No, I don’t do not support the bond to upgrade the Conway Elementary School. We have too many elementary schools. We have been spending too much money for diminishing the school populations, and it’s just gotten out of hand. Until those issues are decided, I don’t think anything should be done.

This is Gordon. No, I am not in favor of the bond of $2.1 million to upgrade the HVAC system of Conway Elementary School, which they were going to close not too long ago. Now I’m little bit confused as to why they want to spend all this money to upgrade when they were going to just close it last year.

The answer would be no, I can’t afford it.

I think the problem that I have is it just gets a little discouraging when we just put a brand-new tank in the ground in 2008 and we’ve already got to replace it. I don’t know who is overseeing these projects that are going on, but I think it could be a time for a change. This is ridiculous. If anybody in the private sector ran their business like the schools run their business, you’d be fired within two weeks. Come on, guys, get it together.

This nonsense has got to stop! The Conway and sending towns’ taxpayers are yet again being asked to commit to a 20-year, $2 million school bond this year after approving a 20-year $2 million bond just last year on another grade school. This has nothing to do with the education of students. It has everything to do with keeping these less-than-half-full school buildings open so that the Conway School Board (read also the Conway selectmen) can continue getting revenue from the previous 20 year bonds that sending towns were obligated to pay under the terms of their school contracts with Conway. This amounts to nothing less than a bond-based Ponzi scheme and, like all Ponzi schemes, this is not going to end well! Furthermore, unlike Conway, the sending towns do not have the right to vote on these bonds even though together they pay half of the total bond costs. This is nothing less than taxation without representation! Finally, the occupying of these less-than-half-empty schools by students so as to continue getting bond revenue from the sending towns is nothing less than ransom! I wonder how long the sending towns are going to put up with this nonsense? Is there a lawyer in the valley specializing in class action? The sending towns’ selectmen might like to have your card about now.

No, I would not support a $2.1 million bond to upgrade the HVAC system at the Conway Elementary School. This seems like a lot of money, and I understand that the junior high school has lots of empty space that is not being used. Why don’t they move the Conway Elementary School over there. Is this expenditure really necessary? I’m a really stressed-out taxpayer living on a limited budget and I think that $2.1 million bond is really a lot of money. Let’s look into this and perhaps get another contractor to check it out. Go for it, school board, look into this.

No, $2.1 million is way over what the cost should be. And Conway School District is likely to be the largest landlord in New Hampshire if they keep it up. The spending is way out of hand. They should get real and think about it a little bit more. Trump is probably going to put us all in the poor house in his second or third year in office, with the way he says he’s going to spend. So the small taxpayers are going to have to foot all those bills. People just can’t take it any longer. Conway, smarten up. Government, smarten up. I’m calling from Center Conway.

I say let’s go for it, but only if teachers are provided with four or five new Swedish spas so they can enjoy the warmth in these spas. Also, I think the teachers should also have three or four hot tubs that they could soak in during teachers breaks. So, we’ll get these saunas and these hot tubs for the teachers. Well deserved, and then we can continue on with the rest of the program. However, if you deny these items to the teachers, all bets are off, let’s not spend a penny.

Nah, don’t worry about it, it’s only the air that your children have to breath all day long.

Is the HVAC system broken?

It costs $2 million? Have they gotten an estimate?

Conway Rec Turkey Trot is Monday, Nov. 21

CONWAY — The Conway Recreation Department will hold its annual turkey trot race this Monday, Nov. 21, in Center Conway, beginning at about 3:45 p.m.

Turkeys will be awarded to the top boys and girls finishers in the 5-6 year-old age category, the 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12 age groups.

Four other turkeys will be raffled off after the races. Everyone who participates in the races is eligible for the raffle.

"The turkey trot is definitely one of the highlights of the fall," Mike Lane, assistant recreation director, said. "It's great to see so many kids participate."

All children who participate will receive a ribbon.

The race is open to all children from Albany and Conway.

There will be a rec. bus from Conway Elementary and Pine Tree School.

For questions call (603) 447-5680 or go online to www.conwayrec.com