The selectmen met on Wednesday, March 27, as usual but without Selectman Joe Ferris who was excused.
The selectmen appointed Johnathon Powers as Forest Fire Warden.
The town’s budget has been approved by the state.
With regard to a possible grant from Northern Border, the selectmen are considering fixing another portion of Passaconaway Road in an area where Albany townspeople live. They will work with Curtis Coleman and then submit their letter of intent, which must be mailed by May 10.
The Winter Maintenance Policy was discussed at the meeting, with Curtis Coleman and Tara Taylor in attendance.
Afterward, Selectman Rick Hiland reported about the broadband meeting that had been held in the morning. There were 35 people there, among which were county commissioners, Chuck Henderson (representing Sen. Shaheen), a representative from Chris Pappas’ office, Becky Mason, David Sorensen, and representatives from Madison and Jackson. There was a subsequent feature about the meeting in The Conway Daily Sun the next day.
Given the controversy over the Conway Recreation costs that hit the newspaper, the selectmen will review the budgeted item for Albany. They intend to speak with a representative about the costs.
The meeting was adjourned until April 3 at 5 p.m.
The April 3 selectmen’s meeting was held without Administrator Kathy Golding, who had gone home sick earlier in the day. However, the selectmen were able to carry on. One order of business was to adopt the Winter Weather Maintenance Ordinance that was discussed at the previous meeting.
Selectman Hiland brought up the idea from the Conservation Commission regarding repairing and upgrading the road from the Kancamagus Highway onto the road to the farmland.
After rainstorms, this road is very bumpy. The selectmen are looking into aid for that road from Northern Border Regional Commission. According to the original purchase agreement for the Albany Forest no town funding can be used for this project, so they must look elsewhere.
Another item on the agenda was an upcoming visit from two representatives of the Conway Recreation Commission to discuss how they calculate their charges.
The work on the treasurer’s office is continuing. It is the selectmen’s hope that all will be ready by September. This will enable a separation from the administrative office for use by the town’s treasurer and assistant.
Selectman Hiland reported that after his reading of the New Hampshire State Bridge Aid proposal for red listed bridges, Albany’s bridge may be among the few in this new category. The selectmen will check on what is to be done for the bridge and start using some of the funds already put aside for the repairs.
As reported, the broadband meetings that have been taking place at town hall are beginning to get a great deal of notice. There is presently a bill working its way in the state for funding of this project.
At the present time, things are still in the fact-finding mode. One of the facts is that there are no fiber lines in Carroll County at this time. North Country Council has been very instrumental in pushing for legislation and funding for broadband. By the way, a volunteer is still needed to represent Albany at the council.
The selectmen are looking toward next year’s town meeting with regard to making a policy for petitioned warrant articles. They believe that it is necessary for more specifics about the request be in the article and that a representative be at the meeting to address questions.
Selectman Cathy Ryan reported on the Conservation Commission meeting on April 2. They are gathering information regarding a groundwater ordinance. They are looking into acquiring conservation land from large land holders in Albany. The farmers are working with Kennett High School students.
The Albany School Options Committee will meet on April 16 a 5:30 p.m.
The next selectmen’s meeting will be April 10 at 5 p.m.
Waldorf School: On April 12 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. there will be a silent and live charity auction being held at Tin Mountain Conservation Center. The school has open enrollment for the 2018-19 school year now. They do, as always, accept transfer students.
Many adults experience concerns about falling and therefore restrict their activities. A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. Classes are available at the following places: Memorial Hospital … Mondays through April 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and at the North Conway Community Room, second floor of the Physical Therapy Building Fridays through Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon, and at Conway Public Library.Aug. 15 to Oct. 3 on Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m.
Library: On April 10 from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. seasoned Instant Pot users will demonstrate how to make their favorite recipes and share samples. On April 11 from 5:30-7:45 p.m. join the White Mountain Amateur Radio Club. Or, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. there will be Tech Help. Bring your device and questions.
UNH Extension: “Raise Your Hand for Your State Youth.” This program is a nationwide call-to-action for 4-H alumni, supporters and friends to vote to win funding for their 4-H state program, which helps kids in their community benefit from hands-on learning programs, and helps them serve their community and build critical life skills needed to thrive. Go to 4-H.org/raiseyourhand and support youth in the community.
Fiona Davis-Walsh of Albany was part of the New Hampshire delegation to the Friends Committee on National Legislation Spring Lobbying Weekend that met with Sen. Hassan to discuss constructive, compassionate responses to the situation at the Mexican-U.S. border, and immigration policy in general last week. This is what she did on her spring break from Tufts.
Earth Day Funergy Festival is scheduled for Sunday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in North Conway Community Center.
Have a great week.
Send your news to Mary Leavitt at (603) 367-9133 or Dorothy Solomon at (603) 447-1199.