HAMPSTEAD – The Board of Selectmen Monday evening finished its decisions on whether to recommend articles on the Town Warrant.
Brian Goode from the Recreation Commission reviewed the details about the proposed basketball court article sought by the commission. The article asks for $24,500 for the installation and construction of the basketball court on the field below the tennis courts off Veterans Way. Goode told the selectmen he has three written estimates for the cost of the court and gave copies of the documents to the board and budget committee. The median cost is roughly $37,500.
“We feel we can raise the difference,” he said. “We have money in the Recreation Commission Revolving Fund, we have already raised some money through fundraisers, and we are asking for the balance from various town organizations and they have agreed to help.”
He said many town organizations have asked for a court, one of the main sports resources the town doesn’t have. He added that it might lighten the load on the much used Veterans Memorial Gym.
The Budget Committee had no questions and the selectmen voted unanimously to recommend the article as presented.
Also recommended was the Police Union Contract. Selectmen’s Administrative Assistant Sally Theriault said the figures had been re-worked and she provided the board members with the corrected numbers.
The first nine months (2014) of the proposed contract would cost $13,605 in salaries and $3,094 for Retirement and FICA; year two (2015) would cost $17,711 in salaries and $4,257 for Retirement and FICA; and the final three months of the contract (2016) would cost $4,462 for salaries and $1,068 for Retirement and FICA. The first year total amount of $16,699 would have to be raised and appropriated.
There were no questions from the selectmen or the Budget Committee and the board unanimously voted to recommend the article.
Planning Board Chairman Randy Clark pointed out that the Zoning Amendment articles on the Town Warrant were incorrect. He provided Theriault with the correct three Zoning Amendment articles and she said she would correct them on the warrant.
One article had been left off entirely. It concerns including the entire parcel that the Old Meeting House, Town Hall, the Civic Building, the bandstand and the Cobblers Shop sit on in the Historical Zone.
The second corrected article combined into one article what was on the warrant as two separate articles. This article concerns switching the authority for setting and collecting construction and inspection fees from the Planning Board to the Board of Selectmen.
The third article concerns stone walls.
Clark said the Planning Board had recommended all three articles unanimously. The selectmen thanked him for the corrections to the warrant.
In other business Monday night:
• The board heard from Charles Lanza, who sought permission to begin the process of bringing a Hampstead Area Water Company line to Mary E. Clark Drive. The line would cross over town property, requiring the board’s permission. The line would feed one of the buildings on Mary E. Clark Drive, and the library, if it wanted to, could tap into the line. The line would go on to the plastics firm on Route 111.
Asked if the library would have to hook into the line now, Lanza said it could come in later but it is always less expensive to do it all at once.
The board saw no problem with allowing the Hampstead Area Water Company to run the line through town property and voted unanimously to give its permission. The extension of the water line will also service the proposed Tropic Star fueling and convenience development at the intersection of Route 111 and Stage Road. Tropic Star is funding the extension of the line across Route 111 to Mary E, Clark Drive.
• The board unanimously approved the Cable TV Advisory Board’s recommendation to add Ted Kostandin to the Cable Board.