HAMPSTEAD – The Board of Selectmen reorganization was a little testy, with current Chairman Sean Murphy retaining the chairmanship by a 2-1 vote, and Rick Hartung voting no because he wanted to be chairman.
Murphy was nominated to continue as chair by Priscilla Lindquist at Monday night’s meeting.
Murphy said he was not comfortable handing over the leadership to Hartung, given the way Hartung had behaved during the recent election campaign, openly campaigning for Murphy’s challenger, Joe Guthrie. Murphy said he also had a concern over remarks Hartung made to the media.
Murphy dismissed Hartung’s argument that Murphy didn’t have enough time for the position, saying he is always available when needed and only a phone call or email away.
Hartung objected, saying that usually the person in their final year on the board had the chairmanship position and he had just spent two months arranging his schedule to meet the position’s time needs.
Murphy and Lindquist were unmoved by Hartung’s arguments and voted for Murphy to continue as chairman. Subsequently the three selectmen decided to retain their current liaison assignments.
In other business:
• Steve Londrigan, Police Building Committee chairman, brought a list of changes to the police station construction project that had been agreed upon by contractor Gary Chicone, architect Kyle Barker and the committee, as well as the site preparation firm, Bennett Construction.
The total savings from the list
of changes amounted to $135,000, bringing the projected construction costs back in line with the budget and replacing a portion of the contingency fund.
The list of changes and the savings offset the budget overage that had resulted from the unexpected amount of ledge that had to be removed at the site.
Londrigan said that the changes were minimal and the building would be fully furnished and functional, adding that there is always the possibility that some of the changes would not have to be made and some of the things eliminated could get put back in .
“We are still trying to find a used generator that someone or some company might be willing to donate to us,” he said. “But even with all of the changes, when construction is completed, the department will be able to move into a fully furnished and functional station.”
The board voted unanimously to approve the proposed changes as presented.
• Recreation Commission chair Kim Colbert introduced Julie Ahern to the board, saying Ahern would be co-chair until September, when Colbert plans to step down and Ahern will take over as chairwoman.
• The Recreation Commission recommended vendors for the mowing and fertilization contracts after informing the board that Colbert has been working with Town Counsel Diane Gorrow to develop specific contracts for these areas, something that has been missing in the past.
Colbert said she and the commission had conducted research and checks on the low bidders and had reached their decisions based on the bids and what their research turned up.
The commission recommended awarding a one-year contract to CBC Outdoor Services of Manchester for mowing and a three-year contract to Greener Days of Hampstead for fertilization.
The board accepted the recommendations and approved them unanimously.
• Scott Marsh of Municipal Resources Inc., the Town assessors, recommended the board approve Cross Country Co. for the mandated statistical review. He said Cross Country increased the contract amount from $55,000 to $59,000 after meeting with MRI and the town, to include a couple of items that had been omitted initially.
Marsh said they will be reviewing all sales from the last couple of years and will come up with new tables and assessments. They will bring these to the Board of Selectmen for approval and then set up appointments to meet with residents who wish to discuss any new assessment.
• The board decided to have the state handle the reverse 911 call system under the New Hampshire Emergency Notification System and authorized Police Chief Joe Beaudoin, Fire Chief Michael Carrier and Sandra Kolegue-Spalaris, the Emergency Management coordinator, as the individuals who could initiate such a request with the state.