HAMPSTEAD – Monday night’s Board of Selectmen meeting was dominated by multiple bids for fertilization and mowing of the town’s recreation fields. Nine fertilization bids and 13 bids for mowing were received.
Because the bids contained wide variations in both groups and there were so many, Selectman Rick Hartung asked that the bid amounts be placed on a spread sheet to ensure better comparison and understanding for the Recreation Commission’s final selection.
Members of the Recreation Commission were at Town Hall to begin reviewing the bids. The commission will either bring its decision to a special meeting called by the selectmen or wait until the next Selectmen’s meeting, Monday, March 24.
Bids for fertilization came in for both a one-year and a three-year contract.
The selectmen also discussed whether to sign on to emergency 911 reverse call capability. A couple of options are offered by 911 and the board had questions as to whether it had to chose one or could sign on and on a case-by-case situation, choose among the options to initiate a reverse call.
Fire Chief Michael Carrier encouraged the board to sign on for the program.
“I highly recommend the Town do this from a safety perspective and take control so we can do whatever they allow us to do,” he said.
Training goes along with the service, and the board tabled a decision until the next meeting so additional information could be gathered. Police Chief Joe Beaudoin said he would check on what is involved.
Rockingham County Dispatch has provided reverse 911 service to Hampstead at least once in the last few years. Currently, the fire chief and the police chief each have the authority to initiate a reverse 911 by contacting Rockingham Dispatch.
In other business:
• Selectmen’s Administrative Assistant Sally Theriault said the Town has received another refund from the Local Government Center amounting to approximately $20,000. Of that amount, $3,500 will go to retirees, $2,000 to employees, and the balance into the town’s general fund. This refund brings the total the town has received to $110,000, of which $85,000 went into the general fund.
• Theriault said she is seeking bids for the town’s property liability insurance, as its present coverage ends this year and she wants to see if there is a better deal than the one the present insurer, HealthTrust, is giving the town.
She said it would take two weeks to two months to get the bids, review the information and present it to the board.