HAMPSTEAD – The number of unlicensed dogs in Hampstead this year was 241 when Town Clerk/Tax Collector Patricia Curran sent the warrant to the Board of Selectmen, although that number diminished by four or five by the time of Monday night’s meeting.
The Board of Selectmen were asked Monday night to sign the warrant authorizing the town’s Dog Officer, Sheila Johannesen, to seize unlicensed dogs whose owners had received forfeiture letters but had not contacted the Town Clerk to pay their fine and license their dog. Persons who no longer have the dog are asked to call and remove the dog from the rolls.
Dogs must be licensed by May 1 each year and to be licensed, they must be vaccinated for rabies. By June 20, the Town Clerk must submit a list of unlicensed dogs to the Board of Selectmen, and a notice of forfeiture must be sent to the unlicensed dog owners. The selectmen sign a warrant authorizing the dog officer to collect the fines for the unlicensed dogs or seize unlicensed dogs, holding them until their owners pay the fine and licensing fee.
Owners will be held responsible for erasing those dogs no longer in Hampstead from the rolls or be fined.
An accounting of the dog officer’s efforts is due the end of August.
In other business Monday night:
• The selectmen appointed Neil Reardon to the Conservation Commission as an alternate, with his term to expire in 2017. They accepted the resignation of Linda Ross from the Conservation Commission and appointed Alternate Member Pam Allard as a full member, with her term to expire in 2015. She replaces Ross, whose term would have been up in 2015.
• Selectman Chairman Sean Murphy read the Budget Committee’s request for revenue and expense information – the budget – on a monthly basis or at least every three months. The board noted the budget information is always available, while revenue information occurs at different times throughout the year. When available, it will be provided to the budget committee.