HAMPSTEAD – The Historic District Heritage Commission (HDHC) was dismayed at unexpected bills for the Alternative Communications System and monitoring of the system they had received, which amounted to $4,497.
The system was proposed by Fire Chief Michael Carrier to replace the present system in the HDHC Historical Museum and the Old Meeting House, as well as the town garage and the office building.
The Board of Selectmen had accepted the recommendation of the Fire Chief Michael Carrier to approve the bid from JM Protective Services for the Alternative Communications System and monitoring in early May. The board also accepted Carrier’s recommendation to choose JM Protective Services for the monitoring of the system for all four buildings. At that time there was no mention of where the cost and monitoring of the system would be allocated.
HDHC member Chip Hastings said he would discuss this with Carrier.
Selectmen clerk Tina Harrington said she had made the decision to put the cost in the repair and maintenance lines of the four buildings but would check with Carrier as well. HDHC Co-Chairman Rob Morris was concerned because no one on the committee had been involved in this decision or even informed about it when it was being considered.
“We should have had a say in this decision,” he said.
Harrington contacted Carrier and he said there is money in his dispatch budget to cover the cost of the system and monitoring for the four town buildings.
The commission went on to discuss the fact there is no water at the Historical Museum building. Hastings said he thought it had its own well but didn’t know what had happened. The water problem was known by the building and grounds employees but so far it hadn’t been corrected. He said he would check to make sure it is addressed.
In the meantime the air conditioning system in the museum building had gone down. Hastings said he thought changing out the copper tubing, the only part of the A/C system not replaced, would resolve the issue.
However he didn’t have anyone to do the work. Morris gave him the name of a company he is familiar with and Hastings said he would work on it.
The work on the steps at the Historical Museum hasn’t begun yet, but Dave Dupouy, a craftsman from Sandown who has been working on the Hampstead Historical Museum and Old Meeting House over the last two years, indicated that he would address it this week or at the latest by early next week and it wouldn’t take more than a day or a day and a half at most. Hastings said Dupouy had agreed to use stainless steel flat head screws and fir treads. There will be a railing added later and Hastings said he would take care of that.