Selectmen have been advised by town counsel they may begin the sealed bidding process on properties taken by tax collector’s deed this year. It was voted to contact Badger Realty and David Haines Realty to ask for proposals to auction the properties taken by tax collector’s deed.
Another issue: there is still a need to fill the four alternate positions on the Planning Board.
On Monday, the Planning Board, in open session with the public, discussed the Master Plan. Ed Alkalay acted in his capacity as moderator. Approximately 15 people attended the meeting not including the board: Josephine Howland (acting chair), Theresa Gallagher (secretary), Rob Nadler (selectmen’s representative) and members Joe Ferris, Adrian Simons and Peter Carboni.
The Board explained that the 2014 Master Plan took into consideration the answers to the 2010 survey distributed to the entire town’s real estate owners. Steve Knox felt the Master Plan was a blueprint for where the community wanted the town to go. Kelly Robitaille questioned whether the answers from only120 people who returned the survey should be used as a template for forming the rational of this Master Plan.
There were many questions and opinions presented from the audience. Some thought there was a bias in the survey questions. Others wanted more specifics about what type of businesses could operate in Albany and where they would be located. There were questions about cluster housing and workforce housing. There was concern that not luring young people to move here could be detrimental to the future of Albany. Rick Hiland and Mike Helmers were both concerned with emergency planning for the town as well as resiliency for the people of Albany. It was obvious that the Planning Board has a lot to consider at their October meeting before they can send the final Master Plan to the attorney for consideration. The Board explained that whatever ordinance changes may come as a result of the Master Plan, they will be presented to the public for their opinion. The meeting was adjourned at 8pm.
Tin Mountain: Check out Lisa Colom’s art work this month and next. Lisa’s work uses natural hand-dyed wools to depict nature and wildlife. She is offering a wool felting workshop today from 10am to noon. The cost is $20.
Gibson Center: The Fryeburg Fair opens Sunday. Senior Day is September 30. If you’d like to ride the bus, reserve your seat by calling 356-3231. On Thursday, October 2, there’s Bingo after lunch. It’s free and prizes will be supplied by players.
Library: Monday at 6:30pm Jo Radner will speak about “Braving the Middle Ground”. Fall Story Time for 2 year olds meets Tuesday at 10:30am.
UNH Extension: On Saturday, October 4 from 10am to noon in Front Bay Park, Bay Street, Wolfeboro, join Wendy Scribner, County Forester, for a discussion on identifying and controlling invasive plants. Joy Gagnon is Program Associate for Nutrition Connections which brings nutrition information to families who receive food stamps, WIC, Medicaid, fuel assistance or any other form of public assistance. Classes in Cooking Matters for adults/families, Back to Basics, Saving Money, Family Meal Time, Eating Smart and Moving More, and Cooking Matters at the Store are forming. Call 447-3834 to sign up or get more information.
The Mount Washington Valley Green Team will present its fifth annual Funergy Festival Sunday, September 28 alongside the Farmers’ Market in Schuler Park. This is a FREE family friendly function with activities for kids and green living exhibits from 9am to 2pm. Check out the exhibits and demonstrations featuring alternative energy, energy conservation and other environmentally friendly themes. There will be venders selling environmentally conscience wares, others with gently used children’s winter wear and Halloween costumes at great prices and fun games and activities for the kids. And raffle prizes. And give-aways. Don’t miss this!
Thanks to the person who spent time picking up litter along Route 16. Albany looks better for it.
Carol Munroe and Bernadine Dubois have changed the display on Bald Hill Road to depict the fall season. Check it out!
On September 18 an accident in front of My Favorite Things on Route 16 that took out a light pole and the electricity for homes along that road for two hours. It took the repairmen about four hours to replace the pole.
Sincere condolences to Lisa Robitaille on the death of her father, David Perry on September 18.
The weather has been spectacular and the colors are awesome. Take time to enjoy it while it’s here. Have a great week!