September 27, 2014

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!

Planning Board

Planning Board

The Planning Board meets on the 2nd Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m.
The Planning Board meets to hold a work session on the 4th Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

Members of the Planning Board
Tara Taylor, Acting Chairperson
Peter Carboni
Leah Valladares

Adrian Simons
Kelly Robitaille, Selectmen’s Representative


Rick Hiland
Joe Ferris



July 14, 2014
June 23, 2014 Approved
June 23, 2014
June 9, 2014
May 19, 2014
May 12, 2014
April 14, 2014
March 10, 2014
February 24, 2014
February 10, 2014
January 27, 2014
January, 13, 2014
January 9, 2013
January 23, 2013
February 13, 2013
March 13, 2013
March 23, 2013
April 10, 2013
April 27, 2013
May 8, 2013
July 10, 2013
August 14, 2013
September 9, 2013
September 23, 2013
October 14, 2013
November 11, 2013
November 18, 2013
December 9, 2013


Driveway Permit Regulations

September 13, 2014

The Selectmen’s Office will be closed on Thursday and Friday, September 18 and 19 as Kathy will be attending a conference.

Correction: The 2014 Albany Master Plan public meeting has been rescheduled to September 22, 2014 from 7 to 9pm at Town Hall. This is the time to review and offer public comments. Copies of the Master Plan can be obtained at Town Hall during business hours. The meeting may be recessed for further deliberations. Due to the confusion several people turned up at the Planning Board Meeting on Monday. It turned out to be quite raucous. Some ideas about zoning areas came up. These will undoubtedly be rediscussed on September 22. The issue of cluster housing also provoked much comment and should come up again at the Master Plan meeting. Questions arose regarding minutes. It was noted that once the minutes of a meeting have been accepted, the notes and recording of the meeting can be deleted according to the Right To Know law. Rob Nadler reported from the Conservation Committee on land use of the Albany Forest. There is discussion regarding water for the farmland and how to access it. There are still four alternate seats available on the Planning Board. If you are interested in serving, please contact Kathy Vizzard.

Tuesday was Primary Day. Unfortunately, Albany’s turnout was as poor as it was in other towns. Only 94 people (plus 3 absentee ballots) voted. Caution please; the following results are for Albany only. The final results once totaled from all towns may show different contenders (particularly in the County Commissioner’s races): Albany voted for Scott Brown (R) vs Jeanne Shaheen (D) for Senate, Frank Guinta (R) vs Carol Shea-Porter (D) for 1st District Congress, Walt Havenstein (R) vs Maggie Hassan (D) for Governor, Joe Kenney (R) vs Mike Cryans (D) for Executive Councilor District 1, Jeb Bradley (R) vs John R. White (D) for State Senate, Maynard Thomson (R) and Mark McConkey (R) vs Susan Ticehurst (D) for State Representative District 3, Carl Thibodeau (R) vs Ed Butler (D) for State Representative District 7, Tom Dewhurst (R) vs Robin Gordan (D) for County Attorney, Domenic Richardi (R) was also a write-in candidate on the Democratic ticket and will appear on both sides in November, Lisa Scott (R) vs Diana Spalding (D) for Registrar of Deeds, Kathleen Maloney (R) vs Dorothy Solomon for County Commissioner District 2, Mellisa Seamans (R) vs Chip Albee (D) for County Commissioner District 3, Register of Probate Henry Mock (R) and County Treasurer Jack Widmer (R) both ran unopposed.

Gibson Center: There’s ballroom dancing with Alice Clapp on Thursday, September 18 from 6-8pm. Dine and Donate: Eat at the Spaghetti Shed on September 22 and Beth (owner of the restaurant) will donate 20% of the price of the meal to the Center. If you’d like to display items in the Center’s exhibit at the Fryeburg Fair which starts on Friday, September 26, drop the item(s) off at the Center on September 25. There will be transportation to the Fair on Senior Day, September 30, Please call 356-3231 to reserve your seat.

UNH Extension: 4-H leaders are wanted! If you have an interest in working with local youths and imparting your passion such as sewing/fashion revue, science/technology, gardening, cooking, shooting sports, or some other interest please contact Amanda Royce at 447-3834. Please join with others at the Carroll County regional gathering in Freedom to help shape a network and strategy to build a regional food system. The date is September 24 from 8 to 11am at Camp Calumet. Call the number above to pre-register.

Library: On Monday, the Morning Book Group meets at 10:15 am. On Tuesday, September 16 at 6:30pm Carl Lindblade will discuss the book, A Hotel Goes to Peace, Not War; the story of the International Monetary Conference at Bretton Woods. On Wednesday, September 17 at 6:30pm the Living History Program will discuss Susan B. Anthony, The Invincible. On Thursday, September 18 at noon it’s Fall Story Time for 3 and 4 year olds.

This is the week! Opening reception for Art at the Darby Field Inn is Friday, September 19 at 6pm. Artists’ works appearing are Joyce Desmarais, Elaine Klement, Frank McLaughlin, and Laura Thomson. For the special artist’s menu and to make dinner reservations call 447-2181.

Don’t miss the two fundraisers for Starting Home (the transitional housing project for homeless veterans) this weekend. There’s the Neighborhood Fair at the Tri-County Cap property in Chocorua from 10am to 4pm. Lots of services will be manning tables with lots of fun things to do for the whole family. Starting Home will be offering face painting. Also that day there’s the Poker Fun Run for any vehicle. Meet at the Yankee Smokehouse (Rt. 16 and Rt. 25). Pay a $15 entry fee and follow the route picking up a poker card at each stop. The best poker hand at the last stop (again the Yankee Smokehouse) wins a monetary prize. Then join with friends on Tuesday, September 23 for a fundraiser at Flatbreads in North Conway. For every dinner Flatbreads will donate a portion of the cost of the dinner to Starting Home. There will also be a 50/50 raffle and Chinese auction. See you there!

For those who love to follow Andy Davis as he tells his terrific stories, he’ll be at the Effingham Library on September 18 at 7 pm.

There will be three free square dancing workshops with the Mount Washington Stompers: September 15, 22 and 29th. The classes will be held at the American Legion Hall in Conway from 6:45 to 8:30pm. The caller will be Buddy Dow. Go enjoy!

Congratulations to Emily Brown who is on the president’s list at Plymouth State University.

Peeper season is around the corner. Take time and enjoy the beauty now. Have a great week!