Albany School Board minutes 9/08/15

PRESENT: Joseph Ferris, Sara Young-Knox, Lisa Lynde, Colleen Cormack, and Kevin Richard.

Chair Joe Ferris called the meeting to order at 5:35 p.m.

Approval of Minutes (6-9-15) – Sara Young-Knox moved to approve the minutes of June 9, 2015.  The motion was seconded by Joe Ferris and passed 2-0-1 (Lynde).

Comments

Public – none

Board Member – none

Signing of Checks and Manifest – The manifest was signed as presented.

Business Affairs

Attendance at Meetings – Joe (3), Sara (2), Lisa (1)

FYI – Summary of Expenses and Receipts for 2014-15 – This report was reviewed.

FYI – Special Education Deficit – The report was reviewed.

Superintendent’s Report

The SAU #9 Board will meet on September 17th at 6:00 p.m. in the CPDC.

The KHS bridge project will be complete on September 17th.

Budget Direction for 2016-17 – Needs based budget.

Any Other Business

Set Date for Next Meeting – The next meeting will be on November 10th at 5:30 p.m.

Correspondence Regarding Conway’s Tuition Timeline – Correspondence was mailed with the agenda.

Public Comments – Colleen Cormack explained her transition to School Treasurer.

Nonpublic Session – none

Joe Ferris moved to adjourn. The motion was seconded by Sara Young-Knox and passed 3-0-0 at 5:58 p.m.

 

October 23, 2015

It was learned at the Wednesday selectmen’s meeting that the MS1 summary evaluation has been completed and there is little change. The 2015 town’s evaluation is $107million plus utilities which is very nearly the same as 2014. Two selectmen (Jack Rose being absent) signed the Emergency Management Performance Grant agreement for the surveillance cameras which specifies that Albany will pay half of the $6298 cost. Albany’s portion will be paid from monies not expended in the budget. On another issue, there will be another chance to bid on the mobile home located in Piper Meadows. The bid has been lowered because Steve Parker has waived the back rent. The selectmen will advertise the bid on Craig’s list as well as in the Conway Daily Sun. Cathy Ryan reported she is still trying to speak with Citizens Bank. Kelly Robitaille wants a written proposal for changing the tax billing dates and would like the school board to be part of the process.

With primary elections coming in February, the Supervisors of the Checklist will meet on Friday, October 30 from 7-7:30pm for anyone who wishes to change their voting registration.

The Albany Museum is closed for the season. However, you can still purchase town books at the White Birch Bookstore or more locally at the Town Office. They would make lovely Christmas gifts. Among these items for sale are Albany’s Recollections, Passaconaway in the White Mountains, Albany Cook Books, Carroll County Book of Maps and a variety of note cards.

Tin Mountain: Tuesday at 7pm humorist, author and former forest ranger supervisor Tim Cavalry will present a program of music and scenic/historic photographs from the Allagash region and Maine’s North Woods. On Friday, October 30 there’s a Pumpkin Festival for Families. (see Waldorf School below)

Waldorf School: Starting October 29 and going through December 3 there will be a new Morning Garden Class for little ones. Call the office (447-3168) to register your child. Tin Mountain will host a Pumpkin Festival for Families on Friday October 30 from 5:30 to 8:30pm. Carve a pumpkin, enjoy a pizza and create a jack-o-lantern trail after dinner.

Gibson Center: After lunch on Tuesday, Joan Marcoux will present The Newest Technology for Individuals with Hearing Loss. Fran’s Flick for Tuesday is The Age of Adeline. On Friday, October 30 join friends at the Halloween Luncheon. There will be prizes for the most original, prettiest, funniest and scariest costumes. There will be a parade at dessert time. The AARP Driver Safety Class is scheduled for Wednesday, November 18 starting at 8:30am and ending at 3:30pm. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 to all others. For more information and to register, call 356-3231.

Library: Monday at 4pm its Magic the Gathering Club and at 6pm there’s Queen Bees and Wannabes. On Tuesday at 10:30am it’s Story Time for Twos and at 5pm get informations about Medicaid Expansion. On Wednesday at 10:30am it’s Story Time for Wee Ones. At 4pm there’s a Halloween Costume Parade and Potluck. At 5:30pm get some technology assistance. On Thursday at 10:30am it’s Story Time for Preschoolers and at 11am it’s Yoga for Kids. At noon have Lunch and Learn with Sarah. At 6pm there’s a Health Marketplace Presentation. At 7pm at the KHS Loynd Auditorium check out the One Book One Valley Wide Author Event.

UNH Ext: Interested in blacksmithing? The 4-H Blacksmithing Program will be held in Wakefield on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 6pm starting on October 27. To register call 447-3834. Attention business owners. UNH is holding a conference on Growing Your Business through Audience Connection. It will be held on Wednesday, November 4 at the Portsmouth Country Club in Greenland, NH starting at 8:30am and going to 4pm. For more information or to register, go to nada.Haddad@unh.edu or call 679-5616.

Fortunately, two of Albany’s residents who spent a few days at Memorial Hospital recently have returned home. Welcome home Maxine McKenzie and Richard Wales and keep well.

There was a rescue on Mount Chocorua this week. Kathy Boss of Wilton fell and broke her ankle. She was transferred by ambulance to Memorial Hospital and is doing fine.

Only one more week in October and we are headed into winter and some really cold weather. But in the meantime with the fall colors still in bloom and the days with some warmth, get out and enjoy yourself. Have a great week!

October 9, 2015

The Selectmen want to alert Albanians and others that Eversource has issued a news release advising customers that payment scams continue to target residents and businesses. They are urging all customers to be aware of this scam demanding instant payments of bills over the phone. Eversource never demands payment over the phone. For more information go to www.eversource,co/Content/nh/residential/safety/protect-you-your-family-from-scams. Or, www.stamfordadvocate.com/business/article/Eversource-issues-scam-warning-6553377.php.

It was learned at the Wednesday selectmen’s meeting that a letter will be sent to DOT to ask that the passing lane at Nickerson Road be removed due to dangers of collisions from those coming out onto Route 16. Also, it was reported that there will be six surveillance cameras installed at Town Hall. The town will be have to pay only half of the cost of the cameras with the other half paid for by a grant. The town tax bills will be coming shortly and they will include the extra cost due to the county supplemental budget. Jessica Rosman, Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator spoke to the selectmen and those in attendance at the meeting regarding what her group does for the county and its people. Their programs are dedicated to improving public health in Carroll County. They operate three programs; Substance Misuse Prevention, Public Health Emergency Preparedness and School-based Flu Immunization Clinics. They also oversee the regional Community Emergency Response Team and Medical Reserve Corps. Their mission is to improve the health, safety and wellness of the citizens of the county. Jack Rose reported that the Historical Society has closed the museum for the year. He also said that the town has applied to the DOT for a permit to add additional off road parking on the Kancamagus Highway. Cathy Ryan reported that all the selectmen attended a workshop on the basic laws of budgeting which they found quite helpful. Kelly Robitaille is looking into the option of the town setting up a TANs account to avoid the problems that occur every year at this time of not having funds to pay all the town’s bills on time. He has talked to two banks and is continuing to pursue this possibility. It appears that should the board choose this option, they may have to change banks. The other possibility is to go to billing Albany taxpayers twice a year.

The town offices will be closed on Monday for the Columbus Day holiday.

Waldorf School: There was a very successful Michaelmas Festival held on September 27. The day began with a lively kick ball game for parents followed by a Giants, Knights and Farmers game for the children. Early Childhood students pressed apples to make cider and others used a hay fort for their ice cream shop, pizza shop and a cave where they hid from the dragon. One class dressed in a dragon costume and was tamed by middle school students. A graduate of WMWS class of 2014 played Saint Michael. After the dragon was led away, the middle school performed an original composition using Tibetan Singing Bowls. Everyone enjoyed the day thoroughly.

World Fellowship: On October 18 from 2:30 to 7pm there will be a Farmers’ Harvest Dinner in celebration of locally grown food. Eight farmers will participate with appetizers and dinner will feature hearty dishes made with local ingredients. BYOB. There will be Irish music by Siena Kaplan, Dexter Harding and Mike Levine, a campfire and lots of family fun. Meet local, state and national candidates or their representatives. A special guest will be Rep. Steve Shurtleff, NH House Democratic Leader. There is a $25 suggested donation per person. Farmer sponsors also welcome donations. For further information call Sheldon at 323-7001.

Gibson Center: Check out the Artisan & Crafts Show this weekend on the Center’s lawn. The Center is closed on Monday for Columbus Day. Starting at 11:30am on Wednesday Sally Swenson and her musical friends will entertain with traditional German music for Octoberfest. At 12;30 there is the Care for the Caregiver Support Group. Join the Belly Dancing group at 9am on Thursday for six weeks of fun. The cost is $16 for Gibson Center Members and $12 for non-members. On Thursday from 10:30am to 3pm travel through Pinkham Notch and enjoy the colors, and then have lunch at Town & Country. There’s a $41 charge for lunch, entertainment and bus ride. Call 356-3231 to make reservations.

Library: Tuesday at 10:30am it’s Story Time for Twos and on Wednesday it’s Story Time for Wee Ones. At 5pm there’s a Vision Workshop, “Free Life Coaching”. At 10:30am on Thursday it’s Story Time for Preschoolers. At 11am there’s Yoga for Kids and at noon have Lunch and Learn with Sarah.

Mary Leavitt would like to thank all those who prayed for her well being, sent her cards and flowers. It has helped.

Marge and George Shubley and Cheryl and Peter Carlson came to visit the Holmes family on Bald Hill. They enjoyed a great harvest dinner in preparation for the snowbirds’ departure from New England.

Bobbie Brousseau, Bernadine Dobois’ son, came to help Bernadine prepare for winter. They had a great visit.

Russell Kohrs, of Madison, was in an accident on Route 16 near Moulton Drive. He needed to be extracted from his auto that had landed on its side. Fortunately neither he nor the two minors with him were seriously hurt.

The Fryeburg Fair has brought loads of visitors to our area. It’s increased traffic but that was to be expected. Take a day and check out what is happening at the fair. It’s fun. There’s sure to be many things there you’ll enjoy. Have a great week!

October 2, 2015

No news from the town office this week. This Wednesday was the fifth in the month and the selectmen did not meet.

It will be a bit early this year, but the annual Albany Turkey Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, October 17 so put it on your calendar. All proceeds from this event go to the Laura Johnson Pierce Scholarship Fund. This is and has always been a well attended event. The food is great and the evening gets people from Albany and towns around us to enjoy the company of neighbors. See you there.

Gibson Center: Monday from 12:30 to 2:30pm join the fun with games and music after lunch. Tuesday is Senior Day at Fryeburg Fair. On Wednesday, after lunch the Care for the Caregiver Support Group meets. From noon to one on Thursday Miles Waltz will answer questions about Medicare. On Saturday, October 24 there’s a trip to Dover to see Dracula the Ballet. The bus boards at 2pm. Call 356-3231 to make your reservations.

Library: Saturday, October 3 join friends for some mountain biking fun sponsored by the North Conway Library’s Bike for Books Mountain Bike Adventure Rides. At Conway Library on Saturday, October 3 there’s a Home Beer Brewing Course at 10am. On Monday at 5pm swap Halloween costumes. At 10:30am on Tuesday it’s Story Time for Twos. On Wednesday at 10:30am it’s Story Time for Wee Ones and at 6:30pm author Richard Adams Carey will be visiting. Thursday at 10:30am it’s Story Time for Preschoolers. At 11am there’s Yoga for Kids and at noon have Lunch and Learn with Sarah.

UNH Extension: Drop by the UNH booth at the Fryeburg Fair and find out what’s happening at the Extension.

Last Saturday was the annual Bark in the Park. As always it was well attended. Auntie Cindy and crew from Albany Pet Care was there to greet her four legged friends as was Rob Nadler with attire from Ragged Mountain. It was great fun for the dogs and their human families. So proud. Sir Lancelot won two ribbons! There was one dog that stood out as I had never seen such an animal. He’s a Leonburger owned by Franz Huard and Michelle Dolan, part-time residents of Madison. Go on line and you can see for yourself what an unusual dog this is.

Good news from Mary Leavitt. She is on the mend walking and feeling stronger. Keep it up Mary!

Camille Rose’s brother, Ron, is in ICU at Maine Medical suffering from bronchial pneumonia. Our wishes for his recovery.

The peepers are here and finally the tree colors are showing their beauty. It looks like it’s going to be a beautiful fall, so get out and enjoy the look. Have a great week!