January 22, 2016

From now until Friday, January 29 is the time to declare your candidacy for running for office in Albany. Come down to the Selectmen’s Office during business hours and put in your name for one the following positions.There are two Selectmen seats: a one year seat and a three year seat. The Moderator’s two year seat is open.Several trustee seats are open: a three year seat for Cemetery Trustee, a one year and a three year seat for Trustee of the Trust Fund. Also open is a six year seat for the Supervisor of the Checklist. For the School Board there’s a three year seat for a Board Member, a one year seat for School Board Moderator, a one year seat for School Board Clerk and a one year seat for School Board Treasurer.

Petitioned warrant articles to present at Town Meeting in March are due in the Selectmen’s Office by February 2.

Now for some very important events to put on your calendar. On Monday, February 1 at 7 p.m. there will be a public forum with our District 2 representatives: Susan Ticehurst and Mark McConkey and District 7 Representative Ed Butler. Ed Alkalay will moderate. Other District 1 town boards and commissions will be invited as well. This is your opportunity to see your representatives, hear them and ask them your questions. After all, it is the election season.

Tuesday, February 9 is a busy day. It is Primary Voting Day and the Albany School Board will hold its budget hearing that evening at 5:30 p.m. at town hall. More information regarding Primary Day hours will come later.

Following next week’s selectmen’s meeting there will be a work session on the budget. The meeting is open to town’s people, but since it is a work session there will be no public comments taken. On Wednesday, February 10 at 4 p.m. there will be a public hearing on the municipal budget. The snow date for this hearing is Thursday, February 11 at 4 p.m.

There was a discussion of the Guppy property at the selectmen’s meeting Wednesday. A warrant article regarding the taking of this property should the former owner not buy it back may be on the agenda at the March Town Meeting.

Kelly Robitaille reported on his discussion with Bill Edmunds of Valley Vision regarding video taping board meetings. He also has been in touch with Town Hall Streams regarding the videoing. At this time no decision has been made as to who will do the videoing. In the meanwhile, you can view the meetings by going to albanytownmeetings.com.

Waldorf School: Parents with infants and one year olds are invited on Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. to attend the Parent and Child Playgroup. For parents with children three months old to four years old the playgroups meet on Fridays at the same time. There are songs, story telling, healthy snacks, movement and classroom activities.

Gibson Center: On Monday after lunch it’s Fun Day. Join your friends for the afternoon. Wednesday from 9 to 10 a.m. there’s Tai Ji Quan (Moving for Better Balance). Call 356-3231 to register. Then at 10 there’s Mah Jong and then Wii at 10:30 a.m. After lunch Matt from Collette Travel will offer three slide shows: two of Iceland and one of Hawaii. These are potential Gibson trips. On Friday, January 29 board the bus at noon for an overnight at the Town & Country. There’s dinner, a skiers buffet, entertainment, and lodging. Call for more information. Also that day the Mt. Washington Painters Group meets from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. and there’s dancing to Pat Davis’ music at 5 p.m.

Library: On Monday at at 10:15 a.m. the Morning Book Group meets and at 10:30 a.m. there’s a one hour AARP Driving Safety course focusing on safe driving techniques and advice for senior citizens. For more information call 447-5552. At 4 p.m. youth ages 10 and up are invited to bring their own Magic the Gathering Cards to play against opponents. Snacks will be provided. On Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Twos and on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Wee Ones with Tara. The Lego Club meets at 4 p.m. and Robotics meets at 4:30 p.m. At 6 p.m. there is Tech Assistance Night. On Thursday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Three and Four Year Olds and at 11 a.m. there’s Yoga for Kids. At 6 p.m. the Chess Club meets.

With the February school break nearing and the slopes filled with snow, it looks like a good time to get out and enjoy the wonderful area we live in. Have a great week.

January 15, 2016

The Albany select board was complete at Wednesday’s meeting with Rob Nadler sitting in the third seat. Two sealed bids were opened for the trailer at Piper Meadows. The minimum bid was $4300. One bid was for $3000 and the other was for $4300. The second was chosen and the trailer went to Steve Parker.

The selectmen are preparing to hold a forum on February 1 at Town Hall at 7 p.m. Albany’s three state representatives, Mark McConkey, Ed Butler and Susan Ticehurst as well as state senator Jeb Bradley have been invited to speak on several legislative bills that affect the town. Kelly Robitaille representing the select board and Rick Hiland representing the Planning Board will be doing the questioning at the forum. Albany residents attending the forum will also have an opportunity to ask questions. Put the date on your calendar and participate in this forum.

Check out the most recent School Board and Planning Board meetings on albanytownmeetings.com. You can check on the rise in school taxes ($3.14 per one thousand dollars) at the school meeting and see that Theresa Gallagher has handed in her resignation as secretary of the Planning Board. Leah Valadaris has taken on the job temporarily while they seek a replacement.

Following next week’s selectmen’s meeting (January 20) there will be a Capital Improvement Plan meeting. Their discussion will cover cemetery issues, roads, and town buildings. Albany residents are welcome to attend.

The Town Clerk and Selectmen’s Office will be closed on January 18 in honor of Martin Luther King Day.

World Fellowship Center and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Eastern Slopes in Tamworth will have an observance of Martin Luther King with stories and song on Monday. Andy Davis of the Fellowship will be telling stories at the event. For further information call Andy at 447-2280.

Waldorf School: There is still time to help out the school financially. You can call the office and speak with Karen Albert with your pledge or go to their Go Fund Me page. The school is looking for new members of the Board of Trustees. You need not have a child in the school, but rather have an understanding of the benefits of a Waldorf Education. Business minded individuals with a passion to help lead and direct the school’s financial wellbeing for years to come are encouraged to apply. Stop by the office and see Karen Albert to pick up a board application.

Gibson Center: The Center is in need of volunteers for the Thrift Shop. If you can help call 356-3231 to volunteer. Join FunDay after lunch on Monday. On Tuesday after lunch Dwight Smith will give a talk about the History of Trains in Conway. On Wednesday Oktoberfest will be celebrated. Sally Swenson and musical friends will sing traditional German music. Wear your dimdi or lederhosen. There will be a friendly game of Bingo after lunch. Bring a prize to share. Don’t forget FunDay after lunch on Thursday. Fridays from 5-7 p.m. Pat Davis will play ballroom music for dancing. Join in.

UNH Extension: Jessica Sprague, Field Specialist for Food Safety explains all about food thermometers, calibration of thermometers and proper cooking temperatures for different foods at “How to Use a Food Thermometer” on the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service webpage answers@unh.edu or you can call 877-398-4769.
Drop by on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. and see the beautiful new Mt. Washington Valley Art Gallery at the MWV Chamber of Commerce building, 2617 Village Square, N. Conway on the first floor.

NH Fish and Game and UNH are collaring moose to monitor and help evaluate the health of the moose for the next two years. This will also let them know how long a moose lives.

On January 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. there will be a free seminar for New Hampshire and Maine residents regarding personal injury, workers’ compensation and Social Security at the Town and Country Motor Inn in Shelburne, NH. This will help people learn about their rights to receive benefits under worker’s compensation system and social security.

Winter has arrived with a vengeance: cold weather and snow are here. Dress for the weather and get out and enjoy yourselves. Have a great week!

Albany School Board minutes Jan. 12, 2016

PRESENT:  Joseph Ferris, Sara Young-Knox, Jim Hill and Kevin Richard.  The meeting was held at the Albany Town Hall.

(1) Chair Ferris called the meeting to order at 5:38 p.m. Joe Ferris moved to allow Lisa Lynde to participate via a conference all due to the weather.  The motion was seconded by Sara Young-Knox

(2) Approval of Minutes (11-10-15) – Sara Young-Knox moved to approve the minutes of November 10, 2015.  The motion was seconded by Joe Ferris and passed 3-0-0.

(A) Public – none

(B) Board Member – none

(4) Signing of Manifest – The manifest was signed as presented.

(A) Attendance at Meetings – Joe (6); Sara (2); Lisa (1)

B) Consider Transportation Options (Nonpublic Session)

C) Review 1st Draft of 2016-17 Proposed Budget – Kevin Richard reviewed the proposed budget with the Board.  Sara Young-Knox moved to move the proposed 2016-17 budget in the amount of $1,595,740 forward to the budget hearing.  The motion was seconded by Joe Ferris and passed 3-0-0.

(D) Review 1st Draft of Proposed Warrant Articles – Joe Ferris reviewed the proposed articles.  Sara Young-Knox moved to move the warrant articles forward to the budget hearing.  The motion was seconded by Joe Ferris and passed 3-0-0.

ARTICLE 1.  To elect a Moderator for the ensuing year.

ARTICLE 2.  To elect a Clerk for the ensuing year.

ARTICLE 3.  To elect a member of the School Board for the ensuing three years.

ARTICLE 4.  To elect a Treasurer for the ensuing year.

ARTICLE 5.  To see if the School District will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of one million, five hundred ninety-five thousand, seven hundred and forty dollars ($1,595,740) for the support of schools, for the payment of salaries for school district officials and agents, and for the payment of the statutory obligations of the District.  This article does not include appropriations voted in other warrant articles.  (Majority vote required)  (Recommended by the School

ARTICLE 6.  To see if the School District will vote to raise and appropriate a supplemental appropriation of sixty-seven thousand dollars ($67,000) for additional special education costs for the current school year and authorize the withdrawal of sixty-seven thousand dollars ($67,000) from the Capital Reserve Fund (Special Education) created for that purpose.  (Majority vote required)

(Recommended by the School Board 3-0-0)

ARTICLE 7.  To see if the School District will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000) to be placed in the Capital Reserve Fund (Special Education), previously established for this purpose.  (Majority vote required)  (Recommended by the School Board 3-0-0)

ARTICLE 8.  To transact any other business that may legally come before this

 

(6) Superintendent’s Report

(A) Kevin reviewed the SAU #9 Wellness Committee.  Lisa Lynde was appointed to serve on the committee.

B) The SAU #9 Executive Board will meet on January 14th at 6:00 p.m.

(7) Any Other Business

(A) Set Date for Next Meeting – February 9, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. in the Albany Town Hall – board meeting and budget hearing.

8) Public Comments – Steve Knox discussed distance learning and computer programming at Kennett High School.

(9) Nonpublic Session – Sara Young-Knox moved to enter into Nonpublic Session in accordance with RSA 91-A:3 II.  The motion was seconded by Joe Ferris and passed 3-0-0 at 6:07 p.m.

Nonpublic Session Minutes – Jim Hill discussed the transportation contract

Joe Ferris moved to return to Public Session.  The motion was seconded by Sara Young-Knox and passed 3-0-0

(10) Joe Ferris moved to adjourn the meeting.  The motion was seconded by Sara Young-Knox and passed 3-0-0 at 6:30 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Kevin Richard

Superintendent of Schools

Albany School Board minutes Nov. 10, 2015

PRESENT: Joseph Ferris, Sara Young-Knox, Lisa Lynde, Jim Hill, and Kevin

Chair Joe Ferris called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.

Approval of Minutes (9-8-15) – Lisa Lynde moved to approve the minutes of September 8, 2015.  The motion was seconded by Sara Young-Knox

Board Member – Sara questioned the possibility of aligning the school fund account with tax bills.  No action was taken.

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

Attendance at Meetings – Joe (7), Sara (3), Lisa (1)

FYI – Update on Special Education Deficit – This report was reviewed.

FYI –Conway Tuition Payment Due Dates – The correspondence from Becky Jefferson was reviewed.

The SAU #9 Board will meet on November 12th at 6:00 p.m. in the CPDC.

Kevin reviewed the High and Seek presentation put on at KHS.

Set Date for Next Meeting – The next meeting will be on January 12th at 5:30

Set Time for School District Meeting on March 8, 2016 – The time of the district meeting will be 7:00 p.m. on March 8th.

Set Date/Time for Budget Hearing – The budget hearing will be held on

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at the Town Hall.

Public Comments – none

Nonpublic Session – Sara Young-Knox moved to enter into Nonpublic Session to discuss renewal of the transportation contract.  The motion was seconded by Lisa Lynde and passed 3-0-0 at 5:45 p.m. Lisa Lynde moved to return to Public Session.  The motion was seconded by Sara Young-Knox and passed 3-0-0. Joe Ferris moved to seal the minutes of Nonpublic Session.  The motion was seconded by Sara Young-Knox and passed 3-0-0.

Lisa Lynde moved to adjourn. The motion was seconded by Sara Young- Knox and passed 3-0-0 at 5:55 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Kevin Richard

Superintendent of Schools

January 8, 2016

The two remaining selectmen met on Wednesday. One of the first issues they dealt with was the open seat left by Jack Rose’s departure from the state. After some consideration Selectman Kelly Robitaille and Selectman Cathy Ryan voted to have Rob Nadler fill in until the March meeting when there would be a formal election to fill out the one year left on Jack’s seat. Rob will take office next week once he’s been sworn in. Kathy Vizard reported that the town has been approved for a grant to install a surveillance system in town hall. She also told the selectmen that a representative from the Bank of New Hampshire was in to set up the new on-line banking system. There was some discussion regarding the dedication of the annual report. Cathy suggested Richard Wales name. Kelly noted that he was uncomfortable using the dedication for a person as that would invariably leave someone out. No decision was made. Kelly reported that he would be meeting with Bill Edwards from Valley Vision regarding the taping of meetings. He has already been in contact with a firm out of Maine called Town Hall Stream who is already taping meetings in some NH towns. There is a monthly charge for the service. Likely there would also be a charge for such services from Valley Vision as well. At a recent Cemetery Trustee meeting the problem of the misprint at the Pasaconaway Cemetery came up. The correction to the stone will be done shortly. Lee Grant brought attention to the problem at the chapel and asked that Brian Taylor be consulted regarding the necessary fix. The selectmen noted that though they were trying to keep expenses down, they would indeed look into the problem.

The Supervisors of the Checklist will meet on January 19 from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for additions and corrections to the list. No party affiliation changes can be made at this time.

Gibson Center: Monday and Thursday are Fun Days starting at 12:30 p.m. There is no lunch at the Center Tuesday. Join friends at the Red Parker Pub instead or get Meals on Wheels. Join friends for Bridge, Cribbage, Scrabble or some other board games after lunch on Wednesday or join the support group, “Care for the Caregiver”. On Friday, a group from the Mt. Washington Valley Arts Association will meet with Gibson Center members after lunch. Bring your own supplies. The MWV Arts people will supply the still life or photo as well as peer instruction.

Library: On Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Twos and at 6 p.m. AARP will hold a “We Need to Talk” session. Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Wee Ones with Tara and at 4:30 p.m. there’s Robotics. Thursday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Threes and Fours and at 11 a.m. there’s Yoga for Kids.

UNH Extension: Youths five and up are invited to join the 4-H Canning Club to learn the basics of safe food preservation. The next meeting is Saturday, January 16 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Tamworth Library For more information email Kelly Owen at jamrabbitry@yahoo.com.

Albany has said good-bye to the Roses. Jack and Camille left the valley on Tuesday for their new home in Georgia.

For those who haven’t seen Steve Knox recently, don’t be surprised if your first reaction upon seeing him reminds you of Santa Claus. It did me. Perhaps he can take over for Jack next year at the Albany Christmas Party.