April 1, 2016

Since this past Wednesday was the fifth Wednesday of the month the selectmen did not meet.  Kathy Vizard was busy though as the auditors were in on Tuesday for their annual audit of the town’s financials. All is well in Albany.

Now that spring is here, the work on the rock wall in front of the museum continues.

Those who missed Town Meeting this year also missed Selectman Ryan’s cash flow presentation.  However, you can view it by going to albanynh.org and clicking on the presentation.

Gibson Center: For those of you who have procrastinated and still need help completing your taxes, you can make an appointment to get some AARP help by calling 356-3231. There is also time to sign up for the AARP Driver Ed class scheduled for April 13 by calling the number above. Monday at 10:30 a.m. try Chair Exercise. Tuesday at 10 a.m. join Strength, Balance & Strength.  It comes highly recommended.  On Wednesday at 9 a.m. there’s Belly Dancing.  On Thursday at 12:30 p.m. Bingo starts. Don’t miss the Friday Painter’s Group at 12:30 p.m.

Library: The Mountain View Knitters meet on Monday at 10 a.m. At 6 p.m. join discussion of (Not so) Elementary, My Dear Watson: The Popularity of Sherlock Holmes.  Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. is Story Time for Twos.  On Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Wee Ones. At 4 p.m. there’s Advanced Robotics and at 6 p.m join Financial Series #3: Taking Charge (credit, charge cards, identity theft). Thursday at 10:30 a.m. there’s Story Time for Threes and Fours.

Tom Troon and sons will be the auctioneers at the April Honey Do Auction.  Need to get that project done but don’t have the time or expertise to do it?  Attend the auction, make your bid for service and help support Habitat for Humanity, local scholarships and educational programs at the same time. Tickets are $30, and there is a team raffle for spring clean up for $10 or 4 for $25.  The auction takes place at the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort on April 9 from 5 to 8:30 p.m.  Put this on your calendar.

Dorothy Hesketh reports that on March 19 on or about 10:15 p.m. she spotted a big bear on High Street. She had taken down her feeders, so the bear wasn’t interested in her house and continued on his way. Fish & Game has asked that people remove their feeders immediately (even though the rule is they must come down by March 31) as the bears are coming out of hibernation now.

Bernadine Dubois’s two children, daughter Diane-Leroux of Waterford, Vt and son Bobby Brousseau of Canaan, Vt. visited her for Easter. Spending Easter Sunday together was a wonderful way to complete the holiday.

There are at least two people doing spring cleaning along Albany’s major roadways: Route 16 and the Kancamagus Highway. We thank them for their efforts to spruce up our town!

The weatherman is predicting snow for the weekend.  That’s unbelievable. Regardless of the weather, have a great week!

March 11, 2016

For those who missed Town Meeting on Tuesday, you can watch what happened by going to Channel 3 (Valley Vision). I suggest you do!

The meeting opened with the School Board’s report. The election results are as follows: Lisa Lynde was elected as board member, Ed Alkalay as moderator, Colleen Cormack as clerk and treasurer. Congratulations to all. All articles passed.

After the School Board meeting, Ed Alkalay opened the town’s portion. Albany has two selectmen: Joe Ferris won the three year seat, Rick Hiland the one year seat. Ed Alkalay was re-elected moderator for three years. Leah Valladares was elected as Trustee of the Trust Fund. Kim Guptill was re-elected as Cemetery Trustee and Lisa Robitaille was re-elected as Supervisor of the Checklist. The next warrant article was the budget and there was discussion on several of the items there. Among the items discussed was the salary and necessity of having a town administrative assistant (with an amendment and secret ballot on reducing the hours which lost 35 to 15). There was discussion regarding the increase for MWV Economic Council and the rise in the solid waste cost. After all was said and done, Warrant Article 2 was passed as written (Budget of $672,856). Articles 3-6 passed with no issues. Article 7 drew attention as well. After discussion though it was decided that the town would not pay to hire a company to install cameras and tape meetings. Articles 8-17 passed without incident. Article18, to get money out of politics, was passed after discussion. The town decided to hold over Article19 (the town taking over the Guppy property) to next year. Article 20 passed.

Before the meeting was officially closed, Cathy Ryan addressed the town’s cash flow problem. She reported that the town has changed banks and now has the ability to borrow money through TANs (Tax Anticipation Notes) at 2.2% per month. This is likely to be needed this year. She also discussed the prospect of the town going to semi-annual tax billing next year. This is not something the town votes on, but rather something the selectmen decide. The town meeting came to conclusion after this.

The weekly selectmen’s meeting was cancelled. Don’t forget to sign up to help with Albany’s 250th Birthday Celebration. Please contact Steve Knox at s_knox@roadrunner.com.

Waldorf School: You can help support the school by joining the Box Top program. For a complete list of items that participate in this go to http://www.boxtops4education.com/-/media/BoxTops/FlyersAndDownloads 2015-11a_BTFEProducts_List.pdf. Another way to help the school is by shopping Amazon. Check how at Amazon Smiles on line, and click the link for White Mountain Waldorf School as your charity of choice.



PRESENT: Board Members Joe Ferris, Sara Young-Knox and Lisa Lynde.  Also present were Jim Hill, Kevin Richard, and two members of the public.  The meeting was held in the Albany Town Hall.

Chair Ferris called the meeting to order at 5:32 p.m.

PUBLIC HEARING on 2016-17 Proposed Budget – Kevin reviewed the proposed budget of $1,595,740 as well as the warrant articles and answered questions. He also reviewed components of the tuition contracts, including average daily membership and equalized value.  Steve Knox posed a question regarding National Forest funds and how that was determined.  Kevin will get an answer to that question.  The hearing closed at 5:52 p.m.

(2)     Approval of Minutes (1-12-16)Sara Young-Knox moved to approve the minutes of January 12, 2016. The motion was seconded by Lisa Lynde and passed 3-0-0.
(3)      Comments

Public – none

Board Member – none

Signing of Manifest – The manifest was signed as presented.

Business Affairs

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

Signing of Warrant and Budget Forms – The forms were signed as presented.

Superintendent’s Report
The SAU Board will meet on February 11th at 6:00 p.m. in the Library at Kennett Middle School.

Kevin informed the Board that Conway has an article on their warrant for a $1.7 million, 20-year bond for heating and electrical upgrades to the John Fuller School.

Kevin noted that Homeland Security has been visiting the schools in SAU #9.

Any Other Business

Set Date for Next Meeting – The next meeting will be held on April 12th at 5:30 p.m. at the Albany Town Hall. The annual school district meeting is on March 8th at 7:00 p.m.

 Public Comments – Steve Knox asked if there has been any conversation about a three town coop with Albany, Eaton and Conway.

 (9)     Nonpublic SessionSara Young-Knox moved to enter into Nonpublic Session in accordance with RSA 91-A:3 II. The motion was seconded by Lisa Lynda and passed 3-0-0 at 6:01 p.m.
Nonpublic Session Minutes – Jim Hill discussed contract negotiations for transportation.

 (10)   Joe Ferris moved to return to public session and adjourn the meeting. The motion was seconded by Sara Young-Knox and passed 3-0-0 at 6:14 p.m.

Respectfully submitted

Kevin Richard

Superintendent of Schools






March 4, 2016

Tuesday is Albany Town Meeting day. Voting begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m. the school district meeting begins followed by the town meeting. You can pick up your copy of the 2016 town report at town hall now. The selectmen’s office will be closed on March 8.

Moderator Ed Alkalay was at the Wednesday selectmen’s meeting to discuss the procedure of the upcoming meeting and see if there were any expected issues that might come up. There was discussion on some of the warrant articles. At the meeting, Rob Nadler will speak about Article 19 and Kelly Robitaille will speak about Article 7. Cathy Ryan has prepared a presentation regarding how the budget is prepared and the possibility and reasoning of going to semi-annual billing.

The selectmen have created a committee to put together a program to celebrate Albany’s 250th birthday. Your help is needed to make this birthday party something special. If you are willing to help, please contact Steve Knox at s_knox@roadrunner.com or call Kathy Vizard to leave your name.
Albany roads will be posted on Friday, March 4.

The Albany Planning Board will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. on March 14 at town hall. At the hearing they will present and review updates and amendments to site plan regulations.

A representative of Senator Ayott’s office will be at town hall on March 24 from 1to 2 p.m. to answer any questions you may have.

Tin Mountain: On March 9 there will be a wildlife photograph program with David Lipsy and Susan Wrigley showing techniques of photographing birds. They will share their beautiful photographs with the audience..

Waldorf School: The second Sip ’N’ Steiner this year will be held March 4 from 6-8 p.m. at the school. Neal Kennerk will lead a discussion on “The Nine Year Change”. On Saturday, March 5 from 10-noon come to the school and meet with Waldorf graduates. Listen to their stories about their transition into high school.

Gibson Center: Go Green for Gibson is a two month program. Donations are welcome. The preference is for non food items like a picture or puzzle or bird feeder. Play Mah Jong on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Sign up for your free half hour one on one computer session with Deborah Tibetts. Bring your mobil computer along with you. The Friday Painter’s Group meets after lunch. You can also see work by members of this group starting on April 1 at the Snowvillage Inn. Call 356-3231to make your reservation for the Indian Head St. Patrick’s Party on March 15. The Center is once again sponsoring the AARP Smart Driver Program. It will be held on April 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Call Jill Reynolds at 356-3231to sign up for the program.

Library: The Mountain View Knitters meet at 10 a.m. on Monday. Later check out the Financial Series: “Retirement Can Be Less Taxing” at 6 p.m. On Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Twos. At 6:30 p.m. check out Cindy Russell speaking on “The Golden Daze”. On Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Wee Ones. At 4:30 p.m. there’s Robotics. Thursday at 10:30 a.m. it’s Story Time for Threes and Fours.

UNHExtension: Become a 4-H member. This program is for all young people who want to learn new skills, make new friends and have fun. There’s so much to do: make something, develop a skill, raise an animal, get involved with STEM, to name a few projects. To learn more call 447-3834 or email Amanda.royce@unh.edu.

Sara and Steve Knox have been gardening for years. They use no chemical fertilizers, insecticides or pesticides. This year they tried a new winter squash called Pennsylvania Dutch Crookneck with which they were quite pleased. They thought it was the tastiest winter squash they had ever eaten. Because this is an open pollinated variety, they were able to save the seed for next year. They have lots of seed left, so if anyone would like to try it, they’d be more than happy to share some of their seed. They also have some luxury pumpkin seed available. It makes great pumpkin pie or bread. If you are interested, email Steve at: s_knox@roadrunner.com.

On March 14 from 3-5 p.m. at Theater in the Wood, Observatory Way, (off Rt. 16) Intervale, Memorial Hospital is holding a Public Forum to determine the needs of the people of this valley. Join them to discuss the health status of the community and how to work with the hospital to improve it.

On March 5, 12 and 19 join the fun at Cranapalooza at Cranmore. There will be a DJ in Schneider Square, and enjoy dance parties, games and entertainment. Have fun tube racing and more.

For another weekend fun activity try for a prize at the Cardboard Box Race at Shawnee Peak on March 5. Prizes awarded to the fastest mattress down the mountain and the best person dressed with a NASCAR theme.

There’s usually something fun happening in the valley. Get out and have a good time!