A warrant article asking for $75,000 for the care and maintenance of the 1941 school building and cafeteria will go forward to voters at London’s Town Meeting in May despite meeting hurdles. Selectman Peter Bianchi said the project was “woefully underfunded” at Monday Selectboard’s meeting and the Warrant Article was not recommended by the Budget Committee on Wednesday night by a vote of 6-3. However Selectboard Chair Tina Helms said she believes in democracy and that the public needs to have a chance to vote on the project. The 1941 Building Committee is planning on making the building a community center and raised over $76,000 since last May for the project. Casey Busio of the 1941Committee says they want to find the best possible plan for the center. There will be two public forums before Town Meeting, the first is on Tuesday April 15th at 7:00 p.m. and the second on Saturday May 3rd at 9:00 am both are at Whipple Memorial Town Hall. You can contact Casey at email@example.com if you are interested in the project or if you wish to make a donation.
A pet dog and cat are unaccounted for after a fire destroyed a home on New Boston Road in Norwich VT just before 9 pm on Wednesday. The fire appears to have started in the garage. Several towns assisted with mutual aid. The owner was not home at the time.
The Town of Lempster has petition the NH Board of Education for a Declaratory Ruling on the way the Goshen/Lempster School District determines its apportionment formula. The 10 page document asks for the Board of Education to determine the reconsideration vote of Feb. 1 2014 to have no legal effect and to revert back to the original vote of March 8, 2013. Sullivan County Superior Court Judge Brian Tucker granted the Town of Goshen a reconsideration vote on Jan. 9 of this year.
The apportionment formula change was put on the 2013 Goshen Lempster Annual School District Meeting Warrant by the Town of Lempster after the state of NH assessed the value of Lempster’s wind turbines at $61 million dollars. The assessment made Lempster’s property value much
higher than Goshen’s leaving Lempster to pay a larger portion of the school budget. The Goshen Lempster School District meets Thursday at 6:30 pm in the Library of the Goshen Lempster School. The Goshen Lempster Annual School District Meeting is this Saturday, March 8, at 7:00 pm in the Goshen/Lempster School Gymnasium. Article 5 on this year’s School Warrant is for Goshen’s withdraw from the Cooperative school.
Representatives from area police, fire and rescue squares gathered to listen to New London Select Board debate the future of New London’s Dispatch Center on Monday Evening. Selectman Peter Bianchi agreed with Chair Tina Helm with thanking Dispatch Supervisor Heather Wood, Police Chief Ed Anderson and Fire Chief Jay Lyon for the report they prepared, but Bianchi felt there were more questions to be answered. Bianchi saw three options to keep New London’s Dispatching service for New London only, have it for New London and other towns or outsource the dispatch service to another area. Board member Janet Kidder worried that there might be unanticipated consequences of changing the
system and urged caution. Currently New London Dispatches for six other towns. Wood, Lyon and Anderson were passionate in defense of the current system as the best alternative, not only for New London but surrounding communities. Wood urged the Board to reconsider an earlier decision to put Dispatch Simulcast System and new communication Consoles on the warrant. A grant is available for the new equipment but it s not guaranteed. The Board decided to set a meeting with all interested parties before making a final decision.
The Newport Fire Department is participating in the Heart Safe Community Program sponsored by the Newport is well on its way to being Heart Safe according to Fireman William Hardy, Newport has 22 AED’s and 8 are required to be eligible to be Heart Safe. In addition the town has to have emergency plans in place and offer CPR classes The Fire Department will be checking on all the AED throughout the town on the two Fridays before the time changes in the spring and fall. The fire department will make sure that the equipment has good pads and batteries however it will be up to the business or organization to replace the items. Once Heart Safe certified Newport will get signs that will be on display through the town. You can learn more about Heart Safe here.
The names and conditions of the Claremont firefighters that were injured this past weekend have been released.
A spokesperson at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital described the condition of Claremont firefighter Lieutenant Andrew Stevens as good and a spokesman at Fletcher Allen says Firefighter Scott Kenniston was discharged yesterday.
Stevens’s injuries are described as pretty significant burns to his hands and arms, and also to the neck and chest. Kenniston received burns to his, arms, knees and body.
Valley Regional Hospital discharged volunteer fireman and City Councilor Nick Koloski after treating him for non-burn injuries.
The fire happened at the home of Farrow “Ruby” Wien on Cherry street, the family is regrouping at a family members house.
A faulty warming lamp in a chicken coop attached to the house is suspected
to have caused the blaze
Community Alliance of Human Services provided 4,000 rides to doctors appointment last year for area residents who can’t drive or don’t have a car. Barbara Brill Director of the nonprofit organization sees demand increasing with Valley Regional being excluded from the ACA. Brill told the Newport Selectboard that the volunteers are taking several people in one car to various doctor’s appointments in order to cut costs. The volunteers donate their time but get .50 cents a mile, free training, and a background check. Brill explained that federal funding has been cut for this program as well as the Bus service that supplies rides to area residents Monday – Friday to Newport, Claremont, and Charlestown. Brill was asking for the Selectboard to support the organization’s Warrant Article that asks for $5,000 which $2,000 would go for the volunteer program, $2,000 for the Bus Service and $1,000 for their court diversion program for teens.
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