Strafford Selectboard Seeks Volunteers for Committee

Communities / Feb. 16, 2017 9:58am EST

By Jennifer Brown

On February 8, the Strafford Selectboard voted unanimously in favor of looking for members of the public who would be interested in serving on a committee to make annual awards the “Community Building Fund” that was established by Ned Coffin. This year’s town report is dedicated to Coffin in honor and gratitude for his contributions to the town.

At Town Meeting this year, the following elections will be held:

For terms of three years, selectboard member, lister, auditor, two cemetery commissioners, and trustee of public funds will be voted on.

Delinquent tax collector, town grand juror, town agent, and agent to deed real estate will be elected for terms of one year. Another selectboard election will take place for a term of two years. The town moderator post will also be up for election, as it is each year.

Toni Pippy distributed charts showing the budget expenditures and revenues. The board also discussed preparations for presenting the budget at Pre-Town Meeting and Town Meeting.

The board covered the new town plan as submitted by the Planning Commission. Lisa Kendall will ask if the changes can be highlighted so they are easy to see. A public hearing on the new Town Plan, run by the Planning Commission, will be Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. at Barrett Hall.

The Governance Committee will hold a meeting at Barrett Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. Pre-town meeting will likely be scheduled on March 3, but this date needs to be confirmed.

Scott Knoerlein has maintained the Townhouse clock for nearly two decades and he would like to pass the duties of Townhouse timekeeper on to John Echternach, a clock repair enthusiast who now lives in South Strafford. The board will send a letter of appreciation to Knoerlein.

Lisa Kendall reported that Fothergill, Segale, and Valley CPAS will review the 2016 finances in an outside audit of the town budget. The board also approved the Coburn Store’s liquor license.

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