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‘Sticks Up’ Hudson for $25,000
by Doug Robinson “They changed the rules in the middle of the game,” commented Hudson Selectman Richard Maddox.
As a result of a recent meeting between Hudson’s Town Engineer and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, Hudson has to cough up another $25,000, should they wish to have the work that has already started on Route 102 completed. The Route 102 project
involves the construction of a new sidewalk that will run between Towhee Road and Evergreen along the Route 102 corridor. For several months, National Grid has been diligently working to relocate gas lines in an effort to accommodate the construction of the new four-foot sidewalks. The new sidewalk will be constructed on the east side of Route 102, which is the side opposite of Alvirne High School. The sidewalk represents the first phase of a three-phase plan, whereby Hudson plans to have a continuous sidewalk that would extend from Derry Road to the Hannaford Shopping Center sidewalk. The $400,000 project has been funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and has cost Hudson taxpayers less than $60,000. “If we do not pay the $25,000, then we will have to repay the gas company, as well as the government, for any work that has been done on Route 102,” commented Town Engineer Gary Webster. Selectman Shawn Jasper stated that this “process was very troubling,” and that
Hudson was caught between a “rock and a hard place.” According to a memo
from Webster to the Board of Selectmen, “Due to the change of schedule which added four weeks to the project and the 100 percent ARRA inspections requirements, the NH DOT is requiring that a full-time engineer be on site during the construction phase of the project. I am requesting an additional $25,000 for the additional inspection requirements.”
ARRA requirements state that “Full-time Construction Oversight is required for all projects, and should be included in your cost estimates. To be eligible for reimbursement, all such Oversight/Engineering Services must also be competitively procured per Federal regulations. At a minimum, ARRA Funding requires that the Sponsor obtain monthly [daily] reporting on the number of all employees, the number of hours worked, and the value of all payroll wages paid by both prime and subcontractors performing eligible project activities, and these monthly reports must be submitted on time to the Agency. Because requirements for ARRA-funded projects are still being developed by Federal authorities, there may be additional requirements beyond those stated here.”
All the selectmen were in agreement that the town should pursue any and all avenues possible to recover the $25,000. Webster commented, “We are going to apply for the reimbursement…if you want free money, you pay for it.”
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Litchfield Middle School Raises $2,224.56 for Norris Cotton Cancer Center
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Tyler “splats” Assistant Principal Kerry Finnegan with pie
submitted by Kathy Sidilau, Litchfield Middle School Every year for the past 14 years, the students and staff of
Litchfield Middle School (LMS) have participated in a community service project that we call the Terry Fox Walk-a-thon, which is inspired by Terry Fox from Canada, who tried to run across his country to raise money for cancer after suffering himself, losing his leg and eventually his life. LMS sends the money each year to Norris Cotton in the name
of five of our own school family that we have lost to this dreaded disease: Kelly Sullivan, a sixth grader who died in 1993; Barbara Rowe, our school nurse; Harry Rowell, a loyal janitor; Bruce Hall, a paraprofessional; and most recently, Jim Bliss, our athletic director and gym teacher from Griffin Memorial School. Each year, our administrators gladly volunteer to take a pie in the face if we raise over $2,000. As you can see by the pictures, a fifth, sixth, and seventh grader each followed through with the wager during school lunches on the last day of school. Principal Tom Leclkider and Assistant Principal Kerry Finnegan graciously enjoyed the pies in front of the student body. A huge thank-you goes to the wonderful Litchfield community for once again donating money in such a tough economy. Also, we appreciate all the parents of the PTO who generously provide a terrific picnic for us at Darrah Pond on the day of the walk-a- thon.
Sarah and Principal Tom Leclkider Hudson Firefighter Dube Recognized for 25 Years of Service
by Doug Robinson The Hudson Board of Selectmen recently recognized Hudson firefighter Steve Dube for his 25 years of service to Hudson. Dube began his firefighting career in Hudson as a call firefighter in 1980, and was subsequently hired as a full-time firefighter in 1985. According to Steve’s biography with the Hudson Fire Department, he is currently the Fire Prevention Officer in Support Services, and for over 25 years, he has worked in the Fire Prevention Office. To date, he is the longest-serving member of that office.
Dube also manages the commercial of fire prevention with his “extensive knowledge of building, businesses, and developments, as well as fire alarm systems. He is the lead investigator
for fire and arson incidents,” states his biography.
In addition to his breadth
of knowledge regarding the commercial and business side of fire management, Dube has become a Certified Level III and HAZMAT operations-certified firefighter, fire instructor, and emergency medical technician (EMT).
“His impact on community fire safety and education is hard to put into words. Fire prevention is not a measurable concept. [Dube] has committed his career to enforcing codes and identifying hazards and educating the public on fire safety,” states his biography. “I love this part of the job,” commented Hudson’s Board of Selectmen Chairman Ken Massey. “I get to recognize one of our employees. Well done.”
Tyler and Assistant Principal Kerry Finnegan
Steve Dube with family
Chairman Ken Massey presents Steve Dube with a plaque Litchfield Changes Day to Day Operations with Hiring of Town Administrator
by Doug Robinson “The Litchfield Board of Selectmen is pleased to announce that after an extensive search, Jason Hoch has accepted the position [as Litchfield’s] first Town Administrator,” claims Litchfield’s official Website.
Once known as Naticook until 1729, then renamed Brenton’s Farm in 1734, and separating from Dunstable (which had been
granted by the Massachusetts government) and named Litchfield in honor of George Henry Lee, Earl of Litchfield, the Town of Litchfield has a long and celebrated history, going back over 250 years. The town was incorporated under the New Hampshire government as Litchfield in 1749, according to the Website. Once a town of only 357 residents in 1790, Litchfield represents an area of 15.4 square miles, with its highest point located on the summit of Rocky Hill, which is 357 feet above sea level. In the Town Administrator role, Hoch will assume the responsibility of the annual operating budget, which has grown to be in excess of $4.3 million.
During the 2010 elections,
the voters of Litchfield felt that it would be in their best interest to hire a Town Administrator by a vote of 830 votes to 808. While the Litchfield Board of Selectmen recommended supporting the new position, the Litchfield Budget Committee was mixed and had a split vote on the new position.
The warrant article that appeared on Litchfield’s March 9 ballot
stated: “To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $58,100 to hire a Town Administrator effective July 5, 2010. The cost of the period for July 5, 2010 until December 31, 2010 will be $58,100, of which $42,500 represents salary and $15,600 represents benefits. The annual cost of this position will be $116,200, of which $85,000 represents salary and $31,200 represents benefits.” The warrant article continued to state, “This position will provide
day-to-day management of the town’s government as delegated by the Board of Selectmen. It is the intention of this position to ensure that the operations of the town’s governmental organizations are conducted in a cost-effective, coordinated, and timely manner. This position differs from the Board of Selectmen Office Manager in that the position encompasses responsibilities for department operations beyond the financial accounting and organization of the Selectmen’s office. Town functions such as Highway, Solid Waste, Police, Code Enforcement and Building will report to this individual for day-to-day operations.” Born in Downingtown, PA, and raised in a family of educators, little did Hoch realize that his lessons learned at an early age would have prepared him for assuming the duties of which he would become responsible as he would become the first Town Administrator for Litchfield. Hoch’s education as a youth began in Downingtown and then continued at Williams College, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Economy. He continued his studies for a master’s
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