Pelham - Windham News August 20, 2010 - 7
Toe Jam Puppet- continued from front page
music venture, which coincided with the birth of his first son. Tom has written hundreds of songs for Toe Jam and has just begun writing children’s picture books. Vinny Lovegrove is the live wire for the
Toe Jam Puppet Band. Acting as emcee and resident silly man, he can always be found right in the thick of the children. At each Toe Jam performance, he directs the fun and activities with puppet shows, storytelling,
amateur acrobatics, improvisation, and well- timed slapstick. Vinny keeps the audience involved and moving during a show. Vinny has 18 years of experience with
children’s entertainment and education. This show was more than incredible for the kids, and everyone left laughing and full of high energy. (Source: www.toejampuppetband.com/
New ZBA/Code Enforcement Administrator is On the Job
by Barbara O’Brien Two months after selectmen unanimously (5 to 0)
Toe Jam member Tom Poitras (left) Jack Gillespie, 3
School Facilities Committee Gets Underway; Needs More Input
by Barbara O’Brien Last March, Windham voters approved spending up to $160,000 to continue working up a Master Plan for renovating or adding to existing facilities in the school district. Time is of the essence in this process, as the existing space crunch is only likely to worsen as the new century moves into its second decade. The population of Windham is expected to continue climbing, although at a somewhat slower pace than in recent years, due to the poor economy.
In order to help with the planning process, a few members of the community, as well as school district officials, began meeting earlier this month. The first session of the Windham School Facilities Planning Committee took place at the SAU #28 building the afternoon of August 9. School Superintendent Frank Bass, who
oversees both the Windham and Pelham School Districts, said committee members “have no clear position” at this time in regard to how best meet future facility needs for the Windham School District. At this point, he added, “We are accepting all ideas.” Administrators have tasked the committee with coming up with ideas on which direction to take, regarding facility improvements and additions. Past discussions have revolved around the possibility of building a new middle school, as well as demolishing Golden Brook Elementary School and replacing it with a much larger elementary school. These concepts, however, were only suggestions come up with by former committee members. One of the issues that concerns the new committee is the lack of resident input. Currently, there are only four Windham residents who are official committee members. All other committee members are those who hold administrative roles in the Windham school system. In addition, there were only two local residents who attended the first meeting as interested participants. The fact that committee meetings are being held at 5 p.m. on a Monday evening might
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have some bearing on the lack of resident/ parental involvement. Current members of the school facilities planning committee are: Frank Bass, Superintendent; Amanda Lacaroz, Assistant Superintendent; Donna Clairmont, Windham Business Administrator; Center School Principal Kori Becht; Golden Brook Elementary School Principal Debra Armfield; Windham Middle School Principal Dan Moulis; School Board members Michelle Farrell, John Hollinger, and Bruce Anderson; School District Facilities Manager Warren Billings; and Meg Rugg, pre-school staff. The four citizen members are currently Rob Gustafson, Heather Petro, Stephanie Wimmer, and former selectman and Windham Transfer Station Supervisor Dennis Senibaldi. “More citizen input is definitely needed,”
former Windham School Board chairman Barbara Coish told town officials. Coish had attended the school facilities meeting just before coming over to the selectmen’s meeting on August 9. Coish said she had submitted a letter of interest to Superintendent Bass, stating that she wanted to join the facilities committee as an official member, but that Bass had denied her request to join the group. The next
meeting of the school facilities planning
committee is scheduled for Monday, August 30, at 5 p.m. at the SAU Building on Route 111 in Windham. This will be a public meeting and residents are encouraged to attend.
approved a job description for a new position in the Windham Community Development Department, the man who was ultimately offered and accepted the position began taking on those duties. The town’s very first Zoning Board of Adjustment/ Code Enforcement Administrator began the new job on August 5. Tim Corwin, who recently moved from Philadelphia with his wife and two sons, is Windham’s newest employee. Community Development Director Laura Scott introduced Corwin to the public during the selectmen’s meeting on August 9. Corwin said that he and his family relocated to New Hampshire in order to be closer to the children’s grandparents. He and his family are living in Nashua. They lived in Philadelphia for about 10 years before moving about 500 miles north. Corwin said he is very enthusiastic about his new job and is looking forward to getting to know the residents and other town officials. Corwin has a Master’s Degree in Planning. As for being a Boston Red Sox fan, he said he’s working on changing his allegiance in that regard. The job of ZBA and Code Enforcement Administrator is a 30-hour per week position, without full-time benefits. It will be Corwin’s responsibility to work on multiple aspects of municipal land use, including research, analysis, report writing, code enforcement, and public speaking. This position provides staff support to the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA), which includes reviewing all ZBA applications and providing written analyses, assisting ZBA applicants through the process, and attending evening ZBA meetings twice a month. Corwin is also now serving as
Windham’s Code Enforcement Officer and is responsible for all investigations of code violations and enforcement actions, as well as some permitting activities to ensure compliance with local land use regulations. Corwin may also be providing technical assistance to the Planning Board, Conservation Commission, or other land use boards.
Corwin will be accountable to
Laura Scott, who, as Community Development Director, establishes department policy. Corwin is expected to perform these duties semi-independently, however, making decisions based on his technical judgment of federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Duties and responsibilities include reviewing applications for conformance with regulations and ordinances, preparing staff reports for
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