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Pelham - Windham News 4 - September 17, 2010

The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor

Help Keep Someone Warm

The Windham Woman’s Club Annual Coat and Sweater Collection will be held Saturday, October 2, at the Windham Town Hall (upstairs) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Men’s, women’s, children’s, and infant’s coats and sweaters are being accepted. Desperately needed are coats in size extra-extra large for men and especially women. Garments must be clean and wearable. Items donated will be passed on to local charitable organizations for distribution to the needy. There will be a collection bin at Shaw’s Supermarket in Windham and local kindergartens for those who cannot bring them to Town Hall. Your donation will help keep someone warm. Co- chairs are Patricia Russell and Ann-Louise LeColst. We thank you in advance for your wonderful, caring support of our organization.

Windham Woman’s Club - Windham

Courtesy for Cyclists I am writing in reference to a “Thumbs

Down” piece in the September 10, 2010 Hudson~Litchfield News. A contributor wrote “Thumbs Down to all the cyclists who ride in the road 10 feet from the bike paths in Litchfield forcing motorists to cross over the double yellow line to avoid hitting them.” While the bicycle paths in Litchfield serve

as wonderful linear parks for area children, pedestrians, joggers, recreational bicyclists, rollerbladers, and others, the paths are not necessarily the appropriate choice for many cyclists who use their bicycle for a transportation vehicle. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities recognizes the safety concerns related to bicycle paths that run adjacent to roadways. The Guide notes that “many cyclists will use the roadway instead of the shared use path because they have found

NH Has Second Fastest Rate of Job Growth in Nation

submitted by Colin Manning

According to U.S. Department of Labor, New Hampshire outpaced nearly every other state in the nation in job growth over the last year, confirming independent economists’ predictions that New Hampshire would lead the nation in economic recovery.

According to preliminary figures from the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, New Hampshire had the second-fastest rate of job growth in the nation from June 2009 through June 2010. While nationally, the number of jobs fell by an average of .1 percent, New Hampshire saw growth of 1.43 percent, or more than 8,900 jobs created over the last year. “Maintaining New Hampshire’s business-friendly atmosphere so that companies can be successful, grow, and get people back to work has been my top priority. News that New Hampshire has the second-highest rate of job growth in the nation is consistent with the sense of increased optimism I’m hearing from business leaders across the state, and the reports of independent analysts who say New Hampshire’s economy is leading the region as we emerge from this national recession,” Governor Lynch said.

New Hampshire’s unemployment rate for June dropped to 5.9 percent—nearly 40 percent below the national average.

“This is certainly good news for New Hampshire, but our work is not done, and I remain committed to helping ensure companies can continue to grow and create jobs. There are still a number of men and women who are still looking for employment, and I will continue working to make sure that every person who wants a job is able to find one.” Governor Lynch has implemented a number of

initiatives to help New Hampshire businesses grow and put people back to work. New Hampshire Working, passed this spring, is making it easier for companies to train and hire unemployed workers, as well as to avoid layoffs, and the Green Jobs Launching Pad is helping new companies grow. Governor Lynch reinstituted the Job Training Fund, which has helped train more than 7,000 workers from across New Hampshire in the skills needed for today’s economy. In addition to keeping New Hampshire’s state taxes among the lowest in the nation, Governor Lynch instituted a research-and-development tax credit to encourage companies to invest in innovation and new jobs in New Hampshire. For more information, go to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics at release/archives/laus_07202010.pdf, or the N.H. Department of Employment Security at http://www. 10.pdf.


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the roadway to be more convenient, better maintained, or safer.” Path safety concerns include unique conflicts between contra-flow bicycle traffic along the pathway and left-turning motorists. The Guide notes that “although the shared use path should be given the same priority through intersections as the parallel highway, motorists falsely expect bicyclists to stop or yield at all cross-streets and driveways.” Cyclists traveling along the path in the same direction of travel as the adjacent motor vehicle lane are subject to increased danger from right-turning motorists who may not realize that the cyclist riding in the same direction of travel on the path is entering the intersecting roadway to the right. The Guide notes that “stopped cross-street motor vehicle traffic or vehicles exiting side streets or driveways may block the path crossing.” The Guide specifically predicts the sentiment expressed in the September 10 Hudson~Litchfield News “Thumbs Down” piece: “Bicyclists using the roadway may be harassed by some motorists

who feel that in all cases bicyclists should be on the adjacent path.” Meanwhile, cyclists who ride the paths for transportation are often cited as a threat to the children, stroller-pushers, and many other slower users who rightfully share the paths. There are many reasons, beyond recreation,

why people travel by bicycle. Commuters may choose to cycle because they can’t afford to drive. Many people, including all children under 16, cannot legally drive in any case. Cycling reduces congestion. Cycling preserves the planet in comparison to other forms of transportation. Motorists should facilitate bicyclists who thoughtfully and legally (RSA 265:143) choose to “ride in the road 10 feet from the bike paths.”

Larry Keniston, Intermodal Facilities Engineer, Rail and Transit Bureau, NH Department of Transportation - Concord

Governor’s Veto Message Regarding HB 379

submitted by Colin Manning By the authority vested in me, pursuant to part

II, Article 44 of the New Hampshire Constitution, on July 26, 2010, I vetoed HB 379. HB 379 would create such a new exception to the Right to Know Law by allowing elected officials of a legislative body to meet in non- public session to discuss strategy and negotiation of collective bargaining prior to the time that a collective bargaining agreement is submitted for approval. The Right to Know Law already allows the public body that negotiates a collective bargaining agreement to confer privately for the purpose of considering strategy and negotiation of the agreement. RSA 91-A:2, I (a) exempts from the public meeting requirement strategy or negotiations for collective bargaining. The proposed new exception in SB 379 would allow discussions by the body that approves these

agreements – that must now occur in public – to be conducted in a non-public session. SB 379 would allow the members of a legislative body that does not negotiate, but which must approve a public employee contract – such as a board of alderman – to meet in a non-public session with the public body that negotiates the contract as long as the cost items have not been submitted for approval. As a result, potentially important discussions that are now subject to open meeting could be removed from the public arena. The Right to Know Law’s provisions governing open meetings safeguard transparency and accountability in the operation of government. The threshold for creating any new exception to the open meeting requirement must be very high, and I do not believe the types of meetings contemplated by this bill warrant the creation of another exception. For these reasons, I am vetoing this bill.

Governor’s Veto Message Regarding HB 53

submitted by Colin Manning By the authority vested in me, pursuant to part

II, Article 44 of the New Hampshire Constitution, on July 23, 2010, I vetoed HB 53. The Right to Know Law plays a critical role in assuring transparency and accountability in the operation of government at all levels. The provisions of the law governing public meetings and access to the records of public bodies and public agencies should be understandable and clear to citizens and officials alike. I am vetoing this bill because it could potentially dilute the public’s access to documents and information that constitute governmental records under RSA 91-A. The existing provisions of RSA 91-A subject

Planning Board Fees - continued from front page

Planning Board Fees Escrow Accounts

Site Plan - Change of use/Minor Site Plan – Major

Subdivision – Lot Line Adjustment

“public bodies” to the requirements for open meetings and access to governmental records. “Public agencies” must also provide access to governmental records, but may not be subject to the open meeting requirement depending upon whether such agencies act or vote by agreement of their members.


$1,000 $500

Subdivision – No New Road Proposed $1,000 Subdivision – New Road Proposed


Building Permit Fees (new fees) Small Wind Energy System - $175 Abutter Notification - $6 per abutter

Abutter Notification - $6.00 per abutter (increased from $5 per abutter)

HB 53 amends the definition of “public body” in an effort to clarify that certain local officials are not public bodies. The bill provides that “an individual executive or administrative officer of a political subdivision shall not constitute a public body, and staff members of an agency or department of a political subdivision meeting as a group shall not constitute a public body.” By explicitly stating that such local officials and employees are not a “public body,” the bill creates confusion about the continuing obligation for such local officials and staff to make available their records in accordance with RSA 91-A and would dilute the spirit of the law. The goal of distinguishing the respective open meeting obligations of public bodies, public agencies, and local officials and staff in the Right to Know Law may be a valid one, but any changes to the law for this purpose should be narrowly drawn and must not leave room for any ambiguity or misinterpretation about the existing obligations of public bodies and public agencies to make available their governmental records.

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