Thursday, September 18, 2014

Moultonboro Planning Board September 9th, 2014


I have received a number of emails about the inability of iPad users and some mobile devices that they are unable to view the meeting videos on the Town website via EZ stream. I use a PC with Windows 7 and it works fine, but I understand that Apple users do not have it so easy.
Anyone out there experiencing the same issues and if any knows the solution please share.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Moultonboro School Board Meeting September 9th 2014

The meeting video can be found here on the Town website.

Video Tour of Moultonborough

You may notice this header on the Town home page just under the Videos on Demand graphic.   According to the Town website  :The videos are being produced at no charge to the local taxpayer through a partnering arrangement with CGI Communications of Rochester, NY. This company now provides some 18,000 videos across the nation  through sponsorships CGI obtains from area businesses and organizations. Each video will be 60 to 90 seconds in length. They will be accessible for viewing on the Town’s web site of and also on is reportedly the largest video network in the country to assist people relocating nationwide." 
 CGI Communications produces various promotional videos for cities and towns and contacted Moultonboro in early 2013 about adding a free video to our Town website. There is no cost at all to Moultonboro for this. Sponsors would have links to their websites and pay CGI for the privilege.
It is still a work in progress, but off to a good start. 
A presentation is on the BoS agenda for this Thursday's business meeting. 

Selectmen to Meet with Center Harbor Selectboard Tonight at 7pm, Center Harbor Town Hall

I don't believe there will be anything of great concern or import with this meeting, but rather just a periodic "meet and greet" between the two neighboring communities governing bodies. I am always in favor of more communication and seeking opportunities for collaboration with neighboring communities that will benefit taxpayers. It is an open meeting and is open to the public.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

"We shouldn’t let what divides us be greater than what unites us."

By Kyle Smith
New York Post

Iraq is in flames again: Hurrah!
No, not really. I’m not cheering (or at least I hope I’m not cheering) for the rise of ISIS to prove I was right to believe President Obama’s Iraq policy has been foolish.
Surely I don’t want there to be an increase in death, destruction and misery just so I can be smug.
I want Iraq to be a peaceful, stable democracy, the economy to shift into overdrive and for the stock market to keep hitting new highs, even if a guy I didn’t vote for gets the credit.
But I’m a partisan. And when it comes to the news, it’s hard to put aside your partisan prejudices.
Everything that’s less than ideal is a disaster if the party you didn’t vote for is in power, and every burst of sunshine is sure to be followed by a drum roll of storm clouds.
Today our political affiliations are so deeply held, so tribal, and make such a profound difference in how we perceive everything that, as one observer put it, “Partisanship is the new racism.”
Putting party ahead of country is a problem on both sides of the aisle. Partisanship is a bipartisan vice.
In 2003, as the Iraq War appeared to be winding down, Salon’s Gary Kamiya wrote, “I have a confession: I have at times, as the war has unfolded, secretly wished for things to go wrong. Wished for the Iraqis to be more nationalistic, to resist longer. Wished for the Arab world to rise up in rage. Wished for all the things we feared would happen. I’m not alone: A number of serious, intelligent, morally sensitive people who oppose the war have told me they have had identical feelings…Dialectical pessimism is the dirty little secret of the antiwar camp — dirty because there is something distasteful about wishing for bad outcomes when the future on which those wishes are based is unknown.”
In 2007, when the Bush administration appeared to be winding down on a high note, the subhead of a frustrated Kurt Andersen piece in New York Magazine read, “The surge is working! Yikes. Stem cells can be harvested embryo-free! Boo-hoo. A recession in the offing? Happy days are near again.”
Ever been to a perfectly pleasant dinner party that suddenly turned into bedlam when someone started a political argument? It sometimes seems like people go a little crazy when the partisan hormones start to flow. They lose touch with reality.
Psychologists (and pollsters) can point to examples. Bush knew about 9/11 in advance — maybe even planned it. (In a 2006 poll, 51% of Democrats said it was either “very likely” or “somewhat likely” that the government was complicit in the attacks.)
Obama was born in Kenya. (A 2010 poll showed 58% of Republicans either thought Obama was born outside the country or weren’t sure he was born in the US.)
When asked whether the president can reasonably act to reduce gas prices, Democrats said yes — when a Republican was president (in 2006). When the president was Barack Obama, some changed their minds.
A lot of them, actually: The percentage answering yes dropped from 73 to 33.
For Republicans, the same thing happened in reverse, albeit in less startling terms. (Forty-seven percent of GOPers said Bush could reduce gas prices, but 65% said Obama could.)
Did the surge in Iraq work? In February of 2008, when the subject was all over the news, 70% of Republicans, but only 21% of Democrats, said it was succeeding.
In 2006, 57% of Democrats felt threatened by the federal government. Only 21% of Republicans agreed.
In 2010, those numbers were flipped almost exactly upside down: 21% of Democrats and 66% of Republicans agreed.
These answers aren’t necessarily paradoxical; it’s possible, for instance, that the Bush administration harassed a lot more Democrats and Obama more Republicans.
On the other hand, it seems unlikely that anything like 57% of Americans (much less 66%) have ever had good reason to personally fear the US government.
The conservative news organization was recently audited by the IRS; online, liberals argued they had it coming.
Did they feel the same when Greenpeace was audited while Bush was in office?
We should all be equaled outraged by IRS abuse. We should want our nation to succeed, economically and militarily, even if we disagree on the how.
We shouldn’t let what divides us be greater than what unites us.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

BRC/Gym Facility Needs & Feasibility Study Kickoff Meeting Well Attended

Very good citizen turnout for the kickoff meeting with the Town team and the five member UNH team led by Dr.Bob Barcelona this past Friday morning. Almost a full house at the Town Hall meeting room.

The UNH team explained their methodology as a three step process as described below.

Identifying needs will occur through surveys, focus groups and a large "town meeting" which can accommodate up to 200 people. Information will be gathered from the surveys which provide a "wide angle view" of opinions. The focus groups of 6-8 people will fill in the blanks and then the large town meeting will complete the loop.
Most important is that we have a good turnout for each of the sessions as the larger cross section of the population that comes out the better the end product.
Although still preliminary, we do have some dates to keep in mind for the planned focus groups and the large "town meeting" .
Not yet finalized, the focus groups are planned so far for all day on Monday October 20th and the town meeting on October 22nd 5:30pm to 7pm, location to be determined although it will probably be at the academy cafeteria or the Lions Club.
We expect that the draft survey tool will be ready for the town teams approval by September 23rd when the team meets again at 2pm. The survey outline follows below.

Proposed Needs Assessment Survey Domains

1.     Study Participant Demographics (e.g. Age, Gender, Residency, Children Living at Home, Frequency of Recreation Participation)

2.     Recreation Programs and Facilities Needs (e.g. Meets My Needs; Available But Inadequate for My Needs; Important But Unavailable; Not Interested; No Opinion)

3.     Importance of Recreation Amenities (e.g. Very Important….Very Unimportant)

4.     Satisfaction with Recreation Specific Amenities (e.g. Very Satisfied….Very Unsatisfied)

5.     Prioritization of Recreation Amenities (i.e. “Imagine that you have $100 to give to the Moultonborough Parks and Recreation Department.  Where would you designate it to go?”)

6.     Communication / Awareness of Parks and Recreation Programs and Services (e.g. awareness levels, preferred communication methods)

7.     Overall Satisfaction with Parks and Recreation Department

8.     Appropriate Funding Mix and Service Delivery Models for Parks and Recreation Programs and Facilities (e.g. most appropriate methods to pay for parks and recreation programs and facilities, importance of partnerships with other entities)

9.     Willingness to Pay (e.g. for maintenance of existing programs and facilities, for development of new programs and facilities)

10.Level of Interest in Proposed Indoor Recreation Facility (e.g. to what degree should development be a priority for the Town of Moultonborough?)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Moultonborough 9/11 Ceremony will start at 9:00 and end about 9:15

Gary Torressen requested permission from the BoS last Thursday ( granted)  to honor the anniversary of 9/11 this coming Thursday with a brief ceremony outside Town Hall. The plan is as follows: 
  • 1st Bell rung @ 9:00 am Remembering American Airlines Flight 11 struck WTC  North Tower at    8:46 AM   moment of silence
  • 2nd bell rung Remembering United flight 175 that struck WTC South Tower at 9:03 am  moment of silence
  • 3rd bell rung. Remembering American Airlines Flight 77 and those who died at the Pentagon at 9:37 AM   moment of silence
  • 4th bell rung. Remembering those who gave all and lost their lives when WTC South Collapsed at 9:58 AM  moment of silence
  • 5th Bell rung remembering those who lost their lives on United flight 93 in Shanksville PA at 10:03  moment of silence
  • 6th Bell rung Remembering those who lost their lives in WTC North when it collapsed at 10:28  moment of silence
  • 7th Bell Remembering Civilian heroes and First responders who gave all on 9/11  We will always remember their sacrifice. moment of silence
  • 8th Bell For Freedom, Liberty and Peace to this and all future generations. 
  • Sounding of Taps

Gary Torresson
Bugles Across America
New Hampshire State Director
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