Saturday, October 25, 2014

NH House Rep. Glenn Cordelli Draft Proposed Legislation Addressing Removal of Planning Board Members

Following is from NH House Rep. Glenn Cordelli.

Last year there was a divisive attempt to remove two members of the Planning Board. Aside from the reasons for the attempt, the state statutes were a contributing factor to the problems caused in the community. The current state statutes poorly define the potential reasons for removal and the process to be followed.
I have filed legislation to correct this situation. I hope there will be support from Moultonborough next year during hearings.
The bill does one more thing. It repeals another section of our statutes that says the selectmen can remove the town treasurer, clerk or tax collector if they believe that person has become insane.

The draft bill text is:
1 Local Land Use Boards. Amend RSA 673.13 to read as follows:
673:13 Removal of Members. The governing body may institute proceedings to remove the elected or appointed land use board member from office for incompetency, malfeasance in office, or permanent inability to perform official duties.

For the purposes of this section, "incompetency" means: gross ignorance of official duties; gross carelessness in the discharge of those duties; or unfitness or inability to promptly and properly discharge official duties because of a serious physical or mental defect as documented by a licensed physician that did not exist at the time of the officer's election; “malfeasance” means: intentional conduct that is wrongful or unlawful, especially by officials or public employees which is at a higher level of wrongdoing than nonfeasance (failure to act where there was a duty to act) or misfeasance (conduct that is lawful but inappropriate).

The governing body may institute proceedings to remove the elected or appointed land use board member as follows:
    I. The governing body shall notify the elected or appointed land use board member by certified mail with return receipt and the Town Clerk of its intention to proceed under this section by providing a written explanation and justification for the removal.
    II. (a) Within 20 days of receiving the notification provided in paragraph I, the elected or appointed land use board member shall respond. The response shall be submitted to the governing body and the Town Clerk and shall include written comment on removal reason cited by the governing board..
       (b) If the elected or appointed land use board member fails to respond at any step in the process under this section within the prescribed period of time, then the governing body shall be permitted to remove the elected or appointed land use board member from office as provided in paragraph V.
    III. Within 20 days of receiving the elected or appointed land use board member's written response, the governing body shall provide written notification to the elected or appointed land use board member and Town Clerk of its decision to proceed or not to proceed to remove the elected or appointed land use board member from office.
    IV. Within 10 days of receiving the written notification in paragraph III, the elected or appointed land use board member may request a public hearing before the governing body. If a hearing before the governing body is requested, it shall be:
       (a) Conducted in accordance with RSA 91-A; and
       (b) Held within 20 days of the date of the request.
    V. After the elected or appointed land use board member's response and hearing, if any, and if the governing body determines that removal of the elected or appointed land use board member is justified, the governing body may remove the elected or appointed land use board member and the Town Clerk by written notification by certified mail with return receipt. Any vacancy created by such a removal shall be filled by appointment by the governing body as provided in RSA 669:69.
    VI. The governing body's determination under paragraph V may be appealed de novo to the superior court in the county in which the municipality is located.
    VII. If the elected or appointed land use board member’s removal is found to not be justified at any point in the proceedings, the governing body shall be responsible for any legal fees of the member.

2  Repeal 41:12 Removal of Collector, Clerk, or Treasurer.


If you have any questions, please see my web site: www.CordelliforNH.com or contact me at: glenn.cordelli@leg.state.nh.us.



Friday, October 24, 2014

Moultonborough School Enrollment at 113.....in 1940

The Meredith News
October 23rd, 2014
by Dan Heyduk

I wrote about pub­lic education in Moul­tonborough in the mid 1920s (May 29), but I was also interested to look ten years ahead to the mid 1930s. In 1926, Moultonborough had 107 students and six pub­lic schools, though only four of the six schools operated in that year or the next. In 1936, there were 118 students in five operating schools, with some schools hav­ing been closed and re-opened during the inter­vening years. Students needed to attend high school outside the town in 1926, and ten years later, Moultonborough still had no high school. Moultonborough paid tuition to other towns for thirty-one high school students in 1936. There were five teachers in the town schools, each earning $80 to $90 per month in 1926, and six teachers employed at $85 to $95 per month in 1936. Ethel Smith was paid $85 per month in 1926, and was still paid the same amount in 1936. Wood was being used for heat in 1926, with coal used for the first time in 1927, and nine years later both wood and coal were still in use. 1936 was the mid­dle of the Great Depres­sion (1930-39), which was reflected in the schools, as everywhere else. It was harder to collect tax­es, and some towns were forced to pay teachers with promissory notes (script), which local stores agreed to accept, due to insufficient cash on hand from tax re­ceipts. 
There was progress in the Moultonborough schools nonetheless. The superintendent worried that even though the town paid high school tuition, some students did not go because their  families could not afford the transportation, and the town voted to pro­vide up to $1.50 per week transportation allow­ance for each student’s high school attendance. There were a music su­pervisor and a school nurse in 1936, both serv­ing all the Moultonbor­ough schools. The school nurse also made visits to homes. Payment was made to the Meredith Electric Light Co., in­dicating that at least one of the buildings had electric lighting. Stu­dents had special weekly newspapers to read and some schools had record players for music educa­tion and exercises. The schools were holding dental clinics in 1936, and there was a program to provide eyeglasses to at least some students who needed them. Reported in 1934, and probably continuing in 1936, was a federal-state program to provide milk and cod liver oil to some of the children. By 1937, the su­perintendent noted that “much of the facilities set up for the caring of children during the de­pression are gradually being eliminated. Cod liver oil is no longer giv­en us to distribute. Nei­ther is Federal money available for corrective work.” But health evalu­ations of the students did continue, and dental and eye clinics did as well, with state support, so that the overall health of Moultonborough school students was better in 1937 than it had been in 1927. 
By 1940, the town’s school expenses had grown to $14,600 per year from some $11,500 in 1926, but teachers’ sala­ries still were essentially unchanged. In fact, both the national cost of liv­ing and average annual income had gone down during the depression years, so level salaries for teachers were not un­usual. In 1940, Moulton­borough school enroll­ment was 113 students, and five schools were still being operated, with six teachers (counting the Center Harbor vil­lage elementary school). The school nurse made a plea in 1941 for at least partial reimbursement of her travel expense. She served an area from Freedom to New Hamp­ton, and provided trans­portation for students to clinics, logging over 9,500 miles on her car. The depression ended in 1939, and the Moul­tonborough schools had survived and even im­proved – thanks in no small part to dedicated staff. The next year, the country began to go on a war footing, affecting the schools in yet other ways. (From Moulton­borough Town Annual Reports) 

Moultonboro Recreation Advisory Board October 20th, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Town Wide Feasibility Study Meeting

Very good turnout tonight. With the immediate feedback from the I-Clickers, the highest vote count was 129, better than anticipated, so at least that many people were there to participate. According to the UNH team, it was one of the best turnouts they had seen. About 70 people came out during the week for the focus groups. To date more than 700 surveys have been completed with the vast majority online. In addition to the I-Click process, there was also some table work with additional data collection that the team will sort into themes and will become one more part of the study. All cards collected, with table and individual notes will be available to the town and of course the public. Add in all the data and reports already provided to the team they will then pull together a report with the data to support their recommendations. The Town Team will get a preview of the plan sometime in November and then on to the BoS. After that it is really any one's guess as to any possible next steps especially not knowing what the final recommendations will be. Be assured that there will be no one attempting to influence the UNH team in any way from the town. I would expect our only contact with them would be for additional information or clarification and perhaps logistics for the delivery of the final report. I am expecting an honest, thorough and data driven report. One interesting item at tonight's session was the demographics. We have known that as a town we are getting old, but the I-Click graph was still startling with the vast majority of attendees over the age of 56. The survey process closes officially on October 27th.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Focus Groups Well Attended

Thank you all for coming out yesterday . I observed two of the sessions ( including the last one that ended at 7:50pm) and I was very pleased with the work of the UNH team. The facilitation was very "light" meaning that people were not led in any direction and allowed to speak their piece as they wished. While not everyone agreed with each other, all were allowed time to express their opinions.
The team started first thing in the morning and had focus groups throughout the day including one on one interviews with each selectmen. They will be back for more on Wednesday culminating with the town wide meeting at 5:30pm-7pm at the Academy cafeteria.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Candidate Statement from Nick Vazzana

Before starting this campaign, I asked people, what issues were on their minds. Actually, the question was phrased in very personal terms, “If someone could speak for you in Concord, what would that include?” I got back various answers: one woman thought we should raise the $3.25 minimum wage for waitresses, many wanted better roads, one man wanted to rebuild the Old Man on the Mountain and another wanted to get rid of all politicians. In our district, many people felt their State Reps weren’t working for them and were out of touch with the needs of the average citizen. Many said they were being hurt by the high cost of living while their income had stayed the same or been reduced. My response: The people of this district need a friend who really speaks for them in Concord. Not a Rep who comes up with some political justification for selfishness and opposition to economic and social progress. To accomplish this goal, I shall bring a successful business background to the State House. For over 25 years, I founded and was C.E.O. of one of the nation’s first educational software companies. Under the names of Orange Cherry Software and New Media Schoolhouse, we created and distributed over 400 Science, Social Studies and Early Childhood programs that sold in nearly every school district in the United States. I had to meet a sizable payroll, every week, for our full and part-time employees, in a high-tech, high-growth business environment. As an entrepreneur, I believe state government can be a catalyst in raising our standard of living and helping people and businesses succeed. I support freedom, equal rights for all Americans and income equality that closes the gap between men and women, the ultra rich and the middle class. PLEASE REMEMBER TO VOTE ON TUESDAY, NOV. 4th. I would be honored to receive one of your (2) votes among the (4) four candidates.

Nick Vazzana Democratic Candidate, District 4: Moultonborough, Sandwich & Tuftonboro

Reminder: Feasibility Study Focus Groups Tomorrow. Town Wide Meeting Wednesday.

The schedule for tomorrow's focus groups is just about done, but there are slots available for last minute participants and there will be more focus groups on Wednesday. Sign up by email to mbengtson@moultonboroughnh.gov or by  calling the Recreation Department at 476-8868.

Don't forget that the town wide meeting will be held on Wednesday evening beginning at 5:30pm and running to about 7pm, Even if you signed up for a small focus group, you can attend both.
We hope to see you there.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Vision Statement for the Town of Moultonboro

This vision statement was crafted by the BoS after our goal setting retreat this summer. It was finalized and approved  a few weeks ago and copies  were attached to the letter of invitation to all  the invitees to the Convention of Committees.  A vision statement identifies what an organization ( in this case the Town) would like to achieve or accomplish in the short and long term, and will provide the inspiration for our strategic decisions.

•Being a place where people want to live and work because of its quality of life, thoughtful and tasteful development and commitment to protect its natural resources.
•A business friendly environment with attractive living wage jobs and a magnet for high tech low impact businesses.
•Matching services to the needs of the population, both year round and seasonal, while diligently protecting its low total tax and tax rate advantage.
•Its best management practices particularly its personnel systems known to be fair to attract and retain employees, reward excellence and provide opportunities for advancement.
•A cohesive community with a unified purpose and vision across all town employees, boards and committees.
•A vibrant and increasing population actively engaged in civil civic discourse that is able to reach consensus on important issues and then see those decisions through to conclusion. 

Candidate Forum October 26th in Sandwich

I had hoped to have an event here in Moultonboro, but alas, time just got away from me and I could not make it happen. There is however a perhaps last chance to meet and chat with candidates on Sunday October 26th at 3pm at the Methodist church in the center of Sandwich.
As always, any candidate who wishes may post a statement about their candidacy on this blog by emailing it to me at NHGUY3@Gmail.com.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Have you Signed up for a Focus Group?

As of this writing , about 60 or so people are signed up for the UNH Feasibility Study Focus Groups. Many of these are members of various boards an committees past and present, and town staff. There is plenty of room left  especially on Wednesday, and in the afternoon on Monday and early evening ( 6:30PM).

"Sign up by email to mbengtson@moultonboroughnh.gov, calling the Recreation Department at 
1.603.476.8868 or stopping by their offices at 10 Holland Street during normal business hours."

I have heard that some are discounting the process as a "done deal" and won't participate. Aside from being untrue, if you don't participate it won't include your opinion. No matter what though, the process is going forward and will continue on to it's conclusion with or without your participation.