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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Changes to Perambulation Law Proposed

 (For more information on this topic, the New Hampshire Municipal Association has a good article entitled "History of Perambulation ."  The following is from the Concord Monitor)

Walking the line on legislation to change measurement of
town boundaries

Sunday, January 4, 2015

(Published in print: Sunday, January 4, 2015)

Once every seven years, selectmen in New Hampshire towns must walk the boundaries of their town, a long-required process known as perambulation.
“It’s an arduous task,” said Rep. Karel Crawford.
Crawford, a former Moultonboro selectwoman, is proposing a bill this legislative session that would allow a town’s selectmen to determine when perambulation should be completed, changing it from a requirement of a set seven-year interval to a discretionary decision.
The idea for the proposed legislation comes from Moultonboro Town Administrator Carter Terenzini,
Crawford said.
If this bill were adopted, one town’s board of selectmen would not be able to make the decision regarding the boundaries without consulting its neighbors. “Then you have to get the other towns to cooperate and go along with you,” said Crawford. “Moultonboro is surrounded by several.”
The state archivist has officially counted 624 distinct town lines in New Hampshire. According to the state’s Division of Archives and Records Management, the oldest known law on perambulation dates to 1686.

The current law, requiring perambulation to be reported every seven years to the secretary of state, was adopted in 1969. The proposed bill is also sponsored by Sen. Jeb Bradley of Wolfeboro and Sen. Regina Birdsell of Hampstead. The requirements of perambulation are outdated and unnecessary, Bradley said of why Crawford asked him to support the legislation.
Crawford is not the first legislator to propose a change to perambulation. Ten years ago, a bill to repeal the current perambulation law was proposed but did not become law. In the 2013 legislative session, a bill allowing the use of GPS devises in perambulation was proposed, but was not adopted.

(Susan Doucet can be reached at 369-3309, sdoucet@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @susan_doucet.)


Joe Cormier/jcormier2@myfairpoint.net said...

"... his house is in Middleton; but it's Wakefield that taxes him. .."

Can we blame Russ ... ?
(at thee bottom)





Anonymous said...

Is Jeb Bradley the one in the Sunday News that made the New Hampshire taxpayers pay for the Seabrook bankruptcy?

Anonymous said...

Glad to see Ms. Crawford is doing Mr. Terenzini's bidding. I do wonder if there aren't more important issues that this Town needs beyond relief from Perambulation from the legislature. I also wonder why there is no requirement for GPS confirmation if we are taking the BoS off the hook for this statutory relief?.

Bet The Pipe said...

Can't wait till my iron pipe property markers meet a GPS location device. My iron pipes have no comment this morn, too cold....but they have been guarding the lot corners for 50 years. When Mr GPS says they are off by 3 feet, there is going to be a Bruha.

Anonymous said...

Walking town borders...more important then ever....as the price of pot rises, more gentlemen farmers are planting. Get the Police Chief to take a spin around the wilds, to see where they grow their stash. Have him take the Fire Chief with him. Fire will have to know the area very well, as fires will get a jump....the Town Administrator is still venting his personal vendetta against the fire tower. No sense of history, or realization that some summers are wet, some are dry. Last we heard, everyone has cellphones....problem is, there is no one up there.

Joe Cormier/jcormier2@myfairpoint.net said...

This might be a solution for "walking the borders"!

Almost three year ago ...



... watershed.
... beach.
... historic buildings.
... school properties.
... town hall.
... proposed GYM.
... committee meetings
... Schultz Farm Road change to
Portage Pass.

Can they make miniature hellfire missiles?


BoS, on their border walk, should not be wearing Pakols!