Jerry Boyson who runs his business out of 4 Whittier Highway, literally at the front door to Moultonboro next to Center Harbor, is in the process of negotiating with the building owner to buy the building. The Town for whatever reason in the distant past, owns the land it sits on and leases it to the building owner. The current lease will expire in 15 years or so and Mr. Boyson cannot get financing unless the lease is for at least 30 years. He wants to renovate the property and instead of an eyesore, it would be an asset as people enter Moultonboro.
The BoS have two articles on the warrant this year.One is to seek permission from the legislative body to sell the land, and the other is to seek permission to amend/extend the lease. We had originally thought this was a one or the other proposition and if the article to sell passed, we would motion to pass over the next article to extend the lease. Enter Mr. Boyson, who stated that last year in a conversation with the previous Town Administrator, had requested similar action for 2015 Town meeting, but for some reason, the BoS were not made aware of that request and it did not make it to the warrant.
What was suggested this year, was to seek permission to sell the land and to also seek permission to extend the lease. It is a win-win in my mind and Mr. Boyson and his partner should be commended for wanting to keep their business in our town and improving the look of our front door.