The Carroll County Delegation Chair wrote a letter recently to the Conway Daily Sun, wherein he made certain accusations toward the Carroll County Commissioners, especially Commissioner David Babson.
Commissioner Babson wrote a response letter the next day.
The Carroll County Delegation is made up of the 15 NH House Representatives for Carroll County. Mark McConkey is the current chair of the Delegation.
At the heart of the matter is a proposal to fund an assisted living feasibility study for the elderly the funding of which was the cause of contention between the Commissioners and the Delegation. Carroll County has the oldest population in New Hampshire and one of the oldest populations in the country. The Commissioners encumbered $10K of 2017 funds for the feasibility study and issued a Request for Qualifications.
McConkey wrote that at the April 4th Commissioners meeting "Commissioner Babson is angered that the county legislative delegation removed their request for a second $10,000 appropriation to fund an elderly housing study, referring to the delegation as nasty, cruel, insensitive and irresponsible." He further wrote that at the same meeting he heard"Commissioner Babson disparage Rep. Frank McCarthy’s character."
After viewing the portions of the meeting McConkey referenced in his letter, Commissioner Babson did not say any of the things he was accused of saying. He did refer to Rep. McCarthy in what appears to me to be a pun as Commissioner Bevard spoke of RSA'S and he asked her if she was now Representative McCarthy, who has a tendency to often quote RSA's. Hardly disparaging McCarthy's character.
The important piece in all this is that the Commissioners are not walking away from the Assisted Living Study. They are still seeking an RFP with the $10K they have already encumbered from 2017.
In the oldest county in New Hampshire where affordable senior housing and the future of the county nursing home is at stake, the majority of the Delegation walked away from the needs of the citizens of Carroll County. An additional $10k was not included in the budget for 2018 by the Delegation, not the Commissioners. It is unfortunate that McConkey and some members of the Delegation did not put citizens of their county ahead of petty politics.