the TOWN of HARRISVILLE
in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire
incorporated in 1870
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March 13, 2012 Town Meeting
2011 Town Report includes Town Warrant, Committee and Board reports and School Warrant.
March 2011 Town Meeting
2010 Energy Efficiency Grants
The Town of Harrisville applied for and obtained Federal ARRA and State OEP grant funding which when combined with Town appropriations at the March 2010 Town Meeting will allow the completion of three energy efficinecy projects at Town buildings. The Requests for Projosals for the three projects can be downloaded here:
Request for Proposal RFP 20101 - EECBG 67 Lighting Retrofits at Town Buildings
Request for Proposal RFP 20101 - EECBG 70 Attic Insulation at Town Buildings
Work is to be completed in accordance with a grant awarded through the New Hampshire Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program; this program is fund through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program as approved by the U.S. DOE, NH OEP and the Grant Management Subcontractor TRC. All contracts for work under this bid, must comply with specific federal requirements, including but not limited to, the Davis-Bacon Act, the Buy American Act clause (Section 1605 of ARRA), the National Environmental Policy Act, and National Historic Preservation Act.
The Town is a Sub-recipient of grants managed by TRC Environmental Corporation. Any contract awarded a vendor as a result of the RFP will be a Sub-Contract to the prime contract between the Town and TRC, and be subject to various ‘flow-through’ provisions. Contractor will be required to adhere to all Federal, State and Local regulations and guidelines as they pertains to the project, including ARRA Special Provisions and Federal Requirements for EECBG projects. See Exhibit C available here.. Also,
Davis-Bacon Act: Contractors will be required to comply with all provisions of the Act, including paying all labor at or above prevailing wages determined by the then current Department of Labor wage determination. As of the release of this RFP the following wage determination was current.
2010 Budget Hearing
This February the 11th, at 6 pm, the Selectmen will conduct a public hearing at the Town Offices on their proposed 2010 Town Budget. As we work through the annual budget process and prepare for Town Meeting we have a few observations to share. It has been a tough couple of years for us all. Jobs are vanishing, new jobs are hard to find. Healthcare costs are going up many times faster than incomes. Many economic factors are affecting us all and we, neither as individuals nor as a town, can not control them.
However, having benefited from all the hard work of town employees and volunteers, the Selectmen are happy to say that 2009 expenses were less than budgeted. The Selectmen’s proposed operating budget for 2010 is 2% less than 2009 and about the same as 2008! The proposed 2010 budget contains only the essential funding we need to operate this town. Our tax rate is the lowest of any of our surrounding towns, and we believe we can keep it that way.
The Skatutakee/North Pond bridge is open. Paving and the guard rails will be completed this spring. Of the original $427,000 appropriated, Harrisville is receiving all but about $38,000 back from federal ARRA funds. The weatherization work done at the Library and Recycling center last year is already paying dividends. Our heat bills for those buildings are down by 25%. We have enough fuel and generators on hand to run critical town buildings during the next ice storm or hurricane.
There is a new phone system at the Town Hall. There are voice mail boxes for all the departments. The computerized accounting system is updated. We have an improved understanding of what resources each department uses and needs. The filing system is increasingly easy to use. We are realizing savings from these changes and expect more savings as time goes on.
One of the things we do control in these tough times is how we prepare Harrisville’s budget. Our proposed budget is austere, the selectmen and the department heads have put all the nonessential requests into warrant articles for voter approvals.
That said, we need to fund the Capital Reserve funds more aggressively. The town has two more bridges to replace in our immediate future. Church Street and School Street are in poor repair. The Highway Department needs a new garage, as well as sand and salt sheds. We encourage all voters to attend the budget hearing and Town meeting. The Selectmen need your participation to make the best decisions for our town.
Wells Memorial School Community Forum
Harrisville parents, community members, staff, administrators, and School Board gathered in the WMS gym for an open forum on ways to proactively address declining enrollment. Here is a summary that reflects the information that was written down by the participants in the forum, and appart from basic editing for spelling no other changes have been made to the document. Additonal discussion about this subject may be found at the WMS website.
2009 Town Report (March 2010 Town Meeting)
2009 Town Report includes Committee and Board reports and School Warrant.
2008 Town Report (March 2009 Town Meeting)
2008 Town Report includes Committee and Board reports and School Warrant.