Henniker Energy Committee delivers $11,000/year electrical costs reduction plan to Select Board…

Energy-Savings II

March 18, 20019

This coming Tuesday at the regularly scheduled Select Board meeting, the Henniker Energy Committee will deliver the results of an indoor lighting audit/report  completed in February.

(Proposal-HennikerTown-Feb2019) The report outlines a plan to convert the indoor lighting to LED fixtures, in all town owned buildings.

The total cost savings per year is ~$11,000. The project will reduce our electrical consumption by 67,192 kWh. 

The overall impact of the energy savings can be found below;

•6 households is the average number of houses that can now be powered from this project. The average U.S. household consumes 11,280 kWh annually.
• 4,636 fewer gallons of oil need to be imported, reducing our dependence on foreign oil.
• 41 tons of CO2
Carbon Dioxide is considered a greenhouse gas and is a major contributor to global warming.
• 813 lbs. of SO2
Sulfur Dioxide- some major health effects associated with this pollutant are: asthma, respiratory illness and aggravation of existing cardiovascular disease.
• 414 lbs. of Nox
Nitrogen Oxides are considered contributors to acid rain and ground level ozone (or smog).
• 28 lbs. of visible particulate

Financing the project;

Municipal customers are eligible for Smart Start on bill financing for this qualified project. It’s a zero percent interest loan, with a one time administrative fee of approximately 10% of the rebate offered to us by Eversource. Page 15 & 16 of the report.

Terms are set to closely match the Town’s new found energy savings so that our Eversource bill payments be close to cash neutral during the length of the loan. Or you can pay your portion out of pocket and recoup the full 50% incentive.

The committee is working hard finding ways to use modern technology to lower the operating cost of Town Government.

Thank you for your support,

Bruce J. Trivellini

Chairman Henniker Energy Committee

 

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Henniker; “Don’t stop, thinking about tomorrow….Yesterday’s gone…See things in a different way!” (Christine Mcvie)

Unique red domino tile among many black dominoes. Be different concept

March 14, 2019,  onlyhennikerbruce

The most important first step toward a better education for our children was taken on Tuesday past…Henniker’s legislative body made a decision to make a change!

CONGRATULATIONS…481 resident legislators sent a message; a new policy directing the future expenditures in our educational system  is needed.

For those among us who believe that this was about the total amount of tax dollars being raised and appropriated…then you missed the proverbial boat!

This vote was all about VALUE.. No longer will the legislative body be satisfied with just another automatic increase toward policies that clearly are not achieving our goal…a proficiently educated child.

“Yesterday is gone”…our work has just begun!

Now, we all must understand that our principal will retire at the end of this school year. Our School Board unacceptably has automatically handed of the position to the current Vice Principal.

Not a wise decision…we should request that our School Board open up the hiring process and seek applications.

Maybe the necessary changes, that will help us see things in a different way,  will come from some innovative administrator outside of New Hampshire???????

At least, the School Board owes it to us to go out and look…

Remember, the next vote is just 12 short months away!

 

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Half Century of data…Money is not the solution! Vote No! Stop playing the “School Funding Shell Game.” Part I

NH SED PENDING 50 YEARS

February 23, 2019

We are fortunate enough to have people among us who analyze data and construct visuals to help us understand. In New Hampshire Ian Underwood is one of those people!

Ian’s “NH School Funding Shell Game” is a must read.

Above you will find nearly a half century of data, compiled by the Cato Institute, showing the enormous cash investment made in education resulting in absolutely no improvement in student achievement,

Ian provides us with a look at how school district spending has changed since the Claremont Decision.

The chart below; spending before Claremont is in blue and spending after Claremont in gold.

Note all districts today (even the most cash poor districts then) are spending more money NOW, than the richest school districts were before Claremont…with no measurable improvement in student achievement.

NH SPENDING SINCE CLAREMONT

DO YOU STILL THINK MONEY IS THE ANSWER!?!

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10 Years $75,418; Tax Note Borrowing Interest paid to Banks…Could the Optional Fiscal Year have saved us from this expense???

Good Governance

February 16, 2010

Let me be clear…I support looking into the Optional Fiscal Year! Here’s why;

Henniker’s fiscal year runs from January 1st to December 31st. The 2019 budget will be  passed at Town meeting in March.

First tax bill for new budget will not go out until June…and must be paid bu July 1st.

In essence, the Town of Henniker is billing in arrears…So for the first six months of each year the Town of Henniker BORROWS money (line of credit) from a bank to pay our bills.

The interest we pay to the bank can be found in the Annual Report, Financials, MS 6 Town Budget, (after 2013 MS 636) account #4723. (read here)

RSA 31:94-a allows for towns to adopt what is called the Optional Fiscal Year…July 1st to December 31st. The semi-annual  billing would stay the same, but the budget would be approved at a May annual meeting.

With the new fiscal year, the June billing provides cash at the very beginning of the fiscal year. The December billing then provides cash six months later when we are in the middle of the fiscal year, rather than at the end of the fiscal year.

The New Hampshire Municipal Association (NHMA) (Henniker is a member Town) advises that, “This change in cash flow virtually eliminates the need for short-term tax anticipation note borrowing.” (read here)

I have brought this up to the Select Board numerous times. Each time the Select Board defers to Mr. Roy the finance director. His opinion is in direct contradiction to that of the NHMA…

NHMA reported in 2006 that eleven cities and seventeen towns in New Hampshire have adopted RSA 31:94-a…I wonder what their experience has been??? Have they saved MONEY???

Why are we NOT looking into this????

I support hearing what these other towns have to say about this matter….

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How about that! Newport’s Select Board shows some leadership! Ring the Bell Henniker!

ABOUT TIME (Copy) (2)

Hennikurians…Let not your hearts be troubled!

Apparently, the Newport Select Board should be invited here to teach a seminar on LEADERSHIP!….

“Select Board Chair Jeff Kessler accused the School Board of lacking financial discipline to which Selectman Todd Fratzel agreed, saying it was the worst budget he had seen. Quoting from the NH School Board Association’s guide book, he urged school officials to do their job, which is “To balance the needs of the children with the ability of the taxpayers to provide them.”

Hmmm…something we here @ onlyhennikerbruce.com have been advocating for quite sometime…encouraging our own Select Board Chairperson to under take this endeavor!

And, once the bruised ego’s over there have healed…something might just happen.

I call it a WIN for the most important folks in the room… THE VOTERS!

Read here about what our hearts ache for..page one

Hat tip to the Town of Newport…necessity is the mother of invention!

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Wise Old Owl…school employee contracts…Are you Nuts! Just Vote NO!

A WISE OLD OWL II (Copy)

February 3, 2019

“Christopher Robin and I walked along….Under branches lit up by the moon…Posing our questions to Owl and Eeyore…As our days disappeared all too soon…” (Kenny Loggins;Return To Pooh Corner”

Owl stands so magnificent and reserved…he leans over and whispers to me these scholarly words…

  • ” I’ve learned the voters will be voting on almost $ 6,000,000 of School Budget in two separate warrant articles. AND….if passed the budget cannot be reduced for three years. Or, as the School Board annually harps on, those numbers are “ out of their control” and the voters control for years once the voters approve the contracts.
    In other words….approve the contracts this year and nothing to think about for the next three years. It’s out of everyone’s hands!”
  • “I’ve learned that the Master Agreement for Henniker teachers includes language which provides for stipends to be paid to teachers for 26 quasi-administrative positions, totaling $23, 800 excluding retirement payments to the State. A list of these positions can be found on page 33 of the proposed Master Agreement ( 2019-2022)…”
  • “I’ve learned that the “ early retirement” language in the Henniker teachers contract Master Agreement provides for a bonus check to teachers who retire with more than 10 years of service in the district. I’ve also learned that that bonus check can potentially exceed $43,000.”
  • “I have learned that the process of determining what are the appropriate levels of funding to provide for the “common good” is very often dependent on what seat you occupy…”
  • “I have learned that some budgets and collective bargaining agreements are brought forth to the body politic by elected governing boards who are unaware of what is in the documents…”
  • “I have learned that sometimes direct question that are germaine coming from the audience are often either not answered or obfuscated by a lengthy dissertation ending nowhere…”
  • “I have learned that ardent supporters of the Town budget blame the School Budget for the excessive tax burden. Conversely, I have learned that the ardent supporters of the School Budget blame the Town budget. Of course, as previously mentioned, there is general consensus that the State is to blame…”
  • “I have learned that the majority of time spent at these meetings is focused on past mistakes and current financial consternation…”

“What do you know…There’s so much to be done…Count all the bees in the hive…Chase all the clouds from the sky!”

The Henniker Teacher’s contract can be found here.

The Henniker Community School Support Staff contract can be found here.

Ahhhh…thank you wise old owl… I am grateful for all of the things you have done…!

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Just say NO to Utter madness! Osgood disregards promises to tax payers..thinks Azalea Park should get $10,00 now and $750,000…

osgood spending plan

January 28, 2019 onlyhennikerbruce

Utter madness! Osgood disregards promises to tax payers..thinks Azalea Park should get $10,00 now and $750,000…

Apparently, Mr. Osgood is not concerned about having the 8th highest tax rate in the state…a below state average Median Household Income. He must be content      with delaying and deferring infrastructure repair and replacements projects.

Why else would he put forth such a absurd warrant article calling for the town to start funding the Azalea park project and say he believes that we should fund to $775,000?

Thank goodness….Select-board members, Tia Hooper and Kris Blomback pointed out that property tax payers were promised that Azalea Park Project was not to use property tax $$$ (totally funded through donations and fund raising) and voted NO to Mr. Osgood’s absurd spending request!

The infrastructure in this town need a lot of work. The School District Budget  is out of control. Two Contracts if approved will increase that budget over the next three years a minimum of 6%. Which means a budget total of $8,4000,00 by 2022.

And the Town’s Operating Budget is looking at a 10% increase….can your family budget afford all of this?

 

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