Did the Henniker Select Board violate policy? You decide….

confusion-iv The Henniker Select Board’s policy regarding the disposal of surplus equipment (Section III.2) is very clear;

“After making all departments aware of such surplus items, the Town Administrator   may authorize the sale of materials and equipment which he/she and the Department Head determine to be surplus to the needs to the Town where a single item or lot does not exceed One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) in book value.

In cases where such item or lot exceeds One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) in book value, the Board of Selectmen shall approve the sale of such materials.
All such surplus materials shall be disposed of by public auction, including internet auctions or competitive quotations.” (Section III.2 read here)

On Tuesday October 18, 2016 , despite having no report by the Town Administrator determining the “book value” of a certain piece of town property, the board voted to sell that property to Cogswell Springs Water Department Chairman Joe Damour.
Is this good corporate governance? You decide…..

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