Western Ave. Rebuild Project Out of Control…Town Administrator’s Project Reports Not Accurate!

PROJECT MANAGEMENT The BOS has lost control of the Western Ave. rebuild project! The headline in this week’s Messenger newspaper says it all: NON-COMPLIANCE (read here).

In a stunning development, The Messenger is reporting that Town Administrator (TA) Christine Trovato’s report to the BOS have been less than accurate;

      “Compounding the situation, a more serious matter arose last week. A few weeks ago, the Board was informed that the concrete head-walls Road Agent Tom Weston ordered for the project did not match the culverts to be inserted into them, requiring extra time and expense to enlarge the openings. The Board asked the Town Administrator to look into the cause and report back. In an apparent effort to protect Weston, Trovato informed the Board that all headwalls are the same size and need to be enlarged on site, a statement Mitchie Corp, supplier of the headwalls, later adamantly refuted, saying they delivered what was ordered which were improperly installed. A spokesman further stated that Trovato never checked back with them when the problem arose.”

This is not the first time the TA’s actions have been called into question. On several occasions this blog has uncovered situations where policy has not been followed. (read here) (read here)

The time has come for the BOS to take definitive action. I think we all know what needs to be done here… 

 

 

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“Older Person” toilet jokes crosses the line Planning Board…Now what???

STINKS (Copy) At the April Planning Board meeting during a discussion about expanding the “Older Person” housing ordinance a joke was made about the bathroom habits of the elderly.

The reaction of the board members is quite disturbing:

So sad to see a Selectman and Planing Board members laughing so hardheartedly at this form of base humor.

What say you voting public?

“There are things public officials would never do if they thought somebody might call them out on it.”

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Planning Board Chair Dean Tirrell keeps everyone in the dark…Fails to use tax payer supported web page to inform public…Select Women Hooper fails to advise board of their duty to inform????

A HENNIKER PLANNING BOARD (Copy) Henniker has acquiesced to calls for transparency and has finally begun posting some supporting documents for the Board of Selectmen meetings

One would think that Select Women Hooper would take this initiative over to the Planning Board, where she is the BOS representative, and advocate for the planning Board to do the same.

Apparently not! (agenda)

It would appear that the concept of transparency and participation is not embraced by the Planning Board’s new chairman, Mr. Dean Tirrell.

The June 14, 2017 agenda had a few noteworthy items. I would think that the 202/127 intersection information would be worth repeating at any opportunity.

And, I wonder what Zoning Changes they were talking about last night? As we all have found out…zoning ordinance and planning board policy compliance is not exactly being asked of everyone.

Colby Hill Inn for example. Expansion and creation of their Bar Barn has fail to comply with town policy…and no one seems to care.

If Colby Hill Inn is considered a non-conforming commercial use then any expansion or alteration of their property must go before the Zoning Board for review:

Zoning Regulations; 133-72 Non-conforming Uses Alterations: Alteration, expansion or change of a     non-conforming use or structure shall only be permitted by Special Exception by the Zoning Board of Adjustment if it finds that….

 

If compliant the Colby Hill Inn is required to go before the Planning Board for Site Plan review:

Planning Board Chapter 203; 203-3 Applicability
A.General- Subject to the exceptions stated below, these regulations apply to any of the
following actions, regardless of whether the action includes a subdivision or re-subdivision of the site:
1.Any new commercial,industrial, multi-family development of land (including,
but not limited to, the construction of any building, any addition to a building, any
other structure, or parking areas).
2.Any Change of Land Use, as described below.
3.Any expansion of the physical size of an existing non-residential land use.
B.Definition-A “Change of Land Use” occurs when there is a change in the quality,
character, or intensity of the use of a building or site, such that there is likely
to be a noticeable impact on the neighborhood or the town. A Change of Land Use may occur even though the general classification of use remains the same and even if the proposed change does not involve construction. A Change of Land Use is determined from the most recent use to the proposed use.
The standards of review listed in Article V of these regulations also indicate the kinds of impacts that would be considered in determining whether a Change of Land Use would occur.
OHB is amazed at how our board members just fail recognize they have a duty to follow procedures that will insure public awareness. Why  is that Mr. Tirrell??? Ms. Hooper???

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WATER USERS…your next bill will be ($$$/gallon yet unknown and not posted) determined by the electronic water meters!

COST OF GOVERNMENT (Copy) Approximately five weeks from now the residents who have town water will be getting their first water bills determined by the electronic water meters.

Review of the posted minutes reveals that the $$$/gallon is yet unknown to the public. (read here)

What we do know from those minutes is this, “Chief Operator Bumford has been running different formulas for billing purposes.” (page 2) Whatever that means?????

We respectfully request that the town post the $$$/gallon rates as soon as possible.

Good luck everyone!

 

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$1.5 billion generated by agriculture in NH, $336 M direct sales of agriculture products… a whopping $1.2 Billion attributed to AGRITOURISM…

FARMERS The economic impact trend numbers are pretty clear, Open Space Recreation on NH Farms grew over 300% from 1996 to 2012.

January 1999, the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests published a study detailing the impact Open Space has on NH’s economy.

Agriculture [see Executive Summary table page 1]: Direct income from farm related products in 1996 were $413 M. Direct and Indirect income attributed to Open Space was $377 M.

By 2012, just 5 short years [2007] after the first Agritourism amendment to RSA 21:34 A (read here),  Direct and Indirect income from Open Space Agritourism events  grew by almost 300%, to $1.2 BILLION! (read here)

During that period farms direct sale of farm products dropped slightly to $366 M.

Clearly OPEN SPACE RECREATIONAL Activities play and important role in NH’s overall economy. There should be no doubt that the revenue streams from Agritourism are vital  to our farmer’s survival.

After all…would you want open space or cluster bunched housing???

Does Henniker want  to bring people into Henniker to spend their money and be a player in a $1.2 Billion industry…or not?

By contrast, a Plymouth State study shows that direct and indirect spending by snow mobile activities in 2012 brought in $298 M and independent studies show OHRV-ATV direct and indirect income around $128 M.

We need to wake up and stop destroying ourselves!

 

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Spencer Bennett tattle tails to town…Steve Forster just trying to have an “occasional gathering of people who are well known and share a warm regard for one another”…and his awful neighbor stalks and takes photos!

lousy neighbors Do you want to live in a town where government officials tell you who can come and enjoy your property?

That is exactly what Town Administrator Trovato wrote to Mr. Forster in a letter dated September 1, 2015. Letter from town of Henniker

Today, May 27, 2017 Mr. Forster is doing just what the town told him he could do, have an occasional gathering of family and persons who are well known and share a warm regard for one another and Spencer Bennett sends a letter to the BOS, Planning Board, ZBA, Town Administrator and town attorney alerting all of them that he wasn’t invited to the gathering of family and he is not a person whom anyone shares a warm regard for!

Tough luck Spencer…NO PARTY FOR YOU!

SO BUZZ OFF PAL!!!

This town has some real problems!

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OHB’s phone rings off hook…Cordell Johnston Lectures NH Library Trustees Association on Right-to Know…tells how Henniker’s Planning Board improperly used non-public sessions…

phone-ringing Hat tip to Henniker resident and lawyer extraordinaire Cordell Johnston who gave a wonderful talk to the NH Library Trustees Association on Tuesday May, 23, 2017. Within minutes of the completion of his talk OHB’s office phone began ringing off the hook.

You see there were about 15 bloggers in the room analyzing everything Mr. Johnston had to say.

Mr. Johnston gave the Trustees sound legal advice on Right-to-Know and how to run proper meetings.

He told the story how 20 years ago as a corporate lawyer,  when he first joined Henniker’s Planning Board, the board would  go into a non public session whenever it wanted to discuss things they didn’t want everyone in town to know about. Clearly an improper use of a non-public session.

OHB contacted Mr. Johnston by phone, he told me how he went to an Office of Energy and Planning (OEP) training session, realized right away that the town was improperly using the non-public sessions and promptly set the town straight.

Thanks Cordell!

However, OHB has clearly shown that the town officials has failed to keep up with the times and continues to violate the law regarding the use of emails, text messages and the use of private cell phones…all things that were of little concern back in 1997.

Cordell, OHB challenges you to give your 1 hours talk to the current Henniker officials and all of us in the public. I PERSONALLY WILL PAY YOU FOR YOUR 1 HOUR OF TIME!

Clearly  this town needs your help!

 

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