training mentioned in last week’s Sun was done on Lower Suncook Lake.
Barnstead Planning, Zoning and Building Inspector Secretary Hours
Here we go,
certain members of the Budget Committee aimed their uninformed sights on
the position of the Barnstead Planning, Zoning and Building Inspector’s
secretary. Through the budgeting process, these people attempted to
dramatically cut the weekly hours of the secretary, erroneously
believing the office had issued only three building permits during the
previous year. What these people chose not to understand is that while
there were only three building permits issued for new home construction,
there were over four hundred building permits issued for various
renovations and improvements.
Meeting last year, the Chair of the Planning Board, the Chair of the
Zoning Board of Adjustment, the Building Inspector and a co-worker all
spoke strongly against the curtailment of the hours for the secretary.
The voters at Town Meeting supported the secretary and reinstated the
again, this year these members of the Budget Committee have attempted to
reduce the secretary’s hours from thirty hours a week to ten hours a
week. The Budget Committee members who are proposing the cuts have made
no effort to inform themselves of the actual workload at the office.
This is purely a personal vendetta by certain individuals on the Budget
Committee. For their own petty reasons, they are targeting an employee
who is capable, reliable and very valued by the people with whom she
absolutely no reason to cut the hours of this town employee. In fact,
the Budget Committee member that proposed the curtailment of the
secretary’s hours admitted, publicly, that he understood that the effort
would be reversed by the public vote at town meeting, but that he still
felt he needed to propose the cuts. Let’s stop this nonsense and let a
well functioning department continue to operate efficiently.
Zoning Board of Adjustment
February 23rd, Center Barnstead Christian Church will be kicking off its
Men’s Breakfast for 2013. Our resident chef, Kevin Goble, will be
cooking. This is a nondenominational men’s breakfast. All men are
invited to come and enjoy a free breakfast from 7:30 - 8:30 am this
Barnstead Christian Church is located on Route 126, next to the Town
For more information contact the church at 269-8831.
Poker Run And Events
Valley Sno-Riders of the Pittsfield/Barnstead area are getting ready for
their second annual poker run. It will take place Saturday, February
23rd, starting at the PYBA field on Tilton Hill Road in Pittsfield; snow
conditions permitting. There will be a backup date of March 2nd.
Registration will take place from 9 am to 11 am. You will receive your
score card with a map of the route on the reverse side. Cash prizes and
door prizes will be awarded. The Pittsfield Youth Baseball and Soccer
Association will be manning a snack shack on site. With all the snow
that we have, this should be a fun event, so why not plan on joining us.
There will be some parking available for those who wish to trailer to
At the same
time, we are hoping to have some of the groomers available for you to
check out and see the equipment that makes the trails passable and
smooth. Club members may also be available to give spectators
snowmobile rides to give them a quick feel of the joy of snowmobiling.
check our website,
www.suncookvalleysnoriders.com for any information regarding all
events that the club has happening. If you have further questions
regarding the Poker Run call Laura at 435-8729.
Candidates Night will be held on Wednesday, February 27th at the
Barnstead Town Hall at 7:00 p.m. The Oscar Foss Memorial Library in
Center Barnstead is pleased to sponsor this event again this year.
candidates for Town and School offices have been invited to attend and
be on the panel. There are several different Town and School positions
open this year. Come and talk with the candidates. Bring along your
questions and have a chance to hear the candidates speak on the issues.
parking at the Town Hall and also parking behind and beside the Library.
Note: There is no snow date for this program. If the weather conditions
are so terrible that we cannot travel safely, then the program will be