SB2 Information

 SB2 is Here.   Now What?

Budget Public Hearing, Deliberative Session and Voting

The Town of Rollinsford has voted to institute the Official Ballot Referenda, or “SB 2”.  This is a new form of town meeting, consisting of two sessions – the deliberative session and the vote.  Your attendance at all of the meetings is important.

But wait! Before we vote, this Saturday, January 12that 9:00am at the Grade School will be the Budget Committee’s public hearing on the Town and Water and Sewer District budgets. The Budget Committee will hear public comment then meet immediately following the public hearing to decide whether or not to modify the budget based on what they heard at the public hearing.

The first session of Town Meeting (yes, it is still called that, it’s just a different form now) is the deliberative session and is scheduled for 9:00 am on  Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the Grade School.  This is the closest equivalent to the town meeting you are used to.  This will be the only time you can voice your opinion and offer amendments to the proposed operating budget and warrant articles presented. Any warrant article language or dollar amount may be modified by the registered voters present.

At the second session (the vote), the polls will be open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Tuesday, March 12, 2019 for the ballot vote on the budget and warrant articles as amended at the first session.  This is a vote only – discussion and amendments cannot occur.  Should the proposed operating budget fail, and a special meeting is not called to reconsider this, a “default budget” is automatically adopted.  The “default budget” is the same as the prior year’s budget with certain adjustments per state statute. The law does not allow reconsideration of votes cast on warrant articles other than the operating budget.

Date correction (from initial publication in the newsletter mailed with tax bills):

 

Want to Know Where Your Tax Dollars Go?

To be informed, express your own opinions, find out what others think and help spend our tax money wisely, you will want to attend the deliberative sessions to review the proposed budget warrant articles for the town and the school. The town deliberative session will be on Saturday, February 2, 2019at 9:00 am and the school deliberative session will be held on Tuesday, February 5, at 6 pm.  Both will be held at the Rollinsford Grade School (RGS). Public hearings on these budgets  are scheduled for Saturdays, January  5 & 12, 9 am RGS

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS

The Town of Rollinsford Select Board will be holding two public hearings on Monday, January 14, 2019 at the Rollinsford American Legion on Foundry Street. The first, at 6:00 pm, will be regarding the bonding of approximately $2.4 million dollars for a new combined Police Station/Town Office facility at 472 Silver Street. The second will commence at 6:30 pm or immediately following the previous public hearing and will address proposed changes to the Housing Standards Ordinance in reference to nuisance properties. Details of both proposals are available at the town office.

The Select Board’s regular weekly meeting will commence immediately following the public hearings at the same location.

Town Administrator Announcement

The Select Board has been operating with less than optimal administrative support. This was validated by the report of the Ad Hoc Town Manager Committee which is viewable here.

Faced with the choice between a Town Manager and a Town Administrator, the Select Board decided that a Town Administrator was the best first-step for Rollinsford. A future Board could certainly advocate to change the form of government to a Town Manager but this Board felt that keeping the current form of government and adding an Administrator was more appropriate. This will keep more authority with the Select Board, easing Rollinsford into this change in administration.

Last night the Select Board took the historic step of appointing Caroline Kendall to the new position of Town Administrator. This was an action that took many months of deliberation. The Board has felt as though it was time, after years of conversation and bemoaning the lack of administrative support, to take this important step. This will not immediately solve any administrative support problems as it is only a change in title. The goal is, with the passing of the budget, to hire a part-time bookkeeper to assist Caroline and free her time to fulfill more Town Administrator duties.

Caroline has served on the School Board, Budget Committee, CIP Committee prior to her employment with the Town. She has also served on the Planning Board and is a Water and Sewer District Commissioner. This past December Caroline graduated summa cum laude from the University of New Hampshire with her Masters of Public Administration. The Board wanted to recognize that many of the functions Caroline has been filling are Town Administrator duties. With her job experience, prior board and committee experience and her education, we felt it was logically the next step in the progression of advancing administrative support for the Town.

Here is a link to the job description for this position. Note that it is long and very comprehensive. The Board addressed in our offer letter to Caroline that we fully understand that without additional support there are many functions that will continue to go unserved. However, we felt as though it is important for us all to recognize what this job should be and what we are striving to achieve.

Most employees who currently report directly to the Board will continue to do so. The only change in organizational structure is that the Building Inspector, Janitor, minute-takers and Bookkeeper (should that new position get approved) will report directly to Caroline.

We hope that you will embrace Caroline in this new position. This is a transition period and we are all learning as we go. The Board is committed to evaluating the situation as it evolves and hope that you all will offer Caroline your congratulations and support.

School Board Notice: Important 2019 Dates

Please mark the following dates on your calendar in preparation for the upcoming vote in March 2019. Attending the deliberative session will ensure that your voice is heard during deliberations and that you will be informed for voting day.  

January 8: Submission deadline for petitioned warrant articles
January 23 – February 1: Filing period to run for school district officer positions
February 5: School Budget Deliberative Session. 6 PM at RGS. Please note that this is a Tuesday.
March 12: Voting day

Details on all upcoming dates:

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 – Deadline for Submitting Petitioned Warrant Articles

Petitioned warrant articles for the Rollinsford SB-2, 1st Session, should be submitted to the SAU 56 office: 51 West High Street, Somersworth, NH. For more information, call 603-692-4450.

January 23, 2018 – February 1, 2019: Filing Period for School District Officers

The following positions will be on the ballot:

School District Moderator- One Year  
School District Clerk- One Year      
School District Treasurer- One Year    
School Board Member- Three Year

If you wish to run for an open position, please pick up an application at the SAU 56 office (M-F 8:00-4:00): 51 West High Street, Somersworth, NH.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019Rollinsford School Budget Deliberative Session

6:00 PM in the RGS gym. Please note that this meeting is on a Tuesday evening. Child care will be provided.

During the deliberative session voters may offer comments and ask questions about the proposed budget and warrant articles for the 2019-2020 school year, as well as propose and vote on amendments.

Snow date: February 9, 2019 at 9:00 AM

Tuesday, March 12, 2019: VOTING DAY

See you at the polls!

Meet our new administrators! Visithttp://bit.ly/schoolboardfaq for profiles of our new school and district administrators. The School Board will also be preparing FAQs about the proposed school budget and warrant articles and will post them on the same web page. Stay tuned!

Employment Opportunity: Budget Committee Secretary

The responsibilities of the position include:

Taking written minutes of the Budget Committee meetings
Attending all Budget Committee meetings
Video recording meetings

Must have great written communication skills.

The ideal candidate would be available to fill in to take minutes for other board meetings as needed.

The Budget Committee meets quarterly and also almost weekly in the fall on Wednesday nights at the town office at 6:30pm.

If interested, please submit a resume and coverletter to selectboard@rollinsford.nh.us