DEADLINE FRIDAY 4.19.19: Budget Committee Vacancy

Due to a pre-term resignation, there is an open seat on the Budget Committee. Under NH RSA 32 Section 15(VII) “vacancies shall be filled by appointment by the budget committee.” The Budget Committee is requesting qualified Rollinsford residents with interest in filling the Rollinsford Budget Committee vacancy to contact the Town Administrator with a letter or email indicating they are qualified to serve as an at-large member on the budget committee (i.e., they are resident of the Town, not employed by the Town, and not a representative of other Town committees or boards that would disqualify them). Letters may be dropped off at the town office or emailed to the Town Administrator.

Interested candidates should indicate in the letter or email why they wish to serve on the Budget Committee and what skills and experience they would bring to the committee. The term will last until the next annual election in March 2020.

Candidates must indicate their interest in serving on the Budget Committee by Friday, April 19, 2019 at 5:00 PM. Candidates will be asked to attend a Budget Committee meeting to be held on April 24, 2019 at 6:30 PM in the Rollinsford Town Hall. Brief interviews will be held with each prospective candidate. The Budget Committee will then select one candidate to fill the vacancy.

Budget Committee Vacancy

Due to a pre-term resignation, there is an open seat on the Budget Committee. Under NH RSA 32 Section 15(VII) “vacancies shall be filled by appointment by the budget committee.” The Budget Committee is requesting qualified Rollinsford residents with interest in filling the Rollinsford Budget Committee vacancy to contact the Town Administrator with a letter or email indicating they are qualified to serve as an at-large member on the budget committee (i.e., they are resident of the Town, not employed by the Town, and not a representative of other Town committees or boards that would disqualify them). Letters may be dropped off at the town office or emailed to the Town Administrator.

Interested candidates should indicate in the letter or email why they wish to serve on the Budget Committee and what skills and experience they would bring to the committee. The term will last until the next annual election in March 2020.

Candidates must indicate their interest in serving on the Budget Committee by Friday, April 19, 2019 at 5:00 PM. Candidates will be asked to attend a Budget Committee meeting to be held on April 24, 2019 at 6:30 PM in the Rollinsford Town Hall. Brief interviews will be held with each prospective candidate. The Budget Committee will then select one candidate to fill the vacancy.

 

The Town Needs Your Help!

Towns provide many functions. Some of them are more visible to residents than others. Some are required and others are more discretionary. Some of the functions are provided by volunteers. Rollinsford needs more volunteers. Many of the appointments to the boards and committees are expiring in March. We will be voting to fill some of them. Others are appointed by the Select Board right after Town Meeting. Thank you to all of the people who dedicated their time in service to our community this past year. The following are boards and committees on which volunteers serve.  Please read the brief excerpts about them and consider offering your name to be considered for appointment. Each has its own level of commitment which often is not very much time per month. Come meet more of your neighbors!

Planning Board

Meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00pm. This is an essential function we must offer to property owners wishing to subdivide or develop their property, start or expand a business or change the use of a property, for example. There is typically no outside work required and meetings are typically not more than two hours. Members should become familiar with the Zoning Ordinance and other planning regulations. There are two vacancies for full-memberships and one alternate position open.

Zoning Board of Adjustment

Meets at the call of the Chairperson when there is a case to be heard (typically 3-5 times per year). This is an essential function we must offer to property owners who feel aggrieved by a land use decision made by the Planning Board, Town or planning regulations. It is a quasi-judicial body.

Conservation Commission

The group manages the conservation land along the Salmon Falls River known as Scoutland, the area beyond the community garden on Foundry Street, and discusses topics important to our natural environment. Some development requires a review by the Conservation Commission and their opinions can inform planning regulations.

Space Needs Committee

This committee worked hard for two years to determine a location for the police department. It was their recommendation to build a new facility to include the town office on Silver Street. This option was not put on the ballot this year. The Select Board will create a new charge for this group to address questions about the condition of the town hall and cost to renovate, locations for a potential police station and other ways we could potentially move forward to meet the needs of the Police Department.

Recreation Committee

These volunteers are the super heroes who recreated the summer recreation program which would otherwise have been discontinued just a few years ago. Recreation could not function without this group. They also manage the youth basketball program and are exploring options for senior programming.

Highway Safety Committee

This group only meets when there is a topic for discussion. They meet to discuss matters of public safety including, but not limited to traffic concerns. They make recommendations to the Select Board regarding roadways, when appropriate.

Stormwater Committee

This committee is necessary for keeping the Town compliant with our MS-4 permit which allows us to discharge stormwaterinto the Salmon Falls River. This is a federal permit which obligates the Town to engage in public outreach and public engagement regarding public activities which pollute waterways as well as water testing and data compilation.

Energy Committee

There are many ways in which the Town could save money with renewable energy. The specific charge of the committee has not yet been created but we know we could change street lights to LED’s or install solar panels on town buildings for example. The Select Board cannot make decisions without people presenting options and associated costs.

Historical Committee

We live in a small town with a lot of history. This group meets monthly to discuss topics of historical significance to Rollinsford and the Salmon Falls region. You don’t have to be an expert on local history to join, just interested in learning, sharing, and preserving the fascinating stories of our town. This group is flexible in making the most of each member’s strengths and interests and setting meetings to work for all members. They provide educational programs, history hikes (2 a year), and in 2019, plan to take on the first (modest!) restoration project, so handy people are especially welcome! 

Budget Committee Meeting 1.23.19

The Budget Committee will be meeting on Wednesday, January 23rdat 6:30pm at the Town Hall.

The Committee will discuss and vote on the Town operating budget, and Town warrant articles that have a financial component, and Rollinsford Water and Sewer Department warrant articles that have a financial component.

Filing Info for 2019 Board & Committee Openings

Declaration of Candidacy is available at Town Office for the following positions:

  • One Select Board member and overseer of the poor for (3) three year term;
  • One Town Treasurer for (1) one year term;
  • One Chief of the Fire Department for (1) one year term;
  • Three members of the Budget Committee for (3) three year term;
  • One Trustee of the Trust Funds for (3) three year term;
  • One Trustee of the Library Trust for (3) three year term;
  • One Trustee of the Cemetery Trust for (3) three year
  • One Supervisors of the Checklist for (2) year term
  • Three Surveyors of the Wood and Lumber for (1) year term;
  • One Fence Viewer for (1) year term;
  • One Tree Warden for (1) year term;
  • Two members of the Parks and Recreation for (1) year term

The filing period opens January 23, 2019 and closes February 1, 2019

Town Office business hours: Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri 9-1 am and Thurs 3-7 pm

Special Sign-up Session will be held: Friday, February 1, 2019 from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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

 

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