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• Summit December 13, 2017--JOURNAL OPINION--Page 5 (continued from page 1)upgrade to the second floor audito- rium" in the Town Hall. "When it is leaders tooktheir customary oppor- completed, it will probably be the tunity to discuss economic condi- largest, air conditionedvenue of its tions in their respective towns, size in the Upper Valley," he said, In Bradford, selectman Ted "We're looking to leverage that into by Ed Ballam UnklesnotedthatHaverhillwasthe more economic activity in the NORTH HAVERHILL--The Woodsville that it not be placed on real beneficiary of the buyout of village core." The auditorium will Haverhill Selectboardtookposses- the court as there are some people Perry's Oil by Osterman Propane. have a capacity of 50 on the stage sion of more than two dozen who clear the snow and play "The good news is that some ofthe and 300 in seats. properties, including some occu- basketball dufing the winter months, empty storefronts [of the former With respect to potential busi, pied homes, by tax deed at its Email: eballam@l'onews.com. Perry's building] are starting to be ness locations, Fairlee is "full up, meeting on Monday night in an filled." with the exception of a so-called effort to collect more than -- Unklesalsomentionedexpan-"brownfield"onRoute5,theformer $100,000 in back taxes, sion at the Bradford offices of Little Colby Block and Citgo gas station. The effort is part two of a plan to Rivers Health Care and the purchase "We'd like to have those lots up and force delinquent taxpayers to pay •S C h O O I of Valley Vista by a national chain of available again," he said. their bills or forfeit their proper- rehabilitation clinics; the buyer, Fairlee is also full up with ties. The first phase was taken at the Meridian Health Care, is consider- respect to housing, where there is lastselectboardmeetingonNov.27 (continuedfrompage l) ingBradfordasapossibleadminis- zero vacancy. ,,Places come avail_ RiverBend snoeerRi deet vi when the board took 23 parcels, all trative hub in the Northeast. able, and within a week they're exclusively undeveloped and lo- future meeting. Don Mitchell from Piermont usuallyrentedbywordofmouth,"he cared in Mountain Lakes. The boardalso spent abit of time reported that the selectboard is said. Haverhill Administrative Assis- discussing some ofthe finer points focused on keeping expenses under Fairlee has two new restaurants, taut Jennifer Collins provided a list of the proposal to combine the control andtaxes low. "and they're both doing extremely of all property that was subject to elementary school and the middle "We're still recovering from well," he said. "We're kind of a taking by tax deeds. The owners of school onthe MorrillDrive campus, summer storms," he said; other victim of our own success." nine properties on that list had made Particularly, theboarddiscussedthe towns in the Cohase region have Jo Lacillade, Haverhill Town acceptable payment arrangements playground that is at the current experienced the same challenge. ' Manager, cited the departure of with Tax Collector Melinda Boutin elementary school and whether it AlmaRoystan of the Newbury Hubert' s Clothing Store as a blow to and avoided takings. One property will be moved to the middle school Selectboard indicated that things Woodsville's downtown, adding to owner was granted an abatement for campus. The board members did not were slow inher town. "There hasn"t the other empty storefronts along a mobile home that was no longer on have a direct answer, but said they been a lot of economic growth in Central Street, but a group is taking the property, need to look at that aspect of the Newbury. We face a lot of some steps to beautify the down- Collins said 16 property owners project, challenges like other small towns; town and make it more attractive to were granted waivers at this time On that same line, Rutherford we do have an industrial park, butthe prospective businesses to locate because there were questions about asked if anyone had asked the town lumber mill that was in there has there. proper notification or other legal officials if the town-owned land in closed; the other businessesthat are "This past weekend we had a issues. She explained that the the industrial park, across from in there are busy." Christmas treelighting, whichwas owners must still pay their taxes or White MountainBiodiesel wouldbe Roystan mentioned a few solar very nicely attended," she said. She be subject to taking by tax deed in available for the school to use a energy projects in the town, and at reported that an existing company, the future, soccer andplayfields, least °he new h°me'based businessl El:ik' s Automotive, will be moving The board voted unanimously to Guy said there are many people She said that the pharmacy in Wells to the business park from its current take 12 parcels of land only with the who will want to know about the River closed and moved over to the location on Clark Pond Road. majority of those in Mountainplayground situation before voting Shaw' s Supermarket in Woodsville, A representative from Orford Lakes. affirmatively for any long-term butthe lunch counterhas reopened reported that the senior housing Cohase Chamber of Commerce economic development meeting on There were seven mobile homes building plans, this week, and it seems to be very project at Orford Academy was Dec. 5. The annual event features regional business, education, and taken by the selectboard on Monday The long-range building corn- busy, and"people arereallygladto approved for a community block political leaders from both New Hampshire and Vermont. night, and another seven properties mittee is planning a public meeting have thatback." JO PHOTO BY PETER TERRY grant but that the town is still with buildings on them, including for the entire community onDec. 21 Other businesses in Newbury, recovering from summer storms. occupied homes, Collins said. in the cafeteria of the Haverhill such as the Happy Hour, Green At the Nov. 27 meeting, Collins Cooperative Middle School. Mountain Monogram, Silly Cow, . ..... said property owners who have their Meanwhile, David Heintz, a and Interstate Battery appear to be property seized by tax deed have 60 music teacher for Woodsville High very busy. days to redeem the deed by paying School and Haverhill Cooperative An official from Fairlee de - 100 percent of the taxes, penalties Middle School, saidhehas starteda scribed "a major cultural facility and any administrative fees the town fundraising program to purchase a incurred trying to collect the taxes, new Boston Piano, designed by After 60 days, the town can sell any Steinway & Sons, for the high of the property taken by tax deed school. The program will allow through an auction or a bidding donors to purchase a"key" of the OCT announces process, piano for $100. 2018 season Since July, Boutinhas collected He said when all 88 keys sell, $232,191.06 inbacktaxesthanksto there would be sufficient funds to BRADFORD-The Old Church Theater hard work and persuasive tactics, purchase a new piano and have 2018 season has been revealed. said board chair Wayne Fortier. money in the bank for about two The five shows planned for next season beging in June with The issue of delinquent taxes years of maintenance and tuning. ' Pride@Prejudice," a faithfulre-telling came to the forefront after residents Theplan, accordingtoHeintz, would oftheclassicnovelwithacomictwistas complained about it at the annual be to move the current Yamaha Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy fall in town meeting in March. The piano at the high school to the love all over again, this time filterex! selectb0, dvowedto do something middle school so bot!t schools through the world of the intemetblO~ to corre~ ~he situation, wouldhave solidworkin~ianos, and chat rooms. It willbe directed b), meetiog, .aidthb // .' .6 liketo GloriaHeidenreich. "*" previous i ix collecti r announced °contribute or 0uld go .... The followingmonthfeatures,' her retirement and left the position towww.whs.steinwayfund.com, mothers," written and directed by Melissa Mann. The original script is by open. Subsequently, theselectboard The board gave Heinz its Mann, a familiar OCT actress.' appointedBoutintofillthevacancy, blessings for the drive and some InAugust, OCTwiUperformapair In other business, the board promised to contribute. listened to a presentation by Jon Email: eballam@jonews.com. Warzocna, from Horizons Engi- neering of Littleton, about the town's sewer line study. Fortier said of one-acts, "The Holding" and "Squish." The former is an intense drama directed by Chris Leary and the latter is a quirky, dark comedy directed by Eli Hunt. the presentation was largely a YANKEE SWAP "AsLongAsWeBothShallLive"by courtesy as the previous contact NORTH HAVERHILL--A YankeeScan Grennan is planned for Sept. 14, SwapwillbeheldinBertha'sRoomatthe 15, 16,21,22,and23.Thisisacomedy- with Horizon Engineering was Horse Meadow Senior Center, North murder-mystery by the writer of last changing. Haverhill, onDec. 22 at 12:45 p.m. Bring year'shit"MakingGodLaugh."Thiswill The board also approved ~i .nd-., gift ($5 value) and be ready to lose it, be co-directed by Ken Hullican and ing $2,243 for gift cards for town swap it or love it. Athene Chadwick. employees, $50 for each of the October wraps up the season with town's 27 full-time employees and the presentation of "With This Ring." $25 for the 29 part-time employees. This drama is the story of a ring that There was also discussion of the EXERCISE CLASS travels over 80 years and of the couples creation of an ice skating rink on the BRADFORD--There is space available that cherish it, lose it and find it. Sheila in the Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Kaplow will direct. basketball court at the Community Friday exercise Class at Orange East 2018 is the first season of OCT's Field in Woodsville using funds Senior Center. The class begins at 9 a.m. temporary retreat to the Bradford earned from the turkey plunge and ends at 10:00. The Tuesday and Regional Community Center across the fundraising event. Thursday exercise class is a strength and street from Pierson Industrial Park. Selectman Chris Luurtsema balance class. asked that if the recreation depart- ment was going to put a rink in HA VE YOUR TO SANTA IN THE ,1"0! EXTENDED LETTER TO SANTA DEADLINE! FRIDAY, DEC. 15 BY 5 EM.! GET YOUR LETTER TO US! 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