2012 was a busy year for the Selectmen with the hiring of our new Town Manager Becky Merrow taking place in April with the signing of an employment contract.
Becky has done an excellent job in getting to know the Selectmen, Department heads, employees the Towns infrastructure, ongoing and projected projects. Her experience in grant writing and being a former Town Administrator had been of great value to the Town this year, as it will be in the future.
Again this year the administration team and Selectmen have worked hard to maintain level spending. Common sense spending and seeking additional revenues have made this possible.
New this year, the Selectmen and the School Board have been meeting quarterly to develop a positive relationship between the two Boards. Some areas of discussion that have taken place are Safe Routes to School Program, the drain ditch for the south end of the ball fields to the Connecticut River, and possible bulk purchasing on various items. The board feels these meetings during the year have been very productive in creating the positive relationship goal. We look forward to continuing this program next year and in the future.
Three public hearings were held by the Board of Selectmen this year:
- To act on water rate increases to address a fair formula and to make the Water Department soluble. After the hearing the Selectmen voted to implement the new rate structure to take effect January 2013.
- To accept Harrys Way as a Town Road. After the hearing the Selectmen voted in the affirmative. The project went out to bid and was completed for the winter season.
- To allow portions of in Town Street and out of Town Road for use of ATV’s. The Selectmen voted in favor of the map as presented in hopes of bringing ATV’s to support businesses in Colebrook.
The Selectmen again thank all Town employees for the productive work and taking an interest in the Town.
Colebrook is very fortunate to have many volunteers serving different boards and committees, without their continuing commitment and hard work Colebrook would not be the great Town it is. The Board thanks you for your services.
The Board would also like to thank the Citizens of Colebrook for letting us serve you throughout the year.
The Selectmen meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Selectmen’s room, in the Town hall. Meetings are public and we urge your attendance and input.
As once said “Don’t ask what the Town can do for you, ask what you can do for your Town.”
Rossiter Holt - Chairman
Board of Selectmen