Natural fertilizer on the table

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, September 14, 2017

Town officials in Jaffrey are discussing the possibility of using natural fertilizers on town property next year.

Town Manager Jon Frederick told the Select Board Monday that he has been talking about natural fertilizers with Katsura Landscaping LLC, of Jaffrey, the company the town contracts for such purposes.

"The issue was brought to my attention as soon as I got here," said Frederick, in an interview Tuesday afternoon. "We have selected a path we would like to pursue."

Frederick said no formal decisions have been made, as the town is still awaiting cost estimates for a change over. Frederick said the current path would involve an initial chemical fertilization and pre-immersion process in the spring, followed by the use of natural fertilizers throughout the summer. The annual process would end with aeration and overseeding. 

Frederick said chemicals would still be used to start the process, as that follows best management practices. 

In other business:

The board ratified collective bargaining agreement proposals for the Jaffrey Police Department and Department of Public Works. Both CBAs will offer two-percent salary increases in 2018 and 2019, among other changes. With the board and each union having ratified the CBAs, final approval will now go to Town Meeting next March. 

The board spoke with Rob Stephenson of the Jaffrey Meetinghouse Committee, who said the meetinghouse should be re-roofed by the end of October. Stephenson said a few loose ends still had to be tied up with the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP), which has awarded the project a grant of up to $54,600, representing half of the project's cost. 

The board approved two resolutions relative to the roofing project: one to shut down Blueberry Lane during construction and another committing to the land trust standards and practices set forth by LCHIP. 

The Police Department was authorized to use $4,300 from the police special detail revolving fund to purchase a mobile radio for cruiser two. 

The board also acknowledged Police Sgt. Scott Stevens, who is retiring after 28 years. 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.