RMS parents must park elsewhere

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, September 14, 2017

Rindge Selectmen have officially directed the town’s department of public works to place no parking or standing signs on School Street.

The decision was made Wednesday during a regularly scheduled Select Board meeting after some debate. The signs will be placed from the edge of the Rindge Memorial School parking lot along the sidewalk to the horse sheds near the Rindge Meeting House. 

“I think we have a problem and I don’t know the solution. Where are they going to go,” said Selectwoman Roberta Oeser, who said she softened her position on the matter after speaking with some local parents who were concerned about where they would go to be able to pick up and drop off their kids.

The issue was initially brought forth after the Rindge Fire Department were recently had trouble getting a rescue vehicle to the elementary school due to the congestion formed by parents picking up and dropping their kids off.

Due to not having as many parking spots, some parents park on the side of the road, with others waiting in the lane of the road for an opportunity to get into the school’s parking lot. 

Town Administrator Joe Byk announced that he would soon be able to offer a recommendation for a new executive secretary. Six applicants had applied for the position. 

Byk also asked if the board would have any interest in setting a budget goal. Byk said he was approached by some department heads, who asked for direction in forming their budget proposals. 

The board decided to not set any goals, saying the department heads should be budgeting what they need and aiming to keep the budget flat. After receiving the different department budgets, the board could then look at the totality of the budget to decide where to cut if they felt it was warranted. 

Finance Director Ellen Smith’s contract has been renewed for a three-year period. 

Craig Clark was appointed as an alternate for the trustees of the trust funds for a period of one year. 

The board appointed David Pugh to the role of deputy fire chief and Deb Douglas to the role of deputy EMS chief. 

The board rescinded the requirement for a roofing permit for single and double family homes. 

Selectmen said the regularly scheduled meeting for Sept. 20 will not happen, as two members would not be able to attend. A meeting may be held on Wednesday, Sept. 13, should it need to be called. 

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