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Animal control officer to start shelter

  • Over a foot of snow covered the Monadnock Region Tuesday, delaying town meeting and elections, including in Temple. Staff photo by Brandon Latham—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, March 16, 2017

The animal control department in Temple is finally getting an animal shelter.

The shed-like building will be on the land of Animal Control Officer Jen Rheaume on West Road. Rheaume addressed the Temple Select Board at their Monday meeting to discuss the plan.

“I actually went out to your site and it looks good,” Selectman Gail Cromwell said. “I think it’s a really good idea.”

As part of her duties as animal control officer, Rheaume rescues loose animals regularly, including house cats and dogs, officials said. She budgeted for the materials to build a shed last year, but due to other circumstances it did not happen. It is now too late to spend last year’s excess budget on a project for this year.

Rheaume wanted to ask for the additional funding at Saturday’s Town Meeting, but Cromwell said it might be easier to take the money from other relevant budget lines to avoid tying up debate at the meeting.

“My department budget tends to have money left over at the end of the year anyway,” Rheaume said.

Supplies for the shelter will cost an estimated $1,327, according to a quote from Belletete’s. The department already has some of the necessary equipment, including windows and chainlink for a fence. The shelter, to be constructed by volunteers, will measure 10-feet-by-12-feet.

The Select Board met at 4 p.m. Monday instead of its usual Tuesday evening time because of planned town elections. Of course, blizzard conditions led to postponing the ballot votes, officially part one of town meeting, until today. The voting will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

In addition to the animal control budget, the board discussed the upcoming Town Meeting and ongoing situation with Wilton Ambulance.

Town meeting is Saturda at 10 a.m. at Temple Elementary School. Members of the board took time to plan their roles and anticipate issues, including with petition articles that would reaffirm the town’s commitment to the U.S. Bill of Rights.

They also discussed the future of Temple’s relationship with Wilton Ambulance. A meeting of the association, which includes Temple, Wilton and Lyndeborough, was delayed. Temple officials remain concerned about whether Wilton could choose to go independent, which Wilton has said is not likely. One option would be to investigate what contracting with Peterborough would entail. Another would be to stick with Lyndeborough, which says it has a contingency plan.

Temple officials hope to have an updated contract for the year soon.