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Lyndeborough looking to contract with Wilton for prosecutorial services

LYNDEBOROUGH — Select Board members are studying a proposal to have lawyer Benjamin Maki, who handles legal prosecutions for the town of Wilton, take on the same duties for Lyndeborough under a contract with Wilton.

At Wednesday’s Select Board meeting, Lyndeborough Officer in Charge Rance Deware gave board members a draft of a proposed contract, which he said was based on a model used successfully in Littleton. The contract calls for Maki, who is employed by Wilton, to handle prosecution for Lyndeborough of misdemeanors, motor vehicle violations and other cases that would be within the jurisdiction of the 9th Circuit Court in Milford. Wilton would also have the right to assign a different prosecutor with seven days written notice.

The contract calls for Lyndeborough to pay Wilton $7,800 annually for Maki’s services.

The possibility of contracting with Wilton has been under discussion for some time, including at a joint meeting of the Wilton and Lyndeborough Select Boards in January. At that time, Wilton Police Chief Brent Hautanen said the annual fee appeared to be appropriate given the number of cases and type of cases that come out of Lyndeborough. Hautanen and Deware were asked to develop an outline of an agreement, which is what Deware gave the board last week.

The proposal called for the agreement to start on April 1, but at the suggestion of the newest Select Board member, Fred Douglas, the board tabled discussion, so that board members would have a chance to read through the proposal prior to their next meeting.

In other business:

∎  Select Board member Kevin Boette was elected to serve as chair, replacing Arnie Byam, who remains on the board, along with Douglas.

∎ The board recommended that the state Department of Health and Human Services appoint Carylyn McEntee, the town’s emergency management director, to serve as health officer. Town Administrator Kate Thorndike said McEntee is unable to accept payment for the job, but plans to use the $500 budgeted as a stipend for travel and training purposes.

e_STnS“The health officer can be a very important position,” Douglas said. “If you make a mistake, you can end up with a real problem for the town. Training is essential.”

∎ Thorndike reported on an audit conducted during the week by a representative of the New Hampshire Department of Labor.

“In a nutshell, she said we were in very good shape,” Thorndike said. She said most of the violations cited had to do with incomplete paperwork in employee files, and she was taking steps to rectify those. Boette asked it the town would be facing any fines and Thorndike said that would be a decision of the Department of Labor. Boette urged her to update records promptly in case the town had to appeal any fines.

Dave Anderson can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 233 or danderson@ledgertranscript.com. He’s on Twitter at @DaveAndersonMLT.

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