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Board member played critical role

To the editor:

Taxpayers of Jaffrey have reason to smile. Let me explain why.

I have had the great pleasure and privilege of working closely with one of your town leaders, Don MacIsaac, current chairman of Jaffrey’s board of selectmen. Don was a critical player in restoring state funding to the environmental state aid grant (SAG) program.

For context, the state had not funded this statutory obligation for nearly five years, and Don was “mad as hell” that no one was doing anything about it. Well, with Don’s leadership and with that of other municipal officials, we did something about it.

The recently passed state budget authorizes the resumption of payments ($9.4 million) to cities and towns for eligible municipal wastewater, public drinking water and landfill closure projects. Jaffrey alone will receive nearly $432,000 over the next two years toward its “state of the art” wastewater treatment facility, which became operational in 2009.

This municipal issue received strong bi-partisan legislative support, and we are extremely appreciative to those legislators who worked very hard on behalf of cities and towns. But I especially wish to recognize Don’s key leadership on this issue affecting 60 municipalities across New Hampshire. Although Don’s “skin in the game” was representing Jaffrey’s interests, he understood well his leadership role in representing all cities and towns. In a very real way, the success of our legislative effort was due to his effective leadership and unwavering commitment to this advocacy campaign. I can only imagine that Don takes the same approach to everything he does for Jaffrey.

Stewardship is the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care. The voters of Jaffrey have trusted Don (and others) to be watchful overseers of taxpayer dollars. Don has undertaken this stewardship role in a very real and meaningful way. Taxpayers of Jaffrey do have reason to smile. Don is on the job.

Thank you, Don, for doing what you do and doing it so well.

Timothy Fortier

New Hampshire
Municipal Association

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