Jaffrey-Rindge Schools can move forward on energy solutions bond

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 4/27/2017 5:51:57 AM

The Jaffrey-Rindge School District has the green light to move forward with a bond of $2.7 million for energy saving equipment upgrades.

Legal counsel advised the school board not to enter into any agreements before the results of March elections were finally ratified. Controversy arose when legislators questioned the validity of those votes, which were postponed from the predetermined meeting day due to snowfall.

The Jaffrey-Rindge Cooperative School Board, and other governing bodies across the state, had to vote to ratify the results on their own, which it did this week.

At the school board’s Tuesday, April 25, meeting at the SAU office in Jaffrey, Vice Chair Charlie Eicher made a motion to ratify the votes of elections in both towns. That motion was approved unanimously by the members in attendance, Chair Laurel McKenzie reported, 6 to 0.

Now that the votes are approved, the board can use its $2.7 million bond to pay for $2.9 million for heating and energy-savings equipment throughout the district, including replacing heating boilers with biomass and backup propane boilers.

Elections across the state were postponed from the established meeting day. Town moderators made the decisions to reschedule in various towns, but officials in Concord have questioned their right to do so, citing RSAs 669:1 and 39:1, which say town elections must be on the second Tuesday of March. Moderators, and other lawmakers, suggest that RSA 40:4 indicates that they do have the authority to postpone elections.

Rindge held its elections on Saturday, March 18, and Jaffrey on Tuesday, March 21.

This is no longer a problem for Jaffrey-Rindge. McKenzie called Tuesday’s public hearing “a very short and easy meeting.”

She did not indicate a timeline for the project, other than noting that it will be on the school board meeting agenda for Monday, May 1. She said the board has moved forward on a letter of intent for the energy project.


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