MACC Base debate continues

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 2/20/2017 11:47:40 PM

The Lyndeborough board of selectmen met Wednesday, Feb. 15, with no new agenda items, but discussed ongoing items including the highway department and Milford Area Communications Center.

The board decided to move forward on developing a new intermunicipal agreement on MACC Base so its propositions are ready before a joint work session on the dispatch center in March.

“Everybody needs to know what’s going on, if they’re being sincere,” Selectman Mark Schultz, the town’s representative to the MACC Base board of governors, said.

Selectboard Chair Lee Mayhew said now is the time to draft a new agreement, as well as to request access to all pertinent proposals for technical improvements to the dispatch system. Wilton is also asking for improved transparency.

Lyndeborough is not a formal member of MACC Base, but is a customer. A new agreement would likely make them a full member with voting power on the board. Wilton, Milford and Mont Vernon are members. All four towns are to have a meeting after town meetings are over to discuss MACC Base’s future.

Two items that have been on Lyndeborough’s Board of Selectmen’s table were removed, at least temporarily Wednesday night. A proposal by the conservation commission to reclassify Scout Road, a class VI road in the western part of town, as a trail to prevent vehicles from eroding it, is being dismissed until further notice. The selectmen requested information from the conservation commission, including input from residents near the road, which has not come through yet.

The selectmen decided to table evaluating the overtime pay system for highway department employees until October, before snowfall next winter.

Town Administrator Russ Boland presented three options at a prior meeting, but the board wants more time to make a decision. Selectmen Fred Douglas said it is best to work with the employees so they are aware of coming changes, but the option the board leaned toward is not very different from current practice, other than clearer language of what storms would count.

“It’s to allow holidays to count to their 40 work hours because they don’t have a choice,” Boland said. “The only difference would be on the liberal interpretation over the years of a ‘winter event.’”

The road manager told the board that vacations are rarely taken in the winter anyway, so their decision can disregard the new “earned time” system that pairs sick, vacation and holiday time under one umbrella.


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