Mason: In case of storm, town seeks resident list

  • Mason Town Clerk Deb Morrison on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Mason Selectmen Bernard O’Grady, Louise Lavoie and Charles Moser on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 10/12/2016 6:58:24 PM

The Town of Mason is planning an emergency response program to provide welfare checks on its residents in the case of a major weather event or power outage.

Town Clerk Debra Morrison addressed Mason’s Board of Selectmen at its meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 11, to discuss the town’s responsibilities under such a program.

The draft sign-up sheet asks, “We all remember the ice storm of 2008, right?”

In case something like that were to happen again, residents will have the option of being put on a list so the town’s fire, police and highway departments would know to contact or check on them.

“Our hope is to hand these out at the election, before the winter gets bad,” Morrison said.

“If we had a main list we could share it with all the departments.”

The selectmen were wary of the commitment the initiative might imply, but think having a list of elderly people or people with electricity-dependent medical equipment to be aware of will be helpful.

For the plan to be finalized, revisions will be made to the sign-up sheet, which will be handed out but also available online, and the town will have to make specific plans about assigning the task of welfare calls and checks.

“When the town assumes a responsibility that we hadn’t individually given to people before, we have to make sure we assign that responsibility,” Selectman Charles Moser said.

The board went on to discuss possible road work, including to Darling Hill Road between Mason Elementary School and the town offices. Ideally, before paving the road, selectmen hope to wire an internet connection under the road between the two buildings.

It also announced that it has begun scheduling budget meetings with department heads, which will begin soon.


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