Rindge selectmen divided on CIP committee appointment

  • Rindge town sign (Nicholas Handy / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 9:17AM

Rindge’s select board was again divided on Wednesday, voting 2-1 to appoint Tom Coneys to the capital improvements program (CIP) committee.

Selectwoman Roberta Oeser was the dissenting vote during the board’s regularly scheduled meeting, saying that she didn’t think Coneys would be a good fit for a board that already has many members. 

“He has not been a strong supporter of capital needs for the town,” said Oeser. “I have no problem with him attending meetings and asking questions, I just think we need a positive attitude [on that committee].”

Select Board chair Jim Qualey and Selectman Robert Hamilton said they don’t always agree with Coney – who is also on the town’s Budget Advisory Committee – but said that his opinions and questions could be good for the committee. 

“He does question things a lot, but if no one questions, then it will be a rubber stamp committee,” said Hamilton. “I don’t always agree with him, but he has good questions.”

Qualey, who is an ex-officio on the CIP committee, said the committee voted 4-2 to reccomend Coneys, with Qualey abstaining. 

The board will allow for the Rindge Veterans Association to keep applications for their brick program at the tax collector’s desk. The fundraiser sells bricks to former veterans and places the bricks at the association’s memorial at the intersection of Main Street and Payson Hill Road. 

The board took a question during citizens forum about the replacement of Finance Director Ellen Smith, with Qualey saying that the board hopes to fill the position soon. 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.