Mason: Town to survey businesses

  • Mason Selectmen Bernard O’Grady, Louise Lavoie and Charles Moser on Oct. 25, 2016. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 10/26/2016 7:02:06 PM

Mason’s Select Board met Tuesday to discuss a survey of town businesses looking forward into the winter and beyond.

During discussion on the Safety Committee’s proposed emergency check-in program, members of the board continued to express concern over the responsibility and accountability it would add.

“If we’re going to check on someone in a disaster, what is a disaster and are they not going to call themselves and just expect us to check on them?” asked Selectman Charles Moser.

The Safety Committee, represented at the meeting by Town Clerk Debra Morrison, was founded to ensure municipal safety by creating guidelines for town employees and in town buildings, but it has expanded its mission to try to protect residents.

“I think if you have extreme cold temperatures and power out for 24 hours, that constitutes an emergency for anyone who is electricity dependent,” Morrison said.

As budget season approaches, the board also discussed future expenses, including radios.

While Mason’s radios could last for years, board members said they need to start planning. Wilton and Greenville also use low-band, while Hollis and Brookline use high-band.

“It’s really about replacement,” Selectman Bernard O’Grady said.

“It doesn’t make sense to replace them now with low-band radios.”


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