Funds kept to fight pipe

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 6/7/2016 11:37:53 AM

The town of Rindge will spend at least three-quarters of the funds already earmarked to continue fighting pipeline-related issues.

The Select Board approved to cap expenditures at $18,750 through September at its Wednesday meeting. The money will be given to attorney Richard Kanoff, via the NH Municipal Pipeline Association, to be used in the legal fight against Eversource, which recently filed a request with the Public Utilities Commission to enter into a 20-year-contract to buy natural gas from a proposed pipeline project known as Access Northeast.

“I think this could be a cheaper option for the town, especially if you can get the Eversource request turned down now,” said Conservation Commission chair David Drouin, who was at the meeting Wednesday.

If Eversource’s request is approved, Eversource would be able to pass on the cost of pipeline projects to its ratepayers.

The town of Rindge encumbered a total of $25,551 in December to help pay Kanoff to fight the Kinder Morgan pipeline. Finance Director Ellen Smith said the town had already sent $12,673 to the coalition, and had been billed for about $6,000 to $7,000 for the services of Kanoff.

In other business, the board received an update on the town administrator search from Charlie Eicher, who said the search committee is working to complete interviews with the seven applicants. After the applicants are interviewed, Eicher said the committee will make recommendations to the board.

After some debate, the board agreed to refund Phil Stenersen $600 of excess funds he had paid to the town in 2009 for building permits. The board voted 2-1 to approve the refund, with Selectwoman Roberta Oeser dissenting.

There was also a sometimes heated discussion about agenda protocol during citizen’s forum.

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

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