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September 21, 2016 top stories
County approves bond measure

NORTH HAVERHILL—After a brief 10-minute public hearing on Monday morning, Grafton County legislative delegation members voted to authorize the refinancing of $33 million in bonds issued in 2010 and 2011 to pay for the construction of the new jail.
Although the vote on refinancing was unanimous, legislators sparred over how the bond payment savings would be applied and whether the county should pursue compensation related to the recent rehabilitation project at the Grafton County Nursing Home.

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Culvert project
wins approval

NORTH HAVERHILL—The Haverhill Selectboard voted three to two on Monday night to move forward with a plan to replace the culvert on Stonecrest Drive.
Stonecrest Drive in Haverhill Corner serves a subdivision of about seven homes and several undeveloped building lots. The culvert under the road leading into the subdivision is about 30 years old and in disrepair. Discussions on replacing it have been ongoing for more than two years as the condition of the culvert and the road built over it deteriorate.

ALL AGLOW—Downtown Bradford was all lit up the night of Sept. 19 for the final coat of pavement to be applied. The southbound lane was done that night, and on Sept. 20, the northbound lane was done. The months-long rehabilitation project of Route 5 will be drawing to a close soon.

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BMU, OESU group
ponders next steps

BRADFORD—Act 46 study committee members were mystified by the lack of public participation at their Sept. 14 meeting in the wake of their previous meeting, at which many expressed displeasure with the idea to merge several school districts in the area.
The most recent committee meeting was held in the auditorium at Oxbow in preparation for an audience like the one that packed the library at Blue Mountain Union School on Aug. 17. But only about a dozen people turned out, leading committee members to wonder what happened in the interim or if they need to further expand efforts to publicize subsequent meetings.

Auditors rap town
on sewer accounts

BRADFORD—For at least the third consecutive year, Bradford’s outside professional auditors have criticized financial reporting procedures at the Bradford town offices. Specifically, the firm Fothergill, Segale & Valley has told the town to implement procedures to address the way the water and sewer department tracks loan repayment activity and accounts for payables and receivables.
At the selectboard meeting on Sept. 8, board members noted that the findings were not a surprise and signed off on a response letter indicating that selectboard chair Ted Unkles would speak to the water and sewer commissioners about the auditors’ findings.

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