West County Notebook, Feb. 17, 2018

Saturday, February 17, 2018
Buckland nomination papers available

BUCKLAND – Nomination papers will be available on Tuesday, Feb. 20 for the annual town election.

The following three-year terms of office are up for election or re-election this spring. Also listed are the current incumbents who are seeking re-election: Selectboard, Dena Willmore; Assessor, Elizabeth Cerone; and Buckland Library Trustee, Catherine Russillo.

Also up for election is Richard Warner’s seat on the Board of Health and two Finance Committee positions, currently served by William Knittle and Michael Turley. Town Clerk Janice Purington said she doesn’t yet know if Warner, Knittle and Turley will be running for re-election.

Town Moderator Phoebe Walker is also seeking re-election to her one-year position.

Nomination papers must be turned in to the Board of Registrars by Monday, March 19, at 5 p.m.

Pancake breakfast in Rowe

ROWE – The Rowe Fire Department, with support from the Indian Head Snowmobile Club, is putting on a pancake breakfast Saturday, Feb. 24, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Rowe Elementary School. The meal includes pancakes, bacon and beverages, plus a raffle. Proceeds will benefit the family of Hal Dandeneau, 43, who died of cancer earlier this month. Cost is $5 per person.

Buckland eyes fixes for William Street

BUCKLAND – The town is seeking a Community Development Block Grant for the reconstruction of a section of William Street, which intersects State Street near the Town Hall.

The work is to include regrading the roadway and laying down a new layer of packed gravel. The work includes relocating eight utility poles and a fire hydrant that jut out into the roadway. A second fire hydrant will be installed on the road, for more fire protection.

An engineer from Weston & Sampson told Selectboard members that the town may apply for up to $800,000 for the project. Block grant applications are to be submitted in March, and most towns that apply will know in July whether they will be getting the grant, according to grant consultant Linda Overing of Breezeway Farm Consulting.

The Selectboard voted to support the plan and to seek $25,000 in grant money for the West County Food Pantry, which provides food for local families in need.