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Conway Notebook

Conway selectman wants more complete minutes

CONWAY — Selectman Jim Moore believed the minutes of the Dec. 10 Board of Selectmen meeting did not reflect “the nature of the meeting in fact and in spirit.”

On the night of Dec. 10, about 20 town officials, committee members and residents squeezed into the small selectmen’s office to question the board on its proposal to build a multi-use municipal complex combining town offices, the fire and police departments and the highway garage on the former Rose property.

The board’s plans were unknown until Selectman Rick Bean informed the Planning Board at a recent meeting that two consultants — discovered to be R. Levesque Associates and Christian Carey of Westfield — conducted a site visit with Bean and Town Admininstrator Ed MacDonald on Nov. 8.

The Planning Board believed the selectmen would sign a $12,000 contract for the engineers to do a feasbility study without any input from other town officials or a town meeting vote.

As the board moved to accept the Dec. 10 meeting minutes this past week, Moore said he would not.

“There were 15 to 20 people here with concerns. None of that is in there.”

Board Chairman John O’Rourke suggested Moore review the minutes and to make changes at the next meeting on Dec. 26.

Conway School Committee hopefuls have experience

CONWAY — Two Conway residents are vying to become the new interim member for the Conway School Committee.

Linda Driscoll, a former superintendent of Union 28 schools, and Elaine Campbell, a school psychologist and former Conway School Committee member, made their cases at a joint Board of Selectmen and School Committee meeting Monday night.

The Board of Selectmen will choose the candidate to fill the interim seat.

The selected candidate would fill the seat vacated by Joseph McGranaghan, who resigned. He also served as the Conway representative on the Frontier Regional School Committee.

The position is until town elections in May. At that time, interested candidates will run for the permanent seat.

State law tutorials for selectmen

CONWAY — Town Administrator Ed MacDonald advised the Board of Selectmen to take the state ethics exam if they haven’t in the last two years. The tutorial is intended to educate local officials about the state’s conflict of interest laws.

The board also received a copy of the state open meeting law.

At the Monday meeting, MacDonald explained that the board should sign a file indicating they read and understand the law. He will keep this on file in Town Office.

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