New town administrator in Lyndeborough getting down to business

LYNDEBOROUGH – Russell Boland, the town’s new administrator, says his first week on the job was “exciting and very enjoyable,” and he already has a few ideas of what he’d like to do.

He attended his first Board of Selectmen meeting on Wednesday, July 9.

Boland met with Fire Chief Rick McQuade and plans to attend their next meeting.

“I want to re-establish the Safety Committee,” he said, and “institute regular meetings of all of the department heads.” He will also serve as the representative to the Nashua Regional Planning Commission.

The selectmen have discussed reorganization of the town government and established a “communication chain of command,” which outlines who is to be informed and in what order in cases of emergency, but much of the discussion was put on hold until a new town administrator had
been hired.

Among the changes suggested is a more formal method of accepting and appointing volunteers for various town boards and committees.

In keeping with that new policy, selectmen met on Wednesday with Paul Best, of Mountain Road, who said he was interested in being an alternate on the planning board.

Best, who works in Nashua, has lived in town for two years after living in Los Angeles.

“(My wife and I) aren’t big city people,” he said, “and I like trees.”

He is a member of the fire department.

He said he liked the town, wanted to be of service, and did not see any particular problems or anything he would like to change.

Selectman Fred Douglas said he appreciated the offer to serve, and wished him the “best of luck” in the position.

The board voted to recommend Best to the Planning Board, which will make the appointment.