Wilton Select Board signs ambulance lease

WILTON – The new ambulance arrived in town on Monday morning. At their regular meeting that evening, the Select Board signed a six-year lease. There will be six payments of $36,549.

The board also signed a seven-year lease for a new International dump truck for the Public Works Department. Those payments will be $28,548. The lease agreements were authorized by town meeting in March.

Ambulance Service Director Steve Desrosiers said he has been looking at the charter of the Ambulance Association, owners of the service’s building on Route 31 north, and has had discussions with the other member towns, Lyndeborough and Temple.

It was agreed that the charter is in need of updating, considering the changes that have been made in the service over the years. It was last reviewed in 2006.

Interim Town Administrator Paul Branscombe said a review of all the town’s inter-municipal agreements is on a list of suggestions that he has compiled for the board’s review.

Other areas include adopting a set of rules of procedure for the Select Board; updating and expanding the town’s website; adopting a bid policy and a fund balance policy listing options; creating a financial functions policy for the treasurer; and a job description/responsibilities list for the town administrator.

He also had a sample time card that could be used for all departments.

The board will discuss the suggestions at upcoming meetings.

Board Member Matt Fish will meet with representatives of Habitat for Humanity, Nashua Chapter, to discuss possible use of a town-owned lot behind Intervale Machine for low-income housing. It was agreed that any recipient of such housing should be a Wilton resident.

In a lengthy discussion of on-going work on various bridges, Board Member Kermit Williams said the board should consider closing Stagecoach Road to traffic, “turn it into a pedestrian bridge”. A public hearing will be held on the idea, probably in June.

Work continues on both King Brook and Old County Road bridges. The bridge over Blood Brook at the southern end of Old County Road will be evaluated. That access will be used by all trucks, and the road at the Burton Highway end will be closed periodically during repairs of the arch bridge causeway, currently slated for late summer or early fall.

Residents again asked for clarification of posting of agendas and availability of minutes.

The board will institute summer hours, meeting only on the first and third Mondays of the month, June through Labor Day.

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