Lyndeborough accepts $50K in ARPA funding

LYNDEBOROUGH – Following a short public hearing prior to their regular meeting on Wednesday, July 27, the Board of Selectmen accepted $50,000 in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds through the Local Equipment Matching Grant program. The money is reimbursement for previously approved projects which included firefighting gear, laptops and Police Department radios.

Town Administrator Russ Boland was thanked for the many hours he put into securing the funds. He said, “I’m glad we started early.”

No one attended the hearing.

In other business, the board proposed discussed changes and updates in municipal fees, including Planning Board hearing and inspection charges and rental of town property. A public hearing will be held on the proposals prior to the next meeting of the board on Aug. 10.

Selectman Mark Chamberlain, the board’s representative on the Planning Board, said that board had discussed the changes and recommended the Selectmen follow through.

The higher fees will apply to many land use fees and rental of Citizens’ Hall and the Town Hall.

Chairman Fred Douglas said, “Taxpayers should not have to pay for these actions,” which include postage to notify abutters and the clerk’s time.

Boland said research has found that the Selectmen can place a warrant article concerning Keno on the town meeting ballot. It does not have to be a citizen petition. He will continue researching.

Board members said they “had no problem” with the proposal.

Boland said the town’s new dump truck should arrive within the next four weeks. He said he town was able to secure the vehicle they wanted when an order was cancelled, at a savings of over $600.

Boland said repair work on the salt shed started last week and will take about two weeks to complete. The interior will be sprayed with epoxy before any salt is stored there.

Work has begun on upgrading and paving Cram Hill Road. The project is expected to take until Aug. 11.

The next meeting of the board was set for Wednesday, Aug. 10, 6 p.m., in the town office.