Selectmen talking about sewer system on Governor's Island

GILFORD — Selectmen agreed to seek a request for quotes (RFQ) for installing a sewer system on Governor's Island — the last area in town's shorefront on Lake Winnipesaukee without one.

Selectboard Chair Kevin Hayes said the first quote for an installation was done in 1975 which was revisted in the 1990s.

"With new technology the original 1975 plan is likely obsolete," Hayes said, giving advanced pump and pressure line technology as examples of what is likely outdated equipment.

He also noted the lake is a resource that belongs to all the residents and its degradation would negatively effect property values and tourist income.

Resident Mike Brien said he was concerned because some people on the island have invested a lot of money in new septic systems.

Brien also said he has gotten conflicting information in the past about who would pay for such a project if it were to be built.

He also noted that previous town sewer projects and discussions about Governor's Island involved residents paying betterment fees as well as to hook up to the new system.

Hayes reiterated that an RFQ was simply to ask interested engineering firms to submit quotes about how much a system would cost.

When Brien asked if there was federal money available, Hayes said there likely was but without a plan, it was impossible for the town to apply for it.

After Brien said that communications between the Governor's Island Association and the residents was not a good as it should be, selectmen said they would also send letters to individual residents asking for their opinions.

Also last night, selectmen approved $161,000 in budget transfers that included adding $125,000 to the legal line item that was initially budgeted at $37,000.

To date, the town has spent $111,445 in legal fees including at least $80,000 during the period of time that led up to the resignation of former Police Chief Kevin Keenan.

A memorandum from Town Finance Director Geoff Ruggles to selectmen and made available last night said he projects the town this year to overspend the legal line by $99,000.

Selectmen also transferred $7,000 to the Public Works Administration to cover a projected shortage there. Other departments with projected shortages included the Gilford Public Library at $7,000, the Town Administration at $14,000, and the Laconia Business Park revenue sharing account for $7,000.

Funds taken from accounts where there are projected overages are the Solid Waste Department — $38,000; the Highway Department budget — $30,000, the Police Department budget — $20,000 and the Fire Department budget — $15,000 each.

There were also savings in the Parks and Recreation Department, the Welfare Department, the Finance Department, and cemeteries.

Ruggles said he anticipates non property tax revenues will be up about $445,000 with the increases in the areas of motor vehicle registrations of abut $97,000, bond proceeds of $158,000, and insurance and other refunds for a total of $181,000.

He said final tax payments are due on December 27 because the bills didn't go out until November 25 when the N.H. Department of Revenue Administration set the town's tax rate.