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Gilmanton tempest over chief's schedule can be traced to 2003 letter

To The Daily Sun,

As we prepare for contentious budget sessions and hearings surrounding a new jail, which would add an estimated 5.5 million dollars annually to the county budget, I would like to thank Mr. Donovan (12/20) for publicizing that they can be viewed on a local public channel. Anything which results in an informed and engaged public can only be a good thing: tune in and come to a county meeting if you can.

As to the tempest about what constitutes a working fire chief, the Gilmanton Selectboard traced its history to a letter in 2003 and an agreement between the town and the then chief. In seeking to uphold that definition, it is not my observation that the Selectboard acted in any other than a professional manner.

I apologize for identifying Ms. Hempel as the current chief's wife when in fact she is his mother. Especially at this time of the year, we all need the support of our loved ones. It does seem to me that when the selectmen are misrepresented as being rude to county officialdom that residents of the county should know that the writer may have a biased position.

Rep. Richard B. Burchell
Belknap 5 - Gilmanton

 
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