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Our petition was signed by 103 Bristol residents opposed to a K-9 unit

To The Daily Sun,

At the selectman's meeting of May 19, the Bristol Chief of Police presented his intention of instituting a K-9 unit within the Police Department. The police chief stated that no money from the general fund would be required as he intended to use money from drug forfeitures to establish and operate the unit. The chief further stated that the Selectboard's concurrence with the establishment of a K-9 unit was unnecessary, as under the state's RSA he was empowered to unilaterally utilize forfeiture funds for such purposes.

There were several citizens and non-citizens who expressed their opinions for and against establishing such a unit. One objection was that there was no appropriation made in the Bristol town budget for a K-9 unit; therefore, any expenditure of town funds would be a violation of RSA 32:8.

It was also brought to the attention of the Selectboard that pending legislation would divert forfeiture funds from local control to the State of New Hampshire General Fund. Senate Bill 522 has subsequently passed both Houses and signed into law by Governor Hassan. This law will take effect on Jan. 1, 2017.

A petition signed by 103 Bristol citizens opposed to the establishment of a K-9 unit was presented to the Bristol Selectboard. This is a significant number when compared to the 140 voters that attended the last Town Meeting.

In my opinion this is just another example of the arrogance, poor management, poor planning and complete disregard for the law by certain members of the Selectboard and Police Department.

Paul Simard
Bristol

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I have the ability to work collaboratively with my colleagues

To The Daily Sun,

To the residents of Barnstead, Belmont, Gilmanton, and Tilton:

My name is Glen Waring and I request your vote in the Republican primary on September 13 for the District 2 Belknap County Commissioner seat.
I grew up in Goffstown and have lived in N.H. all of my life. Currently, I reside in Gilmanton, with my wife and two teenage sons. After graduating from Goffstown High school, I attended New Hampshire College (now Southern New Hampshire University) earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Accounting.
After college I began my career as a finance professional at AutoSev in Tilton, and also began living in Belknap County. I spent the next 20 years working as a senior level Finance Officer in the automotive industry for a handful of dealerships, large multi-franchise and location stores, as well as smaller operations. In 2011 is when I took my experience and knowledge from the private over to the public sector, and became Belknap County's first finance director. It was there that I was exposed to and developed an expertise in municipal fund accounting,which is necessary for the proper administration of
any municipal or county entity in N.H. Throughout my nearly 25 years of professional finance experience, I have shown the ability to create, analyze, and manage budgets in excess of $30 million. I am what you would expect in a "bean counter" — high attention to detail, cost conscious, fiscally conservative and bottom line oriented. I understand current obligations, requirements, and also can use financial tools to predict future revenues and expenses to plan accordingly. In addition, I also have a proven record of achievement with a keen ability to build and direct teams through strong leadership, effective
management, motivation, and staff development.
I would like to emphasize my ability to be able work collaboratively with all relative individuals in an effort to maximize efficiencies, and I look forward to being able to work with the other county commissioners to continue to find savings and keep our taxes low. One of my individual goals for Belknap County, should I be elected, is to not only maintain the current level of fiscal responsibility, but to also set forth a path to long-term fiscal responsibility through long range budgeting and forecasting.

For those that may not be aware, the primary responsibilities of the county commissioners (governing body); is to formulate and recommend an annual county budget to the county delegation (legislative body), manage the county budget after it is passed by the county delegation, authorize all expenditures and direct them to be paid by the county treasurer, and to set, review and govern all county policies.
It is due to my 25 years of professional experience along with being a Belknap County resident for nearly a quarter of a century that makes me uniquely qualified for the position of county commissioner.
Thank you for taking the time to read, and again I ask for your vote at the Republican primary on September 13. Please send me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. should you have any questions or would like to reach me.
Glen Waring

Gilmanton

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