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June 26, 2019 top stories
Board issues health order

BRADFORD—The owners of a three-story apartment building on North Main Street have until July 31 to show substantial compliance with a town health order following numerous complaints of rats, trash and household debris on the property.
Bradford Health Officer Camilla Thibodeau said the town is ready to take the “next step”—issuing a fine or court action—if Joanne and Thomas Lund fail to meet the demands of the June 13 public health order.
“It’s a sad situation,” Thibodeau said.
In February, Thibodeau received complaints from two separate tenants regarding the Lunds’ alleged failure to follow through on repairs to the property.
On March 22, the health officer, fire chief and state fire marshal conducted an inspection of the property, which uncovered numerous health hazards, including a significant infestation of rats, trash, and electrical wiring problems throughout the building.

Property eyed
for town garage

VERSHIRE—After a decades-long search, Vershire appears to be closing in on a property to develop a new town garage.
The selectboard has entered a purchase and sales agreement for an 11-acre parcel on Vershire Center Road not far from the town center. The board could finalize the sale as early as this week ahead of a July 31 deadline.
On Monday night, approximately 40 people gathered at the Vershire Town Center as selectmen and members of the Vershire Town Garage Committee outlined their plans for the property. At the conclusion of the meeting, residents endorsed the proposal in a 35-2 nonbinding straw poll. There was one abstention.
The parcel with a house and detached garage is currently owned by Sue Sargent, who is moving elsewhere in the Upper Valley. Roughly half of the property is wetland or wetland buffer surrounding an existing hay field.

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County budget
wins approval

NORTH HAVERHILL—The $46.6 million Grafton County budget was easily approved by the region’s state representatives on Monday morning.
After a move to trim the overall amount by $371,000 was overwhelmingly rebuffed, the $46,611,726 budget was approved in a 21-3 party-line vote.
The budget is up over 5 percent from the current year. Salary and benefits comprise the largest spending increase in fiscal year 2020, totaling $2,402,185. Just over $1.746 million will pay for step increases for the county’s 450 employees.
The county will also spend $437,000 for long overdue projects, including paving at the county administration complex and a new automation system for the nursing home.
The delegation vote on Monday comes after both the three-member county commission and the delegation’s executive committee vetted the budget. The latter panel reduced the budget by a little over $11,000 by cutting funding to social services organizations.

New herbicide used
in milfoil fight

FAIRLEE—A new herbicide was applied on June 11 against an invasive weed that has infested Lake Morey for years. Lake advocates are confident that the new treatment will be a successful tool to further reduce Eurasian Watermilfoil in the 538-acre lake.
The decision to use an herbicide in Lake Morey was made more than 15 years ago after non-chemical means were not effective. But it was not until 2007 when the lake was first treated with the aquatic herbicide Renovate by Aquatic Control Technologies, Inc.
In a phone interview on June 24, Don Weaver, chair of the Lake Morey Commission, said that a 2005 survey of aquatic plants in Lake Morey found that milfoil made up 65 percent of all plants growing in the lake. After the most recent treatment with Renovate in 2015, the percentage of those plants was down to one percent. In all, the lake has been treated with Renovate five times between 2007 and 2015, according to the Lake Morey Protective Association.
In 2007, the herbicide was applied in late June to 45 acres of the lake. Weaver said that the treatment that year proved to be “marginally” effective, as was the 2008 application which was done on May 14. Still, the presence of milfoil was reduced by 90 percent according to the LMPA.

LAYING LOON KEEPING WATCHFUL EYE—This loon sits on her nest at water’s edge of Ticklenaked Pond in Ryegate.
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