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Airport beacon
not coming soon

NORTH HAVERHILL—The Haverhill Selectboard met Monday for the first time since town meeting to elect officers, reorganize and hear additional information about topics that came up during Saturday’s annual meeting, including moving forward on a survey of property that voters opted not to sell.
Resident Susie Tann, who spoke at town meeting about a proposed navigational beacon installed at the airport in North Haverhill, attended Monday night’s meeting to add information to her position and to ascertain what board members were thinking.
By way of background, last year, town-appointed commissioners overseeing Dean Memorial Airport proposed installing a green and white, rotating beacon to help pilots navigate the airport at night.

Ledge removal
to close interstate

RYEGATE—A major transportation corridor serving this area will temporarily close next month setting up a detour that will send interstate traffic into Wells River Village for approximately three weeks.
The Vermont Agency of Transportation has slated a nearly $1 million project to remove ledge and rock from a cliff face along I-91 in Ryegate. During the ledge removal, I-91 south between exit 18 in Barnet and exit 17 in Newbury will close. The northbound lanes of travel will remain open.
An exact date for the closure has not yet been established, although the three-week period will occur between April 15 and May 15.

Budget, building bond
votes next week

BRADFORD—A public informational meeting will be held on Thursday night when community members will get a chance to learn about $420,000 in proposed borrowing to fund a number of building and facilities improvements at Oxbow as well as the $7,278,087 budget for 2018-2019.
The informational meeting will be held in the school’s auditorium on March 22 at 7:30 p.m. Voting on the Oxbow and River Bend budgets will take place by Australian ballot on March 27 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Bradford residents will vote at the Bradford Academy and Newbury residents will vote at the Newbury Town Offices. One hour after polls close, the result of the votes will be revealed at the annual meeting, which will convene in the auditorium.

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Bath requests
budget cut

BATH—Residents recessed last week’s annual school district meeting after voters requested the school board reduce the proposed budget for the 2018-2019 school year. Voters will reconvene on March 27 at 6 p.m.
A $233,385 increase brought proposed spending for next year to $2,669,731, nearly 10 percent higher than the current year. The increase is largely driven by rises in tuition costs, according to a review of meeting minutes and the budget. Lines for middle school special education tuition, out-of-state vocational education tuition, and out-of-state regular education tuition all rose. The first item alone is a six-figure increase.
In addition to asking administrators to make cuts to the proposed budget, voters at the meeting on March 15 also requested that a budget committee be formed next year, according to SAU-23 Superintendent Laurie Melanson.
Attempts to reach a school board member were not successful.
Last week’s annual school meeting was held two days after the annual town meeting.

With the flags drawn half-staff, Haverhill Middle School students line up on March 14 to pay their respects to the victims of the Parkland shootings in Florida last month. See story on page 3.
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