After debate, board affirms ARPA plan

WOODSVILLE—The Haverhill Selectboard voted 3-2 on Monday night to spend federal coronavirus relief funds on a plan proposed by the town’s precincts.
The action essentially affirmed a decision made during a board meeting on Aug. 2. This time, however, the vote came after more than two hours of debate during and after a public hearing attended by dozens of people at the Clifford Memorial Building.
The funds, which will be distributed over two equal installments in 2021 and 2022, total $477,908.24, but represent a sliver of overall municipal spending. The 2021 disbursement, which the town received last month, is roughly 4% of the town’s 2020 total operating budget.