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The Town is Exploring Ways to Reduce and Stabilize Our School Tax Rate
The presentation on January 8th for voters of all five towns can viewed by clicking here. Handouts provided by the school district at this meeting can be viewed by clicking here. The petitioned warrant article can be viewed by clicking here. Demographics of the five towns as prepared by Kurt Gotthardt can viewed by clicking here.
The school rate has again increased significantly. Click Here for a summary of the changes this year and in-depth explanation of specific information used by the school and the NH Department of Revenue Administration to set the school tax rate. Since the Town assessed values went up by 5.2%, the school rate looks like a 7.4% increase but is closer to a 12.5% average increase in dollars paid.
The Town of Canaan invited all five towns of the Mascoma School District to meet and discuss this issue. On December 6, four of the towns participated in a 2 and 1/2 hour discussion regarding how school taxes are allocated between the five towns. The towns also discussed the fact that no town directly elects their own school board memebers. School board memebers are elected at large by all of the voters in all five town.
There were two proposals discussed.The first was to change the election of school board members so that they are elected by the town they represent. After review it was determined that was no good system available to allow direct election by a single town. The second was to change the school tax funding formula so that it is based on comparative total town property values and number of students in daily average attendance. Click here to review the presentation and minutes of the December 6 meeting.
There was a second meeting at Canaan Hall on Tuesday, December 27 during which, proposals were written up to be circulated to the five town select boards to consider. A third meeting was held Sunday, January 8. Thank you to everyone who has come out and participated in these discussions!
WCVB Chronicle Airs Show on Canaan
On Monday, November 21, 2016 the Boston television channel aired a show featuring Canaan NH.
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NH Drought Information and Relief
The county of Grafton, New Hampshire has recently been added to the areas facing drought. The NH Department of Environmental Services is advising water be reserved for only indoor uses and that careful water conservation be practiced.
You may learn more about drought, water conservation, and financial assistance available to low income households that may need help on the NH DES Website or by reading the NH DES 2016 Drought Guidance for Homeowners on Private Wells Brochure. If you need financial help in replacing your water supply, click here to learn more about possible aid.
Talbert Hill Road
Talbert Hill Road is being completed this year. Work started with partial paving in 2015. This year the Highway Department started where the paving stopped last year. The section from William Talbert’s farm house to the intersection with Goose Pond Road is very steep and most of it is dirt road. During August and September, the embankments were removed, ditching has been installed and riprap put in the ditch areas. The excavation and grading work was completed by the end of September. In early October, all of the road that has been under construction will be paved. The will be new sight lines and wider lanes that will make it much safer for people to travel from Goose Pond Road to the intersection with Sawyer Hill Road and Codfish Hill.
Dedication of Reginald E. Barney Depot Park
Depot Park, a lovely treed area, which borders the Indian River, is situated at the end of Depot Street. For almost twenty years, Reggie Barney has been taking care of Depot Park, under the auspices of Friends of Canaan Village. In recent years, when Reggie could no longer mow the park himself, FOCV has paid to have it mowed. Friends are pleased that, beginning this summer, the Town will take over the mowing.
On Sunday, August 7, 2016 a ceremony was held at the park to honor Reggie's long stewardship of this public green space. It was well attended by family, friends, and towns people. Depot Park will now be known as the: Reginald E. Barney Depot Park. A sign with this new name will be installed.
View more photos on the Firends of Canaan Village Page!
Pew Box Dedication for Bob Reagan
On Sunday, August 7, 2016 a ceremony was held at the Canaan Meeting House to dedicate a pew box in memory of Bob Reagan. About 75 people came together to celebrate and honor all that Bob had done for the community. A plaque will be installed on the wall of the pew box that will read as follows:
Selectman from 2004 to 2016. Chairman of the Board 2005-2014.
Cemetery Trustees, Library Trustees, Budget Committee
Bob was a quiet man who took the time to learn what was happening in Town government. He respected the chain of command and the opinions of his colleagues, and worked persistently to make policy changes that significantly improved Canaan town government and the lives of Canaanites. He visited the Town office nearly every week day and many weekends. He consulted with everyone that might be helpful in finding solutions to problems. He knew the people and the history of the Town. While he was fiscally conservative, he understood that there were programs that local residents needed and he advocated for them. Services increased in the Town at the same time that the tax rate dropped. In spite of lower or flat tax rates, employees were paid in the recession when other towns were withholding cost of living adjustments. He had the respect of most voters and all of the Town employees. He was slow to anger, took his time with decisions, and gave people second chances. He was what everyone would want as a Selectman. He will be missed.
Molly was his partner. She would have much preferred to have Bob at home and with his family. While Bob made a point of being home for spaghetti, he still gave freely of his time. The Town owes Molly a great deal of appreciation for sharing Bob with us until he left all of us on August 2, 2016.
Curious about what's happening on the inside at Mascoma High School? Click this link to watch a slide show put together by the Friends of Mascoma Schools!
Floodproofing in Canaan
Canaan has retained the services Headwaters Hydrology in designing a flood proofing strategy for the Village.
Click here to learn what has been learned and what Canaan is planning.
Racetrack Grandstands Removed
May 23, 2016
Yes, the old grandstand at the fairgrounds has been torn down.
For the past three years, that area has been used by the Town as a public area. Two years ago we used the wooden grandstand for viewing of the 4th of July Fireworks. Ever since Tillman Gerngross purchased the track, we have been working with the track manager, David Delgenio to find a way to restore the grandstand. Ultimately, it was decided that the only reasonable course of action was to remove it and replace it with a new, smaller grandstand that would be similar to the original grandstand at the fairgrounds. The idea would be to provide a performance venue that was safe and blended in with the Fairgrounds motif.
Circumstances changed in 2015. The grandstand was deemed unsafe by Tillman's insurance company and our insurance company. We closed it to viewers for fireworks but people still sat in the unsafe grandstand. Circumstances changed again this spring. When David climbed the front of the grandstand, the entire structure swayed on the edge of collapse.
The life of the old grandstand was over. Over the past twenty years, the old grandstand had been modified in ways that weakened the structure. Rafters were cut. Floor joists were removed. Footings had dropped and were no longer supporting any part of the grandstand.
Ultimately, Tillman Gerngross purchased the track at a time when there were no other buyers and the track was losing $140,000 a year. He owns the track and all of the improvements. As noted in a recent Valley News story, he invested $2 million dollars in making the track an excellent facility. He donated the use of Canaan Hall and the grandstand area for public gatherings and he continues to work with the Town. At the end of the day, Tillman can do as he chooses with his property. His actions have been helpful to the Town. His action on the grandstand is the only reasonable action due to the safety concerns. Similar insurance issues with safety (fencing and under-seat protection) impacted the metal grandstands.
The future plan is to create a higher berm where the grandstand was. This high area will be open to the public for viewing from lawn chairs and blankets. There is no admission charge for this area.
Canaan Elementary School Garden Kick-Off Workday on April 23rd brought the community together with parents, teachers, students, community members, and D Acres, to prepare the garden for spring planting, summer learning, and fall harvesting.
- Finishing raised garden beds.
- Planting donated apple tree and two blueberry bushes.
- Installing the garden fence.
- Painting a birdhouse.
- Decorating wooden edges of garden beds.
- Building the shed.
Special Thanks to Friends of Mascoma, The Wellborn Ecology Fund, Hammond Lumber, Vital Communities, and Canaan Hardware for helping us with this project!
Autoware No Longer With Us
The Water and Sewer Department as well as the Highway Department removed all of the trash and chemicals from Autoware during the last two weeks of January. In the first week of February, Highway tore down the building ad removed all of the concrete including the vaults where the mechanic's pit was located. Trees were removed and later this spring parking areas will be established on the lot and behind the Senior Center.
Canaan Police Welcome New Administrative Assistant
Canaan Police Department welcomes Christine Day as the new daytime dispatcher and administrative assistant for the Police Department. Christine comes from Newport and has a lot of valuable experience in logistics and event planning where self direction was a requirement.
The new recycling area is open.
You can drop off all acceptable recyclables. Click here for a flyer.
WARNING! Do NOT dump household trash at this location. Zero sort doesn't mean that coffee grounds and diapers can be mixed with paper and plastic. There are fines for illegal dumping in the recycling area. Mixing trash in with recyclables will cost the Town more than $500 per truckload.
Police Department Adds Service
In the past unwanted and unused drugs were received at the Police Department during their bi-annual "Take Back Drugs" Events. Now they are equipped to collect these drugs at any time the station is open with their new Med Drop Box. Bring all unused and unwanted drugs to the station for safe disposal.
Christmas in Canaan Photos are Posted!
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You Can Get There from Here!
There is a new directional sign in front of the Canaan Library. Thanks to many people who helped through the sponsorship of the Friends of Canaan Village, the directional sign returned to Route 4 after decades of being absent.
Dale and Bobbi Barney contributed the sign that had been in storage. Dimitri Gerakaris undertook the task of restoring the sign. Ken Lary and Gary Wood were instrumental in getting the sign project organized and seeing it through. Bob Scott and the Canaan Highway Department installed the sign this past week. See if the mileage has changed over the past sixty years.
And Speaking of Signs...
Noyes Academy was recently recognized with a New Hampshire heritage sign at the location of Union Academy. This is a reminder of the many facets of our Town history. The sign was orchestrated by the Canaan Historical Society.
Local opponents of industrial wind turbines presented a very informative program explaining their opposition to the large scale turbines on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at Canaan Hall. The organizers of the meeting supported Article 25 on the Town Meeting Warrant which would oppose the industrial wind projects. The meeting was well intended and was reflected in the vote on Article 25.
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