Selectmen meet with
department heads to discuss strategy
April 20, 2007
GOFFSTOWN - Last night the board of selectmen held a special
meeting with department heads and other town officials to assess the
current situation in town and discuss strategy for addressing issues
facing Goffstown residents following the second major flooding event to
occur here in less than a year.
Using their authority to declare an emergency in town, the board did so
with agreement to revisit that declaration in six months.
That authority allowed them to establish temporary waivers for building
permit fees for construction in flood afflicted areas of town, as well
as waivers of fees for disposal of flood-related debris at the town
transfer station. Selectmen have
also arranged for dumpsters and port-a-potties to be delivered to
affected areas sometime today.
At the meeting, selectmen also voted to allow temporary, emergency
housing (trailers, RVs) during the six-month declared emergency
DPW director Carl Quiram, who cut short a vacation to Washington, D.C.
to attend the meeting, praised the performance of his staff during his
absence and indicated that repairing damage caused by the storm will
disrupt his department's normal summer construction activity, although
that disruption will not be as severe as that which DPW experienced last
year due to the Mother's Day flooding event in 2006.
Selectmen have also scheduled a special Community Meeting for Saturday,
April 21st at 1:00 PM at Craig Heiber Auditorium, Goffstown High
School. Invitees to the meeting include Governor John Lynch,
all eight state representatives and both state senators representing
Goffstown, town department heads, representatives of those entities
operating both dams in Goffstown, as well as other various local and
For more information, please visit the town website at http://www.ci.goffstown.nh.us/.
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