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Selectmen to begin interviewing town manager candidates

April 17, 2019
WOLFEBORO — The Board of Selectmen received 34 applications for the town manager position as of the April 8 deadline, and will be selecting candidates for interviews.

During the interview process, board members will be seeking to find out where candidates stand on the values that the board feels are most important to guiding the town.

Chairman Dave Senecal amd Paul O'Brien developed what is called the Candidate's Profile for members to use when conducting interviews, and the board accepted additions for the community section from Selectman Linda Murray during the April 3 meeting stating that a candidate "must understand the significance of preserving natural resources... be supportive of historical preservation...have an understanding of a tourist economy...[and] must value what can be accomplished with volunteers."

"Interviews will be set up with candidates that we feel will work well for the town," said Senecal.

Meanwhile, the board has appointed Marge Strunk to serve on the Agriculture Committee. Strunk, who resides on College Road, raises chickens, ducks, turkeys and peacocks and also has fruit trees. It also has moved environmental scientist Warren Muir from an alternate position of the Conservation Commission to a full time member, for a three year term. Ed Roundy was also appointed to a three year term on the commission.

The Libby Museum has been offered another $50,000 from the Biber Foundation to continue the feasibility study on expansion of the museum in order to be able to accept the gift of the North American animal collection for display. The bid is scheduled to open on May 6, in anticipation of receipt by May 13 and drawings in by Sept. 9.

Director Alana Albee told the board on April 3 that she wants to make sure the facade stays the same, and the hope is that the extension of museum space for the exhibits can be completed "as far as possible internally through a potential mezzanine level." That might necessitate a modest expansion in the back of the building for better accessibility, bathrooms and a meeting area.

A preliminary projection of the increase in operating costs and expenses associated with an expansion is to be prepared for the Biber Foundation by Nov. 9. The town and the foundation will determine around Feb. 14 whether to proceed. If the answer is yes, voters will see a warrant article on the March 2020 Town Warrant.

The board agreed to amend the Josiah Brown Scholarship application. guidelines.The qualifying income level was raised, using income guidelines from the Welfare Department, and the time frame was changed to accept applications by June 15 and Nov. 15 to give the board time to review the applications and grant awards at the times when the students have to meet college financial obligations.

Garnett Hill
Martin Lord Osman
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