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Select Board updated on Recycling Center

WILTON – An evaluation of the Recycling Center by the Joint Loss Management Committee last week found the center “to be well run” but there is some needed work.

Town Administrator Paul Branscombe, who took part in the site visit, updated the Select Board on March 25.

The fence along the river needs to be replaced and moved away from the river, he said, “and there is a lot of stuff behind the fence that needs to be cleaned up.”

That will be done a group of volunteers who also plan to improve the looks of the center by planting flowers in the spring.

The committee provided a list of suggested upgrades including repairs to several buildings and repairing the driveway and parking lot. “More needs to be done than just plant flowers.”

The board will determine priorities, what work can be done by volunteers and what will have to be done by the town. Estimates will be obtained for that work.

The driveway and parking lot will be repaired but not repaved at this time.

Chairman Kermit Williams said, “We are the owners and operators and are responsible for the upkeep.”

The other member towns, Lyndeborough, Greenville, Temple and Mason, “have appropriated their portions for the year and can’t be asked for any more.

A hazardous waste collection day will be held on June 8.

In other business on Monday, the use of the Old Reservoir was discussed.

Selectman Matt Fish said it “should be open to the public for swimming” Take the fence down so people will be able to use it, “and it could be beautified.”

Other suggestions included upgrading a section recently cleared of brush for parking, and making use “residents only,”

The discussion will be on the agenda for April 1.

Conservation Commission Member Jeff Stone, commenting on disagreements between board members at the March 18 meeting, said he had attended seminars held by the N.H. Municipal Association regarding conflicts of interest and recusal.

“You can’t have an appearance of a conflict,” he said. “You have to exercise caution. Even if you know you can deal fairly with a question, it is better to recuse yourself.”

Since such arguments cannot be discussed in non-public session – those are limited to subjects defined by law – “maybe such disagreements could settled out on the street.”

The next meeting of the board is April 1, 6 p.m., in the town hall courtroom.