TURNER — Selectmen have appointed Richard Gross to the SAD 52 board until the next annual town meeting.

Richard Whitaker also offered to serve on the school board.

While selectmen thought both candidates were highly qualified, they chose Gross because he has nearly 40 years of experience as an educator at the high school and collegiate levels.

The board accepted the $310.56 bid of John Moultrie for eight to 10 cords of tree-length hardwood cut from town property and stacked at the Public Works garage. No other bids were submitted.

Selectmen approved the renewal of Timmy Turner’s liquor license for the sale of vinous and malt liquor.

Selectman Kurt Youland could not attend the meeting so no action was taken on revising the town personnel policy for nonunion employees. Chairman Angelo Terreri asked selectmen to study the document before the next meeting.

On Sept. 17 selectmen gave temporary permits for the continued operation of four junkyards. The permits were given with the stipulation that owners make specific improvements by Nov. 1.

Town Manager Scott LaFlamme gave a report on Code Enforcement Officer Roger Williams’ inspection of the sites. All seem to be on track to complete required improvements by the deadline. Williams will attend the Nov. 5 selectmen meeting to help the board in assessing final determinations on the permits.

Public Works Director John Moultrie submitted a letter to selectmen saying he is looking for a roadside mowing tractor, a one-ton 4-by-4, and a single-axle dump truck. The board gave Moultrie authority to search for the equipment. If acceptable equipment is found, he will have to get board approval to spend money from the Public Works equipment reserve to make the purchase.

Terreri started a discussion on the potential for implementing a property-tax cap for elderly residents. The town manager will look into similar programs in other towns.

Selectmen agreed to let Town Office employees use personal days to extend the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. The office will be closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after. It will close at 1 p.m. on Dec. 24.

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