Long First Day for Newport’s New Town Manager.
Newport’s new Town Manager’s first day was a long one. Shane O’Keefe’s started work at 8 am, he was sworn in at 8:30 am and at 7:30 pm, he was still at work. The new Town Manager said he doesn’t mind, it goes with the job.
O’Keefe replaces Paul Brown whose last day was Friday and has gone back to his position as Finance Director.
New London Ambulance Service Meets with Newport Select Board.
New London Ambulance Service met with Newport Selectmen on Monday night seeking clarification on ambulance mutual aid. In March, Newport announced that it would no longer be the backup coverage for New London Ambulance Service, but in May, Newport extended their backup service for New London until the end of June. Dr. Steven Powell, Chief Medical Officer for New London Hospital says he would like clarity on their status with Newport.
New London Ambulance has increased its staff and ambulances and since January, Newport has made 26 calls to New London. Gary Nichols, Chair of the Newport Selectboard and an EMT said it is not just about money but patient care.
One problem facing many communities is that the volunteer pool for EMT’s has dwindled and many towns no longer have FAST Squads.
Nichols said the Board will discuss the matter in a non public session and notify New London Ambulance Service in a letter on their decision.
Rolling Road Block on I-89
NH State Police will be doing a rolling road block on I-89 in Grantham this Wednesday (7/29) to allow Fairpoint Communications to pull overhead wires across the Interstate at Frye Lane (mile marker 46.2). This roadblock on both the southbound and northbound lanes of I-89 is scheduled for sometime between 8 am and 12 Noon.
Trumbull Nelson Awarded Rehabilitation Work
Trumbull Nelson Construction Company was unanimously chosen by the New London Selectboard to work on the Academy Building and the Mary Haddad Bandstand. The Academy Building, houses the New London Town offices and was found to have rotted siding earlier this year. Frank Anzalone will oversee the project and estimates the cost to be about $280,000 according to Town Administrator Kim Hallquist. The Mary Haddad bandstand is estimated to cost $70,000 for repairs to the floor and posts of the structure. Cost of the bandstand repairs will be paid with monies from the Mendelson Trust Fund. All repairs are expected to be completed by November.