One Selectmen’s Report 6-16-13

by on June 17, 2013 in Home Page, Town Government
from Selectman David Upton
Hello everyone,
Wow, it’s hard to believe that almost two months have passed since my last report to you. I’m writing today to report the progress that we’ve made toward filling the vacancies that exist in the leadership positions for our Fire Department and toward contracting architectural services for our Town Hall and Library Basement construction projects.

As I reported on 4/20, your Select Board has been working with Rick Lothrop to develop job descriptions for three leadership positions for our Fire Department; Fire Chief, Deputy Fire Chief for Operations and Deputy Fire Chief for Administration. During this process we have also consulted with Chief Dennis Rosolen of the NH Bureau of Firefighter Training and Certification and Mr. Ron O’Keefe our Safety Advisor for our liability insurance carrier at the Local Government Center and former Fire Chief for the Town of Durham, NH. All three of these gentlemen concur with the duties and required qualifications described in these job descriptions [download]. The Select Board approved these job descriptions on June 5th and has reopened the application period for these positions for those members of the Nelson Fire Department who wish to apply. The application period will remain open until the positions are filled, or until the Select Board becomes convinced that all members of the Nelson Fire Department who wish to apply have done so.
Our overall goal in the development of the job descriptions for the leadership of our Fire Department is to begin to develop standards and training requirements for all members of our Fire and Rescue Department so that when these folks answer a call that the people of the Town of Nelson can be confident that they will do so competently and safely. Having the necessary trainings and certifications is essential, in today’s day and age, to the satisfactory delivery of services related to public safety and health. To do less places the public, those providing the services, and the Town at risk of harm and significant financial loss.

In order to broaden everyone’s understanding of the demands placed upon those who deliver public safety and health services, we have invited Mr. O’Keefe to meet with the members of the Fire Department and with all residents of our Town at a public meeting in the Town Hall at 7 pm on next Thursday, 6/20. We are confident that this will be and interesting and informative meeting and encourage everyone to attend to hear Mr. O’Keefe’s presentation.

In regard to our Town Hall and Library Basement construction projects, the Nelson Town Buildings Committee completed a comprehensive Request for Proposal for Architectural Services for developing construction drawings and specifications for bid packages from construction firms for these two projects.  The Select Board approved this RFP as presented by the Nelson Town Buildings Committee at our meeting on 6/12. Edie created the RFP documents and mailed them to architectural firms in our area on 6/13. We will also advertise our intention to hire an architect in a local newspaper and on the Nelson website. Once we have an architect on board, the Buildings Committee will work with him/her to complete the bid packages for our projects. We will then request fixed, not to exceed, price bids from contractors and have these figures available for action of the Town at our 2014 Town Meetings. Information (which will be updated regularly) about this project, including links to the RFPs, may be found here [click].

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