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Search Is On For New Fire Chief

By Thomas P. Caldwell

BRISTOL — The town is setting up a procedure for the selection of a new fire chief, with both a staff meeting and a survey to allow people to comment on the qualities they would like to see in Steven Yannuzzi’s replacement.

Yannuzzi resigned on July 21 after having been on paid administrative leave since April.

Selectman Rick Alpers suggested holding a listening session before posting an advertisement for the position, and holding two rounds of interviews to narrow the field of candidates. The selection committee, he said, should include two area fire chiefs and someone from the community.

Ben LaRoche, a member of the fire department, suggested taking the two-pronged approach, with a general meeting, then an opportunity for people to fill in a survey, to help determine what went into the ad.

Selectmen J.P. Morrison noted that the town in the past used the NH Municipal Association to aid in such searches, and asked whether such assistance is still possible. Alpers said they could hire Municipal Resources, Inc., but that would cost about $12,000.

Town Administrator Nik Coates agreed to work out details so they would be able to post the position no later than the selectmen’s next meeting, on Sept. 8.

In other business at the Aug. 22 selectmen’s meeting, Coates reported on the ongoing efforts to treat coliform at Breck-Plankey Spring. The public spring has been closed since coliform was detected. Coates said the town had administered a course of chlorine to treat the bacteria, and it cleared up after a couple of days, but then recurred. He said the grout and tiling may have to be redone, but meanwhile, they are doing another course of chlorine treatment in hopes of bringing the bacteria count down.

“Once we have a good test, it will be open again,” Coates said.

Janet Cote, a member of the Bristol Conservation Commission, said they do their best to keep the water clean and to warn the public about the risk of drinking unboiled water, even after normal test results. She said they would be looking at what else they can do to make sure people understand they’re using the water at their own risk.

The spring is popular among both summer and year-round residents looking for a natural water source. People also come from other towns to fill containers at the spring.

Barbara Greenwood reported on the successful summer concert series, and said they will be looking for sources to fund the series again next year.

25 August 2016

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