Crews were giving the Tornado the beginning safety checks.
By Tuesday, setup at Hudson’s Old Home Days was in full swing. Event Chairman Priscilla Clegg was on the grounds checking the placement of the rides. Dave Alukonis and his crew were working on getting the grills ready and preparing to feed the hungry attendees. Esther McGraw and her crew had been cleaning the inside of Hills House for several days and were setting up displays. On the grounds, the carnival staff was starting to set up rides, tents, fences, along with doing safety inspections.
“It looks like we are on target for another fun weekend,” said Clegg, who was searching for her lengthening to-do list. “I just have to add a few more items to my list.”
The roofing crew was trying to finish the last piece before Old Home Days festivities started.
Sydney 12, Kelli 12, and Ally 12
For once, Hudson parents let their children leave the house with “crazy hair.” The Hudson Recreation Department held their annual “Crazy Hair Day” last Wednesday with Autum, 8, Alyssah, 11, and Ally, 12, being the winners for their age groups.
“I like to mess my hair up because usually my mom doesn’t let me mess it up,” Olivia 11, said.
There were a total of 30 participants in the competition, with the majority of the children falling into the 9, 10, and 11 age group (6, 7, 8 and 12, 13, and 14 were the other two age groups).
“We had over 20 in that age group,” counselor Frank Girginis said about the middle age group.
The older children also enjoyed getting in on the fun.
“It’s fun looking in the mirror to see how crazy your hair looks,” Kelli, 12, said.
Crazy Hair day winners: Autum 8, Alussah 11, and Ally 12
The 165 acre Hudson property once known as Benson’s Wild Animal Farm will now be called Benson Park, per a unanimous decision made by the Board of Selectmen during their August 4 meeting.
Selectman Shawn Jasper, who is the selectman representative to the Benson’s Committee, informed his fellow board members that the committee had agreed upon this name in honor of John T. Benson, who founded the landmark back in 1924.
Since the property itself will now be known as Benson Park, the Benson’s Committee will subsequently be referred to as the Benson Park Committee.
Before a vote was taken, Selectmen Vice Chairman Ken Massey raised a concern regarding ownership issues related to this name. However, Jasper assured Massey that the name is not copyrighted.
“Benson Park. It will honor the man who owned the property at the very beginning. I think that’s appropriate,” Massey therefore concluded.
“It would be a disservice to our community to not include Benson in the name of that park in some fashion,” agreed Selectmen Chairman Roger Coutu.
Following the expected mid-August departure of Kathy Nealon from Hudson’s Assessing Department, the full time position of Assessment Technician will subsequently become available.
As a whole, the Hudson Assessing Department, per state law, bears the responsibility of equitably estimating the market value for all real estate within the town for taxation purposes, according to the town’s Website.
The Assessment Technician job description, which was updated last year, states that this individual performs “the technical work involved in the assessment of residential real property for ad valorem [value proportion] purposes.”
Major responsibilities therefore stemming from this position are residential building measurement and inspection, land and land change assessments, and record keeping related to technical facets of property construction and placing.
The Assessment Technician, who currently reports to the Assistant Assessor, additionally devotes a fraction of time to verifying sales figures resulting from real estate transactions and performing exemption application reviews.
Among the necessary criteria for candidate eligibility would be the possession of background training in property appraisal, along with a familiarity of all related laws. The pay range for the position, based on a six step wage schedule, spans from $43,909 to $52,191.
During the July 28 Board of Selectmen meeting, Assistant Assessor Jim Michaud defended the need for the Assessment Technician slot to remain full time following Nealon’s exit. Referring to several reasons that he had previously outlined in a memo to the board, Michaud pointed out that the town has not increased its full time Assessing Department office staff within the past three decades, despite the fact that town parcel counts, population counts, and property tax bases have increased significantly within this time frame.
“There is a clear fiscal necessity to at least maintain the sound investments in fair and equitable assessing of both the current, as well as prior, Boards of Selectmen, and the statutorily required functions of the Assessing Department. The maintenance of this full-time position is of a fiscal necessity for the Town’s “revenue”/Assessing Department,” Michaud stated in his letter.
Upon meeting with the board, Michaud added that a larger abatement load along with an increase in property values and assessment inquiries are expected within the next year.
The Board of Selectmen agreed with all lines of Michaud’s thinking and unanimously approved this posting pending written resignation from Nealon.
“It makes sense to continue to fill this position … .I think that we are getting value for our money,” affirmed Selectmen Vice Chairman Ken Massey.
Selectmen Chairman Roger Coutu then praised Michaud and his department. “I’m constantly reminded, Mr. Michaud, of your professionalism and your ability in the past to recruit some of the finest people in the field to work for the community … I think we have an outstanding assessing department,” stated Coutu.
Michaud expects a “healthy amount of people” to submit applications. His goal is to conduct interviews and have candidate recommendations ready for the Board of Selectmen by early September.
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