Love this Town? Run for Office!

From the desk of Sandy Brackett, Landaff Ledger editor/owner;

Town of Landaff Board and Commission “Open” Positions 

*2022 Town Meeting and Voting dates and times to be announced

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Consider running for office this year.  In most cases the time commitments are not oppressive, the tasks are do-able and the satisfaction of contributing to the effective and efficient functioning of our town is substantial.

Below you will find a complete list of the positions that need to be filled by Landaff residents to make the Town run.  In each section I have indicated how many openings there are this year.

Filing for public office takes place at the Town Clerk’s office. The first day to file will be

Wednesday, January 19th and the last day will be Friday, January 28th, 2022.  In addition to their usual

hours, the Town Clerk’s office will be open to accept filings from 3 to 5pm on Friday January 28th.

Openings for 2022

Town Clerk:(1 vacancy) three-year term

Responsibilities:
The Town Clerk’s position is a part time, paid elective office. Town Clerks are responsible for all the Town’s official records including but not limited to elections, licensing, and registrations (such as pets or motor vehicles) along with records keeping of births, marriages, and deaths.  The Town Clerk handles new voter registrations and absentee ballot requests, election ballot preparation, minutes of Town Meeting, and reporting out of various municipal records.
Meeting Schedule:
Meets weekly on Wednesday nights with Select Board. Town Clerk office hours Tuesdays 9-11am and 5-7pm.

Select Board:(1 vacancy) three-year term

Responsibilities:
In accordance with RSA 41:8, the Board of Selectmen functions as an executive branch to manage the “prudential” affairs of the town.  This allows the Board to implement actions adopted at Town Meeting and gives the Board authority to spend money, sign deeds, appoint new officials, compose legal ordinances and policies and enter into contractual agreements in accord with adopted Town policies and regulations.  Specific responsibilities include managing roads and highways, hazardous buildings, health and welfare, financial accounting, election duties, property appraisal and taxation, and litigation.
Meeting Schedule:
Currently meets weekly on Wednesday nights and as needed.

Trustees of the Trust Funds:(1 vacancy) three-year term

Responsibilities:
Trustees of Trust Funds (NH RSAs Chapter 31)are the custodians of the town’s perpetual care funds, charitable trusts, and capital reserve/expendable trust funds. Trustees of Trust Funds make the decisions regarding expenditure from these funds based on the wishes of the donor in the case of privately donated funds and release capital reserve funds and expendable trust funds to the appropriate government officials upon request. Trustees of Trust Funds decide how these funds are to be invested based on the investment policy adopted by the Trustees.
Meeting Schedule:
Monthly or as needed.

Planning Board:(1 vacancy) three-year term

Responsibilities:
The Planning Board (RSA 674) rules on applications for subdivisions, boundary changes, and development site plans as well as driveway permits.  They are also responsible to develop and update the town’s state-required Master Plan, which guides development within the town and lays down plans for infrastructure and other needs into the future.  Planning Board also proposes Planning and Zoning regulations to the Town Meeting for implementation of the Master Plan.
Meeting Schedule:
Monthly – Second Monday of the Month

Zoning Board of Adjustment: (1 vacancy) three-year term

Responsibilities:
The ZBA (RSA 674:33) acts as an appeals board relating to land use decisions by the Select Board, Town staff, or Planning Board.  They hear appeals of administrative or Planning Board decisions, and authorize variances to the terms of zoning ordinances.
Meeting Schedule:
As Needed

Supervisors of the Checklist: (1 vacancy) six-year term

Responsibilities:
Checklist supervisors keep the Town’s voting list up to date and manage registration during elections. Checklist committee appoints Moderator if a mid-term vacancy occurs.
Meeting Schedule:
Meets to update list once or twice before each election; two out of the three supervisors must be present throughout voting hours on election days.

Moderator: (1 vacancy) two-year term

Responsibilities:
The Moderator oversees all elections and chairs Town Meeting. At town meeting, RSA 40:4 requires the moderator “to preside at town meetings, regulate the business thereof, decide questions of order, and make a public declaration of every vote passed.”

The Moderator is also in charge of the election process from start to finish, whether it is by unofficial ballot, partisan official ballot, or the non-partisan official ballot (the so-called “Australian ballot”). Upon completion of the ballot counting, the moderator files a certification of election with the town clerk that indicates the number of votes received by each candidate.
There is no set Meeting Schedule

Conservation Commission: (1 vacancy) three-year term

Responsibilities:
The Conservation Commission (RSA 36-A) studies natural resources and develops long-term plans and strategies for the protection of important places.  The Commission works to permanently protect land, educate the public about conservation and renewable energy, and manage any town-owned lands for timber production, recreation and wildlife.  A local Conservation Commission also works with the state’s Department of Environmental Services to provide local comment on wetland permits.
Meeting Schedule:
Monthly – last Thursday of the month as needed

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