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CONWAY — The police department looking for a $300,000 budget increase in 2012, but not one that includes any more police officers. “It isn’t that we don’t need police officers,” commission chair Theresa Kennett said, but “we’re trying to balance our needs.” The department budget for 2011 was $2.8 million. In 2012 the commissioners are looking for $3.1 million, according to the town’s proposed operating budget handed out at the selectmen’s meeting last Tuesday. The increases, according to the department, will pay for contractually obligated raises and rising costs like gasoline, retirements and earned time buyouts that have caught the department by surprise in recent years. “$60,000 of it is an increase in retirement because the state isn’t paying their portion,” chief Ed Wagner said, and $35,000 is for earned time buyouts for when people leave the department. The department has been hamstrung for most of the last year after several officers left and cashed out earned time packages amounting to as much as $30,000. That had the department holding off on hiring to
fill vacant positions in hopes of saving money on salaries. “We had to make a decision,” Wagner said. “We’re already asking for $300,000 extra. Do we want to ask for $400,000?” The 2012 budget already adds in costs of an officer voters approved last year. That position wasn’t approved until town meeting, so the department only budgeted from July 1 to Dec. 31. The department had to add $37,500 to cover the first half of the year next year. And as it is, the department has had a tough time filling the positions this year. Two positions currently sit vacant. Two other new hires still have to attend the state police academy before they can begin patrolling. The department has been taking advantage of every opportunity to point out it has too few officers, but "We're going to put that on the back burner," Wagner said. But no additional officers in the budget doesn’t necessarily mean the department roster will stay at 22. Last year the commission put a warrant article on the ballot asking if voters would approve money to fund two more officers, an article that was ultimately defeated. “That’s still on the table,” Kennett said. At the next board meeting, she said, “I intend to bring that up.”
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“We have a sign up at the store from the state saying we are a winner, but we don't know who bought the ticket,” said Shaw's North Conway store manager Karen Farmer Monday. “But wouldn't an extra $1,000 a week be nice?” The North Conway store will receive a percentage for selling the winning ticket, said Farmer.
Tri-State Weekly Grand and TriState Weekly Grand Extra tickets are on sale in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. To date, nine jackpot winning tickets for this game have been sold. New Hampshire has sold three of those winners while Maine has had four winners and Vermont two winners. Prior to Friday, New Hampshire’s last Tri-State Weekly Grand Extra jackpot winner was Nancy Swanson of Salem on July 1, 2011.
The Conway Daily Sun, Tuesday, November 15, 2011