Before Jack Barnes officially retires and leaves office as my state senator in Concord, I wanted to formally thank him for his exemplary services to the Northwood community and our selectboard during his years in office. Needless to say, his upcoming retirement from public service will be sorely missed but never forgotten.
When the approval for the new Hannaford grocery store was in jeopardy, Senator Barnes came the next day and assisted the Selectmen in sorting through the obstacles and worked with us to resolve them with state and federal officials. That store is our largest employer and allows our residents to shop locally for their food and medicine. No longer having to drive the 20+ miles round-trip to purchase their necessities out-of-town, our citizens are saving thousands of dollars in transportation costs each year.
Following HUD’s announcement of a $3 million federal grant to build a 31-unit elderly housing facility we were all very pleased. However, the project was later held up for months until the issue with the MtBE contamination was resolved in that area. Jack attended several meetings with the selectmen along with state and federal officials and understood how important that housing facility would be for our seniors.
Words cannot adequately describe how much his legislative services have meant for Northwood. I wish him well in his retirement years from public service.
Jim Hadley, Selectman
Town of Northwood