About Terry Clark

Keene City Councilor, Cheshire County Treasurer, Realtor®

Cheshire County “Shepherd Program”

Get to know Cheshire County government:

The Cheshire County “Shepherd Program” is a part of the Maplewood Nursing Home.

The Shepherd Program helps county residents who are in need of durable medical equipment. Established by the Cheshire County Sheriff’s Department in the late 1990’s, the program recycles donations of used medical equipment. It is now run through Maplewood’s Rehab Department and is based on available inventory.

Who is eligible for the Shepherd Program?
This program is available to all residents of Cheshire County. Items are loaned free of charge on a short-term or long-term basis. The program seeks to assist county residents with equipment for visiting family or friends, and for those who are recovering at home or who have an ongoing need.

How is the Program run?
The program is run by appointment only at 399-7368. The program loans and accepts donations of durable medical equipment that are clean and in good condition, including wheelchairs, walkers, tub/shower seats, and commodes. 

How are Items made available?
Items are available on a first call/first reserve basis, and arrangements to pick up items are made by calling 399-7368. Donated and returned equipment is sanitized and stored at Maplewood, with minor repairs and adjustments as needed. An inventory of available items is maintained, and reservations are based on existing inventory and on a first call basis. Pick-up is by appointment only.

How are Donations made?
Donations are made by calling 399-7368. If you have equipment to donate, please call in advance so that we can check our existing inventory for need. Donated items must be clean and in good condition in order to be accepted into the program. Donations are logged and thank you letters sent (values are not included). Donations are by appointment only.

Who is the Shepherd Program contact person?
Please contact Sally Jenna, our Rehab Technician, at 603-399-7368. She will be happy to assist you! Sally’s hours at Maplewood are Mon-Fri: 5:30am-1:30pm.

Time to support the Democratic nominee

I’ve always thought that the greatest thing about this country is that every election cycle, millions of us stand actively for candidates who sing our particular song. We knock on doors, write letters, put up signs, donate money and march in the streets. And, we are frequently downright militant about our choices. That’s the quality we have that vets our choices and trumpets the issues we feel strongly about.

But, Democracy isn’t about always getting exactly what you want. Democracy is a coalition of ideas. Its about good governance.

My choice for President suspended his campaign today and appealed to supporters to press the presumptive nominee to adopt his priorities: healthcare for all, a livable wage, sustainable energy and universal education, et al, at the convention.

Heaven knows, the current pandemic is proving that his ideas are exactly what we need right now. But, he didn’t tell his supporters to stay home because he didn’t win. He told them that defeating the current occupant of the White House is the most pressing issue in the short term. Because, what we have now is not good governance.

In the end, good governance is my first choice. That is why I’m going to support Joe Biden with all the zeal I have shown for Bernie Sanders, and hope that you will too.

Give Us Test Kits Now!

undefinedI appeal to the state and federal authorities to give us the testing kits necessary to set up municipal and county sponsored mobile test points to identify COVID-19 cases. Empirical evidence is showing that those countries that have done massive testing have seen a flattening in they’re infection curve.

It is understood that the official policy is to test only people who have been officially identified as having contracted the COVID-19 virus, but may I suggest that policy is no longer valid, since it presumes that we are at the beginning of this crisis. Carriers of this virus have long since separated from their inceptors and are now freely infecting new hosts.

It is time now to speedily send all emergency management teams a supply of test kits that can identify carriers of this virus so that they may minimize the spread of this highly infectious virus.

Monetary cost is no longer an important focus. We must do whatever is necessary to provide team leaders with the tools to combat this contagion.

Continued discussion that delayed identification and treatment is not in the best interest of the health and welfare of the citizenry. We must act now to determine who is infected and move forward swiftly without delay.

It is apparent that our Federal and State officials will not act swiftly on our behalf, so I ask local government to bond measures that will ensure all of our citizens safety.

https://www.independent.ie/world-news/coronavirus/irish-developed-kit-confirms-infection-in-15-minutes-39046582.html?fbclid=IwAR2rqABin8KB-Z36H8dOuIqJT7m7kYobVK7FZaqsp753fDjW15wiULEkFoY

Address to “No One Is Above The Law” Rally On Central Square In Keene

I WANT TO SPEAK TO YOU TODAY ABOUT THE ABUSE OF POWER FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF A MINOR, LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIAL.

FOR ME, THE VERY BASIC MOTIVATION FOR SOMEONE IN MY POSITION HAS BEEN TO SELFLESSLY DO THE MOST GOOD FOR THE MOST NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN MY COMMUNITY.

THE BEST EXAMPLE IS WHEN WE LEVERAGE TAX DOLLARS TO MAINTAIN A SAFE, HEALTHY AND PROSPEROUS ENVIRONMENT FOR PEOPLE TO LIVE, WORK AND PLAY IN OUR COMMUNITY.

THE PAY AND PERKS ARE MINIMAL. BUT THE REWARD IN SATISFACTION IS TREMENDOUS.

NOT THAT LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IN AMERICA HAVE BEEN IMMUNE TO ABUSE – THERE ARE MANY HIGH-PROFILE EXAMPLES OF PATRONAGE AND SPECIAL TREATMENT, BUT AS A RULE, THE PROPENSITY FOR ABUSE TENDS TO INCREASE AS POWER BECOMES MORE CONCENTRATED.

WE HAVE STRUGGLED WITH THAT CONCENTRATION OF POWER AND ABUSE THROUGHOUT OUR NATION’S HISTORY, AND THE SAFEGUARDS WE HAVE PUT INTO PLACE TO COMBAT THAT ABUSE ARE BEGINNING TO FAIL US.

TODAY WE HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO HAS STRIPPED AWAY THE CAMOUFLAGE OF ABUSE IN AMERICAN POLITICS AND HAS EXPOSED IT FOR ALL TO SEE.

IN A WORLD WHERE PRESIDENTS ONCE PUT THEIR BUSINESS INTERESTS IN BLIND TRUSTS, WHERE PRESIDENTS ONCE OPENED THE BOOKS TO THEIR PERSONAL WEALTH AND INCOME, IN A WORLD WHERE PRESIDENTS DREW THE LINE OF CRONYISM AT OUR NATIONAL BORDERS. WE NOW HAVE A WORLD WHERE THE PRESIDENT OPENLY VIOLATES THE EMOLUMENTS CLAUSE OF THE CONSTITUTION, REFUSES TO DISCLOSE HIS INCOME OR BUSINESS DEALINGS, AND WORSE, OPENLY SIDES WITH OUR ENEMIES TO COMPROMISE THE SOVEREIGNTY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

IN A WORLD WHERE SEXUAL MISCONDUCT, MISOGYNY AND BIGOTRY ONCE SPELLED THE END OF A PRESIDENT’S POLITICAL CAREER, WE HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO IS SOMEHOW ABLE TO THRIVE IN THAT ATMOSPHERE!

AS A LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIAL, AS A FATHER AND HUSBAND, AS A VETERAN, AS A CITIZEN OF MY COUNTRY AND COMMUNITY, I AM APPALLED AND ASHAMED AT THE REPUTATION OUR COUNTRY IS FAST GAINING WITH THE REST OF THE FREE WORLD.

BUT, WHAT APPALLS ME MOST IS THAT SO MANY ELECTED OFFICIALS, SO MANY OF MY NEIGHBORS, ARE WILLING TO STAND BY AND IGNORE THIS ABHORRENT BEHAVIOR.

WHY DO THEY DO IT? 

IT’S MY VIEW THAT MANY DO IT IN ORDER TO SATISFY THEIR OWN POLITICAL AND MONETARY GAIN. 

HOW DO THEY DO IT? 

THEY PREY UPON PEOPLE’S FEARS AND PREJUDICES.

I FIND IT UNCONSCIONABLE THAT A MEMBER OF CONGRESS OR SENATE WOULD ALLOW THIS ABHORRENT BEHAVIOR IN ORDER TO GET ONE MORE SEAT ON THE SUPREME COURT, OR TO OPEN UP ONE MORE ACRE OF OUR NATIONAL PARKS FOR EXPLOITATION. 

I UNDERSTAND THAT THEY MAY HONESTLY BELIEVE IN A CONSERVATIVE SUPREME COURT, OR THAT THEY BELIEVE THAT MINING OUR PRISTINE NATIONAL PARKS IS GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY, BUT, WHERE IS THE DECENCY? 

HOW FAR INTO THE GUTTER WILL PEOPLE GO TO SATISFY THEIR SICK SENSE OF POLITICAL LUST?

I WANT TO THANK THE ORGANIZERS OF THIS EVENT. WHAT WE DO HERE TODAY IS JUST A SMALL PART OF WHAT MUST BE DONE TO RESTORE SOME SENSE OF DIGNITY TO COUNTRY.

Keene, NH and It’s Budget Time.

Here’s the thing: This year’s city budget addresses the services that most taxpayers are used to having. The question is, how many of these services should be funded by the state or regionally?

Keene is an island in a sea of small towns that create pressures for extended city services like public works, police, fire and social services. To exacerbate things, Keene is the home to more than $650 million in non-taxable land that houses government, medical, non-profit, and religious institutions.

The proper justification for our current financial model used to be, and I say used to be, that increased commerce will provide tax revenues to offset the increased costs. But, employment and housing dynamics have changed over the years, and that model is no longer valid. I don’t believe we can continue using that model and expect the trajectory of our tax rate to be sustainable.

We can’t start slashing and burning the budget. But we can rewrite our fiscal policies to set a new course over the next few years that will resemble the changing financial landscape we now live in.

Our senior city staff is among the best and the brightest – on average they are earning $117,000 a year – together, we can figure out how to do this a different way.

City Solar Array Deemed Overwhelming Success

SolarRooftopThe 643.2-kilowatt grid-tied solar electric system installed atop Keene’s public works department on Marlboro St. late last year has been deemed an overwhelming success by senior staff in charge of the project.

At a rain-soaked ribbon cutting event held on site Monday, Brentwood, NH-based ReVision Energy spokesman Dan Weeks told a crowded room of officials and residents that “even today, the system is performing well, producing nearly 400kw of electricity for this facility.”

In 2018 the Keene City Council approved a resolution to generate 100% of our electricity from renewable sources, with the plan to reach that goal by 2030. The city’s Energy and Climate committee has been given until December of 2020 to complete that plan.

SolarHoistBut, even before that happens, the city is expected to begin planning on phase two of it’s solarization project. Assistant public works director Duncan Watson said Monday that he expects a request for proposals to install an even larger array at the Dillant-Hopkins Airport will be sent out in the next few months. That array will provide power for the city’s sewage treatment facility, which is the city’s largest user of electricity.

Many in the region have argued that, since the Marlboro Street project has performed so well, it is safe to take a much bolder step and partner with other entities – towns, county government and business – to create a regional micro-grid to support additional facilities and add resiliency to the regional power supply.

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Preliminary discussions between the Energy and Climate Committee (ECC) and Cheshire County government officials indicate that a partnership on energy projects could happen soon if senior city staff and council leadership were to adopt a more aggressive agenda.

The ECC has asked mayor Kendall Lane to expand the committee membership in order to invite major stakeholders like the county, school district and colleges to send voting representative to the committee. That proposal will be heard by the Keene City Council Finance Committee Thursday.

350SolarRoofThis particular initiative will go a long way in meeting the 100% by 2030 goal because other energy stakeholders will need to be engaged in the process in order to meet the city-wide goal. And, it makes sense to share resources and plans to maximize the amount of energy savings across the city.

To see what Keene’s solar system is producing, both today and across its lifetime, click here: [https://enjoy.solar/Keene]

Redux –

Screen Shot 2019-02-21 at 3.41.28 PMI am happy that the City Council’s Planning Licenses and Development Committee gave voters  a small victory when it voted 5-0 to deny a fracked gas pipeline under the Hickey-Desilets Park. For those of you who missed the meeting, please refer to the City of Keene Granicus taping system. 

I’m troubled that the utility ignored a Public Utilities Commission order to send the city clerk the very document that explained option B, which was their permission to use an equally acceptable alternate route.

It’s disturbing that even after discovering that the committee knew about option B, a utility spokesman would tell the committee that the cost and danger of option B were greater than they actually are. I also find it troubling, yet I am relieved, that the utility lawyer had to walk-back the utility engineer’s testimony to the committee.

But, this behavior isn’t new. This utility has a history of skirting the truth and cutting corners, and has been fined tens of thousands of dollars over the last seven years for not following the rules. We never seemed to have any problems with the system until Liberty  Utilities bought NH Gas in 2012.

This all could be avoided if the utility would merely level with us in regards to it’s intentions, instead of trying to fly under the radar and hide key elements of its plans from the city council and the public.

I again call on the mayor and city manager to protect the integrity of our committee system by rebuking this company to the PUC. Otherwise, it’s going to be business as usual. And I ask my colleagues on the city council to remember what happened on that Wednesday night and hold this company accountable in future. 

Make Liberty Gas Accountable – Stop The Lies.

The Keene City Council’s Planning, Licenses and Development Committee voted February 13th 5-0 to deny Liberty Utility’s request to drill a fracked gas pipeline under the Hickey-Desilets Park on Winchester St. I hope the full council concurs when they meet next Thursday.

Liberty representatives behavior at the meeting was reprehensible. They knowingly misled the committee on two major points, which their attorney corrected after I presented a copy of the PUC order the company was supposed to send to the city in January – but didn’t.

In Keene, Liberty has a record of false statements and has been fined multiple times for not following established industry safety guidelines. Their biggest lie was when they told the media and city officials that the dangerous discharges of gas in 2015 had something to do with an aging pipeline system. The real reason, uncovered in a PUC report last year, was that they didn’t have enough employees on hand to monitor the system.

We have stopped the unnecessary drilling under the city park, but not under the river. By intervening, the Ashuelot River Local Advisory Committee and I have gotten environmental safeguards in place, but there is only so much regular citizens can do.

I call upon the mayor and city manager to protest loudly Liberty’s attempt to mislead the PLD Committee and insist that Liberty level with us about their future intentions in this city.