Long-time Selectman Harry Judd Ousted

“I think people of Bow were ready for a change, but we appreciate everything Harry has done for the town in the past,” said Bruce  Marshall who defeated Harry Judd on March 10, 2020 by a vote of 845-563.

Marshall said: “I think, based on comments I heard all day, the issue was that for the past 18-20 years, because we knew the power plant was going to be slowly faded out, we’ve been promised to make it possible for that commercial land along Route 3A to be developed,” he said.

“What I heard most was, they wanted to see promises about making up for the lost tax revenue from the power plant picked up through other development and they hadn’t seen that happen.”

Let’s Thank Harry for His Service, Then Move On

by Chuck Douglas

Longtime selectman Harry Judd has decided to keep on running for selectman again after 18 years in office. It is time for a change. Americans overwhelmingly support term limits for elected officials for a good reason – no one should hold power for too long in a democracy. Bow voters have a great choice with candidate Bruce Marshall who is a lawyer and a licensed Professional Engineer.

Harry Judd was fond of saying that as a selectman the town got a free lawyer. Bruce Marshall will bring that same training to the table, but we will also get a “free” civil engineer when we need him most. For decades Bow and Concord have tussled over water for Bow Junction but the times they are a changing.

In fact, on March 24 the Selectmen have scheduled a public meeting to review a feasibility study and time-line for work proposed by the NH Department of Environmental Services (DES) at Bow Junction. What better time to have a lawyer and civil engineer at the table who for years handled environmental issues for the NH Department of Transportation working with DES. It has been told to me by many Concord officials that in years past the water issue went nowhere with the city because Harry’s arrogant and condescending attitude alienated city leaders from working with Bow. His my way or the highway approach was on full display recently at a Selectmen’s meeting when a fellow member disagreed with him Harry got up and stormed out of the meeting but not before telling the man to “go ___ himself.”

For years Harry controlled the power plant tax litigation and kept paying utility expert Skip Sansoucy huge sums of money when he lacked credibility with the trial judge hearing our case. To refresh your memory on Harry Judd’s involvement with Public Service Company go to www.thebowtimes.com and key up the April 2018 front page article “Harry Judd and PSNH… What is the Connection?” 18 years of service is appreciated but it is time for the voters to choose a person better suited for the multi-million dollar water project that may well be a milestone for Concord and Bow’s relationship.

I sincerely urge you to elect Bruce Marshall on Tuesday March 10 and change it up for the new challenges ahead for Bow.

Atty Bruce Marshall Challenges Harry Judd for Selectman

A Civil Engineer with a law degree is running against Harry Judd for a three year term on the Board of Selectmen. Marshall is 56 years old and lives on Sharon Drive with his wife Debra. Bruce Marshall administered the construction of millions of dollars worth of New Hampshire road and bridge construction while employed with the New Hampshire Department of Transportation from 1987 to 1999 as a Contract Administrator. He also has hands-on experience in the construction industry with everything from surveying and layout to heavy equipment operation as a licensed Professional Civil Engineer. For more than four years, Attorney Marshall was an Assistant Attorney General for the State of New Hampshire.
Attorney Marshall was counsel to the New Hampshire Department of Transportation for everything from employment matters to contract drafting and construction litigation. Attorney Marshall also handled numerous environmental issues for the NHDOT, often in cooperation with the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services. For the last fourteen years, Attorney Marshall has developed a construction law practice, representing dozens of contractors in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine and Vermont. Attorney Marshall’s practical knowledge of the industry allows him to communicate with clients as one contractor to another or one engineer to another, thus reducing overall litigation costs. He also represents engineering firms as well as developers and owners.

Attorney Marshall’s construction law experience includes everything from obtaining development approvals to drafting of contracts, overseeing the work, addressing construction issues as they arise, payment issues, binding, and related litigation.

Harry Judd, also an attorney, has been on the Board of Selectmen since 2002.

Bow Selectmen Announce $10,000,000 Settlement with PSNH

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The Selectmen on July 1 announced that a comprehensive settlement was reached with PSNH, ending 8 years of litigation over the assessment of Merrimack Station. The settlement resolves all matters in dispute and restores the relationship the Town and PSNH, now known as Eversource Energy, enjoyed for over 50 years. As with any settlement, this represents a compromise between the positions held by each party given that PSNH claimed more than $14,000,000 was owed.

In summary, the settlement provides:

1. All outstanding disputes, from 2014 through 2018 are resolved.
2. Being scheduled to start another trial, Bow will not incur the expense of more litigation, which could have been well over $250,000.
3. The assessment on Eversource property in Bow (after the sale of Merrimack Station and Garvin Falls Hydroelectric facility) are stipulated for tax years 2019 through 2023.
4. Eversource agreed to not challenge property tax assessments for tax years 2019 through 2023.
5. The Town will reimburse PSNH $10 million for overpayment of taxes.
6. No additional interest will be paid on the overpayment amount.
7. Thanks to prudent planning by the Town officials, $4,250,000 will be paid in 2019 without additional tax increases. The payments will be:

a. $3.25 million July 10, 2019
b. $500,000 on August 1, 2019
c. $500,000 on December 31, 2019

8. The remainder will be refunded as credits against future property tax obligations of Eversource over four years. The credits will be:

a. $1,550,000 in 2020
b. $1,400,000 in 2021
c. $1,400,000 in 2022
d. $1,400,000 in 2023

If the taxes owed by Eversource are less than the credit, the Town will pay Eversource the balance.

To offset the inevitable reduction in the value of Merrimack Station, Town officials have worked to attract new business investment. Examples of success are the Exel warehouse on Route 3-A and the newly constructed Coastal Forest Products facility on River Road. Since the fall of 2018, over $27 million of new property investment has been constructed in Bow and added at least $725,000 to the tax base at the current rate.

We are confident our business development zone will expand in the years ahead and serve to offset the decline in the assessed value of the Merrimack Station,” said the statement from the Selectmen.

The Selectmen said they were “confident the business district will continue to grow. At the same time, it must be recognized that there will be years of austerity as we transition away from relying on one large commercial taxpayer for the majority of our tax base.”

Property values have risen across Bow and a new re-assessment of properties with higher values will help offset the tax loss of Merrimack Station.