The Portsmouth Town Council held a meeting Wednesday at Town Hall. Featured here is a report of the actions taken.
[Updated at 11:07 p.m. Wednesday]
Sandy Point Beach opening
Following the meeting, Town Administrator John Klimm's opening this summer. He said the beach will open, but there is currently no funding available for lifeguards until the start of the new fiscal year on July 1.
"There is no funding until the first of July, until the next fiscal year," Klimm said. "It would mean no funding for lifeguards. That's what I'm trying to prevent from happening.
"The beach would never close; it would just not be staffed by lifeguards."
The cost to staff the beach with lifeguards is about $4,000 to $5,000, Klimm said. The town works with the Portsmouth Action for Youth group to hire lifeguards every year.
"It's not that we cut funding," Klimm said. "There just isn't any funding, yet."