TRI COUNTY CAP TRYING TO STABILIZE OPERATIONS

by Gair on December 19, 2012

THE CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER FOR ONE OF THE NORTH COUNTRY’S LARGEST EMPLOYERS SAYS HE’S TRYING TO MAINTAIN SERVICES TO THE PUBLIC AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE WHILE MAKING NEEDED ADJUSTMENTS TO PROGRAMS THAT HAVE CONSISTENTLY FAILED TO MEET THEIR EXPENSES.

PETER HIGBEE SAYS TRI COUNTY COMMUNITY ACTION PROGRAM – OR TRI COUNTY CAP – HAS “TRIED FOR MANY YEARS TO DO TOO MUCH FOR TOO MANY WITHOUT CAREFULLY WATCHING THE BOTTOM LINE – AND THERE COMES A TIME WHEN THAT CATCHES UP WITH YOU.”

ON FRIDAY A NEW HAMPSHIRE COURT AUTHORIZED THE SUSPENSION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE NON PROFIT TRI COUNTY CAP – AND APPOINTED A CONCORD LAWYER TO ACT AS A SPECIAL TRUSTEE IN THEIR PLACE.

THE ACTION FOLLOWED QUESTIONS EARLIER IN DEC. 2012 ABOUT WHETHER TRI COUNTY CAP COULD CONTINUE TO PROVIDE SERVICES AND SATISFY ITS FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS.

THE ORGANIZATION EMPLOYS ABOUT 300 WORKERS AND PROVIDES SERVICES TO THOUSANDS OF HOUSEHOLDS IN A 4,500 SQUARE MILE SERVICE AREA IN COOS, CARROLL AND GRAFTON COUNTIES.

THOSE SERVICES INCLUDE RUNNING THE SO-CALLED BLUE LOON BUS SYSTEM SOME HAVE CRITICIZED FOR ITS COST AND INEFFICIENCY – A DENTAL CLINIC IN TAMWORTH, JOB TRAINING, EMERGENCY FUEL ASSISTANCE – AND A VARIETY OF PROGRAMS FOR AT-RISK YOUTH, SENIORS AND THE HOMELESS.

THE SPECIAL TRUSTEE IS NOW WORKING TO ASSESS THE ORGANIZATION’S FINANCIAL SITUATION AND STABILIZE ITS OPERATIONS, WITH THE FIRST OBJECTIVE TO AVOID OR MINIMIZE ANY IMMEDIATE INTERRUPTIONS TO SERVICES.

HIGBEE SAYS ALL PROGRAMS WILL BE REVIEWED AS OPTIONS ARE LOOKED AT THAT WILL “ENABLE TRI COUNTY CAP TO FULFILL ITS MISSION AND OPERATE IN A FISCALLY SOUND MANNER.”

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