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Select Board Minutes: April 17, 2017



Monday, April 17, 2017 6:30 p.m.

Selectmen Present:  Allan Bailey, Barbara Guelcher and Curtis Hopkins


Chairman Bailey called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.

Present: Marcia Nadeau

Chairman Bailey MOVED to accept the Selectmen’s meeting minutes from April 10, 2017 SECOND Selectwoman Guelcher VOTE unanimous

Chairman Bailey MOVED to accept the Selectmen’s Non-Public meeting minutes from April 10, 2017 SECOND Selectwoman Guelcher VOTE unanimous

Tax deeded property list – Mrs. Fox asked Chairman Bailey if he would like a letter sent out asking if the property owner would like to come in to discuss with the Select Board before the tax deeding date of June 7, 2017.  Chairman Bailey stated yes.

Memo from Town Treasurer, Janet McCullough of her vacation from June 2, 2017 to June 15, 2017.                                                                                              

Monadnock Family Services thank you letter received.

Chairman Bailey MOVED to sign agreement with Fairpoint Energy as a supplier for electricity at a rate of .0899 for 18 months  SECOND Selectmen Hopkins VOTE unanimous

68 West Hill Complaint, Zoning Violation – May 4th is 30 day deadline.

Map 32 Lot 2A complaint – TABLED

Building Inspector – Chairman Bailey did some research and the Select Board cannot hire a building inspector at this time because the ordinance is not in place to do so. The ordinance will have to be voted on next year at Town Meeting. Chairman Bailey asked NHMA legal team on what the Select Board could do till next year and is waiting on a response – TABLED

Troy Mills Update – Selectmen Hopkins stated that he has no new information.

Nuisance Ordinance – Selectwoman Guelcher read the proposed ordinance.  The Select Board discussed – TABLED

John Nalen & Kimberly McGonagle of 42 Granite St & Jim Dicey – Chairman Bailey explained that a decision had to be made on what the Town was going to do about the plowing on Granite St.  Mr. Nalen stated that it was plowed to one side this year and worked good.  Mr. Dicey stated that it wasn’t good because of the backing down Granite St and to the resident on the other side that got most of the snow built up in front of the driveway. Chairman Bailey stated that we have a few options. One option would be a hammer head turnaround at the end of street in which the owner of the property has agreed to sell easement. The issue with the hammer head turnaround is the residents are concerned that it will turn into a place to park. Second option is to purchase the State land that is beyond Mr. Nalen’s and take part of Mr. Nalen’s land by eminent domain to get to the land that will be purchased from the State. Chairman Bailey asked Mr. Nalen if he had any suggestions on the two options. Mr. Nalen stated it’s really not his issue. Mr. Nalen asked the Select Board how they feel about the two options. Chairman Bailey asked Mr. Dicey what his thoughts were and Mr. Dicey stated that it is a big safety issue to be backing down Granite St. Mr. Nalen stated that it is also a safety issue for trucks to be turning around on his property when his family is out there. Mr. Nalen offered the Town to use his driveway to turn around and would be willing to put his vehicles in the garage to allow more room. Mr. Dicey stated that it would work for a while but there needs to be a place to push the snow.

Andrew Mitchell of 135 South St – Mr. Mitchell stated when he first purchased his home he was paying property taxes on 2.5 acres of land then in 2009 it changed to 5 acres and he is really unsure as to why.  Last year Mr. Mitchell had his land surveyed and he actually has 3.72 acres of land. The Select Board looked over the survey and maps. Chairman Bailey asked Mrs. Fox to get the tax card corrected with the 3.72 acres. Chairman Bailey told Mr. Mitchell that he will need to find out what can legally be abated, not sure how far back we can abate. Mr. Mitchell would also like to discuss the fireworks ordinance that was changed a few months ago. Mr. Mitchell breeds horses and there has been instances where fireworks were set off by the neighbors over his pasture and the horses got scared and broke out. Mr. Mitchell called the State Fire Marshal and he stated the he has never heard of a town decreasing laws for fireworks.  Mr. Mitchell also put in a call to State of NH Agriculture because his farm is registered with the USDA.  Mr. Mitchell would like to know if the Select Board would consider provisions to the new fireworks ordinance. Chairman Bailey stated that the ordinance states that all State and Federal laws need to be followed. Chairman Bailey stated that at this time we won’t be changing the fireworks ordinance.

Joseph Labrake – Ordinance on jake brakes.  Chairman Bailey sent an email to NHMA and has not heard back.

Selectmen Hopkins stated that we need to make sure that public hearings are more advertised so more residents can attend.

91 North Main St – Chairman Bailey sent letter.

Letter from McLane (Map 15 Lot 1) –  Selectmen Hopkins researched and didn’t find anything that would have to do with zoning ordinances or Town ordinances. Chairman Bailey asked Mrs. Fox to send an email to McLane and let them know that as long as Federal and State laws are being followed then there is no permit required from the Town.

Chairman Bailey asked Selectmen Hopkins to take on the job having working on the job descriptions.

Chairman Bailey informed the Select Board that the Library will be closed for the new flooring to be put in from April 27, 2017 to May 6, 2017.

Nelson St complaint – Tree branch from a neighbor’s tree fell on property and they would like the neighbor to clean it up.  Chairman Bailey stated there isn’t anything the Town can do in this matter. Mrs. Fox please call and let the resident know.                    

Chairman Bailey is working on the 91-A compliance for each committee.   

Budget committee met last week and Chairman Bailey has made a proposed budget meeting schedule starting in September.

Marcia Nadeau asked what the status of the lumber from DA Brothers.  Selectwoman Guelcher stated the wood had been returned. Mrs. Nadeau stated that she talked with Norm Whitney and he told her that he spoke with Selectwoman Guelcher about doing the work on the Gazebo at a much lower rate.  Selectwoman Guelcher stated that he never spoke to her about this.  Mrs. Fox stated that it was an email that was sent that was given to Selectwoman Guelcher and the email was received months after the bidding was done.

Selectmen Hopkins suggested we start a bidding list.  Selectmen Hopkins MOVED to start a bidding list for people interested on bidding can have a letter sent when bidding comes available SECOND Chairman Bailey VOTE unanimous

Chairman Bailey MOVED to go into non-public session under RSA 91-A:3 II (a) SECOND Selectmen Hopkins VOTE unanimous

8:36 pm Select Board came out of non-public session

Chairman Bailey MOVED to seal the minutes of the non-public session SECOND Selectwoman Guelcher VOTE unanimous

Chairman Bailey MOVED to adjourn at 8:39 pm SECOND Selectmen Hopkins VOTE unanimous