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Select Board Minutes: October 17, 2016



Monday, October 17, 2016 5:00 p.m.

Selectmen Present:  Barbara Guelcher, Allan Bailey and William T. Matson


Selectmen Matson called the meeting to order at 4:30 p.m.

Selectmen Bailey MOVED to accept the Selectmen’s minutes from October 11, 2016 SECOND Selectwoman Guelcher VOTE unanimous

Selectmen Bailey MOVED to accept the Selectmen’s Non-Public meeting minutes from October 11, 2016 SECOND Selectwoman Guelcher VOTE unanimous

Letter from Attorney Little about Troy mills being put back on the tax roll reviewed.

Chief Dave Ellis – Chief Ellis wanted to make suggestions on what to do with the bequest money.  The brush truck for fire department should be replaced, vests for the police department are expired this year, and ambulance needs to be replaced.  Chairman Matson stated that it should be in budget to replace the vests because we can’t send officers out in the field without protection. Chief Ellis also suggested purchasing a drone for when people are lost and also for fires. Chief Ellis would also like to purchase optics for the police department rifles. Selectwoman Guelcher thinks that every department should be asked what they need or will need in the future.  Selectmen Bailey thinks that we should be careful of spending the money before December 31st just to avoid going to Town Meeting. Selectmen Bailey likes the idea of putting money into individual capital reserves.  Chairman Matson would like to see at least $600,000 be invested and have it designated to separate departments. Chairman Matson would like to see the money go to things that the Town doesn’t already provide.

Recreation Budget – Bob Norton – Separate the recreation budget from the Samuel E. Paul Community Center budget.  Selectwoman Guelcher suggests that the revenue that comes in from summer camp be offset against budget.

Andrew Cooke, Attorney Sam Bradley – Attorney Bradley wants to know if Mr. Cooke’s land will stand in current use once the new Veterinarian Building is complete. Attorney Bradley states that there is 12.5 acres in current use and want to keep 10 acres in current use.  Attorney Bradley will get surveyor to mark off to keep the 10 acres in current use.

Selectwoman Guelcher notified the Select Board that Jim Dicey was in contact with Spencer Tate from Meridian Land Surveyors and the first part of the Granite St project will be done by November 1, 2016.

NHMA Conference – Chairman Matson MOVED to have Alissa Fox spend no more than $500 on attending the NHMA conference SECOND Selectmen Bailey VOTE unanimous

Monadnock Regional School District tax rate – Select Board reviewed spreadsheets

Beaupre – HUD-1 form that needs to be filled out to close out the federal grant.  Chairman Matson will fill out.

Letter from John Nalen – Chairman Matson received a call from Mr. Nalen.  Mr. Nalen is mad because Jim Dicey stopped by his house on Sunday.  The Select Board would like Mr. Dicey to come into next week’s meeting to discuss the Granite St project.

Selectwoman Guelcher heard back from the DRA about Herb Drugg’s show model.  Per RSA 72-7:A it is not suitable for use therefore should not be taxed.

Selectmen Bailey stated that if we move forward with the Granite St project then once completed there needs to be NO PARKING signs put up.

Sidewalk Easement that Selectmen Bailey looked into.  The Select Board does have a right to set a sidewalk ordinance.

Elections – Selectmen Bailey discussed with Marcy Johnson.  Mrs. Johnson suggests that we get extra people to show up to help count ballots at 7:00 pm. Mrs. Johnson stated that there needs to be a designated smoking area in the back of the building, there should be no smoking in the front of the building where people need to walk to come into the building.

Selectwoman Guelcher MOVED to adjourn at 6:30 pm SECOND Chairman Matson VOTE unanimous