Meeting location: Town offices
Date: November 9, 2017
Members present: Jay Jacobs, Jonathan Miner, Andrew Maneval
Meeting opened: 7:00 pm; Meeting adjourned: 9:05 pm
Members of the public: Charles Michal; Russ Downing, Doug Walker, Erin Hammerstedt
Documents signed or reviewed:
SB signed weekly financial in the amount of $5,698.20.
SB signed Selectmen Meeting Minutes of November 2, 2017.
SB signed both copies of the Audit of Financial Statements.
SB acknowledged receipt of the email from John and Anne Cucchi regarding members of the Conservation Commission and Planning Boards. The SB has a regular process of reviewing the process of membership of all town boards and will take this under consideration.
SB signed both copies of the Fairpoint DSL Service Upgrade agreement.
Departments, Boards and Committees:
Conservation Commission – SB acknowledged receipt of the Meeting Minutes of November 1, 2017.
Historic District Commission – SB has advised the HDC that the PEMCO LED test light was installed on November 8, 2017 for review and the HDC has acknowledged this. (See below for more discussion of the Street Light project.)
Recycling Center – SB acknowledged receipt of the email from Michelle Aldredge about the changes at the Recycling Center, to which Selectman Maneval has responded.
Broadband – Regarding the email requesting data for the Broadband Design Project, SB requests that Angela Hendrickson follow up with the state to obtain the digitized information required for the study.
Health Officer David Belknap attended to present findings with respect to Fire Department tap water as well as new state requirements for water testing at the Recycling Center.
NHPDIP – SB noted the update on NPDIP Investment Rate and Benefits. PDIP is now paying the town 1.07% interest on the town’s reserve fund accounts.
CDBP – SB noted the information from the Community Development Block Grant Program about reconstructing state administrative rules.
SWRPC – SB acknowledged receipt of Commission Highlights and Emergency Management Preparedness Meeting.
NHMA – SB noted 2017 Annual Conference on November 15-16, 2017.
Keene Public Works – SB noted information about the Highway Safety Improvement Program and the Cloud-Based Work Order Software.
Eversource – SB noted service restoration update.
NH.GOV – SB noted information about substantial damage requirements for floodplain structures.
LED Street Lights – Doug Walker of the Historic District Commission attended to discuss with the SB the status of the three test lights, which have been installed, and the scheduling and agenda for a public meeting regarding decisions on selection of light temperature, location of LED lights and fixtures. The date selected for the public meeting was Tuesday, November 21, 2017 with the exact time and location to be determined.
The group reviewed the differences in the LED bulbs and fixtures and their different effect on light patterns and distribution, and also reviewed the language of the Warrant Article and the responsibilities of each board. The HDC will work with PEMCO to have the historic fixture test bulb changed as soon as possible to a higher strength to more approximate the existing two LED test lights.
At the end of the discussion, the SB offered a proposal to Historic Harrisville, presenting it to Doug Walker. The proposal, as follows, bears in mind that the SB desires the LED light project be completed this winter and the realistic possibility that Historic Harrisville may not immediately have adequate funds for the installation of the more costly Jamestown radial fixtures: If HHI can raise the money, and upon agreement with the SB on the number and location of the historic fixtures, such fixtures that meet Eversource requirements for LED lighting would be installed. HHI would be responsible for the cost of purchasing the fixtures, including the required extra replacement fixtures, as well as the installation and maintenance costs of the fixtures. Longer-term, the SB would request a maintenance contract with HHI to cover the cost to replace and/or repair the entire luminaire of the historic fixtures until the time such fixtures come down. The SB would also want to ensure that, once the determined number and location of historic fixtures, and the terms of their installation, were agreed upon, the SB will put out a purchase order for the town’s portion of LED lights and that, by the date the town’s LED lights are scheduled for installation, the SB would require HHI’s fixtures also to be purchased and ready for installation. If not, the town will install the cobra head designs to maintain adequate light in those locations until such time as HHI can have its fixtures in place. Doug Walker and/or Selectman Maneval will present this proposal to Erin Hammerstedt of Historic Harrisville as soon as possible.
November 10 – Veteran’s Day
November 23-24 – Thanksgiving
December 25 – Christmas