Minutes of the Select Board

Meeting location: Town offices
Date: November 7, 2019
Meeting opened: 7:00 pm. Meeting adjourned: 9:00 pm
Members present: Jay Jacobs, Kathy Scott. Members absent: Andrea Hodson

Members of the public:  Donna Sprague, Ranae O’Neil, Pam Thayer, Don Scott, Kathy Bollerud, Seth Farmer

Code Enforcement– The SB discussed with the Building Inspector a code violation at Map 40 Lot 27. The Building Inspector will attempt to resolve the matter with the property owner. The SB supports this action and also will discuss with town counsel to get recommended action for town officials.

Sesquicentennial Committee– Committee members updated the SB on planned activities for the late July 2020 celebration, which will include a parade, a dedication ceremony, food trucks, a street dance and more. A tentative schedule and list of committees descriptions is available at town offices and on the home page of the website. A permit for the parade must be submitted to the state and must be signed by the SB or Police Chief. The dedication ceremony will be overseen by SB. The group discussed options for fireworks emphasizing the importance of cleanup and safety.  Committee Chairs will meet with the SB again on December 5.

Streetlight Committee– Kathy Bollerud and Seth Farmer presented a draft letter to the PUC for review by the SB. The letter asks the PUC for permission to put LED bulbs in the radial wave fixtures. Jay Jacobs asked for Eversource’s input on technical ability and maintenance responsibility and cost.  SB will review letter and get back to streetlight committee with any edits.

Planning Board– SB noted that the first public hearing for proposed zoning ordinance amendments is scheduled for November 13 at 7:00 pm. The feedback from the November 5thCommunity Conversation was appreciated and helpful. Jay Jacobs reiterated his hope that the Ordinance Review Committee will consider proposing reduced setback requirements for accessory structures in the residential/Agricultural district.

Tax Collector– The SB moved and voted in favor to post the job opening and job description for Tax Collector.

Library– In response to the library’s request for maintenance repairs, as well as needed repairs on other infrastructure and buildings, the SB moved and voted in favor to hire Jeff Cady to perform the work.

Old Fire Station– Ranae O’Neil requested that the SB get an estimate to have deteriorated wood trim, soffits, etc. replaced so painting can be done. The SB also will get an estimate on interior cleaning.

Skatutakee Road Spring – The SB noted that the well points are being tapped to attempt to dislodge any silt causing a slowdown.

Code Enforcement– The SB moved and voted unanimously to approve the building permit application for an electrical upgrade for a backup generator for Mike and Sarina Wilder (Map 30-Lot 57).

Health Trust– The SB requested that Andrea Hodson please follow up with Health Trust on eligibility of SB officials for coverage and for additional information promised by Ms. Briggs.

SB postponed signing maintenance agreement for 3 generators until the board confirms what the existing contract involves.

The SB moved and voted in favor to pay the fee to the NH Dam bureau.

SB voted in favor to pay invoice to Andrea Hodson for $2500 for work performed from April to September, including work on staffing, payroll, benefits administration and bookkeeping.

SB signed financials in the amount of $6,092.53.