Select Board
Thursday, January 4, 2024
Meeting Minutes

Select Board: Andrew Maneval, Andrea Hodson, and Kathy Scott
Attendees: Don Scott, Barbara Watkins, Les LaMois

Agenda, minutes – The board voted in favor to approve the agenda. Corrections to the minutes of 12/29 include the following: The board did not approve a 3.2% COLA but agreed it would consider the tax impact of this adjustment for eligible employees; the board also clarified that an encumbrance is work in progress but not completed, and for which the invoice is not yet in hand. With these corrections, the board approved the minutes of 12/29.

Trails Group – Regarding the Trails Group proposal for funds to repair sections of the Town Rail Trail, the SB considered the Conservation Commission’s discussion at its meeting on 1/3.  The Conservation Commission supports the project, which will promote safer and more accessible conditions, and improve sections with poor drainage, but asked the SB to draft a Warrant Article for the purpose.

Following discussion, in which the possibility of federal grant money also was considered, the SB noted its comfort with, and support of, the HCC’s use of Conservation Funds for repairing three sections without bringing an article to Town Meeting, as the HCC is authorized to do so and the project is very much in keeping with its mandate.  All agreed an RFP for the work would be issued. The board asked the HCC to address the logistics. Mr. Maneval moved to express the SB’s comfort with the commission’s deciding whether and how to spend Conservation Fund money for trail maintenance work. Ms. Hodson seconded. All voted in favor.

2024 Budget update – The board reviewed the updated draft budget. Based on Mr. Maneval’s discussion with Monadnock Disposal, should the town vote to return to single source recycling, the town’s trucking costs currently incurred with MDS would be lower.

Pay warrant – The board signed the pay warrant in the amount of $15,338.48.

Conflicts of interest – Mr. Maneval noted a draft warrant article on a proposed Conflicts of Interest policy is pending. The policy would affect all town board and committee members.

Correspondence – The board discussed a citizen’s request for the town to address the issue of a dumping ground on private property adjacent to a wetland, noting this is an enforcement issue involving potential violations of town ordinances. The board will look into the matter.

Regarding the correspondence dated 1/4 from Mr. Cucchi, Mr. Maneval will discuss with town counsel.

Upcoming meetings and agendas
Tues 1/9 from 6-8pm – Recycling Committee Community Conversation at the Granite Mill, 69 Main Street. Topic is Trash Talk: Single Source Recycling and discussion about returning to this model.
Thurs 1/11 at 7:00 pm, Select Board, with the agenda to include an update on the road rebuild project, staffing in town offices, and planning for the budget hearing; Thurs 1/18 at 7:00 pm is the First Budget Hearing; Fri 1/26 at 9:00 am

The meeting adjourned at 8:40 pm.