BOARD OF SELECTMENS MEETING
MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2017
TOWN OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM
125 MAIN STREET, LITTLETON, NH
Present: Town Manager Andrew Dorsett, Chairman Milton T. Bratz, V. Chairman Schuyler Sweet, Selectman Ed Hennessey excused, Executive Secretary Ceil Stubbings.
Others Present: Karen Noyes (Finance Director), Rudy Gelsi, Chad Fillion (Channel 2).
Bratz called the meeting to order at 4:00 PM
Bratz said they had a few items under Other Business and two under Old Business. Bratz asked if they had any reason to go into a nonpublic session. Dorsett said not.
Other Business: Accept the Power of One Grant for the Littleton Area Chamber of Commerce in the amount of $2,500. Hennessey moved to accept the grant. Sweet seconded the motion. Bratz asked Dorsett to give a brief description of the purpose of the grant. Dorsett said the application was submitted last year. This money will be going to the chamber to help them with their Power of One strategy which is bringing in many other agencies and Towns under the chamber. Gelsi asked what kind of agencies would be joining the chamber. Dorsett explained it would be agencies such as Pollyanna and Main Street Inc. Sweet stated the funds did not come from NH Charitable Foundation but from a private entity. Sweet explained there are conditions to the award that the chamber has to adhere to. He knows of other agencies that did not adhere to those conditions and were cut off from funding. The motion passed 3-0.
Authorize the Treasurer to open a new bank account for the Transfer Station debit and credit card payments. Karen Noyes advised they would like the separate account to make it easier to reconcile. Right now we have the parking meters in a separate account without any problems. Currently we have the Town Clerk and the Tax Collector going into the general fund. We have to break them out and it is taking us a lot longer to reconcile. Sweet made the motion to approve the new account. Hennessey seconded the motion. The motion passed 3-0.
Chairman Bratz – 2017 Planning Board Land Use Community Survey
Bratz advised the Planning Board has sent out 353 surveys as of today. The survey is regarding land use in the Town of Littleton. This is part of Chapter 2 of the Master Plan. This is nothing more than an update. The people surveyed were picked purely by chance. There is a self-addressed stamped envelope to return the survey. We are asking the survey be returned by February 22, 2017.
Warrant Article Review
Bratz advised the board needed to go down the warrant articles and assign which warrant articles each selectman would present. After a brief review the warrant articles had been assigned to the board. Ed Hennessey stated there should be list of the people who need to speak at the meeting who are not residents of the Town. Hennessey also suggested they put a time limit on the deliberative session. The board agreed 11:00 PM be the cutoff time and the session continued could be continued the following day if necessary. Rudy Gelsi asked how much time people would be allowed to speak on each subject. Last year and the year before people were told they only had a few minutes. If that happens again he is going to be upset. Sweet advised Gelsi that the time allowed is up to the moderator who runs the meeting. Hennessey said the other thing they need to bring up in addition to the time limit is no reconsideration of a warrant article once it has been voted on.
Deliberative Session Preparation
Bratz said they have assigned the warrant articles, is there anything else that needs to be done. Karen Noyes said she will put together a slide show for the budget and provide a hard copy to the board. Noyes said they should also have a presentation on the sewer article. Sweet asked if anyone was going to do a presentation on the zoning issue. Ed Hennessey said he would contact the LIDC to see if there were planning on doing anything. Ed Hennessey said there were several complaints about the setup at the highway garage during the general election. Dorsett said he has talked to Gerald Winn about that. He suggested to wait until after the deliberative session to hold a coordination meeting. Gelsi asked what about the setup for the people that stand outside with signs. Bratz said that is up to the moderator and the town clerk. In fact the police measure the area to make sure it is in compliance with the law. Gelsi asked if this is the final warrant. Bratz said it was the final copy and the board has signed off on it. Gelsi said the language is very poor. Bratz said the language is all prescribed by law. Sweet said the purpose of the deliberative session of if the people don’t understand it they can ask questions. Hennessey made the motion to adjourn. Sweet seconded the motion. Motion passed 3-0. The meeting adjourned at 4:40 PM.