Board of Selectmen Meeting Minutes & Agendas

Nov 13, 2018

Three Public Hearing Minutes - November 13, 2018


 

TOWN OF LITTLETON
BOARD OF SELECTMEN’S
THREE PUBLIC HEARINGS AS PRESCRIBED BY
RSA 31:95-b, SECTION III, AND RSA 91A:2
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2018
6:00 PM – 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM
 COMMUNITY CENTER HEALD ROOM
120 MAIN STREET
AGENDA

 

Present:  Town Manager Andrew Dorsett, Chairman Schuyler Sweet, Vice Chairman Franco Rossi, Selectperson Carrie Gendreau

Others Present:  Chad Fillion (Channel 2), Bruce Hadlock, Rudy Gelsi, James McMahon, Chief Paul Smith (Littleton PD), Jason Roshak (Courier), Don Merrill

Sweet called the first public hearing to order at 6:00 PM.

Pledge of Allegiance:

Budget Committee Appointment – Term Expires 2020.  Sweet said this would be addressed at the end of the public hearings. 

NH Department of Safety Grant of $14,111.00 to save lives and reduce injuries on NH road. 

TOWN OF LITTLETON
PUBLIC HEARING regarding UNANTICIPATED FUNDS
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2018
6:00 PM
LITTLETON COMMUNITY CENTER
HEALD ROOM

120 MAIN ST., LITTLETON, NH 03561

The Selectmen will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 6:00 PM, at the Littleton Community Center, Heald Room as prescribed by RSA 31:95-b, Section III, and RSA 91A: 2 to discuss the acceptance and expenditure of unanticipated money from the State, Federal or other governmental unit or private sources by the Selectmen. 

The source of income is from the New Hampshire Department of Safety, for the Littleton Highway Safety Grant, Grant Agreement #: 19-106. The grant amount is limited to $14,111.00 with a completion date of 9/30/2019. It is the mission of the Office of Highway Safety, under the direction of the Governor and the Commissioner of Safety, in partnership with New Hampshire law enforcement to save lives and reduce injuries on New Hampshire roads.  As part of the effort to achieve this mission, officers assigned to grant-funded overtime patrols are expected to be highly visible, engaged, and vigilant in addressing all observed motor vehicle infractions and hazards during their shifts.

Provisions for persons with special needs can be made by contacting the Selectmen's Office, via telephone (444-3996) or mail, at least five days before the public hearing.

Littleton Board of Selectmen
125 Main Street, Suite 200
Littleton, New Hampshire 03561
(603) 444-3996

Chief Smith advised these grants are combined and are granted annually.  They are for DWI and saturation patrols and distracted driver patrols along with other patrols.  The grants fund the overtime for these patrols.  Smith went described the different patrols in detail that the grants cover.  Sweet asked for public input to determine if they should or should not accept the funds.  Franco Rossi asked if the funds could be used as the Chief sees fit.  Smith said each grant has a specific amount and they cannot exceed that amount in their reporting.  Bruce Hadlock asked if they provided overtime to the officers.  Smith said they are all paid overtime except for the part-time officers.  Hadlock stated that this would enhance their overtime pay.  Smith said yes.  Hadlock asked Smith if he could adjust the schedule so they would not have to pay overtime.  These grants are granted to augment the overtime pay.  The state does not want officers taken off of regular duty responding to calls.  Smith said the grants could only be done with overtime shifts the way the state wrote the contract.  The state does not want the officers to do this during their normal shifts.  They are supposed to be dedicated to these patrols.  Rossi said the state has it so that it must be overtime hours that cover these patrols.  Dorsett said it is not to supplant the normal schedule and budget.  There is no more public comment Sweet opened the next public hearing

NH Charitable Foundation Tillotson Grant of $20,000 for improvements to the sound and lighting systems at the Littleton Opera House. 

Sweet opened the second public hearing at 6:15 PM.

TOWN OF LITTLETON
PUBLIC HEARING regarding UNANTICIPATED FUNDS
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2018
6:30 PM
LITTLETON COMMUNITY CENTER
HEALD ROOM

120 MAIN ST., LITTLETON, NH 03561 

The Selectmen will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 6:30 PM, at the Littleton Community Center, Heald Room as prescribed by RSA 31:95-b, Section III, and RSA 91A: 2 to discuss the acceptance and expenditure of unanticipated money from the State, Federal or other governmental unit or private sources by the Selectmen. 

The source of income is from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation Tillotson Grant Award.  The grant amount is $20,000.00. The funds were awarded for improvements to the sound and lighting systems at the Littleton Opera House.

Provisions for persons with special needs can be made by contacting the Selectmen's Office, via telephone (444-3996) or mail, at least five days before the public hearing.

Littleton Board of Selectmen
125 Main Street, Suite 200
Littleton, New Hampshire 03561
(603) 444-3996

Dorsett said this is to upgrade the audio system at the Littleton Opera House.  The current sound system is inadequate.  Some of it was privately owned.  The funds are to purchase a new sound system, soundboard, speakers and all of the other equipment needed for an adequate sound system.  The application was put through the NH Charitable Foundation.  The total cost of the project is $22,000 with a $2,000 match from the Town.  Jim McMahon asked what type of events the system would be able to accommodate.  Dorsett said the proposed system was presented to the Opera House Manager and others.  Dorsett said they initially intended to do both the lighting and the sound system at the same time, but the grantor said they could only do the $20,000 at this time.  We plan on submitting another application soon.  Bruce Hadlock said the notice said the funds are coming from the Tillotson Fund.  Sweet said it is not coming from the Tillotson fund.  Sweet said the Tillotson is the largest fund out of the NH Charitable Foundation.  Hadlock asked if the $2,000 match was going to come out of the funds allocated to the building.  Dorsett said they have funds set aside for that.  Dorsett believes it was money they had set aside for building improvements.  Hadlock said the Tillotson Fund is a tremendous thing for the North Country.  Gendreau said they anonymously donate the funds.  There was no more public comment Sweet opened the third public hearing at 6:30 PM.

NH Department of Cultural Resources Division of Parks & Recreation Grant in the amount of $200,000.00 for a project called Littleton Commons.

TOWN OF LITTLETON
PUBLIC HEARING regarding UNANTICIPATED FUNDS
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2018
7:00 PM
LITTLETON COMMUNITY CENTER
HEALD ROOM
120 MAIN ST., LITTLETON, NH 03561

 

The Selectmen will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 7:00 PM, at the Littleton Community Center, Heald Room as prescribed by RSA 31:95-b, Section III, and RSA 91A: 2 to discuss the acceptance and expenditure of unanticipated money from the State, Federal or other governmental unit or private sources by the Selectmen. 

The source of income is from the New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources Division of Parks and Recreation.  The grant amount is of $200,000.00.  The grant funds are for a project called Littleton Commons.  The project design includes a 12,500 SF Multiuse pavilion to be used for the farmer’s market, concerts, public rental among other uses.  In the winter the pavilion would be used for ice hockey and community ice skating.

Provisions for persons with special needs can be made by contacting the Selectmen's Office, via telephone (444-3996) or mail, at least five days before the public hearing.

Littleton Board of Selectmen
125 Main Street, Suite 200
Littleton, New Hampshire 03561
(603) 444-3996
 

Dorsett said this had to do with the project in the River District.  It is for the use or the purchase of land which has yet to be determined for a portion of a parcel next to the Senior Center.  The application was a collaboration of the Town of Littleton and the River District Commission.  There have been private donations including the grant.  The money is to acquire land or the use of the land.  The project overall involves a health park, parking and potentially in the future a pavilion that would be used by the Farmer’s Market and other community recreation uses.  This is a $200,000 Grant from the Land Water Conservation Fund. 

Sweet asked for public comment.  Bruce Hadlock asked if this had been proposed to the Planning Board.  The Planning Board should have input into this.  Hadlock asked if this had been proposed to the Park Commissioners.  Dorsett said the Parks Commission is aware and they have the information.  Dorsett said this is the initial stage and they will be applying for more funding over the next few years.  Hadlock said he is not convinced this is the best thing for the community.  Hadlock said they should be looking at an eleven-acre property next to Walmart that the Town already owns.  Hadlock said they should be exploring other alternatives.  Rossi said the Planning Board would be involved once they get the plan going.  Rossi said the land down near Walmart is the last place he would put it.  Rossi went on to say the piece of land they are currently talking about is perfect for something like this.  Sweet said they have a proposal to accept $200,000.  Sweet told Hadlock he was asking the Board not to accept the funds for numerous reasons.  Justin Roshak asked how big the lot was.  Dorsett said he believed the lot was approximately 7.1 acres.  Dorsett said the piece they are looking at is mostly non-developable.  Most of it is under shoreland protection.  One of the goals of the River District and others involved is to make the best use of it.  Some of it is still suitable for commercial use.  There will also be parking to help support the walking trail.  Rossi said the lot is 7.7 acres.  Dorsett said they were looking at using about 2 acres.  Jim McMahon said he likes the idea of doing something there.  He likes the idea of a mixed-use for both public and private.  The other side of the Town is being used right now.  Jim McMahon said he would support public use at that location.  There is no more public input. Sweet moved onto Board Action.

Any Other Business:-None

Board Action:

Gendreau made the motion to accept and expend funds from the NH Department Grant #19-106 of $14,111.00.  Rossi seconded the motion.  The motion passed 3-0.

Rossi made the motion to accept and expend funds from the NH Charitable Foundation Tillotson Grant of $20,000.00.  Gendreau seconded the motion.  The motion passed 3-0.  

Gendreau made the motion to accept and expend funds from the NH Department of Cultural Resources Division of Parks & Recreation Grant in the amount of $200,000.00.  Rossi seconded the motion.  The motion passed 3-0.

Gendreau said they have a volunteer who would like to be appointed to the budget committee.  Ed Hennessey is the volunteer seeking appointment.  Rossi made the motion to appoint Ed Hennessey to the budget committee. Gendreau seconded the motion.  The motion passed 3-0.  

Sweet closed the public hearings at 7:10 PM.