Board of Selectmen Meeting Minutes & Agendas

Jun 24, 2019

Board of Selectmen Minutes - June 24-2019


 

TOWN OF LITTLETON
MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019
BOARD OF SELECTMEN’S MEETING
5:00 PM
 COMMUNITY CENTER HEALD ROOM
MINUTES

Present:  Town Manager Andrew Dorsett, Chairman Franco Rossi, Vice Chairman Carrie Gendreau, Selectman Chad Stearns, Executive Secretary Ceil Stubbings

Others Present:  Chad Fillion (Granite North Television), Nick Meachen (Granite North Television), Karen Noyes (Finance Director), Doug Damko (Public Works Director), Chief Paul Smith (Littleton PD), Captain Chris Tyler (Littleton PD), Robert Blechl (The Caledonian), Rudy Gelsi, Andrew Bronson (President of the Profile Cable Consortium)

Rossi called the meeting to order at 5:00 PM.

Pledge of Allegiance

Appointments:  Granite North Television Presentation
Chad Fillion and Andrew Bronson provided an inclusive presentation on the status of Granite North Television.  Fillion advised they received a number of laptops in May from Plymouth University’s surplus program.  He then introduced Nick Meachen who just finished their first internship through Profile High School.  He has now been brought on as an employee now.  Fillion then announced some of the upcoming changes for the station.  Their current cable system is antiquated.  They are now looking at streaming media to reach as many households as possible.  They are looking at partnerships with other local and regional entities.  Rossi asked if they would continue with cable system once they transition over to streaming.  Fillion said they have had discussions with the SAU and they feel the direction they are going in is too much for their budget.  There is a lot of maintenance in uploading and maintaining the videos from the school, town and hospital.  The school feels they cannot handle that burden anymore.  The changes we are planning on right now is to move to a more digital environment.  This will help serve the needs of the community at large.  We are also formulating a ten to twenty year plan to create the nonprofit.  We are also looking into providing training course and classes, similar to what the Studio School does.  It meets our needs for the educational component and provides a revenue stream.  They are also looking at creating a weekly news program.  They are also looking into a membership program where members would make a small tax deductible donation.  The board thanked Fillion for the presentation.

Rossi closed the second public hearing regarding unanticipated funds at 5:20 PM.  Rossie asked for a motion.  Gendreau made the motion to accept and expend FEMA funds in the amount of $50,231.65. Stearns seconded the motion.  Noyes said she thinks they need to identify what they are going to spend it on.  Rossi asked why they had to do that.  Noyes said because you have to be more specific.  Otherwise, it can be spent on anything.  Dorsett said it would give them more flexibility if they don’t do that and it would roll back into the unreserved fund balance.  Rossi said that unless we are required by law I don’t see why we would put language in there that would limit how we spend it.  He recommends we not do that.  Rossi asked for a vote.  The motion passed 3-0. 

Town Manager’s Report:
Doug Damko – River District Sub-5 Project Update
Doug Damko is currently is about halfway through for the work this year.  People are seeing a difference out there.  DOT is providing feedback each week.  It is behind a bit due to the wet spring.  It will continue into the fall.  The state is working on a repaving project on Union Street later on in July.  Rossi asked if we are far enough into the projects to know if we are on budget.  Damko said they appear to be on budget with some minor change orders that have come in.  Stearns asked if the Union Street project will go all the way to the Opera House and the intersection.  Damko said yes.  The board thanked him for the update.

Old Business:  NONE

New Business: Motion to adopt the Watch Guard Video Resolution
Dorsett said this is for camera’s that are installed into the cruisers.  This resolution is not anything that is required.  The vendor for whatever reason wants this resolution.  All it really states is that we are doing business with them and we are a government agency.  It also states that the Town has designated him as the designated signer of the agreement/contract.  Rossi read the resolution.  Rossi asked for a motion.  Stearns made the motion to execute the resolution.  Gendreau seconded the motion.  Motion passed 3-0.

Board of Assessors:  NONE

Public Comments:
Rudy Gelsi wanted to know why the Town Manager has so much power.  Rossi explained that is because that is the role of the Town Manager

Rossi stated they need to go into a nonpublic session and asked if there were any other comments or questions.  Gendreau said we do hold the Town Manager accountable.  It is important for the citizens to know that.  Rudy asked the Town Manager why people can’t get into in touch with him.  You get people come into you about taxation.  Dorsett said sometimes he does.  Rossi said they are in the process of approving or denying abatements. 

Sterns made the motion to go into a nonpublic session per the following RSA:  Gendreau seconded the motion.

__X_RSA 91-A:3, II(C) Matters which, if discussed in public, would likely affect adversely the reputation of any person, other than a member of this board, unless such person requests an open meeting.  This exemption shall extend to include any application for assistance or tax abatement or waiver of a fee, fine or other levy, if based on inability to pay or poverty of the applicant

Present:  Andrew Dorsett, Franco Rossi, Carrie Gendreau, Chad Stearns, Ceil Stubbings, Chief Paul Smith, Captain Chris Tyler.

The board entered the nonpublic session at 5:39 PM after a unanimous roll call vote. 

The board came out of the nonpublic session at 6:10 PM.  The board voted to seal the minutes with a unanimous roll call vote.  No decisions were made in this meeting.  It was for information purposes only.   

Sterns made the motion to go into a nonpublic session per the following RSA:  Gendreau seconded the motion.

__X RSA 91-A:3, II(e)  Consideration or negotiation of pending claims or litigation which has been threatened in writing or filed against this board or any subdivision thereof, or against any member thereof because of his or her membership therein, until the claim or litigation has been fully adjudicated or otherwise settled.  

Present:  Andrew Dorsett, Franco Rossi, Carrie Gendreau, Chad Stearns, Ceil Stubbings

The board entered the nonpublic session at 6:13 PM after a unanimous roll call vote. 

The board came out of the nonpublic session at 6:47 PM.  The board voted to seal the minutes with a unanimous roll call vote.  No decisions were made in this meeting.  It was for information purposes only.   

Stearns made the motion to adjourn.  Gendreau seconded the motion.  Motion passed 3-0.  The meeting adjourned at 6:48 PM.