Board of Selectmen Meeting Minutes & Agendas

Apr 22, 2019

Board of Selectmen Minutes - April 22, 2019


 

BOARD OF SELECTMEN’S MEETING
APRIL 22, 2019
5:00 PM
 COMMUNITY CENTER HEALD ROOM
MINUTES

 

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

Others Present:  Bruce Hadlock, Rudy Gelsi, Robert Blechl (The Caledonian Record), Skip Sansoucy and various other citizens. 

Pledge of Allegiance

Aurelia Valliere Ordway’s 100th Birthday Celebration
Born on April 23rd, 1919
Chairman Rossi introduced Aurelia Valliere Ordway and read a proclamation in honor of her reached her 100th birthday.  Family and friends were present to celebrate with her.  Aurelia was presented with The Boston Post cane, chocolate cake, the proclamation and Birthday Wishes.  Aurelia made a brief statement and thanked everyone for the recognition.

Great River Hydro PILOT Agreement Vote
Chairman Rossi advised the board had held a public hearing the previous week. At that time he had closed public input.  He recommended discussion be opened for anyone that had comments or questions. 

Bruce Hadlock said we have never had a PILOT agreement like this before and last Thursday was the first time we were able to see it.  It has come to his attention that there is a separate article that has been passed by the state of New Hampshire called HB700.  This bill could have a substantial effect on the cost of education.  Hadlock feels the board should take more time because we don’t know enough about this.  Hadlock then went on to read some of the details of HB700. 

Skip Sansoucy was on hand to explain that HB700 will have no impact on the PILOT agreement.  Sansoucy listed all of the details that document why HB700 does not impact Great River Hydro.  Representatives from the School Board and the SAU were present to voice their fear that HB700 would greatly impact the school’s tax rate by possibly increasing it by more than $3.00 per thousand.  They requested the board to not agree to the PILOT agreement.  Sansoucy once again explained that SB700 would have no impact on the school’s tax rate.  Schuyler Sweet explained how Great River Hydro had approached them over a year ago and how the whole process worked.  Sweet stated he would agree to let Great River Hydro discuss the possibility of a PILOT as long as they negotiated with the Moore Dam Committee and our consultant.    Hadlock asked who the discussions were with.  Rossi stated the discussions were between Great River Hydro, the Moore Dam Committee, the consultant and the Town Manager.  Tom Considine (Water & Light Superintendent and Moore Dam Committee member said they met three times with Great River Hydro and had signed a non-disclosure agreement.  They came back to us in March with the first draft of their proposal.  Debate continued with Skip Sansoucy answering various concerns and questions.  Rudy Gelsi asked to hear Town Manager’s opinion.  Dorsett said Great River Hydro is a significant portion of Littleton’s tax base.  The PILOT agreement provides a great deal of stability to the community over the next few years.  Rossi thanked the Moore Dam Committee, Sansoucy, Great River Hydro and the Town Manager for their work on the PILOT agreement.  Gendreau made the motion to approve the PILOT agreement.  Sterns seconded the motion.  Motion passed 3-0. 

Town Manager’s Report:

Dorsett provided a brief update on the following Info/Meetings

Ammonoosuc/Saranac Construction coordination planning 4/8

• Capitol visit w/chamber & intern (met with Gov. NH BIA, NH BEA, Concord Chamber, Starr) 4/9

• White House staff call 4/9

• Hitchner/Chapman variance ZBA hearing 4/9

• FD Meeting 4/10

• CGI Littleton Filming coordination 4/10

• NCIC coordination meeting 4/10

• P&R Meeting 4/10

• DPW Meeting 4/10

• PD Meeting 4/11

• Senior Center – Kuster update 4/11

• White House staff call 4/11

• Legal discussion pending 41:14a agreement 4/11

• NCC Consultant meeting Waters Consulting 4/11

• River District planning discussion 4/12

• DPW Employee Frank Proux send off 4/12

• BOS Chair meeting 4/15

• Federal Designated Op Zone – White House visit 4/16-18

• Buxton Scout/LSMX coordination 4/19

• PEG GRNTV equipment reprograming 4/19
Dorsett also mentioned the Planning Board is working on a new Master Plan. 

 

Old Business:
Tax Sale of Town Owned Property Bid Opening

TOWN PROPERTY TO BE SOLD 2/2019

 

PROPERTY LOCATION

MAP/LOT

ACREAGE

Land  North Littleton Rd

9-29

.25

Land  Hatch Brook Ln

25-12

1.3

Land  St. Johnsbury Rd

53-43-1

.10

Land 354 Pleasant St

67-43

0.18

Land 134 Bishop St

67-73

0.41

 

Chairman Rossi initiated the bid opening:

Land 134 Bishop St. Tax Map 67-73.
Michelle Buck bid $35,001.
Larry Towle bid $9,387.

Jeffrey Winn bid $3,651.

 

Land Hatch Brook Lane, Tax Map 25-12.

Douglas Menzies bid $5,000.

Norman & Kathleen Hall bid $500.

 

Land 354 Pleasant St., Tax Map 67-43.
Jeffrey Winn bid $5,652.

Curtis Lemay bid $2,500.

No bids were received for the other two properties. Dorsett said there is another tax sale coming up in the near future and they will be re-advertised.  He went on to say they have been looking at Bishop Street to see if it could be used for snow storage or a turnaround.  The public works department has asked that the board hold off and voting on this until later. Chairman Rossi agreed to table any vote on the Bishop St. property.  The rest of the board agreed to table the vote.

Gendreau made the motion to accept the bid of $5,000 from Douglas Menzies for the Hatch Brook Lane property.   Stearns seconded the motion. Motion passed 3-0.

Stearns made the motion to accept the bid of $5,652 from Jeffrey Win for the 354 Pleasant Street property.  Rossi seconded the motion. Motion passed 2-0.  Gendreau recused herself from the vote.

Board, Commission and Committee Appointments:
Rossie started with the Budget Committee.  Jim McMahon has requested a reappointment and Rudy Gelsi has requested to be appointed.  Stearns made the motion to appoint Jim McMahon. Gendreau seconded the motion.  Motion passed 3-0.

Planning Board
Colin Trahan has requested to be appointed as a full voting member.  He is currently an alternate.  Calvin Beaulier has requested an appointment.  Val Poulsen has requested to be reappointed.  Kristin Meuller has requested an appointment and Rudy Gelsi has requested an appointment.  Stearns made the motion to appoint Colin Trahan as a full voting member, reappoint Val Poulsen and appoint Kristin Mueller and Calvin Beaulier as alternates.  Gendreau seconded the motion.  Motion passed 3-0.

Zoning Board
David Rochefort, Jerry Lesage and George Morgan has requested reappointment.  Rudy Gelsi requested and appointment.   Stearns made the motion to reappoint Rochefort, Lesage and George Morgan.  Gendreau seconded the motion.  Motion passed 3-0.

Conservation Commission
Dorothy Corey, William Nichols (Alternate), Gardner Kellogg and Melanie Harkless all requested to be reappointed.  Stearns made the motion to reappoint Corey, Nichols (Alternate), Kellogg and Melanie Harkless.  Gendreau seconded the motion.  Motion passed 3-0.

Water & Light Commission
Ralph Ross has requested reappointment.  Bill Zambernardi and Rudy Gelsi has requested to be appointed.
Stearns made the motion to reappoint Ralph Ross.  Gendreau seconded the motion.  Motion passed 3-0.

Opera House Commission
Dick Alberini has requested reappointment.  Stearns made the motion to reappoint Dick Alberini.  Gendreau seconded the motion.  Motion passed 3-0.

Energy Conservation Committee
Peter Cooper has requested reappointment.  Stearns made the motion to appoint Cooper.  Gendreau seconded the motion.  Motion passed 3-0.

River District Redevelopment Commission
Michelle Moren Gray, Dave Ernsberger have requested reappointment.  Joe DePalma III and Joe DePalma IV have requested to be appointed.  Stearns made the motion to reappoint Gray and Ernsberger and to appoint DePalma III and DePalma IV.  Gendreau seconded the motion.  Motion passed 3-0. 

 

Transportation Advisory Committee
Doug Damko has requested to be appointed.  Stearns made the motion to appoint Doug Damko.  Gendreau seconded the motion.  Motion passed 3-0.

 

New Business: NONE

 

Board of Assessors:  NONE

 

Public Comments: NONE

The meeting adjourned at 6:49 PM after a unanimous roll call vote.